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Sun May 18, 2014, 03:51 AM

Iím Making Twenty-One Dollars an Hour at McDonaldís. Why Arenít You?

http://www.nationofchange.org/i-m-making-21-hour-mcdonald-s-why-aren-t-you-1400336743

No, that isnít a typo. Itís really my salary.

You see, I work for McDonaldís in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 ó meaning teenagers working at McDonaldís in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches.

To anyone who says that fast-food jobs canít be good jobs, I would answer that mine isnít bad. In fact, parts of it are just fine. Under our unionís agreement with McDonaldís, for example, I receive paid sick leave that workers are still fighting for in many parts of the world. We also get overtime pay, guaranteed hours and at least two days off a week, unlike workers in most countries. At least 10 percent of the staff in any given restaurant must work at least 30 hours a week.

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Reply Iím Making Twenty-One Dollars an Hour at McDonaldís. Why Arenít You? (Original post)
eridani May 2014 OP
dipsydoodle May 2014 #1
secondvariety May 2014 #3
druidity33 May 2014 #7
gtar100 May 2014 #4
loudsue May 2014 #11
whopis01 May 2014 #10
DeSwiss May 2014 #2
IronLionZion May 2014 #5
Laelth May 2014 #6
reformist2 May 2014 #8
KG May 2014 #9

Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:03 AM

1. Copenhagen for example is one of the most expensive cities in the world for a Big Mac.

See http://www.priceoftravel.com/29/denmark/copenhagen-prices

Wages paid in Denmark are partly a reflection of living costs.

Post on similar subject here :

Swiss to vote on $25 minimum wage http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=805359

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:38 AM

3. Not too bad...

Price of a Big Mac in Denmark is $5.18. Price in U.S. is $4.62. Maybe they gig you on the fries.


http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

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Response to secondvariety (Reply #3)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:13 AM

7. If that's what it would take...

to get a living wage for everyone, i'd pay 10% more on everything and be happy to do it!

K&R

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:41 AM

4. Aren't living wages actually a good reason for higher prices?

Sure beats being gouged at the fuel pump.. or in the utility bill... simply because executives and shareholders are greedy. That's just one example out of many (far too many) industries that charge more and more for their products and services and have the means to pay executives very high salaries, but as soon as the discussion turns to wages, we're given the song and dance about needing to cut expenses and the worry they'd have to raise prices.

I don't buy the argument. If prices rise to meet the needs of workers, that's something I can live with. The ones who need a good, hard look in the mirror are those invested in land and businesses who expect to get rich without actually doing something to earn the money other than simply being blessed with "owning" a slice of the pie. What landlords, executives, investors, and bankers expect in return for their ownership or position far, far exceeds the value they play in the community.

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #4)

Sun May 18, 2014, 01:58 PM

11. Exactamundo!

The higher gas prices are burning my ass. There is absolutely NO reason for it, except that it's an election year, and they have politicians to purchase.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:47 AM

10. And the Swiss voted it down.

They prefer no minimum wage instead. Amazing.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:32 AM

2. ''To anyone who says that fast-food jobs canít be good jobs....''

 

If you're just basing the job on the wages and bennies, then yes. If you include the nutritunal value and health impact of the food -- at least as served here in the US (i.e.- HFCS, GMO-potatoes, GMO-corn fed beef, sodium hydroxide soaked pink slime chicken nuggets), then ah, no.

- K&R

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:07 AM

5. In America, we demonize union workers as fat, stupid, and lazy

because everyone knows executives and banksters are the real hard working job creators.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:40 AM

6. k&r for labor. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:31 AM

8. $21 is kind of steep, but it's a good motivator for workers who want to unionize!

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:51 AM

9. it is distressing how many working class american idiots think unions are a bad thing..

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