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Published: Thursday, Sept. 4 2014 4:20 a.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

While I do sympathize with fast food worker's plight, their demands of $15.00/hr are not sustainable. Fast food jobs were never meant to be lifelong careers. Exceptions being store managers and franchise owners. FF jobs have always been introductory type jobs into the work force to give young men and women a chance to earn money, learn how to work and be responsible. What used to be the most productive and educated workforce in the world has dwindled and succumbed to overseas competition, corporate greed and nurse maid policies conceived by inept government administrations.

liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT

If I were manager of these restraunts my help wanted signs would be going up today with a warning to any protestor- don't show up its not excused and you will be terminated. Before people say how mean I was taught by my small business grandfather that you work an honest days labor for an honest days wage. Everyone remembers the wage part but often forgets the value of the labor portion of that saying. It is menial labor for a reason people you are not meant to make a career out of it. 6 types of people should be working these jobs
1.People just entering the workforce
2.People just getting back on their feet from a major life altering situation(i.e. death, divorce etc)
3.People working their way through school
4.People needing supplamental income not primary
5.People who have retired and want to continue to work and have secondary income
6.People going for upper management who will make a career of it but know they are working up from the bottom.
When minimum wage increases any gain is eaten up in inflation and devalues the everyone elses market wages

Vernal, UT

I dropped out of High School. I got facial piercings and or tatoos. I have poor social skills. I don't want to go back to school and get an education. But you should pay me $15/hr because it's not my fault.

Fuaamotu, Tonga

A workers wage that garners twice or more than what they are getting paid now will create a fallout that will be worse than anyone might imagine. Both Europe and the Far East have maximized efficiency and profits by eliminating the workforce entirely by automating fast food – with great success. A machine can produce an order perfectly every time. It doesn’t complain about working conditions or get vindictive against “uncooperative” customers. It requires neither health, medical or other retirement benefits and doesn’t care if it has stock options.

And while automating food service may initially be expensive, the savings realized by laying off thousands of over/underpaid mostly uneducated workers that think they deserve a wage most college graduates don’t earn will WAY more than offset start-up costs.

Granted, automation lacks the “human touch” but if a business has to choose between profits and people it won’t be hard to figure out which goes first. Also, the attitude of “If I can’t get what I want, then I just won’t show up.” will doubtfully go well with employers. Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

In late 2011 Pew did a survey about socialism vs capitalism. Forty-nine percent of people in the 18-29 age bracket say they have a positive view of socialism; only 43 percent say they have a negative view.
Hence, the Occupy Movement and the $15/hour push.
They were never taught history and don't understand the dangers.
My guess is that experience will be a demanding tutor.

San Antonia, TX

Hopefully people will realize that they don't need Fast Food unless it is "natures fast food" like apples, bananas, etc.

The entitlement mentality is going to ruin our country.

How many of these $15 an hour wannabe's would have defended the Alamo to the death?

Hayden, ID

Babe Ruth was once asked by a reporter why he deserved to be paid more than the President of the US? The Babe said, "Because I had a better year than he did." How preposterous it is for Obama or any other jealous socialist to pontificate on what a CEO, professional athlete or fast food worker should be paid when they are not the ones who pay them! They have no idea the value a particular person brings to an organization. That's something for the owners of the company to decide, the only people who have their "skin in the game". If Karl Marx had been right, every third world nation full of workers would be prosperous, but they are not because they produce little or nothing that anyone wants to pay for! In other words, liberals, you either produce something consumers are willing to pay for or there are no jobs, no paychecks, no taxpayers and yes, eventually no food stamps, period! It matters not what business you are in, consumers pay your salary and fast food workers may soon learn that consumers are unwilling to pay you for your overpriced products!

Pleasant Grove, UT

If you are working at a fast food place then you can not complain about the pay. If you want more money then go get a different job!

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

The VERY BEST thing advocates for higher wages could do is to "hitch their wagon" to comprehensive illegal immigration ENFORCEMENT.

Illegal alien trespassers are DIRECTLY responsible for low wages. DESPITE what amnesty advocates tell you.

As long as smarmy employers are allowed, with impunity, to import low-wage workers - wages will REMAIN low.

Its' not complicated.

Layton, UT

Well, most fast food isn't good for you, anyway. One day off of it for the public seems like a good thing to me. People who are demanding these outrageous pay increases are in serious problem of not having pay at all.

optic yellow
Ogden, UT

Lets say they get the raise to $15/hour. Lets suppose that most employees are not replaced with technology/automation.

Very few people currently working in fast food would continue to be there under these circumstances. At $15/hr employers can go hire school teachers for summers and evenings. You can replace a teenager with a college educated adult? Which employee would you choose?

Salt Lake City, UT

@Say no to bo
"They were never taught history and don't understand the dangers."

Of what? Being Canada? Norway? Denmark? Sweden? Australia?

"They have no idea the value a particular person brings to an organization. "

You used Babe Ruth as an example. Ruth was an employee, not the person writing paychecks. So do only some employees know their value (obviously you don't think these fast food workers do)?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Exhibit A. I rest my case.

Houston, TX

Some comments today suggest that there are plenty of alternatives to working for fast food establishments, but this is not true for most of these part-time workers.

Other comments suggest that these low-skill people have brought their woes upon themselves. That may be true of all of us; everybody has made some poor choices. Others lacked opportunites that we may take for granted.

I suggest an alternative to strikes and power plays to demand higher pay. Instead, let the consumers decide: are we willing to pay a few cents extra per burger for a company that meets the $15/hour minimum wage?

Let's start a viral trend, by asking the Fast Food manager to accept an extra $1/meal as a gratuity for their part-time workers. If enough folks did this, the FF chains would see that customers would accept higher prices if they knew the workers were adequately paid.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

The 49% that have a favorable view of socialism have never tried to appreciate what it was like to live in the Soviet Union. Not surprising, most Americans of the younger generation have no idea who Brezhnev was, will think you are swearing in some tribal dialect when Khruschev is mentioned, might remember a fact or two about Stalin, and may wonder what John Lennon is doing in the tomb on Red Square when they hear the name Lenin. The first two had the ability to wipe out the United States with a push of a button while the remaining two have laid a physical and ideological foundation for the potential.

This forgetfulness leads to quite a bit of confusion of values.

That said, I am in favor of raising minimum wage in the fast food industry to $100/hour. This will put it out of business which will have a side effect of lowering my health insurance premiums.

BYU sports on TV in Missouri
Lebanon, MO

It seems that logic is in short supply these days.

Lets replace the wage discussion with a classroom discussion...
Because you come to class....Does not mean you have earned an A.
Because you want an A.... Does not mean you have earned an A.
Because your mommy wants you to get an A.... Does not mean you have earned an A.
Because you took a test... Does not mean you have earned an A.
Because you turned in your homework... Does not mean you have earned an A

If you want an A you need to do the things that get you an A.

Same applies to getting paid more.... Because you have bills to pay is not a reason why an employer should pay you more money... If you need to earn more, improve your skills so that you are worth more. There are plenty of jobs that pay better than working for a fast food restaurant. Just because someone wants something does not mean they are entitled to having it.....

Salt Lake City, UT

@Sasha Pachev
"The 49% that have a favorable view of socialism have never tried to appreciate what it was like to live in the Soviet Union. "

Or they know the difference between living in the Soviet Union and living in Canada... that's a pretty wide range of socailisms.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Say No to BO
You "rested your case" because I assume you don't want to argue how Sweden or Canada are distinctly inferior places to live. I think you just want everyone to associate the word socialism with the Soviet Union or China or North Korea (even though we had a different word for those nations... communist).

Sioux City, IA

Many people who work in factories operating machines or welding are currently receiving $15/hr for their knowledge and skills. If you raise minimum wage to $15 then these people will expect to be paid $22/hr. And everybody above minimum will expect to receive at least a $7/hr raise.

Incite Full
Layton, UT

I have a hard time believing that fast food workers do the kind of work that merits 15 bucks an hour.

The price of fast food will only go up if this occurs, which could be a good thing... if I end up buying it less frequently. :D

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