People across the country are finally experiencing the fruits of their labors after companies like Target have raised or pledged to raise their wages to the neighborhood of $15 per hour.
What they're discovering is that now they don't get as many hours as they used to and therefore can't qualify for health benefits.
Adam Ryan, 31, has worked at Target in Christiansburg, Virginia, for three years. He works additional jobs whenever he’s able to, but is regularly scheduled only 20 hours per week at Target, despite having open availability.
“I have to live with my family because I can’t afford rent on my own. I don’t have health insurance. I’ve had a rotting tooth in my mouth for years that I haven’t been able to receive treatment. I’ve applied for Medicaid in Virginia and every time I’m told I make too much money, and Target has told me I don’t qualify for their benefits because I don’t get enough hours,” said Ryan, who is also an organizer with Target Workers Unite, an independent initiative of Target workers.
He makes $13 an hour, the hourly minimum wage at Target since June 2019, which is scheduled to increase to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.
But Ryan and several other Target workers have noted a drastic reduction in scheduled hours and significant increases in workloads as Target has increased their minimum wage and rolled out a “modernization plan” in 2019 to increase efficiency. They think that broader influences in the retail sector are responsible for their plight – notably, the actions of their hard-charging rival Amazon.
This is what they wanted and what they asked for right? All these economically ignorant people have demanded a "living wage" but in doing so have forced Target's hand and cut back on expenses.
This is the reason that the government needs to stay out of people's businesses. No one is going to understand the operations of a business like the business itself, so when the government gets involved about something they suck at doing, it's a recipe for disaster.
You can't arbitrarily raise wages without consequences. These are businesses, not charities. They are out to be profitable and if they are not profitable, then they're going to go out of business.