When this commentary is combined with economic common sense, it becomes very clear that a higher minimum wage will hurt the low-income workers it’s designed to help, eliminating much needed jobs and opportunities. If big labor was concerned with these workers, they’d immediately stop their “Fight For $15” push, but they are more interested in picking up political clout which is the sole reason why their campaign continues.
Maybe it was the rain or it could have been the recent news about how a higher minimum wage will force business to use automation but yesterday’s “Fight for $15” protests in Illinois severely underwhelmed. Expecting 8,000 people, less than a fifth of that number showed up to call for a higher minimum wage.
With the recent news that the “Fight for $15” is on the cusp of officially joining the SEIU, proving once and for all that this movement is a political power grab for big labor, it’s no surprise that our cameras caught what are no doubt union paid-for buses shuttling members to the protest site.
Dagen McDowell recognized this truth and powerfully explained yesterday that the “Fight For $15” is not about wages or workers, but simply is a power grab by big labor to fill their coffers. Be sure to check out her comments for the truth on this movement:
Additionally, coverage of yesterday’s protests caused several analysts to highlight how a higher minimum wage has severe economic consequences for low-income workers, saying that it will lead to job loss. This morning, Fox Business Network highlighted how a higher minimum wage is bound to eliminate jobs and increase automation:
CKE Restaurant CEO Andy Puzder also appeared on television and noted that if a higher minimum wage is implemented, his restaurants will not be able to afford to hire new workers and would even have to lay off current staff: