March 23, 2016

$15 minimum wage? Meet your replacement.

Remember the ranks of the marginally employable agitating for $15/hr and unions to protect them? They have sown the seeds of their own demise.

To wit:

“We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider.

Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage.

“If you’re making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive- this is not rocket science,” Puzder said.

This is predictable as it is sad. Automation is going to have some seriously disruptive effects on entry level jobs very soon. I don't know what the solution is or how we are going to absorb these changes but I'd by lying if I said I wasn't concerned.

Posted by Duffy at March 23, 2016 03:00 PM | TrackBack

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