A group of activists with Fight for 15 – a union-backed movement dedicated to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour – entered a Taco Bell in Austin, Texas and were protesting low wages and trying to get the worker behind the cash register to join them. Unfortunately for them, she wasn’t the least bit interested and instead had some choice words in response.
The Fight for 15 leader attempted to sway the employee, telling her that they’re fighting for higher wages and “better working conditions,” but she informed them, “This is also a job that I’m trying to do.”
As the group’s leader tried to persuade her to join, she continued, “Ya’ll are hindering my work…you may leave the building.” After the leader’s unsuccessful pitch, they all clapped for themselves and presumably left.
As one YouTube commenter pointed out, this fast food worker would rather make $7.25 an hour – the current minimum wage – than make $0 an hour protesting for higher wages.
Minimum wage activists such as these seem oblivious to the unintended consequences of drastically and rapidly raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. They don’t seem to care that doing so will lead many companies to lay off workers, downsize, raise prices, and/or automate services to keep costs down.
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So even if these Fight for 15 activists are successful in getting fast food restaurants to pay workers $15 an hour to flip burgers, it won’t be long before those same workers will be out of job.
While several states are increasing their respective minimum wages, so far only California and New York have laws that require the gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. In California, the minimum wage will increase every year until it hits $15 an hour in 2022 or 2023, depending on how many employees there are in each business. Businesses with 26 or more employees will be paying the $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2022, while businesses with fewer than 26 employees will be paying it in 2023. In New York, the $15-an-hour minimum wage will be in effect by the end of 2018, starting in New York City before it goes statewide.