Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 3:50 p.m. MDT
Why does the article assume that the McDonalds employee is the one with the
second job, and not a spouse or family member? Both my wife and I work. Can fault McDonalds for being realistic about a minimum wage job.
You're not going to live a very comfortable life on just $8 an hour.
Some jobs are not meant to be livable wage jobs just stepping stones or as 2nd
jobs. Where is the balance of a livable wage and cost of product? Back when
McDonalds first came to my home town it was for first time employment, for high
school students or college students, to learn a work ethic and only a stepping
stone for the future.
College can fix this.
@ AggieloveTrue... assuming you get the right degree. Get a degree
in communications, history, or any other field that has way too many graduates
for the # of jobs available and you can... Work one job at McDonalds while
moonlighting in your major on a contract basis. Many do this.
Similarly, the typical Walmart costs each state within which it's located
an addition $900k per year in food stamps and other publicly funded assistance
because Walmart wages and (lack of) benefits pretty much guarantee living in
poverty.Are we really going to endorse an economy that maintains the
position that, "Yes, this is a full-time job, but no one actually expects
you to be able to live on what you earn here?"
Tee Hee! The picture is eight years old! Is that the most recent McDonalds
picture you could find?
An additional problem is that with Obamacare taking effect, businesses are
cutting employee hours to under 30 hours to escape having to provide health
insurance. Instead of two full time jobs the person will need three or four
part-time jobs. McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy's should come up with a
common uniform so the employee does not have to change uniforms between jobs.
Remember that a person isn't assigned a job. They seek employment. Seems
like those that work at McDonald's made that choice and are happy to have a
job. Seems like those complaining don't work there and are trouble makers,
To be truthful I never envisioned working at McDonald's as something more
than a job people did in high school or working for college. The bigger problem
might be that these ARE about the only jobs out there to raise a family for
those who lost their other job.
Saw a wonderful documentary, on cnbc i think, about a minority gentleman who
worked his way up from cooking fries at McDonalds, to being a cashier, to being
assistant manager, to being a manager, to saving up enough to buy his own
mcdonalds franchise. I'm not sure he was the most college educated
gentleman, but he had enough smarts to know that it takes hard work, ambition,
savings (delayed gratification) to get ahead. McDonalds, Walmart, pretty
much any company in America are all wonderful opportunities that give those that
are smart(or wise), hard workers, ambitious a chance to do whatever they
want...if they want to continue to work minimum wage, they are certainly free to
do so. If they want opportunities to better yourself and advance, there are
always many and endless ways to do it. You are free! Do something with that
freedom! Don't take it for granted and don't waste your opportunities!
people with kids shouldn't be working minimum wage jobs and people with
minimum wage jobs shouldn't be having kids.
McD's is assuming they live in an apt/house with another minimum wage
earner. Do we really expect our economy to provide its least
skilled, least educated, least productive workers housing where they can live
alone??? I missed that part of the Constitution where it says we'll
provide an economy where you are entitled to live by yourself.Minimum wage jobs are designed to be temporary. We should never allow the
media to spin it any other way.
Wow, easy for you to say, james d. morrison. What if it's the only job you
can get in this economy?
what Aggielove meant to say is that the RIGHT college/univrsity with the RGHT
degree can fix this. Yes the more education you have (up to a point) will
always help you land a better job, statistics on this subject don't lie.
Also, don't discount technical institutions, the biggest demand for jobs
has been favoring the technical schools. Also when getting a degree, although
much more difficult, go for the degree in an applied science, you can't go
wrong, and your chances of landing a good job are much better in the long run.
The cost of living has nothing to do with wages paid. When I buy anything I do a
cost value analysis. If the value is in line with the cost and I can afford it
and either want the item or need the item, then I buy it. If the value is far
lower than the cost, I walk away.Employers do the same thing.
Unskilled labor is only worth so much. Market forces also play a part. Illegal
aliens have bloated the supply of unskilled labor. An over supply results in low
wages.If people on minimum wage want something better maybe they
should get some skills and or some education. If people don't want to end
up supporting a family on minimum wage maybe they should actually study in high
school and get some marketable skills.When I worked for minimum wage
I lived at home with my parents. The money was great!
This story went national about two days ago. How about some current events?
Without McDonalds, hundreds of thousands more would be completely unemployed and
therefore completely reliant on the dole. Thank goodness for people in this
world who take risks, start businesses that are PROFITABLE so they can continue
to attract investors and expand and hire more people. Leave charity to
charitable organizations. Leave business decisions, like wages, to the business
pros. McDonalds did not become a multi-billion dollar multi-national that
employs hundreds of thousands of people by listening to whiny bleeding hearts.
I worked at McDonalds as a teenager, starting out at minimum wage. Except for
management, it's not a job you should count on as being your lifetime full
time job. And if you're even a swing manager, you make much better than
minimum wage. I went on to get a PhD, as did my buddy who also worked at
McD's. It was a great job, but no one should plan on it being a terminal
profession, while earning minimum wage.
So I don't see anything newsy about this article..many people who
don't even work at McDonalds need to have at least a full time job and a
part time job or both parents working in order to pay mortgage on a humble house
and keep food on the table in today's economy.
Entry level jobs that require no skills are not supposed to be able to support
anybody. The very thought is ridiculous. These jobs give young people work
experience and give them a few bucks while they gain the education and skills to
get jobs that will pay.
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