Today people walked off their jobs (or had union agitators protest for them) to bring to light that they don’t make enough money. They slave day in and day out to make food for the rest of us, take time away from their loved ones, and are simply asking for a nearly 100% increase in their hourly wage.
I’m sorry, but WHAT?!?!?!? You work at a fast food joint! You hold a job typically reserved for teenagers so they can start building a work history. You aren’t curing cancer; as a matter of fact, you may even be enabling it, but that’s a post for another day. You take precooked, frozen items and your reheat them, stack them in a particular order, wrap them in paper and hand them to customers. And you want $15/hour for this “skill”?
Let me tell you what I do. I manage 3 lower level employees who need CONSTANT supervision. I am the CFO, chef, chauffeur, nurse, doctor, police, judge, jury, warden, coach and teacher to these three. On top of all that, I am the maid! I also have a boss/partner who delegates many of the top priority tasks to me. While we are a team, his contribution is mostly monetary, though he does share in the maid and chef duties. My day begins at 6am and ends and 12am everyday. So roughly 120 hours a week.
Wanna guess my hourly wage? Bet you can’t guess! It’s $0.00/hr! See, I am a stay at home mom, so I actually don’t earn a salary per se.
But you work, what, 20-30 hours a week? You took a minimum wage job, KNOWING it was minimum wage, have no intention of working harder (as evidenced by you walking out today) but want almost double what you are currently making? Ok. There’s the door. Let me show you your replacement.
Truly, that is your replacement. It won’t complain about low wages, works 24/7, can’t walk out on the job and requires no breaks. Sure, there will be some maintenance involved in keeping them running smoothly, but a technician will handle that as the need arises. You know, a technician that went to school to learn how to fix machines like this, so is earning around what you think you should be making with no skills and no promise to do a better job.
See, you EARN raises. You earn them by showing up to do you job on time, doing your job well, going above and beyond despite no extra compensation, covering shifts for the people who want to slack off and doing it all with a great attitude!
The job you are currently doing is a starter job. The wage is lower because the skill needed to perform are low. Your wage increases when you take a job with greater responsibility. You will only be offered that when you prove you are mature and capable enough to handle it.
Throwing a hissy fit over your supposed low wages is not the way to get what you want. And if any of your employers cave to these ludicrous demands, I will no longer give my money to them. Believe me, I am watching this closely. And I reserve the right to point and laugh at all of you when you are unemployed due to your own stupidity.
You want a “livable wage”? Work for it!