Target Employees Are Furious After Raising Minimum Wage, You'll Never Guess Why

It seems that all "progressives" and millennials are about the minimum wage bandwagon nowadays.

Most liberals are asking for at least $15 per hour, but in some cases, we've seen some super-progressives demanding $17-$20. But now those who had their wishes come true are regretting it, just like we said would happen.

Take Target for example. In 2017, the company announced that it would be increasing its minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2020. At the time of this writing, they are at $13 per hour company-wide. This is a very fair wage for the type of work they're doing. I once had a job in a pharmaceutical factory and the most I ever got up to was $16 and some change.

But what the employees didn't except was the reduction in hours they would receive as a result of the increased wages.

According to The Blaze,

One employee, Heather, told CNN that when her hourly pay rate increased, management cut her total work hours.

"I got that dollar raise but I'm getting $200 less in my paycheck," she said. "I have no idea how I'm going to pay rent or buy food."

Other employees, Caren and Michael, told CNN their hours were cut substantially. Caren said she lost her health insurance — forcing her to quit her job — while Michael has had to pick up a side job just to make ends meet.

One of the reason hours are being cut is the development of retail automation, namely in the form of the self-checkout line.

"They really cut those hours back from them with the introduction of self-checkout," a former store director told CNN.

Here is the big thing that "progressives" can't seem to understand; companies don't just have an unlimited supply of money that they use to pay employees with. They can pay employees becaue it has earned enough money to stay in business and provide jobs for others. So whenever minimum wages are increased for any reason, that money must come from somewhere and what companies typically do is look for other areas or ways to cut in some places.

So if they only offer health benefits to employees who work more than 30 per week, well that's a big cost to the company, so cutting 10 hours per week will help balance out the extra they're having to pay per hour.

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