Fast Food Strike: The Real Story
Fast food workers in more than 100 American cities are on strike this week – demanding the federal minimum wage be more than doubled from its current level of $7.25. They’re also demanding the right to unionize.
Seriously … this is happening. In fact it happened once already this year back in August when more than sixty cities participated.
This website has made its contempt for organized labor abundantly clear – and we relish that its pernicious influence has been all but purged from the private sector.
But that’s not the real story here …
The real story is the reason behind the strike – that a bunch of bitter (that was Barack Obama’s word, right?) middle aged workers have been forced into fast food positions thanks to the lack of better jobs in our “recovered” economy.
According to a 2013 report from the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a whopping 36.4 percent of fast food workers are between the ages of 25-54. Meanwhile 30.7 percent are between the ages of 20-24.
Only 30 percent are teenagers.
Seriously … remember those numbers when you hear the next round of “good news” from the U.S. Department of Labor later this week.
Government interventionists (like those at CEPR) believe the growing number of older fast food workers demonstrates the need for an increase in the minimum wage. We disagree … we believe it demonstrates the need for an increase in market freedom and a decrease in government interference in the economy.
Only when government stops trying to run the economy (and stops siphoning off its lifeblood to fund its unsustainable growth) will we solve the root problem of the fast food strike.
Fast food jobs are for pimply faced teenagers looking to raise money for Spring Break … they were never intended to serve as full-time careers. And efforts by government to turn them into such are only going to send fast food prices even further through the roof.
Oh … and if you want our thoughts on the minimum wage, we believe it should be completely abolished.