"While fast food jobs may have initially been "entry level" the facts today clearly show that is no longer the case"
The facts today are that out of a workforce of 150,000,000 people there are less than 700,000 people who file taxes as the head of a household and earn minimum wage.
The facts today are that 4 out of every 5 people earning minimum wage are either single and under 25 or retired and working part time.
The facts today are that out of 150,000,000 workers less than 5,000,000 make minimum wage, the majority of them are overwhelmingly not in career positions that they are trying to survive on.
Golden Ratio, everything you have said is incorrect and you are ignorant on this topic.
While fast food jobs may have initially been "entry level" the facts today clearly show that is no longer the case. Perhaps if the United States had more mid-level jobs available for people to move up into (and then keep as careers) we would not have this problem. Sadly, many manufacturing jobs have left the country, and there is little to no vocational training (nor a school-to-work pipeline) offered. Instead, this country is full of corporate CEOs getting massive bonuses, while more and more people are unable to find decent jobs with fair pair. (Though it's old, check out this article about McDonalds pay: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-12/m…)
I'm proud of these people for making a scene and thank you Paul for sharing this information. If I were to eat at McDonalds (which I won't) I'd be happy to pay more for food if it means giving people a living wage....and this applies to all fast food places. The true cost of items on the Dollar Menu is much higher; the items are just discounted at the expense of the employees' livelihood. Same goes for WalMart.
Not a smart way to win public empathy.
Yea 15 bucks an hour to sling burgers that's a joke... Good luck with that... How about instead of wasting a whole day blocking traffic and holding up peoples day.... Wait for it... They could have went out and put in some applications at places that pay more than 7.50.... Typicle people tho want something for free or something they are not working for...
Good for them. Charleston needs this kind of resolve.
Alison! This is so beautifully written. You've clearly not lost your amazing writing skills. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so moved. And I'm also one of those students that you had long ago who probably didn't really communicate how much of an impact you made on me and how often I think of the things I learned from you -- even in that one class that I had.
Sarah (Harvey) Ali
Working at a fast food restaurant wasn't designed nor has ever been a career position. It's always been an entry level job and one designed to for younger people to join the work force to gain experience. Asking for upwards of $15/hr is more than a lot of college graduates make coming out of college. Pushing for a union and/or protesting this is simply going to push for the fast food companies to get automated cashier systems setup quicker. Good game there folks.
"....the minimum wage debate, which has been raging nationwide...."
Here is a 'reporter' or 'journalist' just making something up and pretending it's a fact.
Thank you for sharing your courageous story. You're an exceptionally strong person.
I wish you a fast and full recovery. Stay strong.
Healing thoughts and light to you on this latest challenge that you face. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
Beautiful young woman. Beautiful thoughts beautifully expressed. Focuses us all on what is important in our brief lives. Thank you Alison. I wish you and Maybelle the best.
Alison, you write so beautifully, vividly and seemingly effortlessly about such a personal and terrifying journey. You DO deserve the outpouring of support from friends, pre-friends and colleagues and don't think for a minute that you aren't loved by a zillion people. Yes, you will beat this tumor and you and Maybelle can dance for the next (terrific) (annual) Vimeos.
I hope you make a swift and complete recovery.
Best wishes or a fast and solid recovery.
Thank you for sharing this. You have been and continue to be an incredibly brave person, deserving of great respect. Keep fighting the good fight.
To you, it's living, adjusting, adapting. To most of the rest of us, what you have undergone and are undergoing is unbelievably frightening. 'But geez, man, ugh' doesn't cover a scintilla of what has targeted the source of your talent as a writer, your ability to communicate, and your identity as a parent. Thanks for a very stirring blog and for putting into stark perspective what real, modest things should drive us forward, rather than the nonsensical daily pains of living most of us grouse about; and for not backing away from your fears and insecurities, but expressing them so fully. Much joy, much healing, much more living I wish you. I look forward to hearing more.
Wow, thank you for sharing this journey.
I hope things go well for you. I'm sorry.
I'm feeling nothing but love after reading this. And it's spilling over with tears. Sending you "molto forte e corragio."
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