You’ve probably noticed a lot of media attention swirling around calls for a higher minimum wage lately.
Groups such as Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15 are demanding a $15 per-hour minimum wage for fast food workers and organizing employee walkouts in cities across the nation. Meanwhile, employers and their business group allies are doing everything they can to resist these demands, pleading that their margins are already slim and higher labor costs will cripple them.
It’s the classic American labor struggle—one that pits worker empowerment against free enterprise. Pretty straightforward, right? Well, not so fast.