Domestic Policy

McDonald’s Employees Striking for Higher Wages Should See What Happened After Obama Hiked Wages on Military Bases


Union interests will join with other socialists on May 15th and target McDonald’s restaurants for their campaign to raise wages to $15. In actuality, it’s just a cover to try to force the global chain to unionize its workers in order to increase the membership in unions that has seen their rolls decrease every year.

That’s why they’re not going to tell the workers that if they actually were successful in raising the wages, they’d most likely lose their jobs as restaurants closed down. This is exactly what is happening on military bases after Obama announced minimum wage hikes among employees of federal contractors:

Four restaurants, including three McDonald’s outlets, will close within the next three weeks on Navy installations, according to Navy Exchange Service Command officials.

And two other contractors — a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor — have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES officials.

A source with knowledge of military on-base resale operations said the issue likely has to do with two new government regulations — one implemented, one pending — that will affect wages for contract workers in such on-base concessions.

These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”

And for those restaurants that don’t close down, the employees can look forward to being replaced by cheap telescreens that don’t whine for higher wages. Luckily enough, Unions and liberals don’t rely much on numbers, or evidence, or reality for their political agenda, so they can completely ignore this confirmation of what conservatives say all along – minimum wage hikes hurt those they’re support to help.

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