Fast-food companies can afford to pay a living wage

August 20, 2013 

It's a mystery to me why some people have no sympathy for the plight of the fast food workers. Yes, it's a good entry level job for the young, but not so good for adults needing to support a family. Unfortunately the good-paying manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas and replaced by low- paying service jobs with little to no benefits. Many of these workers hold two or three jobs to make ends meet. Some are at retirement age but cannot afford to retire.

In order to improve their lot in life they have organized to press for a living wage. The fast food moguls claim their profit margins are too thin to afford this extravagance. If this is true, how did McDonald's CEO rake in $13.8 million last year? In contrast, how is it In-N-Out starts its employees at $10.50 an hour and provides them medical benefits, paid vacations and a 401(k) plan.

In Australia McDonald's pays the equivalent of $14.50 an hour. This raised menu items by a mere 70 cents, not double as had been claimed. So it is feasible to raise salaries.

Why are some people so deadset against workers getting a living wage, but do not mind a CEO getting $13.8 million a year? The workers are only asking for a fair share of the pie. I don't think this is too much to ask.

Kevin Johnson

Belleville

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