Starbucks Faces Labor Issues Thanks to Leftist Pressure

Starbucks Faces Labor Issues Thanks to Leftist Pressure

When the left began campaigning for a higher minimum wage in 2012, many economists pointed out the inherent flaws behind the idea. Namely, that the money would have to come from somewhere, either in the form of price increases or workforce reductions.

Regardless, the left pressed on, because their goal has never been to help the "disadvantaged." Rather, this has been a cleverly disguised agenda designed to slowly decrease opportunities, thereby creating a 'victimized' voter base that will keep Democrats in power. The less opportunities available for self-sufficiency, the more dependent the people will be on a big government to provide for them. And we all know how much the left loves big government.

In the latest development from coffee giant Starbucks, the same employee that once demanded higher wages is now complaining of reduced resources and increased workload:

A Starbucks worker says the chain needs to start listening to baristas if it wants to survive.

According to an open letter written by Jaime Prater, Starbucks’ employees are “buckling under the weight of expectation and tasks” as they juggle an increasing number of responsibilities due to the rise of mobile ordering.
— Kate Taylor, reporting for Business Insider

Mobile ordering is not the reason for the rise in responsibilities or the reduction in resources. In fact, an increase in mobile ordering is good; it means there is a demand for business, otherwise there would be no reason for continued operation, much less employment.

The root of the issues can be traced back to Prater's 2016 open letter, in which he complains about insufficient pay and benefits. In return, Starbucks implemented several changes, including pay raises for their workforce. In essence, Prater's complaint is that he has to work harder now that he's getting more money. Imagine that.

From Prater's letter:

Many baristas are twenty-something college students, living at home. Many more are people like myself, artists, writers, breadwinners, who depend on their income.
— Jaime Prater in an open letter to Starbucks

When a business raises pay without a equally raising prices or eliminating positions, corners must be cut, especially when margins are tight. Protesters claiming that Starbucks makes a ridiculous margin on their products are generally misinformed, neglecting to factor in other fixed costs such as rent, utilities and labor. The myth of the bloated, overpaid corporate executive is exactly that, a myth. With increased pay comes increased responsibility for a more selective position.

Leftists don't want a working class. They want a suffering class, and they want their bloated administrations to be the only solution to alleviate the very problems they create. The premise of gainful employment was to create surplus value for your employer, because that's the only way they'd be able to attain higher pay and more responsibilities. The same still holds true today, but whiny millennials don't seem to understand that, as a result of pay-increase demands, hours are being cut and businesses are shutting down altogether.

One of the tenets required to operate in a state of Condition Yellow is alertness, observing subtle changes that can cause ripple effects. If you or your loved ones are currently working minimum wage jobs, know that it's only a matter of time before you will become irrelevant to your employer, thanks to the left's policies.

The solution is not to demand more for less. The solution is personal responsibility, looking for ways to create surplus value in an increasingly regulated market.

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