Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy
It was not an automatic wage increase for all. But the economics of raising the minimum wage put pressure on salaries across the board, up to a certain point. That is just reality....if your fast food worker is making $7.25/hr, and his immediate supervisor is at $9.00 an hour, do you think that the supervisor is going to be happy keeping the same pay rate?
Raising the minimum wage raises prices for customers also.
The irony of this is when the minimum wage was raised the last time I was in the exact same situation that you describe. I was managing a dominos and I had shift runners making $8, drivers making $5.25, and insiders making $5.50. What I had to do is move drivers to a buck under min wage (tipped employees), the shift runners stayed at 8, but a bonus system on performance was introduced. In the end, labor costs stayed about the same, but due to the bonus system, the store began running smoother.
Point being is there are creative ways to do things.