$15 per hour also will bring more automation and more central-location prepared foods, meaning fewer jobs.
No, I do not agree to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, but NO I do not agree with trivializing people who work in the fast food industry or any other low paying hourly jobs. The reason most at such jobs wish they had different jobs isn't just for more money. It's because it's hard, monotamous work with virtually not change and no change of advancement.
Not everyone can be high paid hands-off management, lawyers/doctors/accountants/bankers, soldiers and politicians. our society also needs people who actually do labor. Those who claim the solution to everything is everyone getting an MBA or PhD are just wrong. Besides, some people with PhDs can't even get a job at McDonalds being "over qualified." Most people probably have a better career chance at becoming a McDonald's manager than someone with a bachelor's degree in most areas trying to get a job in their field.
I admire people who work with their hands and particularly feel for people stuck on assembly lines and hot, sweaty jobs. Without those "people at the bottom" as many like to call them there would be no one in the middle or at the top. Society would collapse without the "salt of the earth" workers. And I can understand their wanting more. Most are probably worth it. Mandating it is another thing.
Well, I don't know what your particular degree is in, but maybe it is the area you live, or the degree you have is not in demand there....Would you move?"then they have to get a different job"? What jobs? There are no jobs. I walked down my street the other night and saw about a dozen shops going out of business or already boarded up. McJobs are what's left, and we're fighting to make them better. Oh, I can't say for greengirl, but I voted Romney; I'm stuck with Obama either way, and I'm trying to make the best of it.
I spent 4 years of my life trying to better myself, I got the degree and the certificates and the internships and the work experience , etc. And...McJobs as far as the eye can see. My last minimum wage job took 2 months of communication, 3 interviews, and I still had to wait to be their second pick. It's ridiculous out there.
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I gave this post a "like" simply becuse you tried to show that "overpaying" workers can be done if you run a very efficient opperation, as you are still able to be competitive.
Saying that the "average" pay of American Apparel is 12$/hour is not saying that they pay their unskilled workers that as a starting rate, or that $12/hour is their minimum pay rate. That sounds like a lot when compared to $8.00/hr (CA minimum wage) but that is only $0.25/hour more than what Walmart, the favorite whipping boy of the retail industry, pays on average.
Read more: Walmart Employs 1% Of America. Should It Be Forced To Pay Its Employees More? - Business InsiderThe average Walmart "associate," Wake Up Walmart reports, makes $11.75 an hour. That's $20,744 per year. Those wages are slightly below the national average for retail employees, which is $12.04 an hour.
EDIT: The bolded above is based on what? I found this in your 2nd link:
Over $30K/year is over $14.40/hour and I didn't see evidence of that in your links.American Apparel has decided not to outsource its labor, paying factory workers an average of over twelve dollars an hour and often more than $100 a day.
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