Originally Posted by Loneiguana
I call B.S.
If your company can meet demand with one less manager than you have right now, then why do you have that manager in the first place? Sounds like your company is wasting money hiring more people than needed to meet demand. I wouldn't blame minimum wage on the fact that your overpaying employees you apparently don't need.
It means that myself and the people that are still here are going to have to take up more slack.
Yeah, we can do it. It just means the most productive people we have are going to have to work even harder, spend less time at home and deal with more stress as more responsibilities are placed back on us.
We tried to expand our labor force to improve the quality of life of a great deal many of our long-term employees; now we're having to roll a lot of that back. In so doing, we're going to make our current employees lives more difficult while also uprooting the lives of a few more. And you think it's a good thing that we're going to have to do it again so that our college kids can have more beer money?
Call BS all you want - there's little doubt in my mind that you've never run as much as a lemonade stand. Trying to argue that there's no evidence that increasing minimum wage increases costs is just asinine - explain to me how it couldn't
. The only way it won't is if businesses simply cut their staff. My business can't raise costs; we're under contract rates. So we're going to have to fire people. Other businesses can more easily raise prices than fire labor so that's what they're going to do. In either event, there will
have to be a response to this.
So you get to pick one or the other, chief. This will either devalue the dollar or increase unemployment. There's not exactly a money tree handy that we can just go pluck more dollars from - the math is what it is.
The pressures these things are creating on small businesses are extremely real.