Organizers say fast-food protests planned for 100 US cities

  • Article by: CANDICE CHOI , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 4:30 PM

NEW YORK — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.

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peoplewatchrDec. 2, 1310:11 AM

If you want a job paying $15/hour then go get one. You got hired at $7.50/hour and agreed to that wage. Walking off the job should get you fired and make you ineligible for unemployment!

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blorangeDec. 2, 1310:52 AM

When working for $7.50 an hour makes a difference in having a roof over your head or not, you take it. At some point we have to draw a line and say that someone's time is worth at least 'x' to counter the market forces of underemployment which drive wages lower.

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defsquadronDec. 2, 1310:56 AM

While I don't necessarily agree with walking off the job, it's their right. Good for them for making a stand. The funny things is, most Americans don't realize most of our future jobs seem to be stuck in the "service" sector. Minimum wage is not a living wage.

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jpcooperDec. 2, 1311:06 AM

"The actions are intended to build on a campaign that began about a year ago to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour."

Fast food employment is entry level work for High school kids, college kids. These are not careers!

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davehougDec. 2, 1311:15 AM

Tough to retire on savings when the dollar only buys 1 / 15th of an hour of labor. Just saying $15 minimum wage = instant inflation across the board and therefore savers and retired folks will lose.

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happy2commntDec. 2, 1311:24 AM

All I want for Christmas is for the United States to have a basic understanding of economics. It's not a matter of the dollars, it is the percents. Average restaurant labor percent in a restaurant is about 25% (max). If wages go up, either working-hours get cut or prices get raised to keep labor at 25%. Any sweeping raise is a non-factor, the bottom line is that saying "hi can I help you" is only worth so much revenue to a business.

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leftwingnewsDec. 2, 1311:32 AM

Minimum Wage jobs are not meant to support a person or family. They are jobs for high school and college students and for part-time jobs for extra money. You need to start at a minimum wage job and get promoted either by working hard or by taking classes post high school. This assumes that the person has graduated from high school. The government cannot keep mandating higher wages. The businesses will shut down because they cannot afford to hire people at those rates.

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circleoflifeDec. 2, 13 1:09 PM

Hey, do you people understand fast food is not a necessity? If the prices go up due to wages being increased for flipping a burger odd are we'll go somewhere else or cook at home. Need more money? Get a different or second/third job. Take some grown up responsibility to take care of yourself!!! This certainly isn't it!!!!

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flatstanleyDec. 2, 13 1:19 PM

"Fast food employment is entry level work for High school kids, college kids" Perhaps in the late 60's and 70's. The median or average age for the people who have these jobs is in the 30's.

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pointyhootrzDec. 2, 13 1:36 PM

No need for government to raise the minimun wage. All the government needs to do to realize an increase in wages is quit flooding the labor market with cheap foreign workers.

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