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Chicago workers strike over wages at McDonald’s to Macy’s

Hundreds of fast food and retail workers in Chicago walked off their job Wednesday in a campaign to push for higher wages.

The Fight for $15 campaign said it expects McDonald’s, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Macy’s, Sears and Victoria’s Secret stores in the Loop and Magnificent Mile to be affected.

McDonalds WagesThe strike began around 5:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s inside Union Station. A rally is planned for 4 p.m. at the St. James Cathedral near Huron and Rush streets.

Employees will march in the Chicago Loop and near the Mag Mile shopping area and call for $15-an-hour.

In addition to higher pay, Fight for $15 is pushing to organize a union for workers so they can support their families, and put money back into the economy.

The group said, “Fast food and retail workers bring more than $4 billion a year into the cash registers of the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, yet most of these workers earn Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25, or just above it.”

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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88 Comments to “Chicago workers strike over wages at McDonald’s to Macy’s”

    Todd Pardee said:
    April 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Your economics are a but flawed! I don’t see where this adds money to the economy? Whether the owner, or McDonald’s, or the employee gets the money it will be spent by someone. Now how do you introduce NEW money into the equation, and therefor the economy.

    This will be just like CTU. Get moreover, but layoff people because the revenues remain flat.

    You want $15 hr? Find a $15 hr job!

      John said:
      April 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      The difference Todd is very simple. If the money goes to Owners ( they paid about $500.000 for the franchise so they are at the very least some what wealthy spending habit in place and will not change dramatically). If the money goes to McDonald's then pretty much the same money goes to somewhat wealthy share holders spending on what they want already. But if moneys go to workers they are able to feed and cloth their families instead of welfare and rags. I guess folks with a few dollars to invest in stocks and or franchise are too intelligent to see this is a better way. People do not want a hand out they want a job that PAYS ENOUGH TO FEED A CLOTH THEIR FAMILY

        Tired of the Morons said:
        April 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Then they should get a job that pays that and not try to force a company to pay more than it deems fair.

      WTE said:
      April 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      I agree. Working at McDonald's is no $15.00 an hour job

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Depends on the risks you take to work there.

        If they can't find people for the wages they pay now the market place will have solved the issue.

        Jake said:
        April 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        They don't deserve it in the first place with their crappy customer service.

        CROWN said:
        April 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        If McDonald's is no $15 an hour job, how is it that the people who own it are millionaires? They provide a valuable service and without the workers you have nothing. $15hr is not even what the minimum wage should be. Economists stated that with the cost of inflation and living costs $21hr should be the current minimum. do your homework before you state ignorant comments

        WTE said:
        April 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Because they own it.

        The fact is the wage is not $21 an hour or $15 an hour. McDonalds is a minimum wage job so the pay should only change with the law. If they change the MW to $21.72 ( you number was off) then McDonalds team members should make that. As of now it is not a $15.00 an hour job. Pretty simple. You must work there huh?

        CROWN said:
        April 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        No I do not work at McDonalds, but I was complaining about this in 2002 when I was making $12 a hour. Don't blame the citizens, blame the greedy government who sends all the jobs over to china and indonesia because they're willing to work for dirt cheap! No one is asking for a handout, they are just asking for what is just do! Minimum wage is supposed to reflect inflation and basic living expenses. Everyone complains about people being on welfare and living off of our tax dollars but what do you expect when you're only making $7.50hr? Sorry but everyone can not and do not have the resources nor the family support to go to college. If everyone went to college then that means every job would still have to pay everyone top dollar. $15 hr is not even middle class. Thats still below the poverty line. Gas is almost $4 a gallon! If poor people can make $7.50 work then I guess all you middle class people can survive as well if a Big Mac went up a few dollars…smh…sheesh!

        WTE said:
        April 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Ok, so the wages increases then prices of product increase. It's a no win situation. Get an education and get a better job if you want to make more money.

        CROWN said:
        April 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        but you just stated yourself, wage increase will bring product increase. getting a education means that you will be entitled to make more money as well, which in turn will cause product increase. if everyone had degrees then that means everyone will be entitled to a lot more money. asking for $15hr is not much. THATS WHAT IT SUPPOSED TO BE.. Thats like asking the government for oxygen. 7.50 is not a reflection of inflation nor living costs so it needs to be raised. The price of gas, food, medicine is steadily rising but the job wages including yours are staying the same, thats not fair! Tell the government to bring down the prices of goods like it used to be in the 70's and 80's and no one would have to request a raise to $15hr!!!!

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        They pay what they have to, and spend as little as they need to.

        If you can spend less and earn more? Go for it, and start your own. Not only will you make a fortune but you'll probably get to speak and sell your system on the free market so everyone else can use it too. Think of the people you would make rich!

        Ismael said:
        April 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        What no one is saying is if They get $15.00 an hour then how much a Big Mac would cost. Would You buy a Big Mac, hell no! I would avoid high price fast food places. The fact is most of these people did not bother to finish school, They had children early in their lives and now They want a high paying job. It will never happen.

        CROWN said:
        April 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        what no one is saying is, look how much a gallon of gas cost! One gallon of gas is more than 50% of what a minimum wage makes a hour!!! thats ridiculous. Maybe if the government spent more on education than they do invading countries for no apparent reason ppl would have money to go to college! Its easy to say $15hr is over the top when you come from ancestors who passed down their fortune that they amassed from free labor generation after generation. $15hr is not a lot at all! That barely covers basic living expenses. If you ask me we've been cheated for decades. Workers haven't been paid the true minimum since the 1960's!!!!!! regardless of where you work at.

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Maybe if Obama let them build the keystone pipeline….
        And hadn't defunded research into fuel cell cars in his first year we wouldn't be in this mess.

        Yes, obama defunded research into fuel cell cars. This Obama… http://www.fuelcelldispatch.com/GovtRegulation/ta

        Kyle said:
        April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        You are the absolute most retarded person ever. 15 an hour is way more than mcdonalds should be and if 21 was minimum wage companies would go bankrupt, people would lose jobs, AND the economy would drop more. GO AWAY.

        Juan said:
        April 25, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        I agree $15 to work at mcDonalds yea right!! A job that requires no skill. 90% of the job is making sure you don’t mess up the order. Ppl if you want a $15 job learn a trade geez!!!!

      CROWN said:
      April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      If the price of living wages would've kept up with inflation along with the cost of living expenses, minimum wage should be $21hr!!!! This info comes from the government itself!!!! Don't matter if you have a education or not. Living expenses is steadily rising but not job wages!!! If you're going to make car insurance, medical insurance ect….mandatory, then you have to increase wages!! simple as that! Education is not free, you have to take out student loans as well. My tuition was so high I still had to come out of pocket every month to pay my school fees even though I recieved a pell grant and student loans!!!!! I had to drop out because I couldnt work and pay the monthly school fees as well as keep a roof over my head! So I'm all for increase of job wages, if you ask me raise the minimum wage to what it should be $21hr!!!!!!!!!!

      CROWN said:
      April 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      What you don't get Todd is that Mcdonalds is a $21hr job. Economists states that if the workers wages would've kept up with inflation and living expenses ex: gas costs, food, insurance, license plates, mortgage rates, clothing, medical bills, ect..then minimum wage should be $21hr. So what they need to do is campaign for the law to change the minimum wage to what it supposed to be $21hr because these companies are only doing what the law allows them to do. and you're wrong, increasing minimum wage will drive the economy up because these ppl will be spending most of this money in america unlike greedy CEO's who spends a estimate of 80 billion dollars in foreign countries from traveling, to real estate purchases ect….

        Todd Pardee said:
        April 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        What YOU don’t get is that it is an 8.00 an hour job, that’s why the pay is $8.00. Put your big boy pants on and get over it!

        TakaG530 said:
        April 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Start your own business. Pay your workers $21 an hour. Match all the labor taxes. Let me know how long you stay in business. Minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage. It was designed to set the lowest bar a company could pay a worker. If we want a living wage, we should abandon minimum wage and set a minimum living wage.

      Melissa said:
      April 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Couldn't have said it better>>>>>
      If McDonald's is no $15 an hour job, how is it that the people who own it are millionaires? They provide a valuable service and without the workers you have nothing. $15hr is not even what the minimum wage should be. Economists stated that with the cost of inflation and living costs $21hr should be the current minimum. do your homework before you state ignorant comments

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        So you want social justice, is that it?

        Notasheep said:
        April 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Not every McDonalds owner is a millionaire. Most have saved there entire lives to be able to afford to buy their franchise and owe $.80 for every $1 they make to the banks who gave them the loans.

        Doubling their labor costs would put these people out of business. Then the employees would have nothing… $8 vs. $0? $8 wins!!!

        Why isn't anyone even discussing the much higher margin entirely corporately owned Macys, Sears or Victoria's Secret? They have vilinized McDonalds because of the highly recognizable Arches in order to sell advertisements and the public flock like sheep. McDonalds is a top 5 employer in every state in the Union. If you take away there profits They will simply sell the real estate that the stores sit on and invest there money in other ventures. What would unemployment look like then???

    keeping real said:
    April 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    power to the people!!!!!!

    FishMan said:
    April 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Let Organize a Union so they can take our money for their dues.

    friday said:
    April 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Most fast food restaurants were used to employing young adults for low wage.. Whats sad is they're now employing middle aged adults who are trying to support their families and can't on low wages.

    guest said:
    April 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    You want a 15.00 dollar an hour job my advice would be stay in school get an education go to college get a useful marketable degree, with all the gubberment handouts it shouldnt be that difficult to go to school. I dont think it would be that hard for employers to find replacements for a non technical positions.

      Melissa said:
      April 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Well I would think that going to school will add to the cost along with rent, lights, gas and phone bill not to mention transportation to get back and forth to school. Then you have student loans in which you will pay back if you don't have any loans already but I guess you must be debt free and you must be earning a damn good wage to be speaking about what people should or should not be earning. Everyone deserves a decent wage regardless to where they work and no one should have to struggle to make it. I think that more people should support the idea instead of throwing their judgements around. You make it sound so easy but I think you may have forgotten the cost involved so regardless to how you put it… minimum wage will not be enough for anyone to live and maintain a decent living.

    Scott said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    $15 an hour? Absolutely….But with $15 an hour comes higher job requirements…..maybe experience or an education. Then half or more of those crying about pay can be let go because they do not meet those requirements.

      John said:
      April 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      I agree, get some education.

    Sean said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    I wonder how people already making above $15/hr feel about this? Does anyone think that people making above that level will see their wages/salary increase?

    There is no way that businesses would just eat that much of an increase in their labor costs. The cost of everything will have to go up. It's quite possible we'll see this same debate after a while how $15/hr won't support a family due to cost of living having gone.

      attitude killer said:
      April 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      nope no education here but work and my knowledge about the field is good through out yet my pay at $14.00 an hour that i have had for 9 years has depleted . 315.xx only goes so far for a week and yet people with a degree and college stand around and do less than i can that goes to show that the worker will always be the ant and the smart will still be ahead with no heart

    retiredinaz1 said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Even with an education it does not mean a higher paying job! I know of educators who have education degrees….working as teacher aides and making less than $10.00 an hour!

    Barbara said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    if everything would stay at a flat rate pay , edcation, fuel,health insurance and everday living expenses you would not be crying about $15.00 an hour pay. it seems like only the rich are the ones complaining about this pay. not everyone has the advantage of the rich. your kids will never leave because they won’t be able to afford to. if you luck out and get a 15.01 hourly pay if will cost you a $100,000.00 education.

    Dana said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    So that means I should stop paying for my college and stop wasting my time?? Why would I spend MY money for education when I could get $15 an hour@ McDonald ! I came to this country and LEARNED English and I'm getting some education for myself so I could be paid $15 $20 or higher !

      John said:
      April 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      If you really feel this way you are too stupid for college. Quit and go home.

      Roger said:
      April 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      When companies pay inflated wages it starts a cycle of monetary devaluation.

      Under Jimmy Carter we had that. You don't want that again.

    pagan69 said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    This is what happens, give a mouse a cookie and he'll want a glass of milk. I have a masters and finding a $15 job is tough.

      Trish said:
      April 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      well shame on you and our world if you cannot find a job with a masters…….why would anyone go to college? OH ya because even a janitor needs a degree for $10……….sounds like our feet our nailed to the floor

    Chuck Taylor said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Wow your a moron.

    Chuck Taylor said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    The white lady working at the local mcDonalds doesnt look like a "Hector" to me. Maybe she swam over here from Norway.

    Phil said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    15 an hour?! Pretty bold to strike when I’m sure replacements can be hired immediately. If they hate their wages so much why don’t they work to become asst. manager and then manager of their location or another location? There isn’t much of a prerequisite besides experience and I think a mcdonalds manager makes around 50k a year, if not more. These are the lowest jobs of our economy, they aren’t meant to support a family. Gain the experience at the entry-level and use that to acheive a higher position as a manager

    kurk burk said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    All workers that leave the job to protest should be fired for job abandonment and can be easily replaced. It is not a high skill job to push a button for a big mac. If you pay $15 per hour – less people will be employed. What ever happened to having two jobs??? If you do not want a higher education – this is the life you choose and deserve.

      joe said:
      April 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      not easily replaced bc nobody wants the job at mcdonalds

      Melissa said:
      April 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      First of all if people wanted to keep working two damn jobs then they wouldn't be protesting. I think that for those of us that have families and a LIFE outside of work would like to do other things besides working your butt off getting the salary for two jobs that you should be able to get with one. It is just sad the way people think. Employees put up with enough crap with the customers and that alone should give them a higher wage but I guess you wouldn't know about that since you making the wages that people like us are fighting for.

        guest said:
        April 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        I make above the wage you are fighting for because I worked 3 part-time jobs and went to school part time and got my degree from a big ten university. I paid for my own education no scholorship, no grants, no loans it wasnt easy but I did it. My 15 year old granddaughter can flip hamburgers its not worth 15.00 per hour to do that, you want a job with 15.00 dollar an hour wages get a degree or a SKILLED trade flipping burgers isnt a skill. If you dont like the wage you are making its free enterprise you are free to take you talents and skills to another employer that will pay you more. If you dont have the skills or talent to get 15.00 per hour thats a you problem.

        kurk burk said:
        April 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        IF you are living on min wage – why the heck are you having kids – it is irresponsible to bring kids into the world if you cannot support them. Yes I make good money – I went to private college that I paid for working in a nursing home on my weekends and time off. I also received a masters degree. Why should my hard work go to pay you so that "you can have families and a life outside of work" – get an education, skill or start you own business if you don't want that low pay!

    Teto said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    To all who is asking for $15hr. Please remember “the higher the salary, the higher the life style” When you start making $15hr All we going to start paying $12 for a hamburger combo or sub. A better idea should be to take out bonus from CEO’S and give it to the employees that make less than $30K or so.
    • New McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson paid $13.8 million in 2012, up 237% over '11
    • Ex-CEO Jim Skinner paid $27.7 million in 2012, up 215% over '11
    This information was obtained from: McDonald's gives new, ex-CEO big pay bumps. 2:39 p.m. EDT April 12, 2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013
    This is another good article, “McDonald’s $8.25 Man and $8.75 Million CEO Shows Pay Gap By Leslie Patton – Dec 11, 2012 11:00 PM CT. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-12/mcdonald

      kurk burk said:
      April 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      why would you want to raise the compensation to low skilled workers? They are very replaceable. When you run a mega company, you earned that pay. The pay differential issue is apples to oranges.

      Tired of the Morons said:
      April 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      You don't take money just to give a non caring talentless idiot more money to screw up an order and treat you like crap.

    bubba said:
    April 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    For 15 an hr I'd go work at Mc Donalds.

      WTE said:
      April 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      A lot of people would

      Roger said:
      April 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Send for an application.

      But I'd be careful walking to work, this is Chicago their talking about.

        WTE said:
        April 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        They don't pay that now. He said if they did

        bubba said:
        April 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        I know they don't pay that now and they never will.

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        My comment was more a commentary on the dangerous living conditions in the city than anything else. Evidently WTE has no ability to see nuances.

      joe said:
      April 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      me too

    Ofycial said:
    April 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I'm all for the workers getting a pay increase. I personally think that wages should increase with the cost of living in that city or county. But also, generally people don't go to McDonald's, Subway, etc to make $15/hr. There are many people working on big industrial machines all day that don't make that much.

      Albert said:
      April 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Industrial workers work way much harder than those at McDonalds and they're being required to work harder. Not to mention that pay raises are minimal.

    Tina said:
    April 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    We all need to feed our families, however, I believe that $15 an hour is over the top! These positions do not require high skills and higher education. These positons are really meant for teenagers and not adults unless you want to one day work in management in which case you still need an education.

    Tired of the Morons said:
    April 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    You can have a raise when you brain damaged dolts can get an order correct and not have anything missing from it. Or maybe a cheeseburger without pickles show up that way. You get minimum wage because that is all your worth.

    slyvia said:
    April 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    They should make at least $15 an hour. Those jobs are very hard to work.

      no hope said:
      April 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Wow all they do is 'heat and serve' everything, and you think they deserve $15 an hour? I'm only 21, going to school, and I cook food from scratch for 100 older adults and I make $12.50 an hour and i'm content. I don't think I deserve any more…I would be so mad if someone got paid $15 for heating up frozen food… Seriously those people can go get roommates, or only buy things they need. I'm so uptight with my money, and that's because I know I can't afford things unless I need them….Only thing that makes it hard is laziness and buying things you don't need… gah what greedy people…

    Carlos said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Once again the uninformed don't understand what it takes to run a business.

    FEDUP1967 said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Explain to me how taking an order and handing a bag filled with french fries and a hamburger warrants 15.00…. you want $15.00/ hour – prove your worth and work your way up the ladder. No, sorry –
    Cashiers in grocery stores make 15.00 an hour – but they paid theri dues and worked for the SAME chain for 15 years…. now get back to work.

    Laura said:
    April 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I'm a graphic designer for a sign shop and I make $15.00 per hour. I don't think flipping burgers at McDonald's compares to the experience and training I've had, and I've been doing this for almost twenty years. Sorry, but fast food service is the definition of a minimum wage job.

      Chris said:
      April 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      I completely agree. I have spent the last three years working in the Marketing field and have learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and dozens of other professional systems. There is no way that flipping burgers can be compared to the skills and knowledge we have gained in the professional workplace.

    robert said:
    April 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    $ 15.00 per union get & 6.00 what do you have ?

    Mike said:
    April 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    These people are asking for a 71.5% increase in their pay for basically no reason. Anybody reading this who thinks that a business that does this will succeed?

    To all the minimum wage earners: If you want to move up, you must demonstrate your value. No manager will ever give you a raise just because you need the money. Find out who makes the payroll decisions, prove what you are worth to that person any way you can, and ask for it and work towards it relentlessly until they can't say no anymore. If that doesn't work, time to look for a new approach (school, skills training) or a new job.

      Melissa said:
      April 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      I think that a lot of workers have demonstrated their value and apparently that hasn't worked because otherwise….. What would we be fighting for? I mean have you even watched the video? I think you need to look at it again because you have missed a lot of information. There is a different because working hard and kissing ass. I don't think that no one should kiss ass to get what they deserve.

    Chris said:
    April 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    My first job was working at a McDonald's in my home town…It wasn't until I finished college and started working on my Master's Degree that I was able to get a job in the Marketing field making more then $15/hour. Their demands are ridiculous. If you wanna make big money…go to school and learn skills so you can earn it.

      Chris said:
      April 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Furthermore, there are millions of Americans without work at all. To make this kind of demand is completely insane.

    sparks said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    $15 per hour is ludacris for a hamburger turner

    sparks said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Minimum $8.25 is even more than they deserve. How about $5 per hour or else go home.

    Steeve said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    15.25 for ding fries are done! I want what they are smoking

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 25, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      You probably don’t want what they are smoking At 8.25 an hour they don’t have the dank, they got the schwag!

    Jake said:
    April 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    In chicago with the high a## taxes $15.00 is min wage in my opinion. 15 per hour doesn't have the same purchasing power it had 20 yrs ago. 15 is the new 7.50.

    Brian said:
    April 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Want to make that type of money, learn a skill besides being a cashier or a fry cook. Sorry to say, your skill set does not warrant you to make $15 dollars an hour. Try working a second job to make ends meet and get back to school and learn the skill set that will get you a job that will pay you that much or more!

    318mopar said:
    April 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    $15 an hour, is going to price them selves out of a job and into the unemployment lines.

    318mopar said:
    April 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    This must be the same union that killed twinkies.

      Esco said:
      April 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      I bet most of the ex-Hostess employees are making much less at their new jobs now a^^uming they landed one.

    cognitionemission said:
    April 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    These monkeys could be replaced by machines if need be – they are lucky to have ANY job.

    Mark D. said:
    July 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Ridiculous! They are asking for a huge pay increase, which isn't deserved in comparison with the rest of the workforce in this country. McDonald's is an ENTRY LEVEL job people. I heard a 22 year old girl complain today that she can't live on her own while working at McDonald's — no kidding! You're 22 YEARS OLD! You are basically NEW to the workforce. You don't deserve $15 dollars an hour for a job working at a fast food restaurant! This is how it works — you either go to school WHILE you work a minimum pay job, OR you work your way up the ladder (like the rest of us) and obtain a Management or Corporate position. What the heck is wrong with these people? The Chicago school teachers should be a perfect example. Sure they got their rase — then they closed schools; laid off workers; and laid off workers again! Do you see how this works?

      A rational American said:
      October 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I agree with the last commenter. If you want 15 hr, get a job that pays better. If we paid 21hr minimum wage, that would not solve the problem because they would need to inflate everyone else to keep the standard. Then a loaf of bread would cost 10 dollars or a gallon of milk 15 dollars. It a ripple effect. Look at inflation over. The last 100 years.

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