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Should The Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers Be Raised?

Fast food workers are picketing for a higher living wage. Should these workers receive the $15 they are asking for?

61% of writers and pundits say yes
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Should The Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers Be Raised?  

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last 24 hours | nypost
Spilling the truth on the fight for a $15 minimum wage - New York Post
"...Case in point: Z Pizza, which has to shut down putting all 11 employees out of work because its owner can't afford the higher labor costs. Ritu Shah Burnham says she tried layoffs, cutting hours, price hikes and not paying herself to no avail.And while small businesses have six years to phase in the wage hikes, she has only two, since she's a franchise of a large chain.The Times dismissed such concerns, saying minimum-wage hikes can be offset by higher prices and by paying executives and shareholders less. That didn't work for Burnham, who has no shareholders and is no executive just a victimized small-business owner whose workers' hourly wage is about to be cut to zero, thanks to their advocates. ..." see full article


908 days ago | lowellsun
$15 wage can end tax subsidy for fast food - Lowell Sun
"...McDonald's has all but acknowledged that its workers can't get by on their paychecks alone. Right now, the wealth transfer goes in the wrong direction: from taxpayers to the owners of fast-food outlets. In effect, the public helps restaurants and other lower-wage employers save on labor costs. Raising the minimum wage shifts the wealth transfer from the taxpayers to the restaurant owners. Boosting the minimum wage to $12 or even $15 diminishes or even eliminates this subsidy. If it forces hamburger price up by 50 cents, I don't have a problem with that either. I have discussed the issue of how political bias corrupts economic analysis. The reporting on the minimum-wage issue is rife with it. Don't underestimate how much economic self- interest tilts the debate...." see full article


909 days ago | nationalreview
The Voters Want a Higher Minimum Wage, but... - National Review Online

"...If that's not enough, the body of economic literature showing the relationship between an increase in the minimum wage and job loss continues to pile up. ..." see full article


941 days ago | nyunews
$15 wage necessary for workers - NYU Washington Square News
"...Until workers are able to square off against their employers and rattle unfair corporate structures through protests, they will not see any progress in their living situations, no matter how hard they toil at the grease traps. Insisting that minimum wage earners buckle down, work harder and shut up helps nobody...." see full article


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942 days ago | counterpunch
How a $15 Minimum Wage Helps All Workers - CounterPunch
"...A higher minimum wage drives all wages higher in the same way a low minimum wage drives wages lower. ..." see full article


943 days ago | idsnews
COLUMN: Workers deserve a $15 per hour minimum wage - Indiana Daily Student
"...And the conditions for these opportunities cannot be met if people do not make enough money, cannot afford decent education and are enslaved to working for a wage that barely covers their basic necessities...." see full article


944 days ago | americanthinker
The Looming Minimum Wage Hike: Stuck on Stupid - American Thinker

"...We might be inclined to laugh off the national demonstrations calling for a $15/hr minimum wage for burger-flippers, as the suggestion should be received as utterly ridiculous in any intelligent economic debate. ..." see full article


945 days ago | motherjones
As Cities Raise Their Minimum Wage, Where's the Economic Collapse the Right ... - Mother Jones

"...Conservatives have long portrayed minimum-wage increases as a harbingers of economic doom, but their fears simply haven't played out. ..." see full article


947 days ago | gazette
EDITORIAL: Advance from fast food to earn a better wage - Colorado Springs Gazette
"...Of course it is difficult to live on $8.75 an hour in 2015. It is natural to sympathize with anyone trying to do so. But waiving a magic wand to roughly double fast food wages would come at a high cost to society. ..." see full article


947 days ago | cleveland
3 takeaways from $15 minimum wage rallies, fast-food strikes - cleveland.com
"...found that nearly half the families of full-service restaurant workers are enrolled in one or more public-assistance programs. ..." see full article


947 days ago | thestreet
$15 Minimum Wage Protests Could Spell Major Problem for Retailers - TheStreet.com
"...The widespread and intense protests on Wednesday for a $15-an-hour minimum wage at fast food restaurants and retailers could lead to pain for the bottom lines of companies such as McDonald's..." see full article


948 days ago | bizjournals
Fast-food workers demanding a higher minimum wage hold protest along ... - Birmingham Business Journal
"...Another possibility exists in the notion that smaller businesses would have a difficult time offsetting costs as a result of increased wages...." see full article


948 days ago | abc7chicago
Minimum wage protests in Chicago may draw thousands - WLS-TV
"...Although activists say the company's decision to raise wages by $1 is a step in the right direction, many say that it is not enough for a true living wage...." see full article


948 days ago | phillytrib
POWER advocates for increase in fast food workers' minimum wage - The Philadelphia Tribune
"...Last year, the U.S. Census 2013 American Community Survey was released and it shows Philadelphia as having the highest deep poverty rate of the nation's 10 largest cities (by population)...." see full article


948 days ago | knoxnews
Fast-food, campus workers unite for Fight for $15 - Knoxville News Sentinel
"...University workers and fast-food workers have a lot in common because their employers and the local and state economies depend on them..." see full article


948 days ago | wnyt
Fast food workers have a beef over low wages - WNYT
"...as more and more people speak up, these fast food protests will nourish the consciousness of social change...." see full article


948 days ago | theblaze
Fast Food Workers: You Don't Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That's OK - TheBlaze.com
"...Frankly, I think you're delusional...." see full article


948 days ago | forbes
Truly Terrible Research On Increasing The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour - Forbes
"...fast food franchises can't raise wages to $15 without firing lots of people...." see full article



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