Fight for $15 protest McDonalds in Times Square - What's wrong with this picture?

Apr 2011
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Hundreds of raucous protesters, including striking Verizon employees, converged on a McDonald's restaurant in Times Square Thursday demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers.

McDonald's workers rally in Times Square for $15 minimum wage - Apr. 14, 2016




While most demonstrators’ eyes were fixed on the protestors, Newsday’s Matthew Chayes took a peek behind the curtain and found that fighting capitalist giant McDonald’s can work up an appetite.

 
Oct 2011
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Fight for $15 protest McDonalds in Times Square - What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this thread? That should be the topic.

It's not exactly taking off.
 

The Man

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Jul 2011
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Average McDonald's wage for regular "crew members" here in Canada seems to be around $11/hr.

As for prices







I never eat at McDonald's. Expensive, food is crap, and the service isn't even usually as fast as you'd expect in a "fast food" joint. Wait fucking half an hour for a shitty burger. No thanks.
 
Feb 2011
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Why aren't they protesting in front of, let's say, this Mexican restaurant in Tulsa for example?



Or maybe this pizza place in Lubbock, TX?



Or this place in Pine Bluff, AR?



No doubt they pay a lot of their employees minimum wage. Shouldn't we force them to pay at least $15 for all their hired help? If they can't afford to pay their workers middle class salaries, don't they deserve to simply go out of business?

The problem with a lot of unintelligent people is they can only think in clichés and stereotypes. When they think about the minimum wage, they think of a person in New York or San Francisco living in the slums busting their ass and never getting rewarded for it. When they think of an "employer," they think of an executive who gets paid tens of millions per year. When they think of "a business," they think of a massive multi-national corporation worth hundreds of billions.

And then they think it's a good idea to pass new laws that impose mandates upon all businesses and employers.
 
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Singularity

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Raising the national, and in most cases state, minimum wage beyond extremely modest and staged increments is a bad idea. It should only be done if the national or state governments are dumping vast sums of money on poor-assistance programs, thereby basically subsidizing businesses' ability to pay low. Otherwise, the ability of the restaurant in Albany to adapt to the needs of workers in New York City is questionable.

Just as county and municipality residents often and should have the right to tax themselves and people doing business within their specific jurisdiction ... those same people should have a right to set a local price floor. Local autonomy is a really unassailable principle ... if what they want to do is a bad idea, their own economy will suffer.
 
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Raising the national, and in most cases state, minimum wage beyond extremely modest and staged increments is a bad idea. It should only be done if the national or state governments are dumping vast sums of money on poor-assistance programs, thereby basically subsidizing businesses' ability to pay low. Otherwise, the ability of the restaurant in Albany to adapt to the needs of workers in New York City is questionable.

Just as county and municipality residents often and should have the right to tax themselves and people doing business within their specific jurisdiction ... those same people should have a right to set a local price floor. Local autonomy is a really unassailable principle ... if what they want to do is a bad idea, their own economy will suffer.
Without a national minimum wage, some areas would still be paying a buck an hour.