Watch both of these, but the 2nd one is the killer:

Fast food workers agitate for higher wages and the right to unionize.

Pay Mas

(02:59)

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Fast food workers demand increased wages and financial analyst Neil Cavuto shares details of his first job.

(04:11)

Category: Humor, Television, Video, Wages & Income

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7 Responses to “Pay Mas – Fast Food & Minimum Wage”

  1. krice2001 says:

    I laughed almost as much this time as when I watched it originally. Of course, there’s a sad side to this that there’s a segment of the US population that’s apparently angry that adults in this country feel “entitled” to a “living” wage. With economic mobilty more stifled than in the previous generation, what are people supposed to do?

    First we ask people to step up and take any job available, then when those jobs (often without benefits) keep them in poverty, some mock them for agitating for more than that?

  2. george lomost says:

    These two segments of a comedy show are probably a more accurate presentation of this issue than serious reporting in newspapers or on TV. It’s back to ancient times when the only person allowed to speak the truth in front of kings and nobles was the “fool”.

  3. denim says:

    Thanks. Very illuminating.

  4. beaufou says:

    Bill Moyers has recently been having very important conversations about poverty:
    http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/02/this-week-in-poverty-chairman-ryan-and-the-real-world/

    I was browsing comments on different sites when the protests were going on and the general response was astounding. A majority of people would simply dismiss the idea that someone at a fast food joint could make as much as $15/hour. And I actually avoided Republican sites.

    How much societal regression can we witness for the sake of enriching the same few over and over.

  5. postman says:

    Why stop at $15 an hour? Why not $20,or $30? No matter what the increase, two things happen. First, fewer jobs–the manager does more, the kids work harder, customers wait in longer lines. Second, more people apply and the managers may take experienced adults instead of kids. In other industries, they mechanize (elevator operators replaced by automatic lifts) do without certain jobs (no deliveries any more), cut on-the-job training or fringe benefits (e.g. no more employee snacking on the fast food). Sometimes higher labor costs mean.prices increase, too, so there’s less product demand and less need for workers. Of course in the Jon Stewart world, as opposed to the real world, everyone’s wage just doubles with no unemployment or other adverse consequences.

  6. kaleberg says:

    What goes around comes around, from Bloomberg:

    McDonald’s Franchisees Go Rogue With Meetings
    (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-06/mcdonald-s-franchisees-go-rogue-with-meetings.html)

    It may have started with the minimum wage workers being kept on a short rations and prevented from organizing to fight back, but what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Now the franchise owners are realizing that MCD has been keeping them on short rations and preventing them from organizing to fight back. I doubt any of them appreciate the irony. After all, they were fine with the system before their ox got gored. Now, the winner take all attitude is eating their lunch, just as they’ve eaten the lunches of so many others. We’ll see if the worm turns.

  7. Giuseppe says:

    I saw this too. It’s just funny that the public, and the government, feel like they have the right to dictate a livable wage. These companies go into business to make profits. We need to stop hindering them like this…