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Old 05-21-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Protesters Arrested Outside McDonald's Building

Down the street from Hamburger University, dozens of police officers in riot gear warned protesters that they would be arrested if they didn't disperse. Demonstrators lined up to cross a barricade, after which they were arrested and their wrists tied in the plastic restraints. Among those arrested was Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which has more than 2 million members.

 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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And the controversy .. is?
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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Good.
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:43 PM
 
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And the controversy .. is?
Wage debate and labor issues.


I'm against raising the min wage in most cases just because it could hurt business. I am however for coming up with some system to encourage profitable corporations to pay their employees better.


Ex. A tax incentive could be provided for companies that pay their employees a certain percentage of total revenues. The money that would be given to the employees would cycle right back into the economy helping other businesses.
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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I'm against raising the min wage in most cases just because it could hurt business. I am however for coming up with some system to encourage profitable corporations to pay their employees better.
So, are you willing to pay a $1 more for a Big Mac, or an Egg McMuffin or 50 cents additional for fries or a soft drink or coffee ... at McDonalds and the other fast food restaurants? Willing to pay 75 cents additional for that head of lettuce or pound of tomato's so that the farmworkers earn more? That's the bottom line. The retailers will pay more, if we, the consumers, pay more. As for "profitable corporations", many, a whole lot of working people have a stake in anything reducing profits ... because we're invested 401k mutual funds for retirement. The issue is like a double-edged sword.
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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The Big Mac taste good. People will pay a dollar more for sure. I don't eat it.
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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What were they protesting for, more automation?
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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What were they protesting for, more automation?
Yep and they are going to get it too!
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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So, are you willing to pay a $1 more for a Big Mac, or an Egg McMuffin or 50 cents additional for fries or a soft drink or coffee ... at McDonalds and the other fast food restaurants? Willing to pay 75 cents additional for that head of lettuce or pound of tomato's so that the farmworkers earn more? That's the bottom line. The retailers will pay more, if we, the consumers, pay more. As for "profitable corporations", many, a whole lot of working people have a stake in anything reducing profits ... because we're invested 401k mutual funds for retirement. The issue is like a double-edged sword.
Where did you get those numbers? A big mac is what, three-something? You're saying the price of a big mac will go up 30%? That sounds ridiculous. Labor costs are likely 20-25% of revenue. A thirty percent increase in price is not gonna happen.
 
Old 05-21-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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When I was younger I was about to go protest for higher wages, but I looked around me and thought; "Maybe I can do something for myself?" So I enlisted in the Marine Corps, deployed a few times, got some money for college. Worked hard, got a job that I didn't think was paying me enough so I got another degree, then a Masters degree while working full-time. Then moved my family all the way across the country and back again for "good" jobs that paid me what I though I was worth.

Or, I could go demonstrate with a bunch of other creaming harlots about "fairness".

My way worked.
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