Is it fair for the fast food industry to pay the minimum wage to their hardworking employees, while making billions of dollars in profits?

There are many misconceptions about who the fast food workers are. Fast food workers are not just teenagers who we usually think of as employee in the fast food industry.  That is no longer the case; most of the time the McDonald's employee you see is not a single teen, with no kids, or in no need to support a family. The fast food employee that works day and night for minimum wage is working there trying to make a living for their family and in most cases they are mothers and fathers that try to exhaust every single cent they have just to scrape by for their children.We stand with all fast food workers, and LUCHA realizes that enough is enough! 

The average fast food worker must work an astonishing 85 hours per week to cover basic living necessities.  These workers must work with consistently changing work schedules, poor pay and no chance for upward mobility. These employees do not have the time to share with their family, or even attend college because they must work, at times two full time jobs to survive, because their job pays them minimum wage.

To clarify the many misconceptions out there, Jordan Weissmann (2013), in More Than a Quarter of Fast-Food Workers are Raising a Child article, points out facts about the actuality of fast food workers.  According to John Schmitt and Janelle Jones from the Center for Economic and Policy Research statistics with the most recent census data show about 40% of all the employees are 25 or older. A full 26.6% are between the ages of 16 to 20 and raising children. The percentage of the older workers ranging 20 and over who have children is 36%. Over 40% of the fast food workers have a high school diploma and over 25% have some college background and still get pay minimum wage. Between 68-70% of all the employees get pay $7.26-$10.09 per hour.

According to Alan Pyke 2013 article, No, Fast Food Companies Aren’t Helping Low-Wage Workers Up The Ladder, less than 9% of fast food employees are supervisors, and just 2.2% hold managerial, professional, or technical jobs. Meaning the 3.6 million Americas, which is the remaining of the 89.1% of fast food workers, earn only the median pay rate.  Most of the fast food workers apply to these jobs with the mentality of being able to climb the latter professionally but in actuality in the fast food industry you have no chance for upward mobility.

Realistic demographics have calculated that a job that pays under $12 per hour pay is insufficient to support a family of three.  Imagine trying to raise a larger family or even this family of three, with less than $8 per hour.  Fast food industries should think about their employees at a more humane level and realize their workers cannot survive with this very low wage. Fast food workers deserve to be paid a living wage. Seeing workers today demand $15 per hour and a union shows that workers here, in the United States and in Arizona, are tired of these corporations making billions of dollars in profits while their employees starve or are near starving.

The fast food industry needs to acknowledge their employees’ work ethic is what keeps their business successful. It is inhumane for these companies to make incredible profits while we, the taxpayer, subsidize their employees with public assistance like food stamps, Medicaid and other services. No worker, living in this great country, should be working full time and still be below the poverty line.  We stand with all fast food workers, and LUCHA realizes that enough is enough!  We must continue to fight for a living wage, so that we can solve the terrible wealth inequality that is happening in our state and in our country. 

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