You people realize that when people make poverty wages the public makes up the difference through public assistance, right? I'd rather MacDonalds have to pay their employees more so less people be need to be on public assistance.
Of course, if you're one of those special kinds of assholes who thinks the poor should be made to suffer for their "bad choices" you probably don't want them to get any assistance or any raises.
When I was in college, I only made $10 an hour researching advanced computer applications for coal/mineral analysis. I don't think the college pays a whole lot more today. Why does a McD's employee deserve to make $5 more than that an hour? Don't get me wrong, I am all for an increase in salary for hard workers, and it is sad the fast food chains pay so little. I just don't know if bitching to the government is the right way to go about this.
So if the minimum wage goes up to $15 will the fast food places get rid of the sorry asses that work there and hire some competent employees?
If you don't like the pay don't take the job.
Trollslayer - as a product of the South Carolina public school system, and due to my own inadequacies, I am terrible at math and science. Assuming I'd somehow managed to get through an engineering program and graduate, would you really want me engineering anything you came into contact with?
When the wages paid must be raised beyond what the workers are worth, then the cost of the product goes up. Then, everyone else wants a raise too, so the cost of their products go up too. So, even with their new raises, the cost to live stays out of reach of the lowest paid echelon.
It's called inflation.
“If you don't want minimum wage, go to school.'
Let me update that a bit for those who went to college and still can't get a job:
Go to school, study something difficult and useful like engineering.
Then you will deserve and be paid more than minimum wage.
We are where we are in life because of decisions we have made. ALL of us!Some chose the status quo some chose to succeed and excel. ACCEPT responsibility and accountability for YOUR decisions and actions or the lack thereof.
ROFLA at the guy's gay rights confusion....I should get a lot more than 7.25 to be an out gay man in SC.
But I digress
No one is equating fast food work with brain surgery.
Nonetheless, these workers should have a living wage that enables them to live in stability.
It's scandalous that many fast food workers, Walmart employees etc,have to be on food stamps when working full time.
I would think conservatives would support a wage increase that would negate reliance on gvt support.
School certainly helps, but it isn't necessarily the answer, especially when most of South Carolina's public schools don't start teaching basic grammar until middle or high school and something as basic as geography isn't taught at all.
I went a college in the top 200 and graduated in 4 years with degree in hand, and I have never been able to find anything better than basic office work, which if you look on Craigslist, rarely seems to pay more than 8-12 an hour. Granted, I am female, so statistically I'd be on the lower end of the wage spectrum anyway.
Even $12 an hour, after taxes and bills and insurance (because basic office jobs rarely include benefits), is not enough for anyone to be comfortable as a single-income household. On $12 an hour, it's a little financially unrealistic to ever contemplate buying a house, or having a child, or providing myself a comfortable retirement.
Multiply one person making $12 or less an hour by hundreds of thousands of people, and suddenly the future looks a little bleak - a generation of people like me whose parents were solidly upper-middle class, but whose children won't necessarily own a house or have a child or retire. Society suffers when a significant portion of the population is living hand-to-mouth and a weaker society means we all lose out.
It would be nice if having an education was a golden ticket to higher wages, but it's not, and it's also not a very "christian" thing to criticize the less fortunate.
Anyone (like Mr. Cool Bro in the story) who says “If you don't want minimum wage, go to school" has clearly not been unemployed recently. More than 40% of recent college graduates are unemployed. For our parents generation, college was a luxury, and being able to go through the program was something that impressed potential employers. But now everyone goes to college, and employers aren't impressed. I've been turned down for jobs to make ends meet because I'm (in their words) overqualified, and they know that I don't intend to work there for the next ten years.
Everyone wants to claim millenials are this lazy bunch, but the previous generation told us that we had to attend college or else we'd end up flipping burgers. Now that we've done our schooling, those same people call us spoiled because we're hesitant to go back to the industry everyone our whole lives has equated with "failure."
@Preston Manning Bernstein - In answer to your questions that I assume are directed to those of us who may be a bit critical of the whole "protest":
Whats my job? Sales.
How did you get the qualifications for that job? Didn't need any.
Did those qualifications take money and time to get? The qualifications that I DO have took time and money to get - MY time and MY money - and never made me a dime btw.
Who can you say mentored you while you were growing up about which choices to make? Absolutely no one. In fact, my father suggested I become a prostitute because "They make great money, get to travel all over and get paid for having fun!"
In college? No one - in fact I was encouraged to make not great choices by so called career counselors.
After college while looking for a job? No one at all.
Who paid for the very first suit you wore? I did - and every one thereafter too!
Who bought you the car you drove to your first interview? I walked to my first interview, took the bus to many and when I finally did have a car, I bought it myself.
Perhaps you had a bunch of chances and opportunities in life to better yourself that a person working in fast food didn't have.
Somehow I just don't see it - Now granted, I surely didn't turn out to be much of anything spectacular! But I'd like to think I've managed to stay a step or two beyond the whole fast food lifestyle anyways!
Shouldn't we make some sort of attempt to have the playing field equalized so everybody has a chance to make something of themselves? I think its pretty well equalized already.
In this country, people with little or no money almost always have the MEANS to further their education - Government is quite happy to give them grants and loans and discounts while states like SC will hand over lottery money and more. The poor CAN afford to go to school. Its the rest of us who can't!
This effort was supported locally by several member organizations of the Charleston Chapter of the SC Progressive Network. On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SCPRONET.CHS
" Many of the crowd wore shirts reading “SC Raise Up.” It wasn't clear how many workers were actually striking or merely supporting the effort."
It might be some real journalism to find out.
The Carolina Workers Organizing Committee (which is helping fast-food workers organize) are behind the t shirts and placards.
The majority of the fast food workers that I encounter are overpaid at 7.25 an hour....that's about 5.25 an hour too much. There are some good ones but most act like they don't want to be there or do anything while on the clock. Raise these folks wages and raise the price of the product and they won't have to worry about wages...just looking for a new job.
What's your job? How did you get the qualifications for that job? Did those qualifications take money and time to get? Who can you say mentored you while you were growing up about which choices to make? In college? After college while looking for a job? Who paid for the very first suit you wore? Who bought you the car you drove to your first interview?
Perhaps you had a bunch of chances and opportunities in life to better yourself that a person working in fast food didn't have. Shouldn't we make some sort of attempt to have the playing field equalized so everybody has a chance to make something of themselves?
Why only $15/hr? Why not $30 or $100/hr?
If you don't like the wage you agreed to work for, you are free to quit and find a better job. It may or may not require more education or formal training.
So what, she has bad grammar. Grammar is learned in school. She probably went to a bad school where the teachers didn't care and the community didn't value the education.
Maybe she hasn't gone to college. Probably doesn't have the money for it. And where's she going to ever have the money for it? She works a minimum wage job!
Even poorly educated people from bad neighborhoods deserve for their basic needs to be met, and deserve free time to enjoy their lives. It's not asking too much to have enough money to, for example, buy groceries, or the free time to, I don't know, go on a road trip.
Maybe they could get a part time job on the side? Maybe they should learn how to budget? $7.25 works out to about $15,000 a year with a 40 hour work week. Maybe they don't know how to be frugal. I think McD's should give them financial counseling and help them figure out how to thrive on $7.25 an hour. I suspect they knew what they would be making when they accepted the job. What would make them think they deserve any more?
“$7.25? Ain't nobody can live that like,” Maria said. Maria, you should learn to speak proper English and maybe, just maybe, you'll graduate from McDonald's and get a better paying job. Until then be happy with your $7.25 and yes, I'll take fries with that.
And to the person yelling, “My baby needs clothes", you have no business having babies if you can't afford to clothe them and if you're working at McDonald's for $7.25 an hour the answer is no, you can't afford to clothe them.
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