The bread and butter of Democrats are three groups: Hispanics, blacks, and unions. In a gift to the third special interest group, the Washington, D.C. City Council (run by Democrats) voted to force Walmart (and “big box” stores like it) to pay its employees a “living wage” which, in this case, is $12.50 per hour.
Unions, however, wouldn’t be bound by it:
Any waiver by an individual of any of the provisions of this act shall be deemed contrary to public policy and shall be void and unenforceable, except that employees are not barred from entering into a written valid collective bargaining agreement waiving provisions of this act if such waiver is set forth in clear and unambiguous terms.
Walmart is notoriously anti-union and has even closed stores where employees voted to unionize.
Walmart had promised to open 6 stores in the nation’s capital, which is beset by high violence and unemployment, however they have cancelled plans to build 3 of those planned stores.
Liberals called it a win for the worker but it’s really anything but that.
Minimum wages were never intended for anybody to live on them… they were simply what you made when you first entered the workforce. As a worker gains skills they become more valuable. If the employer doesn’t train the employee to specialize in something then that is up to the individual. If you never try and be better than a floor sweeper then that’s all you’re going to get… that’s how Capitalism works and it’s why brain surgeons are paid more than janitors… specialization.
Living wages are meant to give unskilled workers more money than they are really worth. Higher labor costs mean employers will hire fewer people (or lay off employees) and/or raise prices.
San Francisco has a “living wage” which hits restaurants especially hard:
At Momo’s Restaurant across from the Giants ballpark, every employee already makes more than the minimum wage, but the increase means the restaurant might not hire new workers. “Throughout the fiscal year, it’ll probably add another $40,000, $50,000 to the existing payroll,” Damon Hall said. “It’s just harder to meet your bottom line on a month to month basis.”
And many economists have said that it is the young who are the ones who suffer because they are mostly unskilled workers. In the U.S., youth unemployment is twice the regular unemployment… at 16.2%.
Realistically, what this means is that Democrats are exempting one of their main interest groups, unions, from these “living wage” rules, stores like Walmart will hire fewer people, more young will find it tougher to find jobs, and everybody else will just sign up for Government aid.
Meanwhile politicians from both parties seek to legalize up to 30 million illegal aliens, most of whom are going to be unskilled.