The "fight for $15" was supposed to provide minimum wage workers a livable income, but fast food powerhouse McDonald's is doing everything they can to not pay their employees.
McDonald's has figured out a way to omit having an excess number of employees in order to save the chain money. With pressure from the nationwide protest, "fight for $15," the restaurant recently debuted their self-service machines that allow customers to order their food without the need for employees at a register.
Former CEO of McDonald's USA Ed Rensi saw this coming from a mile away. "It brings me no joy to write these words," Rensi wrote in a guest post on Forbes. "The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them. I wish it were not so. But it’s important to document these consequences, lest policymakers elsewhere decide that the $15 movement is worth embracing."
Sadly, not all businesses make the kind of money McDonald's does, and now with the success of the protest, small businesses are taking the hit.