Whole Foods agreed to adopt a $15 minimum wage, giving in to mounting pressure and demands from liberal activists.
So what happened when they actually got what they wanted? Let’s just say the result is not what they were hoping for.
“In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods, which it purchased in 2017,” the Guardian reported.
But here’s the kicker:
“But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees.”
“We just have to work faster to meet the same goals in less time,” one worker in Illinois reportedly said.
It’s a story that has repeated itself over the years. Once employers are forced to pay more, they must find ways to offset the cost, regularly resulting in reduced hours for workers or layoffs.
"And it's not just in Illinois. A Maryland-based employee told the paper their regional manager has ordered that all full-time employees suffer a four-hour reduction per week to 36 hours, making the raise 'pointless' because people are actually 'losing more than they gained' as a result of fewer hours worked," the Daily Wire noted. "An Oregon-based Whole Foods employee cited a similar policy of reducing full-timers from 40 to just 36 or 38 hours per week."
It's almost like companies and workers benefit more when the free market is left to decide on what to pay workers.