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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    This is the dumbest story of the year:
    -No, you do not “deserve” $15 an hour. If you did you would already be earning it.
    -Entry level fast-food jobs are meant to be just that: Entry level. You gain some experience and pick up some spending money wile you go to school or learn a trade in order to have a career.
    -These knuckleheads want to DOUBLE their income, just because. Maybe they haven’t noticed that almost Nobody has gotten even a modest raise (while doing the same job) in almost a decade.
    -If you truly love the fast-food industry and want to make it a career, then do what thousands of other people do: Work hard and get promoted to Asst. Manager and then one day be a GM of a restaurant and make a very comfortable living.
    -Nobody is going to just “give you” a giant raise. You have to do what 95% of us in the middle-class had to do: Show up on time, work hard, don’t whine, sacrifice and continue to learn new skills.
    I’d like to see a reporter say THAT to one of these protesters!

  2. PICTO

    PICTO said, about 3 years ago


    “I’d like to see a reporter say THAT to one of these protesters!”
    Well you could tell one of protesters yourself, but then you would have to get chatty with the help, and that would never do , would it Massa?

  3. Whizzer42

    Whizzer42 said, about 3 years ago

    All the raising the minimum pay to $15 does is raise the cost of a burger by $0.25.

    I think human dignity is worth us consumers paying a quarter more.

  4. chipscount

    chipscount said, about 3 years ago

    not enough pay, get two jobs or get an education and move up in the world, just quit yer bitchin

  5. cdward

    cdward said, about 3 years ago


    If they are capitalists selling their work, then they have the responsibility to decide what they are worth. If all the workers get together and decide on a rate of pay, then the owner needs to pay.

    Yes, a decent hour of work DESERVES commensurate pay. And the pay should buy the same today that it bought, say, 30 years ago.

    Big businesses do not play by the rules of “Work hard, and you’ll advance.” They play by the rules of cutting hours so no benefits are required. They play by the rules of interfering, even threatening those who want to organize.
    There are not enough managerial positions out there to keep all those people in living wages. And somebody has to do the actual labor. There are a lot more of those jobs. This is especially true since corporations eliminated so many manufacturing jobs through automation and off-shoring.

    But hey, if you like having people who work full time still have to depend on food stamps and the emergency room – at far greater public expense, well, I guess that shows what you’re made of.
    By the way, there are companies that treat their employees right. Even service industry corporations. And they are doing just fine. So, it’s not that the corporations can’t be good to their people. It’s that they are greedy, selfish, immoral creeps.

  6. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 3 years ago

    Anybody know the percentage of disparity between management and labor income ? Last I heard, it was
    over 400%…And why have prices gone sky high and
    labor’s wages have remained basically(sp) static?

  7. MaNoah

    MaNoah said, about 3 years ago

    if you’re gonna double the entry level wages, i want social security doubled too, and your SSA withholding on your check doubled to support, it technically isn’t even Close to minimum wage if you divide $600 a month by 160+ hours. whiners—they are gonna protest their way right out of a job.

  8. Cripplious

    Cripplious said, about 3 years ago


    Well in slave times they had room and board and free health care.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    Just some numbers.

    ASSUMPTION: 50 part time employees (23 hrs/wk) @ $15/hr

    EQUALS: 1150 hrs: $17250 base pay : plus $1320 in SSAN and FICA employer tax contribution: plus an undetermined amount of unemployment tax (see

    Raising cost 25 cents to cover that increase of about $9285 in costs per week means you must sell 37140 “burgers” per week to cover the increase in salary.

    hmmmmmm, my local MickyD’s does a booming business but 37K burgers a week???

    Well, world wide the claim is that they sell 75 per second so they claim 30K franchises world wide so each one sells .0025 burgers a second. Which would put our guys at the example store with 1150 hours selling 10350 burgers. a tad short of the 37K goal.

    Remember, we are not counting insurance, mortgage loan/rent, franchise fees, supplies, electricity, fuel, management costs and so on, just the cost of the increase in base salary for the minimum wage entry level employee who is there to LEARN the job.

    Profit? What profit?

  10. Ardvarck

    Ardvarck GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Really? Check out the fast food wages and prices in Australia. You pulled that $2.25 out of where the sun doesn’t shine.

  11. Ardvarck

    Ardvarck GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    See what it did in Australia before making stupid remarks.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The REAL issue should be the relationship between salary and local cost of living. In some parts of the country, $15/hr is slave wages because of the cost of housing etc. In my area, $7.25 is not only enough to “get by”, it’s also as much as a true small employer, 5 employees, not 50, and a slow turnover of product, can afford to pay.

    In the real world, all things are relative. In the world of employers AND employees in the U.S., “capitalism” has lost that relativity part of the equation. One side demands profits, the other demands income, and “values” (in many forms, social and economic) don’t matter any more.

    When I was making $1 per hour, a new car cost under $3,000, today that’s about $30 K for a car, so a ten-fold increase in minimum wage seems rational by that measure. I do have problem with that $15/hr in much of the country, but not in N.Y. C., or say San Francisco, where COL is very high.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    ^AND, you have a population base to move enough of your “product”. also BTW, several folks from Mickey D’s etc, have pointed out these are CAREER jobs they’re providing, not just “entry level”, so by that admission, maybe management should kick in a little more for those “skills”??

    Grew up around restaurants and as a cook before getting a degree to “get by”. Low pay has always been the norm there, and keeping functioning employees is ALSO a real problem! That chains especially say servers should get by on tips, is also a poor measure, as in some areas tips are really good, and in others, they suck. Needless to say, your server at Burger King or Mickey D’s, isn’t going anywhere on tips at the drive through window!

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    You can’t make robber barons be better to their serfs. But you can choose not to patronize their establishments, and patronize those who do value their workers as investments. Workers are more loyal and work harder for employers who treat them as something other than expenses. I’m sure many of us have worked in places where turnover was rampant, regardless of wage; there’s a reason. Reward more beneficent employers with your purchases, and punish those who do not by refusing to subsidize them. I do this at every opportunity. It costs me more, but I feel it’s worth it not to send more jobs out of the country.

  15. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    “If all the workers get together and decide on a rate of pay, then the owner needs to pay.”
    I’m so sick of this entitlement mentality of today. Just WHEN did it happen that owners have to listen to the ones they employ when they demand something? What kind of a Bizarro world did the Dems turn America into?What’s the point in succeeding when once you get there you have LESS say that those that won’t try?

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