Yesterday morning I was listening to Phlash Phelps on Sirius Radio. (I enjoy a good DJ - it makes listening a little tangy. Remember Wolfman Jack in American Graffiti?) A caller began laughing about fast food workers striking for $15 an hour wages, as if it were incredulous.
Striking fast-food workers protest minimum wage jobs in nearly 60 cities, seek $15 an hour, explains that these strikes targeted McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and Yum Brands. (The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 an hour.) Their current full-time workers make about $15,000 a year.
To recall some of the minimum wage rates -
July 24, 2007 - $5.84
July 24, 2008 - $6.55
July 24, 2009 - $7.25
I am sympathetic to anyone attempting to find a job in this economy. The gap between the haves and have-nots continues to increase. This country arguably had a better quality of life when the gap between the highest and lowest paid workers was not measured in astronomical units.
So why not $15 an hour for fast-food workers?