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So What Exactly Entitles Fast Food Workers To A $15 An Hour Minimum Wage

Why do fast food workers feel entitled to $15.00 an hour? They didn't invest into becoming successful or doing something better for work. Shouldn't wage being a return on an investment into yourself?

Actually, American workers, their families and their government have invested plenty!the family: the average cost to raise a child from 0 to 18 is $233, 610.the Federal government: The federal government subsidizes this cost of children through the tax code with the standard deduction, child tax credits and others.the state and local governments: the average price to educate a child from 5–18 is $10,615 per year, for a total of $137,995the employee: the average cost of living per person in the US is $20,194So, when you walk into a fast food restaurant, you want a person to help you. That person needs to know how to read and write, do simple math, follow instructions and get your order right. They need to live in the city where you live (not China), have some form of transportation to get to work, have good hygiene, be wearing clothing and have enough health and energy to be able to process your order.So, it’s simple math: amortize the cost of developing the worker ($233,610 + $137,995) over a 50-year work career ,which yields an amortized cost of $7,432 per year. Then add cost of living of $20, 194 to arrive at an expense of $27,627 per year. At a 50-weeks per year, 40 hours per week, that is $13.81 per hour just to break even.So, if you want to have a healthy, educated worker in a US city, that is what it costs. If you are paying less than that, then someone else is subsidizing the cost. It is usually the taxpayer, in the form of food stamps, housing, and healthcare. Sometimes it is another company that provides healthcare to your worker because they are the spouse or child of that company’s employee.Unfortunately, these costs are not really negotiable. Healthcare and real estate are very expensive in American cities. And city regulations are not allowing low-paid workers to live in tiny houses, or slum apartments, or even to share a house among 10 or 15 friends.You can claim that the cost is too high, that your business cannot afford it. But I’m sure that you could also make a case that your building is very expensive. But you do not expect American taxpayers to subsidize the energy and maintenance for your building. Why should they subsidize the energy and maintenance costs (food and health care) for your employees, when you are getting the benefit of their labor?

Do fast food workers "deserve" $15/hour?

I've been hearing stories about these fast food workers wanting $15 an hour to flip burgers, take orders, etc. It annoys me so much. You are paid what you're worth. Here are my thoughts about this issue: Working at a fast food restaurant is not meant to support your kids. It's their fault, not the company's or government's, because other people shouldn't suffer because they made poor decisions. Go to school or find a better job if you're unhappy with your pay. What is your take on this?

What are some jobs that aren't worth minimum wage?

I know some people believe that wages are set by companies, but in reality it's customers who determine wages. So it’s customers who decide what jobs aren’t worth the minimum wage. Companies have a range that they can pay within, but it's customers who set that range.If a landscaping company pays its workers the wages of an auto mechanic, then they will have no trouble finding great workers but lots of trouble getting and keeping customers.Conversely if an auto repair place could charge the rates of a landscaping company, then they would have no trouble finding customers but great trouble finding mechanics.Fast food joints, on average, make about $3 of profit per labor hour or less. Google makes about $200 of profit per labor hour, Apple about $300 and Facebook about $400.So while it's true that companies like Google could pay their employees $15 an hour more, it's not true for companies like McDonald's. But few show much concern for what Google pays while many show great concern for what McDonald's pays.What do you believe is more likely.McDonald's would love to make $200 of profit per labor hour like GoogleMcDonald's prefers to make only $3 of profit per employee labor hour.I believe McDonald's would love to make $200 of profit per labor hour. I also believe however that they know it’s just not possible. Not even if they pay their employees at the same rate that Google does.That’s because the pay rate isn't up to McDonald's it's up to the customer. Customers just aren't willing to pay fast food workers the rates that software engineers or even auto mechanics make.I do not value tattoos or massages and would not pay someone the minimum wage for those services. Same for Hawaiian barbecue and fruit smoothies. These are my just my choices and others make different choices.So the answer to your question is that the jobs that aren’t worth the minimum wage are those jobs people don’t choose to pay for and that list varies by individual.

Do you feel robots replacing fast food workers is due to them wanting a $15 an hour wage?

Reminds me of when I first started at Dow in the Analytical Lab, back in 1972. I heard of the original “Main Laboratory” in the old 294 building back in the late 1940’s.There were around 500 technicians standing in front of benches titrating samples for QC purposes, ie. measuring the concentration of some chemical to determine how a reaction was proceeding in the plant reactors. And measuring if the finished product met its purity QC requirements. All by manual wet-chemistry means.By 1972 the total number of technicians had been reduced to about 50, scattered mostly in plant labs, putting samples in spectrometers and benchtop analyzers to determine the same things.By the time I retired there were NO technicians at all, and the plant labs had been almost totally replaced by computerized on-line analyzers monitoring the progress of the reaction and quality of the finished product with no input from humans, other that those few sitting in the control rooms pushing a button occasionally or imputing a command on a process control computer.I spent my career developing these control processes for automation by some Chem Engineer or computer geek. Even did quite a few automations myself.The number of lab techs went from 500 in ONE lab alone to zero. Overall, there were about 2000 techs who were retired out when they reached that age and never replaced. They were replaced a much smaller number of highly degreed chemists and engineers with their computers and knowledge of chemistry.When labor costs are a major part of a manufacturing cost, they WILL be reduced by replacement with a computer and a machine.The same thing is starting to happen in Fast Food and will continue. The good news is that the people they hire will be computer/engineering geeks and make a lot more than $15/hour. The bad news is that they will need a lot fewer of them and a lot of low level employees will be replaced by machines.

Should fast food workers in Canada get $15.00/hr?

They can ask. Politicians can require it. And a restaurant can respond with increased automation.

How much money does a fast food worker make a month?

I'm too young to get a 'normal' Job since I'm still in High School. And I wanna afford this product that is roughly 1,800 dollars. So I considered getting a job like this temporarily. How much do I get in a month if I get a fast food job?

Raise in minimum wage for people with aspergers/high functioning autism revive increased minimum wage?

Hello I have aspergers high functioning autism and going to school doing any complex task cases my sensory issues to go haywire and causes my anxiety to spike 10 fold and just simply feel more at ease at doing simpler tasks l and I personally feel if I ever wanted to make a living for myself people with my disability cause recive a boat in minimum wage.

If minimum wage goes up to $15 an hour will the wages of educated and skilled workers (who were already earning between $15 and $18) be also adjusted, or will they end up earning the same as if they were 16 y.o. kids flipping burgers?

Yes, but the pay increases for those above minimum wage will increase at a diminishing rate.So, lets say, in order to make the math easy, minimum wage is $8 an hour, and gets raised to $16. That's a doubling of thier pay. Will people making $16 already goto $32? Will they even go to $24?The answer is, probably not. The value they bring to the company isn't likely that much more than $16 an hour. They must see an increase, or the value of the job they work isn't so valuable anymore. They will look for an easier or more flexible position to settle in with the new pay scale. But, the raise won't likely be on the same level as what people below minimum get. I'd hazard to guess that the raise would be maybe to around $20.When Walmart did it's recent bumps to their current minimum wage (not the pending one of $11, but the current $10) people earning in the gap between $7.25 and $10 got a.raise to $10. People at $10 to about $15 saw a bump of about a. $1 at most, and it trickled off from there. People making $20 (salaried emplouees) stayed the same.Similar impacts have happened in cities and states that have raised minimum wage. Seattle, although seeing growth, finally bumped into its wage equilibrium, and started to see some negative impacts. Small businesses were taking a hit. Prices were also starting to push up. Many hourly workers, who saw an increase in pay,.saw a dip in hours, that actually lowered their weekly pay. The minimum wage increase outpaced economic growth.The long and short of it is, minimum wage doesn't work in a vacuum. Imagine if we bumped up minimum wage to $10 an hour right before the recession hit in 2008. What impact would that have had? On the flip side, how about the boom in 1996? Wages were naturally increasing then?And no matter what the minimum wage is, if you are only earning minimum, odds are, you'll still be broke.

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