September 3, 2013
Hourly fast-food workers across the country — in more than 50 cities from Durham to Denver — think their hamburger-flipping, taco-filling, chicken-frying and/or bathroom-mopping skills somehow deserve a wage of $15 per hour.
For those without a calculator nearby, that’s $31,200 per year.
To put that number into perspective, that kind of salary would put fast-food workers in the same earning range as medical secretaries and far higher than cosmetologists — both of which require actual continued education. It’s also in the ballpark of what starting teachers earn in this region … with a college degree, of course.
Let’s face it, these fast-food workers aren’t graduates of any culinary school and haven’t won any “Chopped” champion titles.
The claim by these misguided and delusional fast-foodies is that it is all but impossible to make a living above the poverty level when they are earning barely above the minimum wage. And that, we think, is the only logical thing they have claimed.
But it is only one-half of the story.
The rest of that story is the plain and simple fact that hourly fast-food jobs were never considered to be a career or one that would provide any hourly employee a livable wage. Instead, they have always intended to be jobs for younger workers looking to gain valuable job experience and/or older employees looking to add a little pocket money to their income.
In addition to demanding a $15 per hour wage, fast-food workers also want to unionize.
Here’s an idea for all those who think the hourly jobs they perform at KFC, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s or Burger King are worth anywhere near $15 per hour: Rather than stick your grease-spattered hands out and saying “gimme,” how about looking for ways to improve your earning power by taking some classes and/or applying for better, more meaningful jobs?
Every one of you are accomplishing nothing more than putting an exclamation mark on the definition of “lazy Americans.”