I find that very hard to believe, as in the past year my electric bills have went up 20%, natural gas up 40%, water up 15% food went up almost 30%, gasoline don't get me started....
and that was with a small increase in minimum wage that happens yearly... costs are rising already, if we have to pay more for everything it will rise faster.
It feels like what will happen is the lower income people will get more money right off the bad, the salaried people will be slow to see a wage increase. So it will make the lower end higher disproportionately costs will go up, the poor will still be bad off, the middle will be worse off, but the rich will be about the same...
at least that's how it seems to me
The problem is that the rate at which minimum wage is raised is not compensating for all those other factors. Minimum wage workers are working for much less in value than they did 30 years ago.
I know banks around here that pay full time workers (250 days a year 40hrs a week) only $25k a year that's only $12.50 an hour... and around here $25k a year is below poverty level which is $26k a year based on cost of living where I am at
Bank tellers should technically earn less than food service employees, they only deal with money. Food service employees handle money, food, clean the store, manage inventory, deal with customers, etc. Besides that, wages should increase everywhere on the low end.
In my opinion, minimum wage should be the absolute minimum required for the employee to afford housing and food in the area that they're working in. If these workers want to have kids, go to school, go on vacations, etc. then they either need to work a second job or win the lottery.
Minimum wage jobs are minimum for a reason. They require little to no skills or education, and they are not and should not be considered careers.
That being said, if NYC McDonald's employees are getting paid the same amount as McDonald's employees in Oklahoma, then that is a serious problem. There is no way that wage is livable in any burrow in NYC. The wage for a fast food job shouldn't be the same corporate wide, and it should really depend on the state and city of that job. If that's what these people are fighting for, then I'm all for it. If they simply want more money because they hate being poor, then tough.
They are stating for minimum wage to EQUAL what it was 30 years ago is about 15.50.
There still fighting this one eh? Maybe with the strike the country will get less obese. I can see the wage getting increased, but no where near $15. You want a better job, get a better education. You can live off a lot less than 15$ an hour. You just don't want to. O what, you have kids and your under 21? How's that drinking and smoking habit working out for you? Or that expensive car you can't pay for. Hmm, wonder who's fault that is. Lets blame the company I work for, and they'll make everything else right. O I don't like where I'm at, or I don't like management rolls in life. I'm just going to sit where I am and let the world work for me.
Excuses are like , everyone has one.
There aren't those jobs anymore, with manufacturing jobs on the decline, and only tech sector and service industry jobs are on the rise, and people HAVE to fill these positions to keep growth going in any sector. Are you seriously stating that these people do not deserve to be paid a living wage? Just because they are low education requirement jobs doesn't mean that the work isn't needed for society, IMO blue collar workers contribute way more than white collar workers. Not to say that white collar workers aren't important, but they definitely do not deserve the wage difference they receive, but since they are the ones who set the wages it's hard to fight this difference.
I just don't see how people are expecting a fast food joint to be a 1 job end all be all for their financial situation. It's not supposed to be livable income. Its supposed to be side job for extra money if you are no longer 14/15. Having a union and major pay raise will only cause things to get much much worse that they won't be able to eat at their own fast food joint because the prices will sky rocket.
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A LIVABLE INCOME. These aren't the jobs they used to be filled with teenagers, you have adults working here getting screwed over because of that stereotype. Food service workers should earn more than bank tellers!
What cracks me up is I know people who complain about this and complain they cannot support their 3 kids by themselves as a single parent. Then they drive around in expensive cards and clothing and whatever else.
There are always going to be people who abuse any system, the solution isn't to punish those that don't.
McDonalds and Burger King aren't exactly cheap anymore. I'm not sure I look forward to a $15 meal at either of those places.
Also I supported myself with a $10 an hour job while going to school and paying for that on my own too. People just need to get their priorities straight.
Prices will in no way increase that much, if you can expect .70c at walmart during a visit, you may .03c more at mcdonalds per visit.