The Next Time Someone Complains About Fast Food Workers Making $15/Hr, Show Them This|
Facebook comment goes viral after man unfriends $15/hr hater
The next time one of your Facebook “friends” makes a disparaging post about the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, send them this article.
Recently, someone posted a meme appearing to make fun of fast food workers demanding $15 an hour. A commenter named David responded by completely dismantling their argument, from both a factual and moral standpoint.
“Guess what, the minimum wage is SUPPOSED to be a living wage,” David responded. “Anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to provide a good home for themselves and their family.”
David also took apart the conventional argument that fast food jobs aren’t as “important” as 9-5 office jobs.
“You think being able to write a pivot table in Excel is important? It isn’t. Not really,” David said. “You know what’s more important? Being able to grow a crop and bring it to market. Without that skill, we all starve. You know what else is important? Good plumbing. Without good plumbing, we die of cholera and typhus. You know what else is important? People in service industries — because they make it possible for you to have a clean room in the hotel, a meal served to you in a restaurant, a ride to the airport, and all the thousands of little chores you take for granted.”
“They are not your flunkies, they are not your slaves, they are not your servants — they are your partners in a technological civilization,” David added. “They make it possible for you to live inside your pampered white bubble, isolated from the daily chores of existence.”
David is correct that $15 an hour would be more of a living wage than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. But even that is just a bare minimum of what an American worker would require to live in dignified conditions. Assuming someone making $15 an hour is working 40 hours a week, that would amount to $31,200 a year before taxes. And according to a 2014 report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, even that makes a 2-bedroom apartment unaffordable pretty much anywhere in the country. The NLIHC’s data found that on average, someone would need to be making around $19 an hour ($39,520 before taxes) to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in the US. In fact, had the federal minimum wage kept up with worker productivity, it would currently be $21.72 an hour.
“The only thing you are required to say to that burger flipper or that counter clerk is simply, ‘Thanks!’ and mean it!” David said at the end of his comment. “Telling them that you disapprove of their life choices is not an item on the McMenu. And if it were — you couldn’t afford it.”