i had a private conversation with fifty of the smartest economists in the world and they told me people like higher wages and often gravitate toward jobs that offer them. it’s a secret though don’t tell anyone. https://t.co/byd6ODoKLW
— World Famous Art Thief (@CalmSporting) May 6, 2021
I remember being taught, starting in around the fifth grade, the ‘good’ effect of the Black Plague was that the resultant shortage of workers gave serfs a chance to bargain their way up the income scale. Maybe this historical nugget only got shared in parochial schools? Or did it get written out of the textbooks, perhaps during the ‘Greed Is Good’ era?
"Citing disrespectful treatment and low wages, all but one of the employees of the Dollar General store in the small town of Eliot, Maine walked off the job on Monday and Tuesday." https://t.co/trF1OI6TOi pic.twitter.com/bWzvltapUF
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) May 5, 2021
Whenever interviewed, restaurant workers say that the status quo was awful and the pay is terrible and there’s little reason to come back. https://t.co/2JToGT91NW
— Matt Pearce ?? (@mattdpearce) May 4, 2021
Spoiler: Employers are allowed to pay above the minimum. In a tight employer-side labor market, in fact, only employers determined to remain understaffed would not raise their wages.
— Brian Guy (@ItsThatBriGuy) May 6, 2021
NEW: Many businesses are saying they can't get enough workers to fill empty roles right now. I wanted to learn more about the businesses that are finding luck with recruiting workers to see what's been successful. Here's what I found: (1/6) https://t.co/iUkguuYSjQ
— Nate Doughty (@NateDoughty) May 4, 2021
holy shit, you're telling me that paying people more makes people more likely to work for you?!?! https://t.co/YMkBpUD481
— Leonid Baezhnev ?? (@rev_avocado) May 4, 2021
Restaurant owner: "workers will only take my unpleasant, poorly paid job if they're desperate."
Credulous reporter: "well, let's hope workers become desperate again soon! I see no other solution." https://t.co/KbRd8gpSVU
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) May 4, 2021
So, of course, the Palmetto State leadership demands: Why can’t we just bring back indentured servitude, if you’re gonna insist chattel slavery is a ‘bad thing’?…
"Address workforce shortages." https://t.co/pkP6HCGxuh
— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) May 6, 2021