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  •  welcome to the future (0+ / 0-)

    I've been automated out of two careers over the last few decades. No complaints, I saw it coming both times, but haven't been happy about it either. It is what it is.

    However ... in your case, and again I'm not trolling I think there are contradictions here that are interesting in the abstract and painful and real in the concrete, if you are providing groceries at good retail value why do you think that "reduced service to the customer" is going to drive you out?

    Also "rational connection to the work being performed."? If it's cashier just do the job yourself. The most successful small shop keeper I know, and Manhattan is not easy for the not corporate, works most of the hours himself. Good years he does very well. Bad years .... he survives. I don't think you'll respond that the work is beneath you but, previously when an owner said that to me, I responded: don't make plans for new years - and he was gone by Halloween.

    Is that exclusively a cashier wage issue? i.e. opening hours? If so it's a level playing field so my guess is the market will pass some of this onto the consumer. Minimum wage rate increases will equal price increases. In abstract I get this. Some inflation makes sitting on all the money at the top less attractive (as would some high end tax rates). In the real world it's going to hurt as I'm usually up against my budget brutally.

    Can anyone resist the big box stores and their economy of scale? It's an old story - see early 19th century garment artisans - and one that will either be addressed or continue a drift towards 21st century feudalism.

    In your case can you depend on some customer loyalty? Can you modify the business model? I've been living "change or die" more and more each year month.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:40:15 PM PST

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    •  indeed (0+ / 0-)

      My business will need to change or die. I understand that.

      But for any business, mandating that the entry-level worker gets a three dollar raise means that the employer will be unable to give a raise to the experienced worker who has been working hard, learning new skills and warrants a merit-based raise. That will be the initial reaction, anyway, until the surviving businesses raise prices. And with indexing the rate to inflation, it seems like it will accelerate inflation.

      By the way, my cashiers earn more than minimum, but if this increase happens I don't see how I will be able to hire first-time workers or special needs workers, which is a real shame. I don't know where those people will find work.

      •  the problem of course (0+ / 0-)

        is that 40+ hours of minimum wage is not a living wage. All ships rise with the tide? Obviously not given the current economy.

        Where anyone gets work in this post New Deal country is getting sketchier and sketchier. I'm old chasing kids around learning two new skills a year and it's touch and go.

        But forcing the minimum closer to a living wage seems like a price that must be paid. And it would be a level playing field so your competitors would have the same issues.

        If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

        by jgnyc on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:10:24 PM PST

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