Skip to comments.House Dem: Fast-Food Wage Doubling Would Create ‘Millions of Jobs’
Posted on 09/01/2013 9:13:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A House Democrat who joined striking fast-food workers in Illinois yesterday said the American economy needs doubled wages for the restaurant workers.
This gets to the heart of our economic problem in this country which is income inequality. And yes, those arches are made of gold for people like CEO Donald Thompson who makes over $13.7 million in his pay package last year. But I met fast food workers today at McDonalds who have been working there for a decade and still making $8.50 an hour, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC.
You cannot live on that kind of wage, and they end up turning to the government for support. So we end up subsidizing Donald Thompson and the profits that McDonalds, she added.
Schakowsky said the pay of private entities to workers who choose to take a job there is Congress business because this is an entire industry that is paying poverty wages in this country.
Thousands and tens of thousands, maybe millions of people who simply cant make it on those kinds of wages, and I think that forming a union, getting $15 an hour, which makes a modest income of about $31,000 a year, if you get to work full time, is something that is a proper demand, she continued.
And actually these workers are acting are going to the employers, are going to these companies. Im standing with them because I think we need it for our economy. If they got paid more, were going to see millions of jobs created because there are going to be consumers in the marketplace.
As far as what Congress can do to compel a higher wage, Schakowsky suggested starting at the executive branch.
The president could with an executive order do something about the low-wage workers, 2 million of them, that are contract workers for the federal government. That would be a good start, she said.
That would be, I think, a very good signal that we dont think those poverty wages that are paid to millions and millions of workers across the country are good for our economy and certainly not good for those families.
Would comment but at a loss for words.
90%+ of American adults could do an $8.50/hour McDonald’s job.
How many could do the job of the McDonald’s CEO? A few dozen?
Would comment but can’t bother to read it.
Oh. My. God. Idiocy that is off the Richter scale.
These people are morons of the highest calibre
Must have been dropped on head by doperMommy when born
The way to successfully increase wages is to increase the demand for workers.
We could do that by restoring the import tariffs back to where they were for the first 190 years of our country’s existence. Lets make things in America again.
It would also help if we closed the border and stopped immigration while our unemployment is so high. (25% according to shadowstats.com)
Reading headlines that involve statements from democrats usually just makes me shake my head in amazement of the level of stupidity.
“And Guam will tip over with too many people on it.”
*chuckle* I’m worried that we have people like that in Congress.
If fast food workers, who I have think have a place in this world, get the wages asked for... the owners/managers will make the initial outlay and buy robots.
I know that is what I would do.
$8.50 an hour would be too much to pay this idiot, Schakowsky. Economics is just too hard of a subject for communists.
House democrats are idiots.
Yup. Millions of jobs tearing down ff restaurants. What a didiot!
you just can’t fix stupid.....
yes, raising the minimum wage created soooo many jobs the last 3 times they did it as we can clearly see in this graph. And you can always just blame Bush again when it doesn't work.
No wonder people make jokes about Polaks :-))
So, when you double their wages, 'Jan', you will merely make the cost-tipping-point come about that much quicker.
Then you will have ZERO jobs.
Skipping the bowl and eating stupid right out of the carton.
We definitely don’t understand consumer economics.
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