saw something on facebook that really pissed me off because I worked at McDonalds for three years.
And I worked at a Wendys at a bus stop. Lemme tell explain to you what you are missing: supply and demand.
The value of everything is determined by supply and demand. This includes labor. The work you do is not worth $15.00 an hour, no matter how much it sucks for you, because anyone could do it. If you walk out the door today, you’ll be replaced in a few days. They don’t have to invest much in employee training, and there’s a non-stop stream of people willing to do the job. Thus, the supply greatly overwhelms the demand. The truth of the matter is that even though working fast food may suck, it’s about the least complicated job you can have. Virtually anyone is capable of doing it.
And let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you get your way. Let’s say the raise the minimum wage to $15.00/hr. Do you know what the fall out from that would be? First of all, that would kill small business. They’re struggling as it is to complete with big corporations, and now you want to double the expense of their labor? All those little mom-and-pop restaurants that employ a dozen or so people now have to choose between eating the cost of twice as much labor without any increase in production, or else fire half their staff.
And what about the skilled laborers who currently are making $15.00/hr for their specialized skills? Now these people, who busted their asses and studied and learned a specialized trade; the people who provide service that most people can’t do. They’re supposed to accept getting paid the same amount for their hard work as some 16 year old high school drop-out? Like hell. What would be the point? Who’s going to take a job require that much training and commitment; who’s going to take a job that requires them to take their work home with them, when they can make the same bank at Wal*Mart?
No one. Wages are a sliding scale. When the minimum wage is raised, the expected income for everyone is raised.
McDonalds is not meant to be a career. It’s a job. It’s a way for kids to earn some spending money. And as much as no one wants to hear this, it’s good for kids’ first job to suck. I worked Wendys and it sucked, I worked retail and it sucked, I worked sit-down restaurants and it sucked; but I can tell you from experience: working a job that sucks makes you a better person. It gives you perspective. When you get out of that job and in to something better, and you have a crappy day? You’re going to think BACK to those days of hot grease, rude customers and no-salt fries, and you’re going to realize just how good you have it.
The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. That’s way too low. It’s ridiculous. If you want to improve things, crusade for a raise for $9.00. $10.00 would be ambitious. But $15.00? I’m sorry, but your burger-flipping is not worth $15.00 an hour. It’s not. I’m sorry that you’re struggling financially. God knows I’ve been there, but your frustrations do not obligate your employers to pay you more than what you’re worth. They’re trying to run a business, and they can’t do that unless they get an adequate return on in their investments (IE you).