A Living Wage? Your Bad Life is Not Your Employer’s Fault (but It Might Be Yours)

Gee, I think I should make $100 an hour… just because I think I should. Does it matter whether my work produces that kind of economic value? Heck, of course not! Just like it doesn’t for these whiners.

From Associated Press: “Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands.”

About 1,300 workers are scheduled to attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever it takes” to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests.

“We want to talk about building leadership, power and doing whatever it takes depending on what city they’re in and what the moment calls for,” said Fells, adding that the ramped-up actions will be “more high profile” and could include everything from civil disobedience to intensified efforts to organize workers.

“I personally think we need to get more workers involved and shut these businesses down until they listen to us,” perhaps even by occupying the restaurants, said Cherri Delisline, a 27-year-old single mother from Charleston, South Carolina, who has worked at McDonald’s for 10 years and makes $7.35 an hour.

Delisline said she and her four girls live with her mother, but the family still has difficulty paying utilities and the mortgage while providing for her children. She said she has not been to a doctor in two years and does not get paid if she stays home sick.

“To have a livable wage, it’s going to need to be $15 an hour,” said Delisline. “We make the owners enough money that they have houses and cars and their kids are taken care of. Why don’t (they) make sure I can be able to do the same for my kids and my family?”

Look, I’m sorry your living conditions are beneath what you believe they should be. I read these stories about women working at McDonald’s with four children and my question is: Where’s your husband? Oh… not married, eh? Where did those four kids come from? Who is the father? Or, more likely, who are the fathers? Here’s a thought: No ring, no fling! No responsibility, no way!

You’ve made a tractor-trailer load of foolish, selfish, harmful choices and now it’s your employer’s fault you’re in a mess, and that no one you know cares enough to freely help you out? Um, no… Rewarding stupidity is not smart, or we’ll have more stupid people than we know what to do with, in addition to those in Congress.

Your situation should have no impact on your wages. The question is: What are your skills valued at by people who freely part with their own money to pay you? If that’s not enough in your eyes, then quit watching reality TV and improve your value–learn skills, invest in yourself. You’re making $7.35 because that’s apparently the most anyone gets from your service right now.

Yes, of course there are cases where the hardship is authentically the result of someone else who sinned against you. You’ll find there’s a lot of compassion in this country for those who’ve gotten a raw deal like that. But that’s clearly not the case for the vast majority of those trumpeting this cause.

One more time: Quit whining, drop the extortion attempts, don’t even think of traveling to attend a union meeting, and become more valuable. Oh, and if you won’t do that… just shut up and deal with the reality you’ve created for yourself.

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