Fast Food Strike Opinion
Thomas Koronowski , Contributing Writer
September 16, 2013
Filed under Opinions
The fast food employee strikes that began on the east cost have now spread to the Midwest, as McDonald’s workers have been holding one-day strikes throughout the Dayton area.
Many Wright State University students did not feel sympathetic towards these workers.
“I don’t think they should be paid $15 an hour,” Junior Leilani Gibbs said. “They should start at minimum wage and then work hard to earn raises.”
Sophomore Gretchen Coffman offered more sympathy. “Fast-food employees should make more, but not $15 an hour,” Coffman said. “The work can be hard and it’s very stressful. You can’t make a living off minimum wage, especially if you’re a college student.”
If the members of these strikes succeed and fast-food employees begin to get paid $15 an hour, would that change minimum wage?
“It might,” Coffman said. “People would begin arguing for higher pay because fast-food is seen as a lower-end job field.”
“Yes, it definitely would,” Gibbs agreed. “Other fast-food companies will have to compete with McDonald’s for employees.”
Would teenagers be less inclined to get a higher education? Coffman seems to think this is very likely.
“I know people that have dropped out of college,” Coffman said, “because they got a good paying job.”
Would McDonald’s be able to afford to pay their workers $15 an hour?
“They are filthy rich,” Gibbs said, “their food costs virtually nothing to produce. They make a profit on everything that they sell, even the dollar menu.”
Overall, it seems problematic in the business world to increase the pay for fast-food employees, but it would greatly benefit others who survive on those kinds of jobs.