Fast Food Forward is (once again) sending a message to fast food franchise owners all over the USA.
Fast food workers need to be paid more. But, will they be?
Will fast food workers get paid $15.00 an hour?
Fast Food Workers To Strike…Again
The Fast Food Forward movement organized a fast food strike in NYC a while back which managed to create a lot of buzz. This strike should be no different.
Organizers are pushing for fast food restaurant owners to raise workers hourly wages from $7.25 (the current minimum wage) to $15.00.
National Restaurant Association officials refer to the fast food worker strikes as publicity stunts. They’re warning that increasing pay to $15 an hour would cause restaurants to rely more on automation and hire fewer workers. Read more on the New York Times website.
Backers of the movement point to studies saying that the average age of fast-food workers is 29 and that more than one-fourth are parents raising children.
Fast Food Politics
I know you’ll be surprised to learn that our currently dysfunctional political system is smack dab in the middle of this proposed wage hike.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised a vote on a minimum wage hike by the end of the year. But, as usual, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are hell-bent on opposing
anything any such raise in the minimum hourly wage.
Fact: At the federal level, the minimum wage was last increased in July of 2009, when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour.
I was just interviewed by a reporter from KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliate in Seattle. They have a candidate in the area who ran on a promise of raising the miniumum wage to $15.00 an hour which has angered a lot of business owners. Check out what I have to say about this hotly-contested topic, below.
Here’s a snippet of the interview-a text version.
Here’s the TV interview on KIRO-Seattle.
A Report On Fast Food Wages
A fact-filled report on the issue of low wages in fast food establishments has just been published.
Fast Food, Poverty Wages
The Public cost of low-wage Jobs
The report, sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban & Regional Planning, is an interesting read.
- More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole. The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year.
- Due to low earnings, fast-food workers’ families also receive an annual average of $1.04 billion in food stamp benefits and $1.91 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments.
- People working in fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty. One in five families with a member holding a fast-food job has an income below the poverty line, and 43 percent have an income two times the federal poverty level or less.
- Even full-time hours are not enough to compensate for low wages. The families of more than half of the fast-food workers employed 40 or more hours per week are enrolled in public assistance programs.
The report is a real eye-opener. Read it here.
Being A Fast Food Franchise Owner
Fast food franchise owners need to make money. Franchisors need to make money. Fast food workers need to make money. Is there enough of it to go around?
Fast food franchise owners have very high expenses. They pay thousands of dollars a month in rent. Their food costs are usually on the high side. Utilities are a huge expense along with things like inventory, business insurance, and all sorts of taxes. Then there’s payroll-a huge expense. I’m not sure if fast food franchise owners can pay $15.00 an hour. Are you starting to feel sorry for fast food franchise owners yet?
You shouldn’t. Fast food franchising has created a lot of wealth over the years. There are lots of opportunities for people who can invest a lot of money, and who want to grow something big. And, there are new things on the horizon that can help lower franchise start-up costs for fast food franchise owners.
Some fast food franchise owners are starting to feel the heat from all that’s going-on wage-wise. But, they shouldn’t freak out. Things have a way of working themselves out.
Will Fast Food Workers Get $15 An Hour?
I wonder if fast food franchise owners will end up paying their workers more.
Do you think they will?
Better yet, do you think fast food workers should be making $15.00 an hour?