Of course the left wants to raise the minimum wage. The left is funded by and returns the favor back to union groups. Many unions have negotiated within their collective bargaining agreements automatic kickers that maintain a employee’s relationship to minimum wage. Any increase to minimum wage bumps their pay without any negotiations. Unions have been failing their labor clients for decades now, so this is a negotiating win for them without any work. That is the straight political play. Middle and small employers are already squeezed right now. The problem with US employment hiring has been big business who did not join in the last couple of “recoveries”. They took advantage of their size and capital to shift manufacturing out of the country. This move would screw smaller businesses.