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Raise McDonald's Minimun Wage?
Posted 11/8/14 , edited 11/8/14

Stonewolfe wrote:


Sorry but I only get paid $9/hr to take care of handicapped children and young adults..


that's quite the respectable job in my eyes and i think (not too sure of) that supply is relatively low here so i think the pay is reasonably good.

though i'm not too fond of the scandals and corruptions involving that health care sector in the UK.
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Posted 11/8/14
I think that's sorta too much. But, I think minimum wage should be $10 and nothing less.
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Posted 11/8/14

Stonewolfe wrote:

If McDonalds gets a raise to $15/hr I demand at least $20/hr.

Sorry but I only get paid $9/hr to take care of handicapped children and young adults. I feel like I deserve to make more than someone flipping burgers.


Much respect to you.
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Posted 11/8/14
I wasn't paid by counting the hours, but if I looked at my salary from when I was a translator, I made close to $11 or $12 an hour.
In my opinion, translating isn't much work, but I feel it's still a bit more than working at a fast food chain.
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Posted 11/8/14
If we're talking about paying people based on what they deserve, I'd rather teachers, cleaners and others who contribute to society get a massive pay raise than people who supply the world with less than satisfactory junk food. And to talk about paying people based on how much effort they put in is to live in some imaginary, utopian society, where unicorns prance in fields and barf rainbows.
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When Mcdonalds were offering jobs, they were probably aiming that towards high school or college students who needed some pocket money. I doubt they were expecting people to actually live off of it. Also, considering the technology available and how easily they could affordably replace human workers (such as replacing cashiers for a touch screen), you would think that they are offering jobs to help people financially, not because they need the labor.
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Posted 11/8/14
Restaurant workers, retail sales all deserve far more than they get. Have you ever served the general public? You deal with every jerk with an attitude, all manner of low life's. There's not enough money to make me want to ever smile and take it again.

Its' generally those who feel their entitled to stand on top of others, that deny people a living wage; that and the scum of the earth "investor class"!
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tenchi22 wrote:

Restaurant workers, retail sales all deserve far more than they get. Have you ever served the general public? You deal with every jerk with an attitude, all manner of low life's. There's not enough money to make me want to ever smile and take it again.

Its' generally those who feel their entitled to stand on top of others, that deny people a living wage; that and the scum of the earth "investor class"!


Who hasn't worked with the public?

Unless you live in mom's basement and she tosses hot pockets down at you every once in awhile, you'll have to deal with the public sometime in some fashion.
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Economically speaking, raising the minimum wage to $15 is unreasonable. Such an influx in wages would result in higher levels of unemployment, since employers do not want to spend more money paying employees. In other words, employees represent an addition cost for employers, meaning that employees actually harmed if the minimum wage is raised so dramatically. Employers will hire less employees, which leaves the unemployed in an even worse position. Is it fair to double the wage of one worker at the expense of another worker? I think not.

Let's say that my friend and I each make $10 an hour tutoring. If the minimum wage is raised to $20, then our employer can only afford to retain one of us. If I am kept, I will have more money, which I can spend as I please, while my friend does not receive any. The additional $10 doesn't lend me much more purchasing power. In fact, raising the minimum wage decreases purchasing power of one party while increasing the purchasing party of another marginally. Overall, the minimum wage decreases purchasing power of employees, thereby making it bad for the economy and for the workers themselves.

I do make close to minimum wage as a tutor so I understand why people want the minimum wage to be increased. However, one should consider the effects of doing so on others. It's not as clear cut as it seems.

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OK, the economy sucked, a bunch of people got laid off, and a bunch of college grads ended up in programs where their piece of paper isn't even worth toilet paper.
Sure I feel bad that you've managed to screw yourself into the American dream of 2.3 kids, lost your decent credit rating, lost your house, your marriage is hanging on by a thread, and you can't even afford rent on a studio apartment.

A boost in minimum wage will NOT do anything for anyone except to blow up the cost of living more.
We need to bring jobs back to the U.S. that were sent to China and third-world countries.
Higher education is fine and dandy, but there needs to be a way to get the experience employers want.
We need to force the cost of living down.
Hell, some of the high skilled & paid trades have been given to no skilled people for less money.
There are other minimum wage jobs out there that deserve higher pay before burger flippers.
I could probably go on and on about how to make things better in America, but the chance that what needs to happen isn't likely.

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Posted 11/8/14
Hahahah, I'm not sure about $25 dollars an Hour! But I do agree that it should be at least $10-12, rather than $7.45 an Hour, or whatever it is. And that doesn't just go for minimum 'entry Jobs' like McDonalds; rather all over for most Professions. The Wealth distribution in this Country is absolutely ridiculous. Moreover, it's sickening. So while I don't believe that it should be $25 dollars an Hour, I DO believe that ALL Jobs should be paid at LEAST $10 dollars an Hour.
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Posted 11/8/14
My job pays me a little over $8.00 dollars a hour. I wish I could get paid fifteen or twenty-five dollars a hour, but it is what it is.

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Posted 11/8/14 , edited 11/8/14
Please read this before replying: Please read the entire post and let us avoid any name calling. If you want to bash me in any way do it constructively. I'm just looking at this from the company's point of view. As a company director I would have to look for ways to reduce the impact of increasing the pay by such a large margin as well as try to keep my current employees happy, which would not be possible. CEOs taking a pay cut to help the minimum wage? We wish, but we know it's never ever going to happen so let us not dream about that.

I find it funny how people on this site think they are being moral and fair by supporting raising the minimum wage to $15.00 but truly, unless you know how economics works you should just stay out of the conversation. I will discuss the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour.

Note: The cons are slightly less at $10.10 an hour, but they would all still exist. I stand for fair pay for fair work, but I worked minimum wage for 8 years working my way from $6.00 an hour to around $8.00 an hour. I could not live off of this pay, you know what I did? I freakin' hit the books hard and clawed toward my degree to get a good job. I do not think a McDonald worker does enough work to constitute $15.00 an hour. There are some exceptions, but let's face it, most of the people at minimum wage are doing the minimum to just barely keep their job. If they get a magic number raise to $15.00 they will still do the bare minimum because, why not it's been working right?

Pros

1. Someone making minimum wage now would be making $7.75 more per hour.
2. You'll stimulate the economy for about a week before the economy crashes and your $15.00 suddenly feels like $7.25 again.
3. You'll be closer in wage to people in entry positions who just graduated college.

Cons

1. Your work hours would decrease.
2. You or your co-workers WILL be laid off.
3. Your benefit(s) if any will be reduced.
4. If you make $12.00 an hour right now, you would be making $15.00 along with all those snotty high school kids you are training. Your boss won't care if you complain, you already trained the person who will take your spot most likely.
5. Productivity will not increase, actually it will probably decrease.
6. You pay around $50 a week in gas for your vehicle today, now look forward to $80 a week or more with how much gas prices will go up with gas stations increasing their price to reduce the impact on having to pay their workers over double what they were paying them. This change will happen overnight, you won't even be able to get a paycheck before you start paying a higher price.
7. That dollar menu at McDonalds is now known as the $5 menu and a $5.99 meal is now around $12.00+.
8. You will enter a new tax bracket, thus you won't be getting much back from taxes as you were.
9. Hopefully you didn't lose your job because finding a job is going to be very hard. Companies will probably only hire people when they have to give people raises beyond $15.00 an hour. They will hire you, have them train you and fire them. Can't really blame them, $15.50 after a few months really starts to add up. Companies will try to save a few cents if they can.
10. You'll lose any drive to advance yourself, you may even feel like the government owes you food stamps.
11. Unemployment rate will increase.
12. The poverty rate will increase.
13. People who used to make decent money because they had a drive to do better will suddenly overnight get a major payment reduction. Yes, they will be making the same amount, but their money will be worth less.
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Posted 11/8/14 , edited 11/9/14

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Uh No.
They need to earn that paycheck.
If they have kids and that's how they are supporting them they need to find a better job.

Seriously though how stupid can a human being be to get a hamburger ketchup only wrong? Lol


Minimum wage should be a LIVING wage, McDicks can afford to pay their employees 15$ and hour.

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Posted 11/8/14 , edited 11/9/14

Khaltazar TLDR: 15$ would ruin the economy BS


No... No it wouldn't. Stop listening to CNN and FauxNews.
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