Running a business in America has always been tough, but there’s an expectation of success that comes with pouring your heart and mind into a good idea and reaching the people with products and services. America is the land in which opportunity is greatest for those who are willing to step up and take their piece of the dream. And for those who are not as ambitious or who focus their energy in other aspects of life, there are plenty of good jobs waiting for them.
But the progressive mindset that many Democrats have adopted in an effort to “buy” votes through government meddling with wage laws is threatening the American dream on both ends of the spectrum. It’s getting harder for businesses in places like New York City to stay afloat with their $15 minimum wage and interference with tip wages. Most are cutting hours. Many are laying off employees. Some are shutting down altogether.
The hospitality industry has been especially hard-hit as it has traditionally been a business that keeps labor costs low by offering entry-level positions and paying wait- and bar-staff lower while allowing them to make most of their money through tips. It’s a system that has worked for decades, a system that has been upended by the minimum wage mandates.
“It’s death by a thousand cuts,” the Hospitality Alliance’s Andrew Rigie told The NY Post, since “there’s only so many times you can increase the price of a burger and a bowl of pasta.”
Now, both businesses and employees are suffering as a result of a mandate that as supposed to make things better for them.
In Sunday’s Post, Jennifer Gould Keil reported on the death of Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar — closing after 25 years. It struggled all year to find a way out, gradually laying off most non-tipped employees, including some chefs, only to find that quality suffered and customers fled. Owners Liz and Nat Milner finally hung it up.
Other eateries share the pain. In an August survey of its members, the NYC Hospitality Alliance found more than three-quarters have had to cut employee hours, more than a third eliminated jobs last year and half plan to cut staff this year.
One of the ironic victims of the minimum wage atrocity was The Coffee Shop, an attraction in New York City made famous in multiple episodes of the HBO show Sex and the City. It shut its doors after being unable to stay afloat with the minimum wage laws bearing down on them. Ironically, it’s the bar where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worked.
Many NYC employees are learning that the real minimum wage is zero as their jobs are being cut and their employers are crumbling under the weight of the obtuse progressive mindset. When Democrats try to “help,” firmly tell them, “No!”
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