NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience in 150 U.S. cities that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the fast-food industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast…
No one ever brings up questions like: Where do these people come from? Why aren’t they working? And how is it, in the story, where it says; In the meantime, actions by labor organizers are likely to continue, with the SEIU pouring millions of dollars into the effort, they aren’t just giving those protesters that money? If they have millions to blow, and they are blowing it, then why don’t these ignorant protesters realize, that if, just if, they succeed in strong arming companies to pay higher wages and unionize, that they themselves will have to pay, OUT OF THEIR POCKETS, these same unions, union dues? They also fail to realize that if they succeed, those same companies will just simply cut back employees (lay offs) and cut hours to everyone left, essentially putting them right back where they are now.
These jobs are meant for high school and college kids as extra income, they always have been. These are not typical career jobs. They are called stepping stone jobs…meaning, you are supposed to educate yourselves and move on…to a better job, career and life..like NORMAL do.
Battling Higher Minimum Wages: McDonald’s Just Bought Touch Screen Cashier Kiosks for Its 7,000 European Locations
As government intervention via minimum wage laws and other labor regulations make it more expensive to higher low skilled employees, more and more employers are turning to automation. Automation may occur in some cases even if there weren’t the government regulatory restrictions, and that is not a bad thing, but the restrictions expand the number of positions where automation makes sense and results in higher unemployment of the low skilled.
McDonald’s appears to be the latest to be testing out advanced automation.
In Europe, McDonald’s is partly replacing cashiers at its 7,000 fast-food restaurants in the region with touchscreen terminals and swipe cards, reports FT.
MCD is careful to portray the move as not hurting jobs, but that is exactly what is going. MCD is growing rapidly in Europe, so it will require some employees at new locations and thus the job losses will be somewhat hidden, but job losses are exactly what will occur as a result of the kiosks that are at least in part the result of minimum wage laws.
Panera Bread Will Replace Cashiers With Robots By 2016
A financial analyst thinks Americans will see more automation in fast-food restaurants in 2014.
Dan Celia of Financial Issues says fast-food restaurants and companies will move more towards automation amid the continued push for higher wages and a higher minimum wage. “You’re going to be tapping a screen to place your order. You can almost count on it,” he predicts. “Why? Because they’re going to continue to prepare for this debate over minimum wage.
“We’re going to see fewer people, yes maybe making more money if they’re minimum-wage employees - but you’re going to see [fewer and fewer] people working,” Celia explains. “I don’t know how that’s good for the economy. I don’t know how that’s good for anything.”
The transition from cashiers to touch-screen monitors would not be unheard of today. An August 2013 article in Hot Air pointed out that McDonald’s was drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks in Europe to handle cashiering duties. Although the move was reportedly designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers, Hot Air did say that automation becomes a viable option when the job it would replace becomes too expensive to the employer when using traditional means.
Fast-food workers in the U.S. went on strike at different times last year and in different cities, many of them demanding a “living wage” of $15 an hour. The average for that industry is around $9 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Legislation currently being considered in Congress seeks to raise the federal minimum wage to just over $10 an hour and tie it to inflation. Several states already tie their minimum wage to inflation, and many of those states saw their minimum wage increase at the start of the new year. A few state governments approved increases in their minimum wage.
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