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Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

There are 711 comments on the Northern Michigan News story from Aug 5, 2013, titled Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?. In it, Northern Michigan News reports that:

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#2 Aug 5, 2013
So, if we made the minimum wage $30/hour could we eliminate all welfare programs?
Your Ex

United States

#3 Aug 5, 2013
Not likley.
Fast food corps will be wise to take the Wal-Mart route and inform employees how to enrole in social welfare/public assistance programs.
McDonalds shares trading @$90.
Yum! Brands @$75

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#5 Aug 5, 2013
No! But it will hasten the demise of fast food "Resturants" as people realize that they can get higher quality food for less, elsewhere.
Regards, Terri
Your Ex

United States

#6 Aug 5, 2013
TerryE wrote:
No! But it will hasten the demise of fast food "Resturants" as people realize that they can get higher quality food for less, elsewhere.
Regards, Terri
Higher quality, sure.
But where else you gonna get a burger for $1?
lolol

Rio Rancho, NM

#7 Aug 5, 2013
an employee dumps a bag of fries in oil, pushes a button and when the timer beeps removes them. Another takes an order, pushes button marked with names instead of punching prices, the register tells them the change amount if any. So how much is an unskilled, uneducated job worth to an employer ?. The cashier can be replaced by a card only kiosk that the customer can use. In japan the fry cook is replaced by a vending machine. These jobs are largely just make work jobs for teens and minorities and paying minimum wage is the marker for the job skills required. Automation used to be expensive, but nowadays will probably look a lot more plausible to these employers to eliminate the 'gimme gimmee' attitude of low to non-existent skilled employees that will never be capable of garnering a livable career.
Mothra

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Aug 5, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
Lower gasoline prices.
Stop this insanity.
Agreed.

I've been saying for years that the key to economic recovery is the cost of energy.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#10 Aug 5, 2013
Take that "Burger" apart and see what you are actually getting for your dollar. Weigh it. It isn't much! Go to the supermarket and buy a package of preformed burgers and some rolls and a onion. You'll be eating much better and more of it.
Regards, Terri
Your Ex wrote:
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Higher quality, sure.
But where else you gonna get a burger for $1?
Center-Left Conservative

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Aug 5, 2013
Whatís the big deal about raising the minimum wage to match the cost of living increase? The first thing the Republicans have to do is change the perception that we are solely for big business and against the working class.
I disagree with the President on the pipeline, he needs to push that through immediately but I am with him on his all of thee above strategy on energy. Solar, Wind Green Clean energy combine with Natural gas and oil is a smart approach to this nationís future. Its past time for our side to stop this divisive stuff and work in a smarter way to take back control of our country and push a conservative agenda and policies that will attract people to our side.
Voice Of Raisin

United States

#13 Aug 5, 2013
RustyS wrote:
So, if we made the minimum wage $30/hour could we eliminate all welfare programs?
Government enforced minimum wage is a wellfare program.
chisholm

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 5, 2013
Of course it needs to be raised. More money in circulation, more spending, fewer bankruptcies, less spent on food stamps, unemployment, and other forms of welfare...the benefits should be obvious.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#15 Aug 5, 2013
Raise the minimum wage for fast food workers and you'll raise prices of fast food- or see jobs eliminated.

Either way, that's not necessarily a bad thing considering 2/3rd of Americans are overweight and half are obese.
Voice Of Raisin

United States

#16 Aug 5, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
Lower gasoline prices.
Stop this insanity.
The people in the White House today think American consumers should be paying "more" for gasoline at the pump.
chisholm

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 5, 2013
Mothra wrote:
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Agreed.
I've been saying for years that the key to economic recovery is the cost of energy.
Talk to Big Energy about that one. Government can change the minimum wage, but they have no authority over the price of gasoline.
Mothra

Phoenix, AZ

#18 Aug 5, 2013
chisholm wrote:
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Talk to Big Energy about that one. Government can change the minimum wage, but they have no authority over the price of gasoline.
You can't absolve government of its influence in the price of energy.

Doing a quick search on regulations.gov using only the term "energy" and sorting for "rules", you'll see there are 6639 new rules since the start of the Obama administration. There are also an additional 4081 pending.

Every one of those rules cost money... money that increases the costs of energy.
Voice Of Raisin

United States

#19 Aug 5, 2013
I don't think that the government currently sets the minimum wage by industry, does it?

Even if they tried, I image there would be some debate over semantics, restraunts would argue they arn't a "fast food" establishment.

Try to raise minimum wage across the board, and 10,000 corporate lobbyist groups from every industry will descend upon Washington D.C.

Even the Congressmen themseleves wouldn't want to pay their interns and campaign staff more than they're currently getting.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#20 Aug 5, 2013
Most people start out at minimum wage jobs to gain experience in the working world.

Once a person gains experience (people skills, ability to solve problems, business knowledge, etc.), they move on to more challenging experiences that generally ejoy a higher wage.

Companies pay minimum wage when there are PLENTY of people available to take the jobs.

As the economy begins to improve (which Obama claims is happening), more jobs will open up.

Companies that now pay minimum wage will raise that wage when the supply of workers decreases when the unemployment rate declines.

Education and experience raises a persons earnings potential.

Raising the minimum wage doesn't do anything but BURDEN the companies that depend on low skilled labor.(and MOST minimum wage jobs come from SMALL businesses & not McD-types.)
bob lewis

AOL

#21 Aug 5, 2013
After the Nov elections we must accept that low level service jobs are going to be all most of the population can aspire to have as a career. We must demand that the "minimum wage" be increased to at least $15 per hour to support the milllions in the Jobs. We must prepare for the tens of millions of uneducated peasants who will be flooding across the border using the "family reunification" provisions of the current Amnesty Bill which Obama is pushing on America.

We voted to be less than and must adjust for the dismal realities our political choice confirmed as all we feel our families deserve.
sheepleloveroyal ty

Bryn Mawr, PA

#22 Aug 5, 2013
Eleanor wrote:
Most people start out at minimum wage jobs to gain experience in the working world.
Once a person gains experience (people skills, ability to solve problems, business knowledge, etc.), they move on to more challenging experiences that generally ejoy a higher wage.
Companies pay minimum wage when there are PLENTY of people available to take the jobs.
As the economy begins to improve (which Obama claims is happening), more jobs will open up.
Companies that now pay minimum wage will raise that wage when the supply of workers decreases when the unemployment rate declines.
Education and experience raises a persons earnings potential.
Raising the minimum wage doesn't do anything but BURDEN the companies that depend on low skilled labor.(and MOST minimum wage jobs come from SMALL businesses & not McD-types.)
That model worked decades ago but in age of outsourcing even the lower wage jobs it won't work. Throw in the most serious global competition this nation has ever faced that model fails even more.

Mix in a very messy political climate, corporate greed and/or outrageous expansion which decreases business and employee wage competition the starter job model simply won't work.

There are not enough jobs to progress to. Many of those 'starter' jobs really aren't starter jobs, they were contrived to be 'starter' jobs by corporate America to save money. Why do think customer service sucks in many businesses. Decades ago you might of been waited on by a 20 year employee at a place like Walmart now you are lucky to get someone with more than 2 years experience in many of these companies.

I'm not saying raise the minimum to the preferred pay for everything level but it needs to be increased.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#23 Aug 5, 2013
sheepleloveroyalty wrote:
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That model worked decades ago but in age of outsourcing even the lower wage jobs it won't work. Throw in the most serious global competition this nation has ever faced that model fails even more.
Mix in a very messy political climate, corporate greed and/or outrageous expansion which decreases business and employee wage competition the starter job model simply won't work.
There are not enough jobs to progress to. Many of those 'starter' jobs really aren't starter jobs, they were contrived to be 'starter' jobs by corporate America to save money. Why do think customer service sucks in many businesses. Decades ago you might of been waited on by a 20 year employee at a place like Walmart now you are lucky to get someone with more than 2 years experience in many of these companies.
I'm not saying raise the minimum to the preferred pay for everything level but it needs to be increased.
Perhaps, then, it is the objective of the government to get more ABLE BODIED persons to enlist in the military.

Pay is better than minimum; training is free; even education is free AFTER serving one's country.

Instead of wallowing in dead-end minimum wage jobs, people should be considering a career in the Armed Services!!

Many have already improved their lives in serving their country.

But then there are others who would rather sit back and just complain that life just isn't giving them enough in return for their efforts.
blackiethecat

Austin, TX

#25 Aug 5, 2013
The minimum wage will not matter. Just wait until the feds allow the families of illegal immigrants to enter the country under any new immigration law. Estimates are that millions more unskilled and poorly educated people from the third world will enter the USA in the near future to join the 14 million or so illegal immigrants. Millions will certainly work for less than minimum wage just to survive.

The job market will only get worse when ObamaCare is fully implemented and companies reduce hours and/or lay off workers to reduce their expenses under ObamaCare.

Blacks deserve the economic mess they are in for blindly voting for Obama just because he looks like them. They still have nothing and Obama has thrown them under the bus. Once again they have been used but are not smart enough to realize it.

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