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Why do fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour?

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Fighting about $15

These types of jobs are considered entry level and were traditionally filled by high school and college kids (“Fifteen and life: Fast food strikers and protesters gather on I-Drive to demand a living wage,” Sept. 4). I worked retail at a minimum-wage level in school. However, I grew up and had the ambition to get ahead and advance my career. These people are not very ambitious and want a handout.
William Tillman, viaorlandoweekly.com

If you look at the history of minimum wage and the costs of goods needed in order to live, a blind man can see that wages have not kept pace with the cost of living. In the ’80s when minimum wage was hovering at a little more than $3 an hour, bread was 50 cents a loaf. You could work for 15 minutes to buy a loaf of bread. Minimum wage is now hovering between $7.75 and $8 an hour (Florida being $7.93 an hour) and a loaf of bread is $3 to $4 a loaf. It takes a worker more time to purchase that same loaf of bread. Housing costs have tripled with wages only doubling. Insurance costs have skyrocketed. In the early ’90s I paid less than $10 a week for health insurance. Costs are now over $50 a week and even more for a single worker.

And when these workers are forced into receiving food stamps, people want to scream and holler about handouts. Pay people a livable wage and less people will be getting “handouts.”
Fightingfor Mychild, viaorlandoweekly.com

Look at most of the people in fast food restaurants you visit. Many of us (I say us because I earn only $10 an hour in a challenging customer-service job for a company that hasn’t given its employees a raise in over five years) were priced out of college. I dropped out when I couldn’t afford tuition and books. Many of these people are doing the best they can. We have families to support. We deserve to be valued.
Underpaid & Overworked, viaorlandoweekly.com

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