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Low-wage workers stage one-day strike for more money

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From New York to California,  fast-food workers around the country are protesting Thursday, demanding a living wage.

Here in Chicago workers say the City Council's vote to increase the minimum wage to $13/hour by 2019 isn't enough to support their families.

They're demanding a minimum wage of $15/hour now.

The protesters include fast food workers, busboys, retail clerks, gas station attendants and maids.

Business owners say minimum-wage jobs were never meant to become lifetime careers; and they warn that without dramatically higher revenues, the higher minimum wage will force them to cut jobs.

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3 comments

  • Chris

    My first job was working at McDonald’s in high school. From the very beginning, my parents told me that I needed to get this job so I would understand how to make money and motivate myself to get educated and progress in the business world if I wanted to enjoy a comfortable life. Two Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, and a Post-Graduate Certificate later…I am at a point in my career where I can start thinking about family and making big purchasing decisions.

    Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be lifelong careers. When I was first starting out in my industry and only made around $8/hour, I learned that I have to live within my means while I work hard to achieve more. It seems to me that this drive to succeed just doesn’t live within these people. I understand that that everyone has their own circumstances, but it is time for them to take personal responsibility for where they are in their careers. If you only have the skills to work in McDonald’s then maybe you shouldn’t have 5+ children. It feels like these workers want to live the lifestyle of someone who makes more money without having to work for it. There are tons of public assistance grants out there for people to get educated and better themselves.

    There are some professions where you do not even need a full college degree – just some certifications and they pay way more than minimum wage. Dental Hygienists, Web Developers, and Paralegal Assistants are just three examples of this.

    The bottom line is that people need to take responsibility for their own lives and stop insisting that everyone carries their burden when it is you that should take control of your own future.

  • Lashonda joness

    They demand more money. But dont provide quality service to dictate a high pay. Mcd Walmart Taco Bell are not meant to be a job to support a family. I started working at 16 making 3.35 an hour and worked my tail off to buy a home. And have a family. Only after knowing I can take care if myself. The minimum wage workers. Need to learn to live within there means if you making 10.00 an hour don’t have a baby

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