Even Social Justice Must Give Way to Basic Economics (UPDATED)

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Even Social Justice Must Give Way to Basic Economics (UPDATED)

by baldilocks

[cap­tion id=“attachment_108000” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Okay, maybe Spock didn’t really say that about Social Justice.[/caption]

Stuff Spock Said.

Am I read­ing this correctly?

On Tues­day, 7 of the 13 mem­bers of Washington’s city coun­cil spon­sored a bill to jet­ti­son the wage hike for tipped work­ers that 56% of D.C. vot­ers had approved by a bal­lot ini­tia­tive less than a month before.

Under Ini­tia­tive 77, the work­ers would see their min­i­mum wage climb from the cur­rent $3.89 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026, eras­ing the dif­fer­ence between tipped and non­tipped workers. (…)

But the D.C. coun­cil mem­bers came to under­stand what econ­o­mists — and D.C. restau­rant work­ers them­selves — already know. Sharp increases in the min­i­mum wage will cost lost hours, lost jobs and lost income. (The unem­ploy­ment rate is over 9% in D.C.‘s poorer wards.) (…)

Democ­rats woke? Not quite.

The writer points out that the D.C. City Coun­cil has yet to fig­ure out that the uni­ver­sal minimum-​wage trade-​off applies to non­tipped work­ers also. That law is still in effect.

This wage man­date, just like the one the coun­cil is try­ing to repeal, will also end up hurt­ing the very peo­ple it’s sup­posed to help.

I’m just shocked that a largely Demo­c­rat body with a nearly exclu­sively Demo­c­rat con­stituency is doing this. What could be dri­ving even a bare major­ity of that coun­cil to vote to repeal one of the sta­ples of “equality?”

Oh wait … it’s in D.C. — where the movers and shak­ers lunch, booze and schmooze. Min­i­mum wage for wait­ers and wait­resses would result in fewer wait staff, slower ser­vice, and, undoubt­edly, crap­pier ser­vice as well. Can’t have that.

Mys­tery solved.

RELATED: The $15 Min­i­mum Wage Is Wreak­ing Havoc On New York City Dining

Of all affected busi­nesses, restau­rants are at the great­est risk of los­ing their abil­ity to oper­ate under the strain of crush­ing finan­cial demands. They run at the high­est day-​to-​day oper­a­tional costs of any busi­ness, partly because they must employ more peo­ple to run effi­ciently. In cities like New York, Wash­ing­ton DC, and San Fran­cisco, even a restau­rant that has great vis­i­bil­ity and lots of traf­fic can­not keep up with erratic rent increases and min­i­mum wage doubling.

When the min­i­mum wage for tipped work­ers was much lower, employ­ees sourced most of their income from guest gra­tu­ities, so restau­rants were able to staff more peo­ple and pro­vided ample train­ing to cre­ate a highly skilled team. The skills employ­ees gained through train­ing and expe­ri­ence then increased their value to bar­gain for future, better-​paying jobs.

It’s as if Left­ist politi­cians don’t want work­ing stiffs to improve their finan­cial posi­tion in soci­ety and, through mass finan­cial stag­na­tion, the aver­age worker might begin to believe that cap­i­tal­ism doesn’t work and social­ism might be a bet­ter way.

Nah, that can’t be it.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-​GoDaddy host!

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by baldilocks

Okay, maybe Spock didn’t really say that about Social Justice.

Stuff Spock Said.

Am I reading this correctly?

On Tuesday, 7 of the 13 members of Washington’s city council sponsored a bill to jettison the wage hike for tipped workers that 56% of D.C. voters had approved by a ballot initiative less than a month before.

Under Initiative 77, the workers would see their minimum wage climb from the current $3.89 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026, erasing the difference between tipped and nontipped workers. (…)

But the D.C. council members came to understand what economists — and D.C. restaurant workers themselves — already know. Sharp increases in the minimum wage will cost lost hours, lost jobs and lost income. (The unemployment rate is over 9% in D.C.’s poorer wards.) (…)

Democrats woke? Not quite.

The writer points out that the D.C. City Council has yet to figure out that the universal minimum-wage trade-off applies to nontipped workers also. That law is still in effect.

This wage mandate, just like the one the council is trying to repeal, will also end up hurting the very people it’s supposed to help.

I’m just shocked that a largely Democrat body with a nearly exclusively Democrat constituency is doing this. What could be driving even a bare majority of that council to vote to repeal one of the staples of “equality?”

Oh wait … it’s in D.C. — where the movers and shakers lunch, booze and schmooze. Minimum wage for waiters and waitresses would result in fewer wait staff, slower service, and, undoubtedly, crappier service as well. Can’t have that.

Mystery solved.

RELATED: The $15 Minimum Wage Is Wreaking Havoc On New York City Dining

Of all affected businesses, restaurants are at the greatest risk of losing their ability to operate under the strain of crushing financial demands. They run at the highest day-to-day operational costs of any business, partly because they must employ more people to run efficiently. In cities like New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco, even a restaurant that has great visibility and lots of traffic cannot keep up with erratic rent increases and minimum wage doubling.

When the minimum wage for tipped workers was much lower, employees sourced most of their income from guest gratuities, so restaurants were able to staff more people and provided ample training to create a highly skilled team. The skills employees gained through training and experience then increased their value to bargain for future, better-paying jobs.

It’s as if Leftist politicians don’t want working stiffs to improve their financial position in society and, through mass financial stagnation, the average worker might begin to believe that capitalism doesn’t work and socialism might be a better way.

Nah, that can’t be it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

Or hit Juliette’s!

 

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