One of California’s most beloved fast-food joints has enlisted the services of a burger-flipping robot as the state moves toward a $15 minimum wage.
California is projected to have a $15 statewide minimum wage by 2022. Economists project this will lead to a loss of 400,000 jobs, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute.
The leader of a union-backed group pushing for higher minimum wages heaped praise on disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali in the past even as it campaigned against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.
Democratic Executive Isiah Leggett of Montgomery County, Maryland signed legislation Monday that requires a $15-an-hour minimum wage for businesses in the next few years, despite opposition from local business owners and the county’s Chamber of Commerce.
One of the top labor figures in the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign on Monday resigned from his senior position at the Service Employees International Union amid complaints about his sexual conduct toward staffers.
The Service Employees International Union has suspended Executive Vice President Scott Courtney after questions arose about his sexual conduct that may have violated the union’s ethics and anti-nepotism policies.
The restaurant chain President Barack Obama once hailed for paying high entry-level wages is opening a store staffed by robots, rather than human cashiers.