I struggled with this dilemma for a while before coming to the conclusion that it should be put in the "Stupid Spoiled American" pile. I can appreciate workers uniting for the greater good of their paycheck, but who do these people think they are, the Pullman Strike of 1894??
|Also happened in Chicago|
I make no apologies for this remark, but these people are burger flippers. Here a few of their complaints:
"It doesn't pay my bills, I can't buy my kids anything for Christmas. I can't even celebrate Christmas."
"We can't survive on $7.25."
Let me address complaint #2 and offer some solutions.
- Get two jobs
- Don't work there
- Get an education and become more marketable
- Get rid of unnecessary assets - TVs, cable, iPad, extra phones, eating out, bling, fancy clothes, gas guzzling car
- Take the bus
- Move to where the wages are better
I think these suggestions could probably be applied to complaint #1 as well.
So what kind of an increase are we talking about- 15, 25%? Not even close! They want their wages increased from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour- a 107% pay increase. They have balls, that's for sure. Big, entitled balls.
Fair wages are dictated by supply and demand, by the market who decides what they are willing to pay a worker based on the demand for their product while factoring in the available workforce willing to work for those wages. This inst' a steel strike or a coal strike of the early 1800's when people were dying on the job. This isn't even comparable to the UPS or Postal strikes of my generation. These are people who flip burgers and prank our food in the back room when nobody is watching.
Go home, fast food workers. You're drunk.