Friday, August 23, 2013

Deborah Simmons: Fast-food jobs a good start, not a career

Deborah Simmons, a writer for The Washington Times, ask a very interesting question: Why should McDonald's and similar companies be forced to raise their minimum pay for slinging burgers or plopping a basket of fries into a deep fryer?

The average front-line fast-food employees — cashiers, cooks and deliverers — are among the lowest-paying occupations in the U.S. economy with an average wage of $8.94 an hour, according to the National Employment Law Project.

Trying to feed a family on such wages likely leaves parents asking, “And what’s a food pyramid?” But raising Cain at job sites, a favored form of protest for such workers, isn’t a good employment strategy.

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