In New York City on the first of this month, the Big Apple’s new minimum wage law kicked in that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and others are trying to take to the national level:
The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. Increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour would directly benefit 41 million workers, including over half of African-American workers and close to 60 percent of Latino workers.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 18, 2018
Watch this victorious moment when Amazon workers find out their wages are rising to $15/hr.
This is the power of organizing and amplifying from the bottom-up.??
Thank you @BernieSanders for leading on this fight.
Next: A living wage for ALL Americans.pic.twitter.com/YfLEh9J8lA
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 3, 2018
The legal minimum wage for New York City employers with 11 or more workers rose more than 15 percent on Dec. 31, 2018, to $15 per hour from $13, giving fast-food, retail and other employees a bump in pay. But some New York City restaurant owners say the latest minimum wage hike is forcing them to cut workers’ hours just to stay afloat.
It’s the third rise in the city’s base wage since Dec. 31, 2016, when it went to $11 an hour. The latest increase is part of a plan that phases in minimum wage hikes across New York state, with amounts and effective dates varying by region and industry. It’s not just a New York phenomenon, however: Minimum wages rose in 20 states with the new year, forcing businesses across the country to grapple with higher payrolls — and compete for workers with giants like Amazon that are already offering $15 an hour.
Jon Bloostein operates six New York City restaurants that employ between 50 and 110 people each. The owner of Heartland Brewery and Houston Hall, Bloostein said the effect of the higher minimum wage on payroll across locations represents “an immense cost” to his business.
“We lost control of our largest controllable expense,” he told CBS MoneyWatch. “So in order to live with that and stay in business, we’re cutting hours.”
A New York City Hospitality Alliance survey of 574 restaurants showed that 75 percent of full-service restaurants reported plans to reduce employee hours this year in response to the latest mandated wage increase. Another 47 percent said they would eliminate jobs in 2019. Eighty-seven percent of respondents also said they would increase menu prices this year.
Also, hosts and hostesses are being replaced by signs:
Bloostein said he has scaled back on employee hours and no longer uses hosts and hostesses during lunch on light traffic days. Customers instead are greeted with a sign that reads, “Kindly select a table.” He also staggers employees’ start times. “These fewer hours add up to a lot of money in restaurants,” he said.
As if anybody needed more proof that if progressives are allowed to “help” workers much longer, nobody will have a job.