Thousands of fast food workers are threatening to stage a "walkout" demanding the be paid a "living wage" of approximately $31,000 annually. Pouring a cup of coffee and putting a food order in a paper bag certainly is low on the scale of job skills. Should people who don't do anything to improve their education, training and experience be entitled to $15 an hour salaries?
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What year were you receiving $4.25/hour? Adjust it for inflation, then compare it to the minimum wage today, for a more accurate picture.
I agree with Chris. The economy has to have a wide range of pay scales. Fast food jobs and similar positions are meant to be entry level to the work-force and are usually lower paying jobs. More education = better pay.
My intent wasn't to denigrate fast food workers. My first job was a dishwasher/busboy/carhop. Nor did I imply anyone was lazy and an uneducated slob. Some jobs are just meant to be entry level and suited for students or part timers.
I believe if a person is giving half their life (if we consdier sleeping hours neutral) to a job in order to earn a living, and the employer is a multibillion dollar operation that can afford to pay good wages, good wages should be received.
No matter how rich the company is, if this happens it is just going to raise prices. It will NOT come out of the exec's pockets. The same way that when unions strike, get raises and benefit increases, that just increases prices to increase. Greg
Nobody said they were "lazy uneducated slobs" but fast food work isn't rocket science. It should pay minimum wages for minimum skills.
Very true. Great comment.
As stated above, I think my question has been misconstrued. I too know what it's like to work in fast food. Part of the McDonald's problem is the fact their chains are independently owned and each owner decides pay scales. There isn't uniformity.
Many 50-60+ workers let go from lucrative life-long jobs can't even get PT jobs at these places because they are over-qualified. Sad but true.
"If you feel you're under paid, then go out and earn more. " This may work for the young, but not well for older people who deal w/ age bias. It's easy to judge if you haven't been there.
I have worked at a fast food restaurant for low wages. It made me go to college while I was working there with the flexible schedule so I could move on to better pay. I really think fast food is a starting place for people to gain skills to move on
Age is only one factor in determining income. Sometime people don't get hired for lack of experience. If someone isn't willing to pay you more, than you're not worth it. If you had a skill set that demanded more income...you'd be paid more.
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Pay and benefits should be based on merit. PERIOD!
What the corporation makes isn't really relevant, what does a particular franchise make? They are the ones paying the employees and their profit determines what they can do. It varies for each outlet (sorry I just can't call McDs a restaurant.)
It's true, a company can do what ever they want. But high profits and low wages is bad advertising, and they already spend millions on ads to make them look better.
I don't think the point is what we made when we were younger. A lot of us made less than the current minimum wage. I think the point is that when we did not like our situation, we improve our situation ourselves, didn't ask someone else to do it .
That's fine if the employer voluntarily wants to pay more. However, raising minimum wage to almost what I make per hour and I went to college is absurd.
Well said, Robin. I re-entered the workplace after raising my kids, and it was eye-opening indeed! We have so many who are overpaid w/ pensions for poor work performance and others ,who are deserving, not getting paid enough !
Overpaying minimal jobs just causes inflation. Unions demanding high pay for low work has driven manufacturing out of the country. That was the industry that built America and employed the most blue collar workers with good wages. Now we make nothing
Studies have proven that when minimum wage is raised, people actually lose jobs. In an attempt to keep their prices low, companies will lay off workers if they are forced to pay them more. Then they will be in a worse spot than they are now.