You're Paying A Ton To Subsidize Fast...

You're Paying A Ton To Subsidize Fast Food's Poverty Wages

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Awful Truth

Columbus, OH

#1 Oct 18, 2013
Taxpayers spend about $7 billion per year to help pay workers who are employed by an industry that rakes in $200 billion annually.

That's because the fast food industry's notoriously low wages force more than half of fast food workers to rely on some form of government assistance like food stamps or Medicaid to get by, a study from the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently found.

An analysis of the Berkeley/UI data from the left-leaning National Employment Law Project breaks down how much low-wages at the 10 biggest fast food chains are costing taxpayers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/fast...
Cheesehead

Edgerton, WI

#2 Oct 19, 2013
People fail the realize that tax payers subsidize the Walmarts and McDonalds and other companies that pay near minimum wage and don't provide benefits for their employees. The difference between the rich and the poor in our country hasn't this great in over 100 years. Until we find a way to increase wages, the number of people in the safety net will continue rising.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#3 Oct 19, 2013
Walmart is relying on people who can't or won't go out and find a better paying job. Not unlike that recent story about the McDonalds employee who had been working there for seven years and wanted to unionize. Which indicated that this particular worker had been there for seven years and yet never moved in to a management position. Personally I don't patronize Walmart and rarely McDonalds. But it's not their fault that there is a virtual army of unskilled workers out there willing to take those job.(and apparently unwilling to try and improve their lot in life) Not is it their fault that those people choose to work for them or that those people also tap the "system" to supplement their incomes.
Schmahl Spew

Orlando, FL

#5 Oct 20, 2013
So where are these better jobs that all the Walmart and McDonalds workers should get, and what happens to all the positions at Walmart and McDonalds - do they just go unfilled in your version of economics?
slackerville

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Oct 21, 2013
liberals fail to realize it is called America, and yes we can make a profit with our business. Walmart is a great success, if you do not like walmart then do not shop there. All the liberal haters of walmart are the first in the stores every morning.
muslim vote

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 21, 2013
fyi - macdonalds is exempt from barry soetoros health care reform.

how do you like that fact liberals.

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cantmakeitup wrote:
Walmart is relying on people who can't or won't go out and find a better paying job. Not unlike that recent story about the McDonalds employee who had been working there for seven years and wanted to unionize. Which indicated that this particular worker had been there for seven years and yet never moved in to a management position. Personally I don't patronize Walmart and rarely McDonalds. But it's not their fault that there is a virtual army of unskilled workers out there willing to take those job.(and apparently unwilling to try and improve their lot in life) Not is it their fault that those people choose to work for them or that those people also tap the "system" to supplement their incomes.
Willie

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 21, 2013
Those jobs are for high school and and semi retired folk. Pay is based on education and skill level needed to perform the job. Duh
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 21, 2013
Schmahl Spew wrote:
So where are these better jobs that all the Walmart and McDonalds workers should get, and what happens to all the positions at Walmart and McDonalds - do they just go unfilled in your version of economics?
Ask OBAMA about the "better jobs". Anything a step or two above minimum wage is now only a 29 1/2 hour a week job. As for who will work the part time low paying jobs, how about youth?
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Oct 21, 2013
Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday.

That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.
Lib Major

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 21, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday.
That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.
Somebody has to commit crime.
Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#14 Oct 21, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
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Ask OBAMA about the "better jobs". Anything a step or two above minimum wage is now only a 29 1/2 hour a week job. As for who will work the part time low paying jobs, how about youth?
Really? Because according to the Dept of Labor the average work week has actually INCREASED in the last year. Perhaps you could quote a source for your "facts"?

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