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Sep 28

Would You Like Bankruptcy with That?


Would You Like Bankruptcy With That?

By Dee Dee Benkie

Lately, there has been a clamoring among those folks serving up burgers and fries.  They want more money, $15 per hour for burger flipping. To be clear, I have nothing against people asking for a raise and firmly believe that all work is noble, when done well; however, let us keep things in perspective. For decades, fast food places have provided a great first job for young people looking to earn extra cash, work around their school schedules, and get some work experience. These establishments have also allowed elderly to leave the house, stay active, and supplement their retirement income.

Obviously, people should be paid for their work, but $15 per hour; give me a break.  That is way too much money for the amount of skill it requires to push a button on a soft drink machine or memorize the phrase, “You want fries with that?” Who would conceive that such a hefty wage should be paid for such work?

Apparently, unions believe that $15 per hour is only fair and have set out to convince fast food workers that their labor is worth this much money, because they simply exist. Some union supporters have even gone so far as to suggest that it is their right to earn such a sum. Apparently, people have the right to life, liberty, and $15 per hour.

Let’s be honest here for a moment; a fast food worker is an entry level position. If you work in fast food, chances are you will not be yachting on the weekends. It is a long hard road to the top. You will need to flip the burger, put in the time and hard work, take some additional classes, get a raise, prove your worth; work your way up the fast food chain to management and then you can make more money. Even the great economist Kanye West knows this, “This week he moppin’ floors, next week it’s the fries.”

America needs to wake up.  The give-me-my-taxpayer-funded-phone-and-food-stamps attitude does not work. Threatening to riot and holding up traffic with protest parades will not lead to larger paychecks. You need to earn your paycheck, not extort it. This is done by adding value to the company, not taking away from it. If a worker can increase productivity or decrease the cost of production, profits will ensue. When this occurs, by all means, the successful worker should be rewarded for the value that they have added by their work.

While this logic makes sense, the union bosses will not listen. They will continue to shout that companies are all evil corporations with Satan as their CEO. Union bosses will bloviate that workers should earn more, because McDonalds has the money. The bosses will tell their members to shout many things, but one thing you will not hear from their lips is the fact that most fast food restaurants are small businesses.  Regardless of whether it says McDonalds or Wendy’s on the sign out front; it is a franchise that is owned by some local entrepreneur trying to earn a living.  The restaurant business in general is difficult.  Over 90% of restaurants fail in the first year they open.  It takes a lot of hard work, investment, and dedication to be successful in the restaurant business. How many $.99 hamburgers do you think you have to sell to turn a profit?  Now run that number if you are paying the guy putting it together and shoving it through a drive through window $15 an hour!  You guessed it; prices will go WAY up, the number of customers will go WAY down, and the franchise will in turn hire less people, resulting in less employment for the community!  With an unemployment rate already at 7.4%, the economy and workforce cannot afford to lose any more jobs.

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