I don't think anyone is judging where a person works. K_Bonita brings up a valid point. A high school drop-out could do work in fast food. Now, I'm not knocking high school drop-outs because they are capable of working hard, and hard work should count for something. Fast food isn't something that requires any special prior knowledge or experience. One could walk in one day after completing a day of high school, apply, and come in the next day to start. No prerequisites there. But if one pays for college and completes college, they are working toward a career. I think that depending on the career field, the pay rate should be considerably more for them. My step-dad worked as a "lowly" fixer for hosiery machines from the age of 17 on up. He didn't even finish high school, and he's one of the most brilliant people I know. He decided in his 40s to look for something which paid better. He found it at a company run by Japanese businessmen. It was the same line of work, only it paid MUCH more. He stayed with the company for years, until they stopped doing hosiery. He had to go back to work for a company which paid less - one where he'd worked before. They offered him much more than they had paid before, but not nearly as much as the Japanese company. He wasn't getting paid what he was worth, but he did what he had to do to take care of himself and his family. There's no shame at all in working any job, as long as you are there every day, doing your best. It's called work ethic. Many fast food employees don't work as hard as they could. I'm not saying all of them, but many don't. I worked in fast food, and I wasn't ashamed when I did. I saw many of my coworkers goof off daily. As a customer, I've seen employees goof off. I don't think unionization in this case is good, because it offers a blanket of protection for the ones who aren't actually, you know, working hard. I have tremendous respect for people who go out every day and work as hard as possible to earn their money. This means anyone who works hard, college educated or not. Playing devil's advocate here, but do you think that maybe earning less money would be a big motivator for fast food employees to look for something which pays more? I worked fast food as a stepping stone - you have to have a job to get a job (it's easier to get a job you want, if you already have a job). The economy is bad, jobs are harder to come by, but demanding that everyone who works fast food get that amount of money is more than a little much. I do think that for the employees who work hard, there should be an increase in their salaries, but not up to $15 an hour. I know people who work much more difficult jobs who don't make nearly that amount.
Says who? If the market dictates it, it's the exact amount. Just like when someone thinks an NFL Quarterback makes too much money. They make what the market dictates.
At one time working in a fast food restaurant was just a job to have when someone is just starting out. It would be stepping stone to gain valuable work experience.
But, increasingly, it's becoming a job that people are using to try and raise a family.
Edited by -Mr_Fess-, 08 December 2012 - 08:21 PM.