Skip to comments.Trying to raise a family on a fast-food salary
Posted on 08/29/2013 9:15:48 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities Thursday are striking for fair pay and the right to form a union the biggest walkout to hit the industry.
What can we do to address this low-wage jobs crisis? Exerting pressure on the fast-food and retail giants that rake in billions in profits is a good starting point. These companies can afford to share more of their wealth with their frontline workers and should be doing so.
Boosting wages for Americas lowest-paid workers is a crucial step toward reducing economic inequality and rebuilding a strong economy. Perhaps 50 years from now, well look back on the fast-food workers fight as the catalyst we so desperately needed.
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What a wanker.
Raising those wages actually lowers them because they lose their jobs.
You can’t make this stuff up.
These are jobs for High School kids to break into the job field and gain some experience and people skills and then move on.
These jobs are stepping stones, not career choices.
Hey Wanker! You stuck in a teenager’s entry level burger flipper job? Get an education. Get a job. Get a life!
Up your nose with a garden hose SEIU.
The R&D budget for industrial robots just got a raise, too.
Raise a family on a fast food wage? Probably can’t be done, or not done well. Minimum wage entry level positions are just that, a stepping stone to something better - not a career choice. Yeah, that means you may have to wait, put off your family plans until you move on to something better.
A science fiction thread?!
This is from another planet. With no intelligent life.
You must be a racist, a homophobe, an imperialist capitalist patriarchal something or other to introduce logic, reason and uhh... math and economics into this.
Why are you trying to raise a family on a fast-food salary?
Is it because you have lost your higher paying job and this is a bridge job?
Then my sympathy.
If you started a family without having gotten married and having a steady job, then what the heck were you thinking?
And why is a lack of planing on your part a concern on my part?
Union goons like SEIU are the only people that really benefit from this stuff.
They have contracts that tie their wage to the minimum wage.
Minimum wage goes up and your $35 an hour union wage goes up.
Everybody else gets screwed.
Especially people on fixed incomes.
It is a measure of how bad the economy is when people are trying to raise a family in such a professional position, but it may be equally a measure of the ability of large numbers of current High School (or equivalent--or not) graduates.
If burger flipping is as ambitious as today's workforce gets, we're doomed.
These idiots do realize that raising the minimum wage will have an across the board cost effect and their new higher wage will likely have the same, or slightly less buying power right?
Oh wait, they are working a minimum wage job because they are not smart enough to advance up the ladder.
The unions are pushing increasing the minimum wage, because many union contracts are pegged to it.
Exactly. Washington State tied it’s minimum wage to inflation after unions pushed through a ballot initiative. Now the unions get a COL raise each year without having to negotiate for it. Minimum wage is now $ 9.15.
When I was a kid I baby sat, worked in a department store for holidays and then part time while in college, the post office during Christmas, my cousins picked berries n the summer. Never did we think these would be our ultimate job. We had better plans that fortunately worked out.
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