August 31, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers
The worst thing we can do
As much as many fast-food workers want to make a living wage from a job traditionally held by high-school and college students, the worst thing we can do is to allow these folks to set this job as their career. [“Fast-food workers take to the streets for $15 an hour pay,” NW Friday, Aug. 30.]
Will they go to community college with some of the increased wages? Will they try to improve their employment? Some will, but many won’t, languishing in a job not meant to be a living wage position.
Then, the young and students will have fewer jobs to experience the working world, and lack the personal skills that retail positions definitely teach.
Do these folks understand what other jobs pay this wage scale? Most are a lot more skilled than them, many with college degrees. Yes, some parts of the country should up the minimum wage, but our state leads the nation.
Here is another thought: these folks should try joining a union, paying their monthly dues, and hoping the strong-arms can further their cause. Aside from the physically or mentally challenged employees, I have to say to the rest, step up and improve your situation, it’s not my responsibility.
Oh yes, and wait till the layoffs start, and they would, bet on it!
Richard Eirich, Kirkland
Trending with readers