Common sense tells us that if something becomes more expensive, less of it is consumed. And, if that something happens to minimum wage workers, the same is true.
A few days after Labor Day American Thinker ran a post titled Fast food strikers: meet your replacement robot. The article reported on how the far left SEIU had organized protests for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in several cities across America. Most of the protests took place near fast food restaurants. Many of the protestors were arrested for blocking traffic. The author believes that these protests by striking fast food workers and others were designed as a ” propaganda exercise aimed at fomenting anger that could turn into voting for Democrats in November.”
Okay. This is nothing new. What was interesting is what the author reported next:
Meanwhile, with perfect timing, a company called Momentum Machines debuted a hamburger-making robot…
Dylan Love of Business Insider:
The company’s robot can “slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.” The robot is “more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.” That’s one burger every 10 seconds.
The next generation of the device will offer “custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.”
Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his “device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them.”
So, if the fast food industry decides to install these types of robots, it will result in the loss of one of the few opportunities teenagers of getting a job. The SEIU could care less about teenage unemployment. They are not really interested in minimum wage workers. Their interest clearly lays with their higher paid union members. It’s common for their contracts to have a clause that requires the employers to raise all wages every time the government passes a law increasing the minimum wage. This is true even where the employer has no minimum wage positions in their work force.
So, you parents of teenagers are just going to have to work harder so you can give your sons and daughters a bigger allowance and you may want to think about fixing up that attic over the garage because it may be years before your children will be able to leave the nest.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?