Fast food protests

Fast food workers are protesting in about 100 US cities, demanding higher pay. See article for more details: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/12/03/248567592/fast-food-workers-cry-poverty-wages-as-mcdonalds-buys-luxury-jet

 

Though another student posted about the same situation, this is new news as the protests are growing throughout the country. McDonalds bought a luxury jet, which was a major cause in lighting the fire for this protest. This protest is important because if the minim wage is increased, then it may effect the wages of other jobs. Others may demand more wage, which in turn will just bring all prices up, and in conclusion have no difference on those workers lives. This was an argument that, though I do not necessarily support, I have heard previously. Another reason this news is important is because if the minimum wage is increased, it will greatly benefit thousands of people and their families. A solution for not increasing minimum wage in country-wide would be if the employers would be required to pay more to their workers, which they easily can. This may cause protests in other fields that pay minimum wage, though.

As the protests continue to spread, important government decisions will be made.

4 Comments »

  1. kennedsa Said,

    December 6, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    This generation, more than in past generations, is starting to question the price of minimum wage as seen by the increased discussion. I think that the price should increase because the standard of living is increasing. However, the increase can not be too drastic because that would drive up the fast food prices. The initiative by NJ to try to increase its minimum wage by $1 is a good first step.

  2. wagnonh Said,

    December 7, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    Although workers demand higher wages, this could prove to be detrimental to the profits McDonalds could make since the company is so large. However, the budget of McDonalds could be spent more wisely than on a luxury jet.

  3. airoldit Said,

    December 7, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    If McDonalds corporation is buying a luxury jet, they could definitely increase the wage of their employees. While I think they should increase the minimum wage, it does not need to be significantly increased. The fast food industry is huge domestically and internationally and brings in a lot of money for these large corporations. I also agree with the previous comment that since the standard of living the minimum wage should be increased.

  4. denaburj Said,

    December 8, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    When the minimum wage was created it was based on the practical idea that this wage was the least someone could live on. To not increase that wage as prices for nearly everything else in the world are increasing is foolish. Not only are more people living in poverty but other industries suffer because they lose potential consumers. Wages would have already risen if the hike would not increase the prices themselves. Because everyone wants to keep fast food prices low, it seems that the answer to keeping prices AND wages reasonable would mean diverting a portion of the egregious wages of CEO’s back down to the workers. Perhaps a restructuring of fiscal incentives is needed.

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