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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 12:01 am


It was on the news...briefly! Fast Food Workers on Strike! Fast food workers from New York to St. Louis staged short-lived strikes last month and as always our corporate godfathers went into propaganda overdrive. In high dudgeon they warned that even another buck an hour would break the bank, the fast food industry would crash and burn and grass would grow in the streets of America. The usual corporate nonsense that fast food work is some kind of ‘entry level’ employment unworthy of a living wage sputtered off the lips of corporate executives. FOX News and an army of right wing talk show hosts went nuts. “More? You want more! How dare you ask for more?”’d have thunk that someone suggested that all Americans should have affordable health insurance, world class educations on the public nickel and decent old-age pensions.

The ‘Defenders of Capitalism’ carefully stayed away for the concept of ‘entry level profits,’ though they vigorously defended the concept of ‘entry level’ taxes for the fat cats of America. Gee I wonder why?

Here’s a fact! Minimum wage today has way less purchasing power then it had in 1980 when minimum wage stood at $3.10 an hour. Imagine, getting away with paying people less money for the same work after thirty-three years. You don’t have to imagine, it’s true.

I may be wrong, but there’s something cheesy about paying people less today in terms of purchasing power than what folks earned thirty years ago when a Big Mac cost $.95. What’s really cheesy is defending this kind of theft. Here’s an idea, Fat Cats of America. Find a way to pay your workers a semi-living wage! Why? Because it’s the right thing to do! You do know right from wrong, don’t you?

Noah Harris

Lake Havasu City

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  • nkfro posted at 5:26 pm on Mon, Sep 9, 2013.

    nkfro Posts: 362

    Here's a novel idea from the past - stop expecting stores selling hamburgers for a dollar to pay wages out of proportion to its market. If you can't reasonably estimate an individual stores annual sales (even weekly or monthly sales), profit after controllables, even food and paper costs, you have no business demanding that they pay what you consider a 'living wage'.
    Do your own homework. Educate yourself. Make yourself worthy of higher wages - and ensure that your employer is capable of meeting your economic needs. How did Forrest Gump's mama phrase it - stupid is as stupid does?

  • grandmaknowsbest posted at 7:00 am on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    grandmaknowsbest Posts: 18

    if you have any ambition at all at least get an entry level job where there is room for improvement, say at a nursing home or hospital. they may even train you for other levels. of course you have to show up, show initiative and work hard. it helps if you have a pleasant personality and not a poor me attitude.

  • Local CFI posted at 12:47 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Local CFI Posts: 72

    Any minimum wage increases unemployment. Some people, whether due to age and inexperience or other factors, are just not capable of providing the work commensurate with the pay. The employer will hold out for the best deal he can make and not take chances.

    Labor, like all other raw materials for a factory, is a commodity; in a world economy, you can no longer treat it as though in increase in cost here won't cause smart business people to calculate labor plus shipping, find it cheaper for the same product, then move the factory across the border or overseas.

    People do get paid what they deserve. If you get an education, you deserve more. If you choose a craft or trade, you deserve more. If you drop out of high-school and compete with 16-year-olds for starter jobs, you do not deserve more.

    The laws of economics, like other laws of nature, do not allow for wiggle-room. Just because it gives a person a feeling of self-righteous pleasure to take from the "rich" or "fat-cats" by voting others rights and resources away to give to the poor will not make it work.

  • bill516 posted at 7:01 am on Fri, Aug 23, 2013.

    bill516 Posts: 331

    You have to consider why older people wind up doing these jobs, many of the blue collar jobs people historically relied on are no more, its a different job market.So, now kids have less an opportunity.I believe people WILL pay a little more to support a Living wage pay structure, so enact it!

  • Vicky Norman posted at 4:32 pm on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 352

    Statewide minimum wage is well below poverty level across the country.
    I think this should be the topic.

  • Trial By Stone posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Aug 13, 2013.

    Trial By Stone Posts: 20

    Flipping burgers should not be considered a career move. Maybe the employees can get commission whenever they smooth talk a customer into super-sizing?

  • myideas posted at 3:49 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    myideas Posts: 634

    These should be considered starter jobs. My first job was with a fast food company and taught me that I wanted something better. If you feel really sorry for these people give them a tip equal to what your food bill is.

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