Reader: Fast-food workers don't live in a bubble -- when minimum wage goes up, so does the price of everything else
Inspired by strikes earlier this summer in seven cities across the country, Denver fast-food workers will walk off their jobs at two McDonald's locations today -- 599 West 104th Avenue in Northglenn at 6 a.m., 4020 West Colfax at 11 a.m. -- calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices. According to strike organizers, there are over 41,000 fast-food workers in Denver, and their median wage is $8.84. Strikers will also be walking off the job in fifty other cities across the country, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Memphis.
Fast-food workers protest outside McDonald's.
In her recent "Fast Feud" list, Jenn Wohletz offered five reasons why fast-food workers deserved $15 an hour -- and the responses poured in much faster than the rate of inflation.
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Raising the minimum wage or raising the hourly pay of some low-skill workers is not going to fix anything. It's called inflation. Want better pay and a living wage? Pay more attention to candidates who insist on a change in monetary policy. Once the minimum wage goes up, the price of everything else up too. These fast food workers don't live in a bubble. Besides, $15 an hour is crazy. I know of labor jobs and skilled jobs that don't pay that much. Get real. Don't like the pay? Find another job. Can't find another job? Get an education so you can. America wants unbridled capitalism but they don't want to accept the issues that come with it. In a society where the rich get richer, it's bound to happen that some are left behind. Don't like that? Then don't support these companies. Put your money where your mouth is.Do you think minimum wage should be raised? Is $15 too high? And if so, how much should it be raised? Post your thoughts below -- and to read many, many more comments, go to Jenn Wohletz's "Fast Feud".