Mad about minimum wage? A reader wishes there was this much outrage over CEO pay

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McDonald's workers protesting in New Zealand.
Fast-food workers struck around the globe yesterday, including at two Denver-area McDonald's locations, demanding an increase in the minimum wage -- to $15 an hour in this country.

Do fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour? With Labor Day looming, more than a hundred readers weighed in on that question yesterday.

See also: Fast Feud -- five reasons why fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour.

Says Alex Feigelson:


I wish there were this much outrage over CEO salaries and bonuses. And gosh, I hope Zipper's mommy comes to fetch him from the daycare soon.

Read all of the other responses on the $15 question here. And for more on the subject, watch this video of Robert Reich from moveon.org:

What do you think the minimum wage should be? And which restaurant workers most deserve a raise?



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144 comments
Wes Crosby
Wes Crosby

Ridiculous! I have a culinary degree and work as a sous chef and barely make that.

Maddie2052
Maddie2052

It's worth noting that the low wages paid to fast food employees are actually making almost everyone's wallets lighter. Numerous economists have pointed out how a low minimum wage depresses salaries overall -- and makes the economy more sluggish. What's more, low-wage fast food workers are far more likely to need help from government programs like food stamps and subsidized housing -- which, themselves, are a further drag on taxpayers.

Zachary Fuller
Zachary Fuller

Yeah, there doing the complete opposite of this country, we should learn from that.

Denver Critic
Denver Critic

Fact is that CEO pay has skyrocketed over the last 20 years while middle-class earnings have flatlined. We're in a new gilded age. Time for heads to roll.

Paul Saddy
Paul Saddy

I like my comfy spot in the middle. Not too much drama.

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

All you union haters obviously don't know how the world works. You'd obviously like to be the corporate overlords dogs. Corporations are making WAY too much profit and giving nothing back to this country. They are making products overseas and spending their money there too. Yet we give them everything in this county. And we can't even give everyone in this country a good standard of living? You people make me sick.

DougHubka
DougHubka

OMG. You mean the Dollar menu would become the 1.05 menu after all these years.

It is a myth that increasing the minimum wage will automatically increase process. The real problem that companies worry about is that PROFITS would be as high as they used to be. They all know basic economics that as prices go up, then demand will go down.

And does anybody really think that as the wages have remained stagnate for 20 years, hat should be prices should be about the same as 20 years ago

jwallick35
jwallick35

You fucking commenters who support the wage increase are pure idiots. I worked fast food and made $4.25/hr. I realized that I did not want to be stuck doing that so I worked hard, got a degree and made a better life for myself. All these whiny, lazy liberals want free handouts so they don't have to actually pull their heads out of their asses and do something with their lives. Stuck in mediocracy is the liberal way.

Kristina Gorman
Kristina Gorman

not realistic , and they should really research unions ,

Sarah Elizabeth Korus
Sarah Elizabeth Korus

Anyone with basic knowledge of economics would know this would never work. There will always be people who will work for under that amount because they need the work. Plus the extra cost would have to come from somewhere. You think anyone on top would be benevolent enough to take a pay cut so the workers would get better wages? Doubt it.

Ashley Duffy
Ashley Duffy

I have a better idea... why don't we drop their pay to $5.35 (which most food service industry employees make, me included) and let them earn tips

Ashley Duffy
Ashley Duffy

Im pretty sure that if Australia can afford to pay $16/hr for minimum wage they are doing other things besides paying fast food workers more to stay out of their depression.

Jimmy Jonas
Jimmy Jonas

15 is ridiculous! But yes they need a higher wage...

Ashley Duffy
Ashley Duffy

You can't raise peoples pay based on the fact that the government is paid TOO MUCH?? How does that fix anything?

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Some news: Yet consider this: If the minimum wage had simply tracked U.S. productivity gains since 1968, it would be $21.72 an hour -- three times what it is now.

Ashley Duffy
Ashley Duffy

^ Not true... a bus pass cost one tank of gas a month. Try it out

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Let them go, the world would be a better place with less fast food. May they all find meaningful work.

Amanda Krause
Amanda Krause

Realistic? No. If this were to be allowed, it would cause a rift. If fast-food workers are making $15 an hour, what about the working professionals that are currently making $15 an hour and have made a $40k+ investment in their college education? I am sure teachers don't even earn $15 an hour. I agree that minimum wage should be higher, but $15 is a little over the top. I have seen jobs posted recently that require a college degree and pay only $10 an hour. This is a problem across the board...not fast-food workers alone.

Kristin Vortex
Kristin Vortex

That's not realistic, but it's better to set your demands high!

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

So McDonald's should be forced to engage in charity and on your pea brain that is fair?

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

She is actually a Statist. She wants the heavy hand of government to force business owners to engage in charity.

Cynthia Johnston
Cynthia Johnston

Whatever raise fast food workers manage to wrestle out of the 1% will be passed on to those who can't afford to eat anywhere else.

Cynthia Johnston
Cynthia Johnston

It's closer to a living wage. But I've taken less and been glad to get it. It's the stupid economy. We are all running in the hamster wheel.

Matt Hazelton
Matt Hazelton

That's what I have been offered with my Civil engineering degree no it is not realistic

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

You either give the slice or the whole pie gets taken. Ever think about 1789 in France? Or 1917 in Russia?

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

What's outrageous is the fact that people go to college and are not rewarded for their hard work and dedication! It proves my point that college is a scam.

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

you should bitch about your pay if you are worth more. or are you afraid you will lose your job if you do?

Alex Feigelson
Alex Feigelson

I wish there were this much outrage over CEO salaries and bonuses. And gosh, I hope Zipper's mommy comes to fetch him from the daycare soon.

Danny Gillam
Danny Gillam

Form your Union, get your $15/hr, but pay it back to the union and enjoy making what you once were. Unions are not free and the things they demand come with a price as well.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Have you seen the cost of a monthly bus pass? It's cheaper to drive

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

No, not at all. That's on the high end for fast food

David Spohn
David Spohn

This coming from a moron who is probably playing ps3 in his mama's basement.

David Spohn
David Spohn

what a joke! 15 an hour...3/4 of them are illegals with fake SS#'S

Alicia Herzing
Alicia Herzing

My first job waitressing was $2.75 an hour minimum wage. And that was not that long ago. I do agree it should be raised but $15 is unrealistic. Sorry but it won't happen.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

@Kyle Hartman We know exactly how it works. Unions are nothing but organized crime that extort companies and exploit the workers they steal their dues from. 


Other than providing jobs for 65% of the American workforce, what have corporations done?

laroe211
laroe211

@Kyle Hartman forget higher education, i'm going to flip burgers for $15 an hour

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Kyle Hartman Your use of the word "haters" automatically makes everything you say irrelevant.  Go play some Bieber records, junior.

GFTW
GFTW

@jwallick35 But so many people have no ambitions at all yet think they should be paid generously for a bare minimum of skills and education, and remain burger-flippers. Or Westword employees.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

@Doug Hubka but the common fast food worker has nothing to due with the increased productivity, so why should they benefit? 



amandaboth
amandaboth

@Ashley Duffy ok then i'll add child care to my list of expenses to replace the fuel  expense because where I live the bus doesn't run when I get out of work (midnight) and I work the hours I do so I DON'T have that expense (which by the way is WAY more than I pay now for my car insurance and fuel combined, Plus I would have to buy a pass for my older kids too since they don't ride free and if I don't have a car I can't drive them where they need to go ....your logic is illogical

oh and then CAB fare to take my kids to their pediatrician if they get sick because their doc isn't anywhere NEAR the bus route...people only see it their way and it sickens me

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr

@Bret Egan This sounds like a good plan, actually.


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