12/5/2013

Organizers pushing for a doubling of the minimum wage to $15 per hour face opposition from the restaurant industry and even from many who support a smaller increase. Experts and academics say the dramatic increase might drive higher productivity and lower turnover, but it would also raise food prices between 10% and 20%, and potentially lead to fewer jobs and more automation in the industry. "When you start by insisting on $15 an hour, that’s not conducive to substantive dialogue," said NRA Executive Vice President Scott DeFife.

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