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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Sufficient wages for fast-food workers

Letter was ignorant

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against "wage theft" by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against “wage theft” by their employers in Seattle on Thursday. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

If jobs grew on trees and rental accommodation was cheap and easy to find, Corrine Chodora, may have a point. [“Northwest Voices: Fast-food restaurant wages,” Opinion, Aug. 2.]

But they don’t, and it isn’t!

Chodora suggests that fast-food workers increase their marketable skills. Aren’t entry-level fast-food workers already doing so while learning customer service, time management, accepting payment for product and making change? As for her suggestion that they get more education, how do you pay for that on minimum wage?

An introduction to how things really are in the working world is called for. It is often no longer high-school or college students doing these jobs, but rather displaced workers from other fields who are trying to feed and house their families.

Besides which, how can someone believe it’s either right or decent to pay any worker less than a living wage, regardless of age or status?

Lindsay Allen, Kirkland

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