How much money do you need to make to live comfortably? Not paycheck-to-paycheck, but to live a comfortable life with your family. A life where you're able to pay your bills, buy the groceries, fill up your gas tank, and maybe have some left over to save or buy something special. What's your magic number? Well, for a majority of fast-food workers earning minimum wage, that number is $15/hour.
On Thursday, August 29th, organizations such as Fast Food Forward, D-15, and Flint-15, are calling for a national day of strikes. Representing fast-food and retail workers, they believe that $15/hour is a livable wage. With the cost of living rising on all fronts as their defense, they don't see why their request is too much to ask. Not only that, others wonder why the multi-billion dollar fast-food giants they work for would have any problem raising hourly pay - it's not like they can't afford it.
But something else comes into question here. Is a fast-food job worth $15/hour? Who decides how much to value one job over another? Supporters of the strike do not take a college education into account while their opposition does. This is where one job in our society today is seen as more valuable than another. What are the requirements? Do you fulfill those requirements? Is it fair for someone who didn't get a college education to get paid a college education salary? These are all valid questions to ask.
What do you think?