But that doesn't mean the labor costs played no factor.
I'm sure their bean counters did exhaustive analysis of the cost/benefit of the change, where one of the big variables was labor cost. They'd have been irresponsible not to. It's obvious both customer experience and labor costs contribute here.
Editorializing "See, minimum wage isn't a factor! Look! Look!" clearly demonstrates a bias in the article.
In a major blow to the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal trademarks of the “Washington Redskins” team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board wrote. The panel voted 2-1 in favor of the decision.
Perhaps this move will speed up the inevitable name change which was expected within the next few years."
But then that used to be the case with all the natural gas we're now recovering through fracking. All we need is a disruptive innovation and that methane will be viable. There's billions to be made... and lots of hard-working scientists working on making it reality.