Union interests are targeting McDonald’s restaurants May 15th in their campaign to raise wages to $15. In actuality, it’s just a cover to try to force the global chain to unionize workers in order to increase the unions’ flagging membership, which has been decreasing for decades.
That’s why they’re not going to tell the workers that if they actually were successful in raising the wages, they’d most likely lose their jobs as restaurants close down or their jobs are replaced by automation. Job losses are exactly what are happening on military bases, after Obama announced minimum wage hikes among employees of federal contractors:
Four restaurants, including three McDonald’s outlets, will close within the next three weeks on Navy installations, according to Navy Exchange Service Command officials.
And two other contractors — a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor — have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES officials.
A source with knowledge of military on-base resale operations said the issue likely has to do with two new government regulations — one implemented, one pending — that will affect wages for contract workers in such on-base concessions.
These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”