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Are You Worth Twice What You Are Getting Paid?

Fast Food Workers Strike, Protest Low Wages
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With the National unemployment rate so high (7.4) are workers really in any position to demand twice the wages?

In several cities across the US today fast food workers planned strikes demanding that they get higher wages, the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 and they are demanding $15 an hour.

I for one am blown away by their ridiculous demand.  Now before you get angry and start telling me to shut my mouth, hear me out.

I worked for those fast food chains, and yes it is not the most glorious work, but if that is all you can get then you do it.

Again not trying to offend here, but let’s face it it’s not brain surgery to work fast food, again I’ve done it for several years I know.

Also is they are not happy with the wages they are getting now, can’t they go find another job that pays more?

I have to believe that there are plenty of those that are unemployed that would love to be working right now even if it were for minimum wage.

Also I am going to guess that most of these workers demanding higher wages already make more than minimum wage, even our local fast food restaurants offer a higher wage.

For example I talked to Managers at McDonald’s and Wendy’s here in Billings and guess what?

McDonald’s on Grand Avenue  starts employees out at $9.00 an hour.

The person I tried to talk to at the Wendy’s on Grand Avenue would not talk to me about what they pay their new hires at, however I did talk to a Manager at the Downtown Wendy’s and she said they start their new hires out at between $8.15 and $8.50 an hour.

So let’s just say that those who are striking for $15 an hour get what they want, who will lose their job to off set the increase in wage?

Higher wages means less employees in many companies.

What do you think?

Would you go in and demand twice what you are making from your employer?

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