The push for a $15 minimum wage for tipped servers and support for job automation.
Alexandria “She Guevara” Ocasio-Cortez went back to her roots as a server to drive home the message of enacting a $15 “living” wage. She also spent time behind the bar making a few drinks for her supporters.
According to Trip Advisor, in the United States customers will tip between 15-20 percent of the total bill for a meal. For those servers who work hard at providing great service, they can make close to $15-20 an hour, right into that living wage bracket. Of course, it’s not always like that and many factors play into how much can be made.
Servers, however, aren’t the only jobs that make minimum wage. Cashiers, laborers, and other low-skilled jobs don’t get tips and often don’t work full time. That phenomenon is due to the employer mandate under Obamacare where employers were forced to provide health insurance coverage if they employed 50 or more full time workers. Full time employment under the IRS is someone who works on average 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month.
Recently, though, Ms. Guevara expressed her views that people should not be afraid of losing their jobs to automation at the recent SXSW.
“We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in,” she said. “Because not all creativity needs to be bonded by wage.”
Industry is listening. More and more small businesses are looking to reduce low skilled workers and replace them with automation. Self-service kiosks are popping up everywhere. Robots are being employed in large warehouses using technology developed by Amazon. And 46 companies including big names in the tech industry are developing driver-less means of transportation and shipping.
The restaurant business is not far behind. Industry is investing in robot chefs and cooks that will be coupled with automated delivery systems. Before too much longer, human interaction will be limited to those who dine with you, assuming you are with one or more people seated at a table.
So it’s ironic that while AOC is trying to promote living wages for tipped servers she endorses automation that will take workers jobs away in the future. This kind of mentality shows just why she should never be taken seriously. She’ll probably claim that my views are racist, and that I’m a misogynist pig because she is a woman of color. That means I’m afraid of her ideas.
Of course, she also thinks that current AI is racist:
The only thing I’m afraid of is spraining lulz muscles reading or listening to her “ideas.”