A Living Wage?


Living Wage?

The English language has become very fluid. We no longer add or remove words, we simply change them on the fly depending on what group we are speaking to.

Unless you were in a coma this week, you should have heard about the strike at McDonald’s in 7 different major cities across the country. Cities whose people need work. Cities that have high unemployment rates. Chicago, Detroit, Flint (Michigan), Kansas City, Milwaukee, and St. Louis are among the cities that were targeted. Why?

Does anyone else find it interesting that an industry with 75% percent turnover in workers would want to unionize and lose jobs? No one goes to McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and so on to pursue a career in burger flipping and take care of their families. The majority of employees at these establishments are young people. People who haven’t worked much in the “real world”.

These jobs are one of the learning cycles in life. They are a normal and natural progression on the path to one’s life career. Young people take these jobs, in most cases, to make some spending money, save for a car, school or Christmas.

They are great experiences that teach them how to take responsibility for their actions, both good and bad. They also learn how to work in a team environment to accomplish the desired results. They learn what “8 to 5” means and why a company needs to make a profit. It teaches them how to get along with people they may not like, and even a boss they don’t like simply because they need a paycheck. These are good skills to have and lessons that need to be learned.

It is not a life sustaining job. If you have an IQ above single digits you know that.

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