As more states and municipalities across the nation begin implementing higher base pay rates for unskilled workers, many companies have either started or plan to start replacing these employees with machines.
Specifically in the fast food industry, chains like McDonald’s are already offering self-service kiosks instead of clerks. By all estimates, the practice is only expected to increase as minimum-wage activists continue pushing their agenda.
The unsustainable cost of doing business with artificially high wages being set by the government is not only a problem among the owners of burger joints, though. Express Employment Professionals recently conducted a survey that found 30 percent of businesses polled admitted they would be forced to lay off employees should the minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour.
Even more — 37 percent — said they would be forced to hike the prices of the goods or services currently being offered.
Nearly 400 businesses in the U.S. and Canada took part in the survey, which left Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk with one overarching takeaway.
“While some workers will see a raise,” he acknowledged, “this survey shows that there are clear negative consequences for raising the wage to $15. Policymakers should always keep in mind the unintended consequences of their actions.”