Anonymous asked: why the FUCK would you need 15 DOLLARS A FUCKING HOUR FLIPPING BURGERS? thats bullshit. i could understand a pay raise, 8 dollars an hour isn't great at all, but at an almost 50 percent pay raise? and this is from a guy who makes 8 dollars an hour
The problem here is that your viewing this from the perspective of a status quo that is basically designed to exploit and disempower workers. Something like flipping burgers is a necessary function in society and it’s an immensely profitable industry, yet it pays slave wages. And we are taught to accept this because somehow flipping burgers isn’t prestigious enough for someone to make a living wage doing it.
When our attitude is, “People who flip burgers don’t need to be able to afford to live,” I think our attitude is shit.
Honestly, there is no “status quo” involved because literally anyone can flip a burger. What is technically unfair here is asking to raise the wages on mindless jobs that require zero education, skill or experience to match the wages of a jobs that require applying critical/analytical thinking and loads of responsibility, reliability and accountability. This is why you have 16 year olds working in the food and retail industry and REQUIRED high school and/or college graduates working in positions like mine that make $15+.
What you’re asking for is similar to communism and you’re in the wrong country for that.
yes, but i’m 21 and i work in the retail industry. i’m 3/4 of the way done with a bachelor’s in chemistry from a pretty good school and i can guarantee you that i have critical/analytical thinking, a fuckton of reliability and accountability and i take every single responsibility i have seriously. i have been working at the same job with the same company for over 5 years. i saved 80% of the money i made while i was in high school and, since i started college, i’ve been saving as much money as i can while in school, but have also been putting roughly 45% of each paycheck towards my debt so that when i graduate, i won’t be drowning in 40k of debt with nothing on my resume but “pretty smart, worked two jobs the whole way through college and worked the same damn job for 7 years making minimum wage so why the fuck would i not put forth everything i have into a real job where i make enough money to live”. i make $7.25 an hour at my main job ($8 at my side job at school). i have actually been passed over for raises and promotions BECAUSE i am attending college. the only raise i have ever gotten was in 2009. because minimum wage was raised from $7.15 to $7.25 (ooh such money. much ability to pay 20 grand of student loans). after taking out 20% for taxes and 5% for my retirement fund, that means i’m making $5.44 an hour.
let’s assume i work 40 hours a week. $217.5 a week. let’s assume i work all 52 weeks a year (because when you’re only making $5.44 an hour, you cannot afford to take any time off). $11,310 a year. let’s say i spend $50 a week on groceries. $8710 left. let’s say my housing is $590 a month (average cost for a one bedroom apartment in my area. $1630 left. i need healthcare, because the healthcare provided by my company sucks. i just filled out the forms for obamacare and the cheapest plan for me is $98.72 a month. let’s round up to $100. $430 left. have to pay my utilities. at my current apartment, we pay about $25 for electricity, $20 for gas, and $45 a month for cable. we don’t pay for water, but let’s assume that it’s about $25 a month and i opt to not have cable/internet. -$410 left. oops. let’s hope i have some decent savings from when i was working in high school and don’t have anything i suddenly need to buy. and let’s especially hope that i don’t get sick or seriously injured, because my insurance covers less that 60% of costs!
it is not communism to think that everybody should be able to afford living. it’s minimum wage, not fuck-you-you-don’t-deserve-anything-because-you’re-doing-something-anybody-can-do-but-most-people-won’t wage.