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  • It just makes economic sense!

    Fast food companies keep employees at poverty-level wages while making billions of dollars in profits every year. This drives increasing inequality, slow growth, and declining living standards. It is holding back our economic recovery and contributing to high poverty rates and rates of working poor. With annual profits in the billions, many of these companies could raise wages for their ENTIRE workforce and shareholders would still see a return. Pus when employers pay poverty-level wages they shift the cost of maintaining a labor force onto society. If fast food workers earned a decent living wage, they would not have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, or other government programs when paychecks don’t provide the means to make ends meet.

  • Yes, they do.

    Fast food workers may be unskilled, but they still deserve the right to have a livable wage. Many are working these jobs while in school--can you support yourself and pay for school at the same time with minimum wage? No. Fast food is also very fast paced, and not everyone is cut out for it. They deserve more respect.

  • Yes, they do.

    Fast food worker's jobs are much harder than people may believe. Not everyone can work in such a fast paced and stressful environment. Not to mention, fast food workers get little benefits (depending on the fast food restaurant they work for) and work long hours to barely make as much to those people who are paid more for less work.

  • A hundred times yes!

    Fast food workers definitely deserve higher pay, because of moral reasons, but also because the heads of these fast food places are making tons of money and can easily afford to pay their workers a higher pay. Fast food workers should be receiving a living wage of at least $11 per hour.

  • Hey fat stingy businessmen lay off the quarter pounder...

    Most of the people against the higher pay never had to work in a fast food joint! They have no idea the kind of labor these workers put in! The corps could afford to pay there workers more its this fat nation that fears losing a 50 nugget meal steal for $10! For those bigots who think no skill is involved, how about good customer service to ensure none of you jerk customers complain!

  • Yes, but maybe not 15

    Working fast food can be a huge pain! It's ridiculous to suggest that fast food jobs are nothing but "Flipping Burgers", "Dropping fries" or just saying "May I take your order". It can be very stressful like any other job.

    I do think 15 is a bit much though... At most 10?

  • Yes, they do.

    Yes, I think that fast food workers deserve higher pay. Maybe it shouldn't be all that much higher, but I do think that it should increase at least a bit. Minimum wage is just so low and I feel like these workers deserve more, because I do think they work hard.

  • If they don't other economies will fall!

    If the fast food industry don't pay their employees that well, the economy will fall, because since the fast food industries are so popular, it means that there are many workers working there. If not paid well, the other shops will earn less money because the workers are not paid well enough to consume what they need and what, meaning that the other shops will earn less money because they can't sell their products to the workers that are not paid well, meaning that the economy of a country is possible to fall, impacting other countries' incomes if the countries' economies are big enough to be international. Therefore, the fast food industry should pay their employees better wages.

  • If they don't other economies will fall!

    If the fast food industry don't pay their employees that well, the economy will fall, because since the fast food industries are so popular, it means that there are many workers working there. If not paid well, the other shops will earn less money because the workers are not paid well enough to consume what they need and what, meaning that the other shops will earn less money because they can't sell their products to the workers that are not paid well, meaning that the economy of a country is possible to fall, impacting other countries' incomes if the countries' economies are big enough to be international. Therefore, the fast food industry should pay their employees better wages.

  • Yes, but only a little.

    The fast food industry should pay better wages because many of the employees don’t have enough to live on. It should only be raised a little though, so that the jobs aren’t lost due to cheaper machines and cheaper methods of production. This is because many fast-food employees are 23 or older and a quarter are raising at least 1 child.

  • I went to college. Why should fast food workers get more money?

    I went to college. Why should fast food workers get more money?
    I worked in fast food while i went to school. When i finished i applied
    to office jobs and got hired. Those workers should do the same instead of getting pregnant
    and having 20 babies. I worked hard and still work hard to try and make it.

  • I did my research from the 1950's up to today

    The average factory worker in the 1950's make approx $5.25/day. Using the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Inflation Calculator (GOVERNMENT WEBSITE - sounds pretty unbiased if you ask me), that's equivalent to $6.30/hour in 2013 (even less than the minimum wage now).

    Don't argue that minimum wage isn't in par with inflation. You're wrong. Do some research before shouting that McDonald's workers (who work less hard, in a safer environment, and less hours than a factory worker in the 1950's) deserve $15/hour.

  • Poor life choices are not my problem.

    Fast food is unskilled labor. If you have a degree and you're working fast food then it's by choice, because giving up and inaction are still choices. It's also not my problem that you're unable to pay your bills. I shouldn't have to pay more for a cheeseburger, because you're struggling due to either inaction, undereducation, or unwillingness to relocate, etc.

  • They're not worth it

    Absolutely not. They do minimal work and there's a lot of "fast paced" jobs. I really don't think THEY know what a real job is like. They have no responsibility really, many are dirty, sloppy, loud, unprofessional and down right rude. They did not pay for an education, they did not work for a better opportunity. We need to stop handing things to these people that everyone else has to work for. Mcdonalds is not meant to be a career unless you're managing a franchise or upper level management. Flipping and frying pink slime while scratching your ass is not even worth the minimum wage they are handed now.

  • We shouldnt have them have a higher raise

    Ridiculous pay for unskilled, uneducated people

    Fast food jobs require no skills and no formal education. Pay should be based on what a person brings to the table. Why should a fast food worker with no skill or education make a living wage for doing a job that anyone with half a brain could do? If you want to earn $15 per hour, then earn it. Go to school, climb the ladder, work hard... Set your sights higher than flipping burgers. Do your entry level job very well, and possibly promote to management if you want to stay in fast food. It is disgusting that these workers feel that they are ENTITLED to a higher wage... Why? What do they bring to the table? That sense of entitlement plagues this country today. Everyone wants something for nothing.

  • Ridiculous pay for unskilled, uneducated people

    Fast food jobs require no skills and no formal education. Pay should be based on what a person brings to the table. Why should a fast food worker with no skill or education make a living wage for doing a job that anyone with half a brain could do? If you want to earn $15 per hour, then earn it. Go to school, climb the ladder, work hard... Set your sights higher than flipping burgers. Do your entry level job very well, and possibly promote to management if you want to stay in fast food. It is disgusting that these workers feel that they are ENTITLED to a higher wage... Why? What do they bring to the table? That sense of entitlement plagues this country today. Everyone wants something for nothing.

  • Flipping Burgers is not skilled labor and pay should reflect that

    The Federal minimum wage is not going to be raised much higher than it is now, it just won't happen. Any raises may come through states or cities and in those cases, the workers are the ones who will be hurt. McDonald's and other fast food companies are not going to pay you $15.00 a hour to flip burgers, if you want $15.00 an hour, you need a HS diploma and at least 2 years of college, be fluent in English and not be covered in tats and piercings. No Major company is going to hire you unless you fit the mold I just spelled out. If companies are forced to pay a higher minimum they will fire all the workers they can and run bare bones. Anyone they keep may make 10 or 15 an hour but their hours will be cut so they aren't really bringing home more money, plus they will pay out more in federal, state and local taxes, so they will be earning less. These people have no clue about economics or how business works.

  • No they don't

    Stay in school. Get an education. Get skill training. There are many jobs available right now that pay well more than minimum wage that are unfilled. As a note, if high wages were provided to fast food, then many would lose their jobs to candidates more educated and qualified who seek higher paying jobs.

  • Bottom of the food chain

    Working in fast food should be the job you get while in high school, not the job you spend your whole life at. If you cannot aspire to better yourself by educating yourself and working hard , you do not deserve $15/hr. It is not a job that is meant to support a family. If minimum wage isn't enough for you, do more than the minimum work. McDonald's only pays minimum wage to the entry level workers; Managers make more.

  • Are you Serious?

    The work they do does not warrant that amount of money. There are many other occupations that the employees must work harder and make less than $15. Plus, half the time fast food workers don't give a crap and your food comes out screwed up, so They should either quit and find something better, or go back to work


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