Monday, October 24, 2016

minimum wage

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Bernie Sanders and most of the Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to between $12 and $15 per hour. It seems like a good idea right? Not really.

Besides all the economic reasons not to raise the minimum wage that much, here is a video that reminds us why it is a bad idea.

Two female McDonald’s employees in South Carolina get into a heated fight over apple pies.

Tensions can build up at any workplace, but this is ridiculous, and brings the minimum wage debate back to the spotlight. Do people at fast food and other minimum wage jobs deserve $15 an hour?

Minimum wage jobs are supposed to get people into the workforce and allow them to move up.

If someone is making fries and getting paid $15 an hour, that is the same as a professional claims representative as Geico right now. Or a nurse in many places!

It is hard to argue that minimum wage workers at fast food restaurants deserve $15 an hour, but in all fairness, after watching the below video, the people need at least a raise.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 for fast food employees–but restaurant owners aren’t pleased.

Because the $15 wouldn’t apply to other low-paying jobs–like retail–fast food franchise owners are considering a lawsuit, arguing that they’re being unfairly targeted. New York, like many states, does not have specific minimum wage laws for specific industries–but that would change if the wage hike goes into effect.

Jack Bert, a McDonald’s franchise owner who owns seven restaurants in Queens, voiced his anger over the governor’s plan to hike up the minimum wage.

“Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers, and puts some New York businesses – including mine and my fellow New York McDonald’s franchisees – at a competitive disadvantage,” Bert said.

If Cuomo’s plan goes into effect, fast food workers will see their pay almost double–from the current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour to $15 an hour. But that money has to come from somewhere–and it’ll directly hurt the bottom line of franchise owners, who are generally small business owners, rather than the large corporations that own the brand itself.

But this law would only target fast food companies with more than 30 locations in New York. An attempt to raise the minimum wage for all workers sank in the state Legislature.

Currently, the wage hike is sitting with an unelected Wage Board. Cuomo has no plan to let the Legislature or the state’s Senate–which is dominated by Republicans–discuss or vote on the hike.



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