Over the past 12 months, liberal factions throughout the U.S. have been pushing for a minimum wage increase through the Fight for $15 per hour wage cause. This was the number social-engineering analysts said would be a livable wage. As state of after state has begun implementing its own process of getting to a national minimum wage of $15.00, fast food workers have been rejoicing despite warnings that a significant increase in the minimum wage could have unintended consequences.
Unfortunately, the naysayers may have been right. The McDonald’s fast food chain has announced its intention to install ordering kiosks in all of its stores nationwide. The installation of these kiosks is expected to cut employment costs as the company’s workforce gets reduced. Employees will now be focused on food preparation and table service as customers enter the store and place their orders directly on the kiosk.
Beyond McDonald’s decision, other fast food chains are looking at similar solutions to the rising cost of labor. Even grocery stores are looking at ways robots can assist customers while automated checkout stands collect the money and get customers out the door.
Much of the blame for what could result in the loss of millions of jobs should go directly to the left-wing Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Over the past year, the union has invested $24 million to $50 million on the fight for the minimum wage increase, using the faces of young Americans to wage protests and gain nationwide support for the cause.
It’s no skin off the noses of SEIU workers who will now sit by and watch as numerous small business owners are being forced to lay off employees or close their business altogether. In the end, the ultimate losers will be the young people who have always been able to count on minimum wage jobs as a way to get work experience.