Back in December I warned fast food workers seeking to unionize and demand a “living wage” that they were asking for trouble. If wages and benefits reach the levels which were being demanded, does anyone really think these restaurants will continue to hire the same kinds of people they currently employ: low skill, low education, low experience? I seriously doubt it, not if they’re paying $15/hour, full-time, full benefits anyway. If they think they have it rough at minimum wage, just wait until they’re passed over for more experienced and educated workers. If it were to suddenly cost more than 2 times as much to hire someone (when you include the benefits) the number of job positions will be greatly reduced. The restaurant’s management would now be far more selective in their hiring, they won’t have to hire just anyone. There will be far fewer jobs available, and the candidate field will be exponentially more competitive.
Well, it turns out that the President’s economic policies have beat the Unions to the punch. The economy is so bad, and so many people are clamoring for work, one McDonald’s restaurant is upping the ante.
(Washington Examiner) — With colleges producing more graduates, and youth unemployment at a sky-high 11.5 percent, even landing a job selling Big Macs is getting competitive.
Consider: A job opening at a Massachusetts McDonald’s for a full-time cashier requires one to two years experience and a bachelor’s degree.
“Get a weekly paycheck with a side order of food, folks and fun,” offered McDonalds.
It is unclear if the fast-food restaurant really wants that kind of experience or is fishing for the highest qualified. The website for the Winchedon, Mass. McDonald’s also lists jobs in Spanish.
Youth advocates said the ad is proof of how bad the employment situation is for kids. “Sadly we’ve taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense competition for just about any job. Combine that with government meddling in the student loan market that has artificially inflated the cost of higher education and young people are getting screwed over even worse than the country overall,” said Evan Feinberg, president of the Washington-based youth advocacy group Generation Opportunity.
The fast food workers have not relented in their demands for higher wages either. Hopefully they will wake up to the dire jobs situation in this country and not look a gift horse in the mouth.
(NBC) — On Thursday, fast-food workers staged walkouts at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and other restaurants in New York City to call attention to their plight.
“It’s not enough,” Elba Godoy, a crew member at a McDonald’s just a few blocks from Times Square, said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, which helps support her extended family of seven. “They don’t like [that we’re out here], but we have to do it. We cannot survive on $7.25.”
Godoy and her colleagues are seeking a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. The walkout is part of a national movement by low-wage workers to raise wages and gain rights.
In a statement, McDonald’s said the company and its franchises “work hard every day to treat McDonald’s employees with dignity and respect. Employees are paid competitive wages and have access to a range of benefits to meet their individual needs.”
“In addition,” the company said, “employees who want to go from crew to management can take advantage of a variety of training and professional development opportunities.”
Michael Saltsman, research director at the free market-leaning Employment Policies Institute, says that by demanding $15 an hour, these employees are hastening their own demise.
“The workers aren’t in a fight with management,” he said, “they’re in a fight with technology.” At some point, he said, “the cost of service is going to get trumped by the customers’ demand for lower prices,” and people will be replaced by less expensive machines, like a burger-making robot being marketed by a San Francisco company.