Unemployment checks during the pandemic were often higher than service workers’ typical paychecks. Many workers, laid off at the beginning of the pandemic, are doing the smart thing and NOT going back to work!
For the first time in 25 years, companies are being forced to pay higher wages to overcome a labor shortage. But there’s a lot more to this story.
After the world retains a sense of normalcy, it’s likely wages will drop. The increase isn’t a reward for hard, “essential” work – but an incentive to lure people back into a capitalist society that sees them as profit-makers, not human beings.
If wages had followed inflation, the minimum wage would be $24 an hour right now! These large companies are exploiting workers – if they consistently paid a fair wage, they’d have no problem competing with unemployment.