Whole Foods Another Example of Disastrous Effects of Socialist Democrats

How often have you heard that history is destined to be repeated? Or, what about two wrongs don’t make a right? There are a number of clichés and quotes that could be used to what is happening with today’s socialist Democrats.

One of the promises being made by socialist Democrats is raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. They claim that this will allow millions of Americans making at or near minimum wage, to be able to provide for themselves and their family.

For several years, Democrats in some areas of the nation have raised the minimum wage in their cities, not waiting for a raise in the federal minimum wage. The first major location Democrats pushed their increased minimum wage was Seattle who did this in 2015.

A report from the University of Washington (UW), found that when wages increased to $13 in 2016, some companies may have responded by cutting low-wage workers’ hours. The study, which was funded in part by the city of Seattle, found that workers clocked 9% fewer hours on average, and earned $125 less each month after the most recent increase.”

The next Democratic controlled city to raise the minimum wage was New York City. So, how did this help workers in the Big Apple? Reports coming out of New York City say that Applebee’s restaurants have cut their work force by over 1,000 employees. The reports also state that at least 1,000 restaurants have either closed their doors or moved out of the city due to the increase of the minimum wage. Figuring that between cooks, waiters, waitresses, busboys, cleaning staff, management and other employees, each restaurant employed anywhere from 10 to 50 workers, losing 1,000 restaurants means that the city lost somewhere between 10,000 to as many as 50,000 jobs, not counting the 1,000+ jobs that Applebee’s cut.

Applebee’s CEO of New York franchises Zane Tankel placed all of the blames directly on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both socialist Democrats. He said that thanks to their raising the minimum wage, the Applebee’s restaurants in the city, which were famous for their service, went from 1 server for every 3-4 tables to 1 server for 10 tables. In order to pay the increased minimum wage, the restaurants were forced to cut up to two-thirds of their staff. Tankel commented:

“The model now that we’re heading towards – where we had one server for three or four tables – we’re moving towards one server for 10 tables … eliminating about two-thirds of our labor ultimately, but it’s because of Cuomo, De Blasio – the liberal agenda.”

“[I]f you don’t have a job, $100 an hour doesn’t help you a whole lot, does it?”

One would think that after the increased minimum wage failed so miserably in Seattle and New York City, that they would learn from their mistakes, but no one ever said that socialists are that smart or reasonable.

Amazon is run by socialist Democrats and they finally succumbed to the pressure to raise their minimum wage and guess what? Yep, the same thing that happened in Seattle and New York City is happening in Amazon owned Whole Foods grocery stores, per this report:

“All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1 an hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2 an hour increase.”

“But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees.”

“‘My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,’ said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois.”

“Workers interviewed for this story were reluctant to speak on the record for fear of retaliation.”

“The Illinois-based worker explained that once the $15 minimum wage was enacted, part-time employee hours at their store were cut from an average of 30 to 21 hours a week, and full-time employees saw average hours reduced from 37.5 hours to 34.5 hours. The worker provided schedules from 1 November to the end of January 2019, showing hours for workers in their department significantly decreased as the department’s percentage of the entire store labor budget stayed relatively the same.”

“‘We just have to work faster to meet the same goals in less time,’ the worker said.”

“An internal email shared by the employee from their department manager cited the across-the-board shift cuts as ‘the direct result of guidance from our regional team’.”

“In Maryland, another Whole Foods worker said their regional management is forcing stores to cut full-time employee schedules by four hours, to 36 hours a week. ‘This hours cut makes that raise pointless as people are losing more than they gained and we rely on working full shifts,’ the worker said.”

“Another Whole Foods employee in Oregon noted: ‘At my store all full-time team members are 36 to 38 hours per week now. So what workers do if they want a full 40 hours is take a little bit of their paid time off each week to fill their hours to 40. Doing the same thing myself’.”

Raising the minimum wage failed in Seattle, so they tried it in New York. After raising the minimum wage failed in New York, Amazon’s Whole Foods decided to try raising the minimum wage and again it failed miserably. In all three examples of raising the minimum wage, workers were the ones really hurt the most.

Yet, socialist Democrats continue to lure the very same workers by making these kind of rash promises and the working-class people continue to listen and be drawn by the destructive promises of socialist Democrats. Have the learned from the mounting failures? Nope!

1 comment

  1. Warren A Hall

    Hmm. Not news to me. I posted this to Quora a few days ago:

    The minimum wage (MW), is the antithesis of fair, just, right or any of the other soothing, virtue-signaling terms that are so often applied in its pursuit. The first telling blow against this evil is that it absolutely destroys entry-level jobs.

    Over and over we have watched while minimums have sky-rocketed inner-city unemployment of teens, typically blacks who are in the greatest need of such positions. It can truthfully be said that your first job is the one which tells you more about yourself and your future than any other. It can be a truly great motivator. But for many, it may never be.

    Another built-in fallacy with such programs is that it is oblivious to both relative cost-of-living between cities and the unemployment rate, which moves up and down both nationally and regionally.

    Also, minimums translate across all pay scales, and generate inflation which is a hidden, insidious, deflator of all pay scales. Psychologically, it engenders a rationale that even if you bring nothing to the table, you have some worth. Nothing is farther from the truth, Employment is a negotiated contract between yourself and a person who wants something from you, your time, labor, or information. If they don’t offer you enough, you move on. If you don’t have enough to offer in return for your pay, they move on to another candidate – or worse to automation.

    That brings us to the worst of the situation of minimum pay. Namely, to the present-days confluence of AI and robotics: raising the MW induces, even compels, employers to seek automation to control expenses. Another way to control costs is to move offshore where pay is a pittance as against here in the U.S. This effect is what has caused the decline of our country over the past two or three decades. Generally, though, MW causes only local impact. We see it in Seattle and Wash D.C. notably, where the number of restaurants has declined as have the number of entry level positions therein. This effect is also seen in the planning and development of automation in kitchen preparation and customer service in McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food outlets.

    In summary, MW is a killer of income, a destroyer of wages, jobs, opportunities… everything except the esteemed self-identified feelings of virtue of its proponents.

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