What a $15 wage will really mean for New York’s fast food workers

What a $15 wage will really mean for New York’s fast food workers

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COLLAGE OF CONSEQUENCES - Before and after $15 per hour minimum wage increase. COLLAGE OF CONSEQUENCES – Before and after $15 per hour minimum wage increase.

Washington Policy Center by Erin Shannon

As fast food employers in the state of New York brace for that state’s impending $15 wage mandate, one business owner succinctly explained what the high wage will mean for her business and her employees:

It really is going to come to less people. What I envision is cutting labor, hiring less people, having less people per shift.”

The owner of three Tropical Smoothie Cafes on Long Island said she simply cannot afford a $15 wage for all of her employees. She already raised her prices to offset the recent increase in New York’s state minimum wage (from $7.25 to $8.75 with an increase to $9 scheduled at the end of the year). She fears yet another price increase will drive customers away. So she says she will likely offset the…

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