Foss: The minimum wage is going up, and that’s good

first_imgI’m also a proponent of requiring higher minimum wages in areas with higher median incomes, as New York does. A $15 minimum wage by the end of 2018 makes far more sense for New York City — one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the country — than it does for upstate New York, where growth has generally lagged. Giving upstate more time to phase in this higher rate of pay is sound policy, even if the legislation’s called for an indexed schedule raises questions about how long it will be before we see a $15 minimum wage here in the Capital Region. New research on the impact of recent minimum wage increases indicate that the job losses opponents warned would be a consequence of raising the wage floor have yet to materialize. One study, which examined data from the first major cities to raise their minimum wage above $10 an hour — Washington, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose — found that a higher minimum wage raised worker pay without reducing employment. A more recent study, focused solely on Seattle, found that the city’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour had mixed results. More experienced workers earned more money, while people seeking to enter the labor market struggled to find jobs. As to whether minimum wage increases are inspiring employers to replace their workers with robots, well, it’s complicated.  Low-wage workers throughout the state can expect to receive fatter paychecks in the coming year, which is something to celebrate. The cost of living is always rising, and more money will make it easier for people to get by. Under the legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo two years ago, the entire state is expected to move toward a $15 minimum wage, the goal set by activists pushing for better pay for workers at the lowest rungs of the economy. In New York City, the minimum wage for large employers will jump from $13 an hour to $15 an hour on Dec. 31; for employers with 10 employees or less, it will jump from $12 an hour to $13.50. In Long Island and Westchester County, the minimum wage will climb from $12 an hour to $13 an hour. Upstate, the minimum wage will rise from $10.40 an hour to $11.10.The increases won’t stop there. By the end of 2019, New York City’s smaller employers are expected to pay their workers $15, while Long Island and Westchester County employers are expected to pay their employees $15 an hour by the end of 2021. North of Westchester County, the minimum wage will rise to $12.50 by the end of 2020, after which it will increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor. I’ve always thought raising the minimum wage gradually to something more akin to a living wage made a great deal of sense.  Categories: OpinionWhile traveling over Christmas, I had my first encounter with a McDonald’s self-service kiosk.  Right now, the economy is strong and many employers are looking for reliable workers. But employers are always looking for ways to cut labor costs, and self-service kiosks and other automated devices will likely appeal to them.Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage or pay low-wage workers more money.It means that we should be on guard for unintended consequences, and make whatever adjustments need to be made. The state’s slow and steady approach to raising the wage floor allows for this, and that’s good policy.  In the meantime, I plan to continue my personal policy of avoiding self-service checkout counters and kiosks whenever I can, because I’d rather deal with a human earning $15 an hour than a machine aimed at putting that human out of work.It’s a small gesture, but it’s one I’m happy to make. Reach Sara Foss at [email protected] Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? My immediate instinct was to walk out the door and find a restaurant where a human being would take my order. But we were in a hurry and finding another place to eat seemed like more trouble than it was worth. A McDonald’s employee offered guidance (“is this your first time using one of our self-service kiosks?”) and we placed our order, albeit reluctantly. “It doesn’t seem any faster or more efficient than ordering from a person,” my husband grumbled. I generally avoid automated technology when I’m shopping, preferring to make my purchases the old-fashioned way than with a machine that never seems to work quite as well as advertised. As I waited for my food, I wondered whether we’ll soon see more self-service kiosks in restaurants and stores. New York’s minimum wage is set to rise at year’s end, and while I support paying workers more, I don’t support replacing them with robots. Fortunately, research assessing the impact of raising the minimum wage, as New York has been doing since 2016, suggests that concerns about job losses have been overblown. last_img read more

Mario Balotelli Locked out of Brescia Training Ground

first_imgA video posted on social media shows Balotelli approaching the gates, before security personnel informed him he would not be allowed in.As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, Balotelli had previously sent a medical certificate to Brescia informing them he was unable to train, which is due to expire today.He had been suffering from a bout of gastroenteritus, but had recovered prior to Tuesday’s training session.However by the time he had informed the club he would be attending the session, there was nobody in the office to deal with the necessary administration enabling him to take part.If Balotelli was to join in with training and fall unwell or suffer injury, Brescia would not be covered by insurance.He was seen making a call on his mobile before jumping back into his car and leaving the facility.It is the latest incident involving Balotelli at the club, who have already decided to cut their losses with the former Inter Milan and Manchester City striker.Brescia only re-signed Balotelli back in August on a three-year deal, though the contract contains a break clause after a season if the club are relegated.They are currently rooted to the foot of the table and unlikely to beat the drop, leading Cellino to make the decision to call time on the relationship early.The former Leeds chief has been particularly irked by Balotelli’s behaviour, after he was absent from a number of training sessions earlier in the year, before missing another last week.Brescia’s lawyers are now in contact with Balotelli’s legal team over terminating the contract, leaving him as a free agent.Cellino told the BBC’s World Footballprogramme : “I think we both made a mistake.“I thought that coming to Brescia, which is his town, would commit him very much.“At the same time, I think he was handled the wrong way by my previous coach (Eugenio Corini).“He doesn’t show up to training, he doesn’t look very committed let’s say, for the future of the club. That’s the problem.“Balotelli’s got a contract in Serie A, but he doesn’t have a contract in Serie B. So if we’re relegated, Balotelli won’t have a contract any more.“Balotelli apparently doesn’t like to stay in Italy anymore because he’s not acting that way.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mario Balotelli saga at Brescia took an embarrassing twist after the striker was refused entry to the club’s training ground on Tuesday.Balotelli’s deal at Brescia is due to be terminated after he missed several training sessions, frustrating club owner Massimo Cellino.While the termination is yet to be finalised, Balotelli has still made attempts to attend training, but was turned away at the gates. Soccer Football – Serie A – Juventus v Brescia – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – February 16, 2020 Brescia’s Mario Balotelli during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Massimo Pincalast_img read more