Political News and Commentary with the Right Perspective. NAVIGATION
  • Front Page
  • News
  • Multimedia
  • Tags
  • RSS Feed

  • Advertise on RightMichigan.com


    Get the RightMighigan.com toolbar!



    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Why not $20 or $50 an Hour?

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 10, 2013 at 10:30:50 AM EST
    Tags: 'Posterior' Charles Williams Jr, Cultural Marxism, City of Detoilet, Unions, Protected incompetence, Democrats War on Wisdom, Michigan, memory holes, $929 Million Rer Year on Illegals, HB-4024, HB-4026, Rick Snyder, STEM Amnesty, The Flim-Flam Man, Sanctuary City Ann Arbor & Detroit, A Republic if you can keep it (all tags)

    Kevyn Orr has a lifetime job in the Culture of Detoilet.

    Workers at a fast food restaurant on Detroit's east side have walked off the job as part of an effort to push for higher wages.

    Detroit pastor Charles Williams II says workers want $15 and hour, better working conditions and the right to unionize. The one-day protest starting Friday morning at a McDonald's on the 10000 block of Gratiot is one of about 50 that organizers say they've planned around Detroit.

    The D15 campaign says many workers make $7.40 an hour or just above it.

    Fire every damn one of them for walking off.  They're at an inflated wage as it is for saying, "want fries with that?"

    Matter of fact, send ICE to check their legal status in Detoilet, too.

    < By The Gallon | Sundays Divertere: Mother >

    Share This: Digg! StumbleUpon del.icio.us reddit reddit

    Display: Sort:
    Anyone who knows how to run a business . . . (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:06:33 PM EST
    . . . knows that the single biggest expense associated with doing so is that of labor.  Artificially-inflated wages balloons the cost of labor, and that cost must be passed on to either the customer or the shareholder (or even to the employee, in the form of reduced hours).  In other words, jacking up the minimum wage just makes everything more expensive, which ultimately makes it tougher to keep the working class household budget intact.

    FDR signed the Fair Labor Standards Act into law on June 25, 1938, which included a national minimum wage (originally set at 25¢ per hour), defined the standard work-week as five 8-hour days, and capped overtime at 4 hours per week.  The intention behind the minimum wage was that an employee who's either just getting into the job market or is learning a new trade should be protected against "employer exploitation" while they're learning the ropes and mastering the requisite skill set.  The concept makes sense, and if it'd stayed that way, I'd wager that the minimum wage wouldn't be half the political football that it is now.

    Unfortunately, the labor unions got hold of the post-war minimum wage by indexing their labor contract pay scales to a multiple of the minimum wage, giving the union lobby (and their Democrat Party proxies) the incentive to increase the minimum wage as often and as high as popular sentiment would allow.  If the original minimum wage were adjusted for inflation, then today the rate would be $4.13 hourly, ± 4¢ depending on who's doing the math, yet the current national minimum is $3.12 an hour higher than that.  Thinking as a businessman (or perhaps as a classical economist), how many more jobs would become available if the minimum wage were restored to its original purpose, and the rate were deflated to its inflation-adjusted original level?

    The current popular argument in favor of raising the minimum wage (to perhaps a "living wage") is based on the logic that one cannot support a family on $7.25 an hour (or $7.40 hourly in the case of Michigan).  Here's the flaw in that logic:  The minimum wage was never intended to be a long-term paycheck.  In fact, if you're still working at minimum wage a year after you've started the job, then the problem isn't your employer; the problem is you.  What you should be doing with your first 6-to-12 months on the job is establishing your professional credibility to the point that, at your first annual performance review, your employer is all too happy to give you a reasonable raise, lest he risk losing you to the industry competitor who's attempting to poach you off of his payroll.

    I'll do you one better... (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:11:54 AM EST
    I'm VERY familiar with the areas that those restaurants are in. The areas are all war zones and some of them even accept EBT (yes, they do that now in fast food). So what does that tell you about their overall earning potential?

    Most of the staff are still college kids working to better themselves and seniors. These ne'er-do-wells taking part in these "strikes" make up the rest.

    These restaurants are also ran very lean on staffing. You won't see half of the staff standing around holding up a mop or broom kibitzing or texting one another. At least the ones I've been in anyways. The manager keeps them all busy.

    This is also their Achilles Heel which these poverty pimps have successfully exploited this week.

    Speaking of bettering themselves, from Yahoo!News:

    "The vast majority of McDonald's more than 14,000 U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by franchisees. The company said in a statement that McDonald's employees are paid competitive wages, have access to a range of benefits and opportunities for training and career advancement."

    Who here wants to bet that this bunch would rather listen to the siren song of socialism and have a way cool picnic on Belle Isle, then to, I don't know, take advantage of the opportunities presented to them and increase their educational and skill set so that they can become more valuable employees and actually earn more?

    Anyone? Anyone?

    Christine? Eric B.? How about you Chris?

    You three lurk around here enough looking for material.

    Let's hear you chime in for a change.

    After all, we can't have something like this happen (again), can we?

    • They do. by JGillman, 05/11/2013 10:53:00 PM EST (none / 0)
    scattershooting... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Rougman on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:27:08 AM EST
    The minimum wage today is slightly higher than the cost of most McDonald's menu meals.  If the wage rate of $15 per hour were imposed upon a McDonalds restaurant the cost of most of its meal deals would necessarily rise to a proportionate level.  (That is more than $6 per all-beef patty for those keeping track.)

    The question unconsidered by those carrying signs is how the $12 or $13 sandwich will affect the pace of sales.  How many Gratiot fast food joints will be able to sell enough $12 sandwiches to keep the doors open?  But, say the unions, 'if people are making more money they will buy higher priced fare.'  Um, no.

    Higher wages, unless they are attached to productivity increases, will result in the loss of sales and, ultimately, jobs.  A business must operate profitably or it must close the doors.  (That is, unless it is an auto producer or a bank or a green energy company in which case it can expect to be bailed out by the government while the real unemployment rate continues to rise.)  Those few businesses that are left standing might do a brisk business and keep a full roster, but how many people will be employed by those who had to close the doors?  

    I feel bad for those people who are trapped inside minimum wage jobs for years.  Yet, in the economy workers are a commodity whose worth will rise and fall with supply and demand and productivity.  In an sluggish urban work environment where real unemployment among certain groups is as high as thirty percent, no business that wants to keep the doors open can afford to pay an arbitrary amount based solely upon a person's self esteem.

    (Incidentally, for those wondering, I believe I'm worth $100,000 per year though my dedicated employment offer phone remains inexplicably silent.  Go figure.)

    The answer to nearly all of those workers who manage to stay at the bottom of the labor pool forever is this:  don't make bad decisions.  Don't drop out of school.  Don't do drugs.  Don't commit a crime. Don't parent children too young.  Don't cover your face, neck and arms with tattoos.  When you get married stay married.  Oh, and don't vote democrat. And for that kid who lives right next to the bank down the street from my house...pull up your friggen pants!  

    People who manage to avoid the above are generally able to navigate their way through life reaching ever higher salary strata in fields of employment that do not use unskilled labor.  Until operating the grease fryer truly requires an engineering degree how much above minimum wage will it ever pay?

    • Yup by JGillman, 05/12/2013 10:34:47 AM EST (none / 0)
    Display: Sort:


    Make a new account

    Tweet along with RightMichigan by
    following us on Twitter HERE!
    create account | faq | search