The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers

The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers

If the car wash workers can organize, any
workers can organize. In 2015 demonstrators including union leaders
and elected officials blocked traffic and were arrested in front
of a small car wash in Brooklyn. It was an empowering moment. These workers were willing to stand out there
to fight for their rights and for basic human dignity. I mean that’s something that you take with
you for the rest of your life. And you have the ability to make change by
coming together and when you do that, sometimes you find that
you’ve got some friends on your side. In the past six years industries like car
washes that employ low skilled workers have been the target of lawsuits for alleged
underpayment of wages. And they both engage in rampant labor law
violations. An ambitious unionization drive. Let’s hear it then! And a successful campaign to raise the minimum
wage in New York to 15 dollars per hour. We’re gonna lead the way, the nation’s going
to watch us and we’re gonna raise up this state. But here’s what really happened. Instead of helping New York’s low wage workers the movement is destroying their jobs it’s pushed some car washes to replace their
employees with machines and others to close down. Increasingly, workers have no choice but to
ply their trade out of illegal vans parked on the street. Because the minimum wage has made it illegal
for anyone to hire them at the going rate. At the same time, businesses that have chosen
to automate are benefitting. Thank you so much for $15 dollars an hour,
the best thing that could happen to us. Because outlawing cheap labor makes it harder for new competitors to undercut
them on price and service. This is an in depth look at the real world
consequences when politicians interfere with a complex
industry that they don’t understand enabled by media coverage that rarely questions
their simplistic tale of exploited workers in need of protection. Protect against who? The car wash campaign serves as a model for
what might be possible. In 2012 a coalition of progressive groups
led by the national retail workers union launched an ambitious campaign to transform
New York City’s car wash industry. The genesis of the campaign came out of the
realization that you had an industry which was really just a breeding ground for
terrible conditions hottest days of the year and the coldest days
of the year these workers are outside, working 60-70 hours
a week and sometimes more and not even getting payed the minimum wage. I think workers felt that they didn’t have
many choices and they really had no one that they could
turn to. And we felt that we could have a real impact
on the industry. But the truth is that almost from day one nothing about the car wash campaign has gone
as planned. For starters, it turns out that most workers
don’t want thelp from organized labor. After 6 years organizers have unionized 11
businesses or about 4% of the city’s car washes. Two of them have since closed down and the
union withdrew at three more because of a lack of support from the workers. There are just 6 unionized shops remaining, or about 2% of the city’s registered car washes. Ervin Par is an immigrant from Guatemala who
works at Main Street Car Wash in Queens one of the city’s six remaining unionized
shops. Organizers have held two strikes at this location
in the past few years. And the New York Times has covered allegations
of worker mistreatment here. Now Main Street could become the fourth car
wash where the workers pressured the union to withdraw. Protect against who? At this particular time we represent the workers
there and we certainly hope that we’ll be able to
continue to do that. With the unionization drive floundering, the movement’s leaders shifted their focus
to getting the city and state to mandate change. The most significant government intervention
championed by the union was an increase in the minimum wage to $15
per hour. New York is the progressive capitol of the
nation. We fight for fairness, we fight for justice. This move is upending the industry, but not
in the way activists intended. We’ve heard over the years from employers
repeatedly that any time that we’ve made changes within
the industry that either they’d all automate or the industry
would suffer massive shutdowns. We haven’t seen that happen to date. In reality, that’s exactly what’s happening. The $15 dollar minimum wage is driving many
New York car washes to replace men with machines. Such as at this large operation in Queens
that installed a new arch for hosing down vehicles which will replace about 4 workers. Like many of the city’s car washes, this one
was designed at a time when manual labor cost less than installing and maintaining machinery. Labor was cheap, yeah, real cheap. Amir Malki is a second generation car wash
builder. When he started in the industry in the 1980s operators all over the city were actually
dismantling machinery because rag, hose and brush wielding men did
a better job for less. Today, it’s reversing. Labor’s expensive and we need the proper equipment
to clean so we don’t have to use extra men. It’s not just renovations, new fully automated car washes are opening
up such as this state of the art outfit near
JFK airport with electronic gates, a self serve vacuum
and a single manager on site making sure everything is running smoothly. Car wash owners are choosing to automate even
though it entails substantial risk. Take Best Auto Spa in Brooklyn, one of the
city’s premiere handwashes. Drawing clients who care deeply about the
appearance of their cars and are willing to pay more for the human
touch. The $15 minimum wage means that this business
model is simply no longer viable. So Best Auto Spa is transforming from the
equivalent of an artisanal bistro to becoming just another fast food joint. Two years ago the owner installed $2000 worth
of equipment which allowed him to lay off 8 workers. Now he’s facing another policy change that
would further increase his labor costs. Employers are currently allowed to attribute
a portion of the tips earned by their workers towards meeting the minimum wage requirement. New York State is seriously considering a
proposal to eliminate the so called tip credit. If that happens come January, The owner of Vegas Auto Spa says he’ll have
no choice but to give all these employees the pink slip
and go fully automated. Then you have MM Wonder Bar, Church Avenue, you have new fully automated places opening
up like City Car Wash express on Northern Boulevard
and Staten Island, I could go on. What is your take on these examples, that I think do actually show a major trend
towards automation. I get it if you go into a car wash and the
owner has said ‘I’ve automated because of what’s going on
here.’ that it makes you think that it’s like, you
know, part of a much broader story. I’m not saying it isn’t the case, I’m justsaying that it’s like that might not necessarily be the case. It’s true that not every car wash owner is
willing to take on the risk and expense of automation and there’s another option: exit the business and relinquish their land
for more profitable uses. Which has also been happening at many New
York car washes. Several car washes were closed after their
owners were sued for paying off the books and not complying with labor regulations. We will continue to keep an eye on these businesses to ensure that they don’t stray from the path
of righteous business practices. A lawsuit contributed to closing of this car
wash in Woodside Queens, to this one in Harlem and to this one in upper
Manhattan. At each of these locations, dozens of low
wage jobs disappeared. Are workers really better off when the car
wash that they worked for closes down? Yeah, I don’t agree with your assessment that these car washes are closing as a result
of wage and hour lawsuits. That might not necessarily be the case that may be how it’s being characterized to
you. Another unintended consequence is that for business owners who choose to
stick it out and automate the $15 minimum wage actually protects them
from competition by making it harder for new car washes to
open up. Solely from being a businessman the increase
in the minimum wage makes my business so much easier. The best thing that could happen to me and
I think to the industry. Jack Belinsky is the manager of a new car
wash in Queens. It opened last year at the site of yet another
labor heavy operation that closed following a wage and hour lawsuit. The new owner converted it to a fully automated
exterior-only car wash. Meaning customers are left to vacuum the interiors
of their own vehicles. Cause we used to do the same thing with 25
people, now I’m doing it with 2. By making cheap labor illegal, the $15 minimum wage made it possible for
Belinsky to downgrade his service. Before, if I go exterior then my competition
says ‘ah, he went exterior and I’m still full service,
I’ll take all his customers.’ That never gave me a chance to go exterior, right now everybody is forced to go exterior
because of this crazy law and the minimum wage $15 an hour. Now everybody, it evened out the field. The $15 minimum wage amounts to government
prohibition of low wage work. And yet just making something illegal, won’t stop able bodied men with few alternatives from meeting a market demand for their services. These workers have few options and little
power, they live in the shadows. The irony is that progressives have pushed
car wash workers further into the shadows. Since legitimate car washes can no longer
hire them workers are going to the streets where it’s all cash, no taxes, no unions,
no worker’s comp, no insurance and certainly no wage floors. Fausto, who asked to be identified by his
first name only, is an illegal car wash worker. He’s part of a three man operation washing
cars on the curb out of a van for about $15 a pop. He’s lived in the US for 19 years and still sends a portion of his earnings back to the Dominican Republic to help support his wife and children. How the hell can you, how can I compete? Because of these guys, their paying cash,
you understand? They’re not paying the proper taxes, FICA,
insurance, but I am. And now the established car washes, left with
no choice but to install expensive machines and plaster their walls with operating licenses are the ones clamoring for the government
to enforce the minimum wage. ‘We worry for the workers, look at the rules
that we make.’ But if those rules are not enforced, those
laws are toothless. They only destroy the good guy that tries
to follow all the rules and has to compete with the bad guy that breaks
all the rules. Some of these guys working out of these vans
don’t have other employment options are you sure that it would be in their best
interest to shut them down? Yeah I actually, I do and I’m going to be
very blunt about that. You can always make the argument that you
can allow some people to skirt the law some people to skirt regulations that are
meant to protect workers in an effort to give people work opportunities. That’s a devil’s bargain. Or maybe the real devil’s bargain is championing
a set of policies that sound good at a rally but that in the real world jeopardize the
livelihood of the working poor. Which brings us back to Vegas Auto Spa, the Brooklyn car wash that progressive activists
made an example of back in 2015. Shortly after the car wash unionized, the
owner started planning his exit strategy. Two years later he found a buyer who kept
it running for one more year. Today Vegas Auto Spa is shuttered and the ripple effects of the entire movement
have been to destabilize an industry. Pushing the men and women who worked in it
even deeper into the shadows.

100 thoughts on “The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers

  1. why are we raising minimum wage and not fixing the fed reserve?

  2. This video is VERY poorly researched and loaded with misinformation.
    Nations with no wage protections or unions/collective bargaining: North Korea, Guinea, Guyana, Somalia, Qatar, East Timor, Malaysia (very marginal), the UAE.
    Nations with no minimum wage but with strong trade unions: Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark.
    Australia pays a living minimum wage and citizens in that nation enjoy a far superior quality of life to that of the average American. Same with New Zealand.
    In fact, nearly every other developed nation, despite having a fraction of the US GDP, pays better wages and offers better access to basic care. This is also true of developing nations like Costa Rica. To put this to scale, California alone has a larger GDP than every European nation other than Germany.
    What's particularly grotesque about this propaganda piece by Reason is that it deliberately avoids talking about large employers like WalMart and chains like Denny's and IHOP that could easily afford to pay living wages the way co-ops like WinCo Foods does, or pay better the way Costco and In-n-Out burger do as well.
    What's even more galling is that in "right to work" states (see MLK's comments on that) tipped employees are a paid a fraction of the federal MW regardless of what they make in tips (think "seasonal" and how that radically impacts incomes).
    This propagandistic hit piece by Reason is very deliberately crafted to mislead and misdirect from the bigger picture.
    As for the car washers, the smart thing for them to do would be to pool their resources and open a car wash or chain of washes. Hand washes are still quite popular in many places, largely because had washing does far less damage to paint and does a better job overall.

  3. "The [Fascist] government will accord full freedom to private enterprise and will abandon all intervention in private economy." – Benito Mussolini

  4. Payimg the low paid more money means, more money in the local economy. Consumer economies nees consumers, prices are kept down by more people buying the product. Simples.

  5. Well you could see it as we shut down multiple car washes and made it so only the rich succeed while simultaneously ending jobs that people need but….Why would you?I assure you this is for the best.
    Just a small taste of a flawed socialist ideal that killed an industry…sadly they will probably vote for Bernie

  6. Something gotta gives. You can't have juicy steaks without killing cows.

  7. such major jump of min wage to 15/h was supposed to come at fifteen years ago, after the stagnating hour salaries the Reaganomics created in the 80s.

  8. uneducated people demanding higher wages just to live in cities they can't afford only causes many companies to automate their labor or move to another location. Socialism idea has no idea how to protect both the jobs and the employees they just use unions and democrats to fail it's citizens. There is no win in any of this unless the entitlement attitude ends with these people.

  9. They fight for justice? lol I call that bullshit

  10. What 15$ minimum wage?

  11. the unions are the 21st century mob, as it seems….

  12. Lol washing cars is a skilled labor lol

  13. How about if all workers worked for free or begged to pay for the privilege of having a job…..would the business owner be happy…….?

  14. Nobody would need a raise if the cost of living would stay the same or go down. Why don't a house or Apartment rental stay the same?

  15. How about we just change the system we created? Why do we always act like we can't do anything about any issue

  16. they should make the robots pay tax 100 fold. then mabey they will give people their jobs back

  17. Boo to the Confederate video talk points, focus on how these cheap non Christian employers rather skip over all than pay what is over due. We need fair pay everywhere, my current job cut hours to force me to do more work. Since im the only one in the restaurant i dont have a choice, break, better opportunities and thats been for 4 years. Tired of getting ripped off but there no employer for us to go or rely on. Not the dems fault, just corporate greed and ignorance that stops us from enforcing them to protect workers in general….

  18. never heard of a blackmarket carwash.

  19. Progressives and unions ruin the country but at the same time making all the entrepreneurs make new ways to go around the laws and regulations

  20. Wait… I thought small businesses where not required to pay $15hr.. I have seen the same with a couple that bought a franchise Subway and only have 2 employees yet they are considered a big business… You can do $15hr but you cannot do it right across the board.. It should be a business that makes a certain amount with a certain amount of employees like Disney or Amazon… Not destroy small businesses and I'm a Progressive…

  21. Its so funny watching slaves defend their own slavery, well, if they want to be slaves, who are we to deny people what they want? fuck it, get rid of minimum wage entirely! Just think how many more workers they can afford paying only 3 dollars an hour

  22. It's funny how people blame Democrats or Republicans when they're both just two sides of the same coin. Instead of blaming the extremes why don't we just meet somewhere in the middle.

  23. Socialism has one basic root: ENVY. Then a desire for utopia. It leads to distopia, the opposite of utopia. Top down heavy handed government nanny care ends up creating the very hardships the liberals preach except the new "normal" has the blessing of idiot liberal media. Socialist democrats = equal misery.

  24. $15 dollars should be for USA citizens only, and not for people who are not citizens and not for people who are here on visas and should not be working. Whatever is in this land is for the citizens of this nation and not for visitors! especially unwanted visitors

  25. "And yet just making something illegal wont stop able bodied men with few alternatives from meeting a market demand for their services". A truly inspiring rallying cry when referencing the efforts of an influential locality to close the wage gap and take (admittedly imperfect) steps to address the problems of endemic poverty and inequality. A coward's cop-out when critiquing a militaristically authoritarian approach to the public health issue of drug use and abuse. I really like this video and applaud how it manages to present an informative and balanced portrait of this issue while still conveying a clear conclusion based on the facts the author(s) have presented (simply put, that no matter how noble or well-intentioned an initiative is it can, and likely will, have unforeseen consequences). I just wanted to take a moment to scream ineffectually into the cacophonous void of the internet in the hopes that someone who took this video as an unequivocal vindication of the purely theoretical idea of a "free market" might take a moment to consider the ideas that change is always painful, beliefs are inevitably contextual when formed in the chaotic landscape of the human mind, and mistakes are the grim mortar that helped pave the road to a world that is undeniably more hospitable to humanity that it has ever been. My personal take is that New York's minimum wage law is more valuable as a statement to the world about that state's belief in the values of human dignity, equality and opportunity than as a vehicle for change in an ineffably complex global landscape. I am likely both wrong and right in more ways than I can begin to comprehend, so I'll just keep trying to love all you nerds and hope that some of you will do the same. Same species, same planet, same destiny, same team.

  26. Our local car washes in southern ca have dumped labor in favor of fully automated car wash systems. Thank you big govt for "f"ing thousands of workers out of their jobs.

  27. I'd like to know how all these foreigners have the capital to start these businesses. Seems like every gas station, convince stores, motels etc are foreign owned.

  28. Liberals have all the answers just ask Californians

  29. Trumptard has lost more money than any one in america, yet the idiots who made this video and most who comment on it think he's a great business man. Monday morning all the idiots who made this video and all the idiots who commented positively on this have to go to their employer and demand that their wages be cut in half, so that the poor business owner or government agency or department you work for don't replace you with machines. IN fact, everyone who voted Republicunt has to demand that their salaries be cut in half. Not only are your salaries the reason your employers might replace you with machines but they are also the reason your employer can't hire more workers so production can go up and their profits and bonuses can be higher. You Republicunts should be ashamed of yourselves and you should all demand that your salaries be cut in half so that Trumptard and his corporate and Republicunt government friends can make bigger profits while they declare that they lost all of it so they don't have to pay any tax, in fact with your salaries cut in half you should now give what is left to Trump and or any of his friends or family

  30. Andrew Yang 2020

  31. Wow this is so powerful. I can't believe the guy who is so happy to fire people and give less service think he is one of the "good guys". :/

  32. RU fkn kidding me? The illegals are complaining about low wages…? The size of the labor pool determines wages. NYC sponsors Open Immigration. What a fkn joke.

  33. What about big corporations that refuse to pay overtime? Here in Canada we only have automated washes.

  34. The same people who lose their shit when someone wants 15 dollars an hour thinking it "ruins the economy" didn't bat an eye when gas was almost $5 a gallon during the Bush administration… For basically no reason at all….

    So how bout corporate/govt don't work together (I think they call it fascism) to bone people so people can except a lower wage?

  35. I support this law because i want more automation with every industry. I want robots doing all the manual labor and i hope more grocery stores will also be forced to automate so i can just scan my own items instead of waiting in a line.

  36. What they need to do is drop the prices in ny because they are bs. People only think about themselves not how getting what they want will affect the economy as a whole. Ny mayor is an idiot.

  37. I want 15.00 per hour but cant speak English. Maybe try your own country and see if they will support your ass. Sick of the leftist and Democrats supporting foreigners more then they do their own.

  38. Human dignity? Communists trying to tell us what to do just like the red coats did.

  39. bring on the bot please

  40. But that one dude said it was easy to go get another job for $15/hr. And what do you care all the sudden about undocumented workers?

  41. Flipping burgers in California for 15 an hr., however that is nowhere near an actual living wage there. So what does it really do?

  42. I could just imagine my grandfather trying to get a job in N.Y.C. when he got here from Ireland. He spoke Gaelic and some english, but within a month he had a Chauffeurs lic. the predecessor to the CDL and low and behold he spoke ENGLISH!!!! Within one frigging month!!!! How long has pedro been here and he can't or won't speak our language? The balls on these people. They want to be here, but they don't want to be Americans, FUCK THEM. EDIT: Seems like Mr. Belinsky can speak English pretty damn well, so can my friends from the Balkans and Sarajevo, they want to forget about their country and embrace our culture, they're not forgetting their history, just looking for a future.

  43. Is it legal to accept "volunteers" to do work, and give them charitable "donations" as a sign of goodwill afterwards? Asking for a friend.

  44. No dis but short man should know what time it is car wash will never give you what you want you get what you need and keep it pushing

  45. Socialist Uptopia will lead to a nation wide tent city and disease breakout

  46. Looks more like illegal invader car washers. So if you are here illegally fuck you die

  47. Fucking propaganda hit piece
    you can't pay minimum wage you an your industry are worthless don't deserve to conduct business in said state why stop there taken to the extreme is prison labor that's what the government's here for to readdress grievances
    Maybe we should just murder everyone who thinks like the author the capitalist tried it in the 70's isn't that right Chicago boys

  48. You want to take an in-depth look at what happens when politicians interfere with a complex industry they don’t understand? Look at what’s happened in education.

  49. Unions hurt workers more than they help. And the Union gets into the government which passes laws and then the union goes from an annoyance to a danger.

  50. "Uhh I'm not saying you're wrong but you're not necessarily right." Very insightful, union guy.

  51. As someone that's constantly looking for an entry level job, I personally can say that what's the point of a higher minimum wage of $15 per hour when businesses don't even want to hire. Low skills mean low wages. I don't need a Master's Degree just so I can fold, restock, assist customers, and clean up a clothing store.
    The higher the minimum wage, the higher requirements employers will impose. Though raising the minimum wage is the moral thing to do, it should be at least based on the job skill and inflation rate, though nobody exactly knows what the minimum wage should be. If these politicians continue to demand higher minimum wage to $20 an hour tomorrow, it shouldn't be a surprise that large companies will install self-service touchscreens and other automations to reduce staff cost, just like what Japan and South Korea have been doing. For the small businesses, it's either they hire so few or just close.

  52. The only function of government is cohercion. That has a place: Waging war against foreign enemies and fighting against internal crime.
    When government steps into things it should not touch with it's cohercion powers, people suffer.
    Government expansion makes normal activities and business de facto crimes, as they are punished in some way or another.
    Things have gotten out of hand.

  53. DiBlasio is a grade A asshole.

  54. I'm an avid Reason reader and I've learned that if creating businesses wasn't so artificially hard and expensive, more companies would be able to afford higher wages and not to resort to automation.

  55. Fuck them illegal funks.

  56. what happens to skilled workers who already make above 15$ an hour and worked their way up? do they get more pay?

  57. Continue voting for the democrats only will put you in the poverty

  58. Why can’t car washes just hire them as independent contractors and negotiate a fee?

  59. Lmao who washes their car any more 😂

  60. Mcdonalds you next

  61. Bernie wants a $15 minimum wage, but Andrew Yang knows better and wants to give everyone a dividend directly.

  62. So what should people do if they can't rely on federal minimum wage ,depend on tips to pay un fair rent increases while greedy landlords increase rents just because they want to… Federal minimum wage guarantees equality and Protection from unfair labor practice.. Obviously the people who put this video together haven't studied history and Workers unions in this country all the anti socialism fear mongering is only done because this video targets people who are not educated on the topic.. They should show the countless examples of how a $15 Eminem wage has protected and increased the value of people's lives economically.

  63. Karma at it's best. ILLEGALS come push Americans out by accepting low wages. Then, look higher wages protest pushed their azzes into the streets. Wow.

  64. one of the best political videos on youtube!

  65. If wages would have kept up with inflation, the minimum wage would probably be closer to $20…

  66. Unions are just like lawyers. They're the only ones that benefits from disputes.

  67. Unions= fucking middle man of work…thanks

  68. These companies have the money alot of them have companies around the world they don't care as long as they get over 80% it is good in their eyes.

  69. This is a good piece of journalism but it only showcases one industry. It is going to take a long time for restaurants, office administrative firms, law firms, warehouses, and many others to automate their services to a point where the human factor is completely removed. Though I agree $15 minimum wage is too much, many would still benefit while leaving business intact. If you want to increase the minimum wage, reduce taxes on businesses so they can't use it as an excuse.

  70. Yet the Democrats promised the poor more money and benefits, doesn't work to well when employers shutdown

  71. So what if you increase the salary to $15 for all? The prices will still end up be the same relative to what you earned before; so all that effort might just be for naught in the end. Leave us working people to our own devices and we'll solve it all for ourselves…

  72. I wonder if the workers won't back up the unions because they are illegals.

  73. This video poses a bias in it's narrative.

  74. The thing that drives me crazy is that you make it sound like all of the options these business owners are covered. They could also raise their prices. This is potentially an answer to almost every objection you raise in this video.

  75. unions are useless take your money and live wealthy in a suit an tie

  76. Where I'm at we have some companies that have truck wash barns and every truck the company owns needs to be washed every time it goes to a hog barn. The job is not the greatest but they pay their washers very well due to bio security and demand.

  77. I think low wages aren't the problem, it's avarice. I believe companies
    should put the worker first because it's the worker that allows the
    business to function in the first place. Now I can see both sides but I
    find human dignity is a priority that can't be overlooked. I ignore
    party politics and think of humanity first but not all are altruistic,
    unfortunately. To make profit off the misery of others, for whatever the
    circumstances that led them to be there, is unethical immoral and
    reprehensible. Capitalism needs a good dose of morality and would it
    kill the shareholders to not have the second home to help alleviate some
    universal suffering of the less fortunate? Bread and circuses will only
    work for so long until the problem goes critical. Learn from the past
    everyone and let the roman empire be a cautionary tale. My 2 cents. Like
    if you agree please.

  78. Illegal aliens

  79. $1 an hour or $15 an hour everybody is getting replaced by robots anyway. First, $7.25 is so low it would cost more money per month just to go to work than one could possibly earn. 2nd, most people could steal more that $7.25 an hour anyway. So this whole don't raise the minimum wage propaganda is just corporate bull shit.


    Thank you very much for providing another great source for my article!

  81. I always thought the best argument was "Why stop at $15? If the minimum wage truly works, make it $50 so we'll have more people making 6 figures." Watch advocates faces change as they ponder that wisdom.

  82. Story within a story – "The Demeanor of arrogance, from confident exuberance to the edge of cognitive dissonance" starring David Mertz:
    0:26 "It was an empowering moment."
    2:35 "We felt that we could have real impact on the industry."
    7:37 "It might not necessarily be the case."
    8:32 "It might not necessarily be the case."
    12:10 "That's a devil's bargain."

  83. For me and my co-workers, human dignity is $100/hr.


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  87. OWN OR BE OWNED….. period……

  88. The fat cat mfer is talking out of his pie hole like a crack head like he knows things would be better for them. I hate mfers who do things to help people only doing it to help themselves. The so called experts need to shut the f*CK up and stop helping.

  89. I find it interesting that they bring up the 'good guy'/'bad guy' dichotomy. It is a Hollywood invention. All of them are just people trying to make a living. They are all being forced into poverty.

  90. But the $7.25 an hour workers are living on the straight and narrow? Yeah, in boxes, tents and vans if they are

  91. What a joke that the left cannot understand basic economics. You can make minimum wage $1000000 an hour. It just means a loaf of bread will cost $1000000 now. All you are doing by artificially inflating the minimum wage is destroying the middle class. You are just making the middle class poor you are not making the poor middle class. There will be no middle class left only rich and poor. Removing the ladder that people climb to get into the middle class and eventually become rich.

  92. $15 is too simple, it should be a living wage for that county based on the CPI. The free market does not allow for a job that pays less than a living wage. Im tired of paying taxes to pay for welfare benefits that go to employees working for companies that don't pay them a living wage. Employees in every Walmart receive 1 MILLION DOLLARS in welfare benefits every year.

  93. Here in Canada, most car washes I know in the cities, went auto well before this.  I worked in a carwash in Toronto, Canada, when I was 15 years old (40 years ago+)…. putting myself through high school (I was living on my own).  I have worked with unions before… they only protect themselves, the lazy, and the stupid.  With the shift to Liberal political correctness… no one in the union will mean ANYTHING except the "special" groups (just like at government employment).

  94. In America, your almost making it sound that business CAN'T work without "cheap" labour… and your wondering why your economy is collapsing.  With most products made in China these days… and American businesses can't keep up unless they can pay their employees like the Chinese pay… really!  The answer is getting Americans to realize they NEED to pay more for the items and services or completely collapse when EVERYTHING is made out of country and most Americans are unemployed, without money to purchase products.  Sorry America… your just going to have to enslave part of your population or pay more.

  95. Nothing can stop competition, not even a minimum wage. Inflation will just occur

  96. Why do not say "The $15 Minimum Wage" is a socialist-marxist stuff and this makes those hard workers to be unemployed by substituting with machines or more qualified personal!

  97. I never wash my car. Waste of money.


  99. sorry to say, but $15 minimum wage will never work. When you raise the wage, then they cut your hours. simple as that.

  100. Morons don’t realize washing cars isn’t meant to be a career some things are just more valuable then others if you don’t like it find a better paying job don’t cry about it it’s like a guy working at a gas station mad he doesn’t drive a Lamborghini!!!

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