Thursday, March 09, 2017

Kansas City Dead Tree Media Demands $15 Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

The latest editorial screed from the newspaper offers a familiar refrain amid today's showdown . . . Checkit: Editorial: Kansas City Council should boost workers, raise the minimum wage

17 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You can tell none of these editorial board scribes have likely ever started and owned any kind of business.

Anonymous said...

Well of course not. Like all writers who think they know everything or more then anyone else they are all basiclly clueless idiots!

Anonymous said...

Datz why cut and pazte iz zo valuable! Don' need to take rezponzibility for anything!

Anonymous said...

So does EVERYONE who works at the Star make $15 an hour? And I mean everybody that does any work there!

Anonymous said...

the local newspaper has no value added.

this is one example of taking a stand that is neither insightful nor courageous.

looking for commonweal-improving good government comment? not there. missing in action.

Anonymous said...

The right bribes and it could get full council support.

Anonymous said...

In a metro like KC's, where over 84% of the population doesn't live in KCMO, raising the minimum wage in that one city would be a disaster for small businesses which have the misfortune of being located there.
There would be literally thousands of less expensive options for customers all around.
And the City of St Louis has the same issue.
It will be interesting to see how their minimum wage experiment actually works out for their local small businesses.
But it's always easy for politicos and pundits to give away other people's money.
And it's sad to see what passes for local leadership regularly is nothing more than running to the head of the mob and making believe the crowd is following.

Anonymous said...

The KC Star: flailing around irrelevantly. When it has the meager courage to feebly venture an opinion, it's completely wrong.

Anonymous said...

Very many entry level full -time managers working fast food get around $15 along with everything from standard to paltry perks in this region. Also, 50+ hours per week isn't unusual. Ten years in, the gig often gets better at the RIGHT TIME AND PLACE.

So, if the part-time managers, cooks, cashiers, cleaners, and such get $15, those FT entry mgrs should be paid $25 (or more).

NOW, IF THE $15 FANTASY GOES REAL, HELLOOOOOOO TOTO!!!!!! WE'Z CLICKING HEELS, HEADING TO KANSAS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! I wouldn't have known otherwise since I haven't read the Red Star for a long time due to this kind of garbage.

Anonymous said...

PHOTO CAPTION

Hmm. Steak or Pork Chops? Hmm. Good brown gravy. Mmmm. Side of chili or cheesy soup? Hmmm. Who are these people in here and why am I not being fed? Hmmm. Steak or pork chops...(repeat)

Anonymous said...

Delete any comments you need to make it look like everyone else is a nutball too....

Phil Cardarella said...

The proposed increase in KC's minimum wage is gradual, so that businesses can adjust. If your business is going to go bust over $1-200 a week more for your employees, you are headed that way anyway.

Higher wages HELP the economy. When Henry Ford was criticized for paying his employees too much, he famously told his critics that it did no good to manufacture cars unless people could afford to BUY cars!

How much ground has been lost by the American worker? To match the buying power of 1960's minimum hourly wage, ours would have to be $20+!

Anonymous said...

Let raise the wages and send the bill to KC Star.
Put your money where your ass is.

Anonymous said...

Trump will get adult jobs going again, so adults will not expect livable wages from a child's job.

Anonymous said...

Phil @2:03, really? There's some wide variables from business to business, and your math is too simplistic. Income to expense ratios weekly that rise or fall a few hundred bucks either way is hurray or hurt for a good number of diners, dives, and franchised start-ups already saddled with a heavy enough debt load.

For comparison, think young law partner with fat monthly law school loan payments (franchise fees), a hefty office lease (restaurant building lease), an average mortgage (loan for food/supplies) a truck loan (attorney retainer fees), a car loan (tax accountant fees), and a non wage earning spouse(unemployment/work comp fees), with twins (advertising), and a preschooler(insurance). Mr. or Ms. LawWiz must get accounts received each month high enough to not only cover the expenses, but ideally to build reserves through sensible savings/investments. Those rainy day funds may help avoid crushing credit card messes. Sick kids (broken deep fryer), truck repairs (walk in refrig bites the dust), or any of so many possible setbacks costing a co-pay deductible.

If the metro golden arches single franchisee owner on average, does well to net 70-80K/yr, a $200. added expense PER WEEK X 52 weeks = $10,400/yr!!! O.U.C.H.!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, and most food service owners work 60 to 70 hours a week the first few years, or intermittently that much when economic forces apply...sales slumps, labor shortages, etc.