Many fast food workers in the U.S. have joined in a nationwide effort to get paid a living wage. This action has brought numerous comments from various sources.
Most of the responses I have seen have been negative. Some asking how much a burger would cost if these people were paid $15 an hour.
Others compared their personal wages to the wages sought by these teenagers in their starting job.
A private in the U.S. army does not make this much.
I worked for XX years and never got paid that much. And so on.
For the record, McDonalds pays their workers in Australia $15 an hour and according to The Economist their Big Macs sell for anywhere from 6 cents to 70 cents more than American Big Macs.
In France the workers are paid around $12 an hour, no data on cost of Big Macs.
Last time I was at a McDonalds I saw as many adults working as teens. Starting jobs?
Our military has been underpaid for years; many qualify for food stamps and additional welfare benefits.
All workers in America have been working for stagnant wages for the past 20 years or so. This is the result of many actions including the elimination of union work forces and the trickle down economic plan of Reagan.
As a retiree living on a fixed income I support Senator Tom Harkin’s (D) Iowa goal of increasing Social Security benefits.
I urge anyone who is a U.S. citizen to contact your Senator and ask them to support Harkin’s bill.
And to all the folks that have expressed dismay at the workers trying to get an increase in pay I say.
Rather than trying to drag those people down why don’t you work at lifting them and yourselves up?
Enjoy the LABOR DAY weekend. A holiday provided courtesy of union workers years ago.
- Calls for Dignity Grow as Low-Wage Workers Gear Up for Nationwide Strike (commondreams.org)