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  • superman Aug 30, 6:34 p.m.

    My heart really goes out to those people. I worked two jobs 60 hours a week for 20 years. One job I worked from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and the second job 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and worked every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. My house is paid for, 3 cars paid for, no credit card debt, dont owe anyone anything and have lots of money in the bank. It didnt happen cause I was standing around complaining about my salary.

  • ConservativeVoter Aug 30, 3:44 p.m.

    ""It's a billion-dollar industry, and they can pay us what we're worth," said Tenesha Hueston, a shift manager at a Burger King in New Bern"

    It's a billion-dollar industry with very small margins and a very small profit margin.

    Paying the fast food workers $15 an hour for a job that requires no education and no skills will result in $10 cheeseburgers and $5 french fries.

    Fast food sales will drop considerably resulting in a large percentage of $15 per hour fast food workers being laid off.

    The fast food industry will be the latest victim killed by unions.

  • ConservativeVoter Aug 30, 3:38 p.m.

    Fast food workers need to be careful in wanting to unionize.

    Unions don't have a good track record.

    Unions have caused all of the airlines to enter bankruptcy at least once.

    Unions destroyed Chrysler and GM forcing a government bailout.

    Unions destroyed Hostess forcing Hostess to shutdown.

    Unions will destroy fast food as well. Nobody is going to buy a $10 cheeseburger and $5 fries so that McDonalds can pay someone with zero skills and most likely no highschool diploma $15 an hour.

  • Me again Aug 30, 3:17 p.m.

    "It's a billion-dollar industry, and they can pay us what we're worth," said Tenesha Hueston, a shift manager at a Burger King in New Bern

    YOU ARE BEING PAID WHAT THE JOB IS WORTH. YOU WANT $15/HR...GO GET A JOB THAT PAYS THAT.

  • buster102007 Aug 30, 2:44 p.m.

    LOL - My comment yesterday was up all night because there was nothing wrong with it, but it must have hurt someones feelings because it is not up anymore. What I said was I was making $400 a day detailing cars at 18. this was 20 years ago. Stop looking for handouts and go get a job doing construction or start your own business cutting grass and cleaning gutters. You are unmotivated therefore you do not want to do hard work. You will never get $15 per hour in fast food, but you might make it to where you do not have a job if you walk out again!!! I would have fired every single one of you and held a job fair for the people that want to work.

  • glarg Aug 30, 2:07 p.m.

    The head line should be:

    .001% Fast-food workers walk out for more pay

    What does it say for these people that they have been working somewhere for 10+ years and are making minimum wage? They must really stink as workers.

  • tran Aug 30, 1:05 p.m.

    Some of these comments are just breathtaking.

    "There is a good paying job for everyone with an education and if everyone has an education they will be well-paid regardless of the job market."

    Wow. Haven't been keeping up with current trends, have we?

    "Go ahead. Try to form a union. Does the words "Hostess" and "Merita Bread" sound familiar?"

    Hostess, eh? They went through 6 CEOs and 2 bankruptcies in the past decade. They went on a buying spree, bought a load of their own stock and went in debt to do it. Then they laid off half their people. At each step along the way, the unions took big concessions. During the second bankruptcy, Hostess promised to modernize their plants. Instead, they lined the pockets of the CEOs and board. The union realized the company was being run into the ground and dug in. In a brilliant public relations coup, Hostess management publicly blamed union intransigence for the failure of the company.

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 30, 11:48 a.m.

    If anyone in the fast food industry needs a raise, it's wait staff. Their minimum has not increased since I worked as a waitress as a teenager *30 years ago*!!! To my knowledge it is still $2.13 an hour.

  • Smilepal Aug 30, 11:15 a.m.

    I worked fast food for a starting pay of $4.25 I was making around $7 when I left. A family member worked for over 15 yrs. and never made up to $9/hrs. When min. wage went up the long time employee's pay did not reflect a raise, therefore the newby now made nearly what you did. Not all fast food places are the same. Some owner do care for the workers, but this is not so, in many. Salary managers work long hours. Staff is cut to save money and employees are expected to do the work of two. I do understand the trial of a fast food employee, however, I can't say that I believe $15 an hour is reasonable. As a nurse years ago I started out around $13/hr. I don't know what a reasonable salary is for fast food. Fast food owners have to pay for overhead and make enough profit to thrive and build while providing there product at a reasonable price. Finally,I don't agree with the idea "I don't get paid enough to work hard." Poor work ethics are destroying our country. Laziness is destructive.

  • jwjsdj Aug 30, 11:12 a.m.

    Fast Food, PAY..Earn it, It's Not an Entitlement..90%+ of them Barely Do Much, than Standing Around, Or Pick and Choose when to Work (Correctly)or Who'll they Decide to Wait On!! Raises Are EARNED. Most have Pasts that dont Allowed them to get a Better Job, Due to Choices Made Prior. And Lucky to have a Decent Job in Fast Foods. I used to Work McD's Many Years ago. Even Then, "IF" you ARE a Good Worker, You Get More Hours and Raises... Mostly Those Whining are Your Sub-Par workers that Do JUST Enough to get By..

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 30, 10:51 a.m.

    I agree with others; fast food jobs were never meant to be life time careers.

    You are supposed to learn skills such as time management and how to deal with the public among other things. You then take those skills and move *up*, if not where you are currently, then elsewhere.

    That being said, some people have been laid off from the better jobs and are taking what is available. I applaud those folks. Those who have not attempted to better themselves I do not understand. They apparently have no ambition and want to be rewarded for that with almost double their current pay. Considering that any high school kid can do their job, they do not deserve that much money.

    If your current job isn't giving you enough hours or money, I suggest that you do what many others are doing without complaint---find a *second* job.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Aug 30, 10:21 a.m.

    I'll be glad to take their job, I already work full time but need a weekend job!

  • cristm170 Aug 30, 10:20 a.m.

    I am truly sorry that the workers in the fast food industry feel they are grossly under paid. As with most American employees, we all feel we are, mistreated by our employers, but I must disagree with your analogy of the pay scale for this industry. The reason the fast food industry is paid in the bottom portion of the minimum wage scale is because of the degree of skill that is required for these types of jobs. This industry requires zero advanced skills. The industry will hire people with or without a high school diploma, people with or without criminal records, people with or without a driver license. The concept of preparing, packing, and selling the food requires nothing more a person who alive and able to stand. If you want a better paying job, get a better education or a set of job skills that is marketable. When you can perform a task or function that other people cannot, such as weld, construction framing, or surgeon, then you can demand better pay.

  • ecu4me2 Aug 30, 9:53 a.m.

    This administration will look after them if they are fired....

  • ConservativeVoter Aug 30, 9:17 a.m.

    I and several people I know will boycott fast food if they get $15 an hour.

    We're not going to pay $10 for a McDonalds Cheeseburger.

  • ConservativeVoter Aug 30, 9:16 a.m.

    If they walk out, fire them.

    It's a job that requires zero skills and education.

    There are a lot of unemployed who would love to have a job flipping burgers.

  • pat7 Aug 30, 8:56 a.m.

    Better yourself by getting a better job. Not by trying to force a market to pay you more because you think your owed it.Because it never works

  • bugleyjeep83 Aug 30, 8:09 a.m.

    $15/hr? Seriously? For flipping burgers and cooking fries?? I save peoples lives for a living and I don't make $15/hr.....

  • Pseudonym Aug 29, 7:58 p.m.

    I know a lot of people who will quit IBM and go to Burger King if the $15/hr wage becomes standard.

  • Tax Man Aug 29, 7:38 p.m.

    Actually went to the McDonalds on US 15-501 in Durham at The Tower and did not see any protests...But it still cost me $7 for lunch and I got just a fish sandwich fries and a drink. That is pretty steep for lunch. Imagine if they were to double the pay would they have to increase the price of the food??? I would just have to make my lunch at home and take it to work. Have done that before and it costs me about $2 for a nice ham/cheese sandwich and a drink. If these folks are not happy with their pay why don't they go to work doing something that pays more - like become a nurse or an electrician or fix cars or program computers - none of those require a college degree - mostly a 6 month Junior College program that costs less than $1,000! And the jobs are there. You can get the money for the school free from the state DES while you are unemployed and also get your unemployment! Wise up and learn a trade then you can hone your skills and make a living.

  • CraftyMo Aug 29, 7:32 p.m.

    Hmmm...if all these single mom's get the $20 an hour they seek they would no longer need Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps, Medicaid, after school care or a myriad of resources they are receiving at the present.

    Maybe it would free up some tax money to actually go to paying teacher's the $40 an hour or more they should be receiving. Better teachers = better schools = better future for the children.

    I'll take mine with no pickles please...

  • GovernmentMule Aug 29, 7:30 p.m.

    "Wow, suddenly everyone thinks they're master economists now.

    Higher wages will benefit the industry and consumers. The industry's production costs are not going up - they'll be encouraged to streamline in other ways instead of sticking it to their employees. Consumers will benefit from happier, healthier employees and will want to purchase from better companies." - Mon Account

    Wow... One thing is clear... you're no economist. Things may work the way you say out at The Unicorn Farm, but here in Realityville it doesn't work that way. Drastically higher wages WILL require drastic changes, including staffing reductions and higher prices... neither or which are good for employees or consumers.

  • mfarmer1 Aug 29, 7:28 p.m.

    dang a hamburger with all the fixings is already over $5, I would not want to buy it at $10

  • f6rider Aug 29, 7:28 p.m.

    This is a work at will state, they could be let go for walking off the job. No Unemployment because they chose to leave. Their are not in a union and they are not protected, replace every one of them, hire some of the folks out there who want to work most would be happy to have 8.50 per hour to be working!

  • GovernmentMule Aug 29, 7:24 p.m.

    "Y'all would be complaining if the workers weren't working. Y'all say take a job, any job. This is what they have done. There is no making you people happy. What a miserable life you must live." -
    LoriBelle

    You seem to have missed the point (entirely)... The point is the value of labor. They want pay that far exceeds the actual value of their labor. THAT is the issue. Can you not see that?

  • downtowner Aug 29, 7:24 p.m.

    Amazing how the moneyed elite is able to pit working class Americans against each other all the while they do not even see that they are being robbed blind. Now that's a job that takes some skill to pull off and from the comments on this board it seems to be working.

  • CraftyMo Aug 29, 7:20 p.m.

    Not sure about other areas but in Durham most employees at a fast food restaurant act like they are doing you a favor to wait on you. I was in management with Wendy's and Burger King many years ago. The quality of employee then and now is like night and day. If employees are more productive then the stores make more money which allows for raises. Make sure the store is clean, that product is served fresh and good sales will follow. I always rewarded my employees with raises, gift cards, free meals, anything to let them know their hard work was appreciated. I didn't have a staff of lazy people like I see in most fast food places now. You have to interrupt their conversing amongst each other to get someone to take your order. As a result of such lackluster service I choose to not eat at their restaurants again. I know I am not the only customer that feels this way. It does start with Management first however who have hired and trained their staff.

  • Mon Account Aug 29, 7:19 p.m.

    Wow, suddenly everyone thinks they're master economists now.

    Higher wages will benefit the industry and consumers. The industry's production costs are not going up - they'll be encouraged to streamline in other ways instead of sticking it to their employees. Consumers will benefit from happier, healthier employees and will want to purchase from better companies.

    Although, for some reason, the masses didn't really care about WalMart. "It's my money, I'll save it where I want" without thought for the economic ecosystem.

  • Naysayer Aug 29, 7:06 p.m.

    I say, Keep their wages low. I don't want the dollar menu to become a 5 dollar menu.

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 29, 7:02 p.m.

    Y'all would be complaining if the workers weren't working. Y'all say take a job, any job. This is what they have done. There is no making you people happy. What a miserable life you must live.
    LoriBelle

    Really??

    Yes, people need to have a job. I'm glad they are working.

    BUT what makes you or anyone else think that their pay should automatically almost double overnight?? Their skills are skills that a high school kid has. Most jobs pay you for your knowledge. Fast food joint jobs don't require a lot of knowledge so you don't get paid a lot.

    It's that simple.

  • LoriBelle Aug 29, 7:00 p.m.

    These people do not know the Unions will be the ones making all the money $15 is way more than I make at my job of 34 years

    maybelle

    If you're not making $15/hr after 34 years, the business owner is taking advantage. Sad that you don't see it. Open your eyes.

  • LoriBelle Aug 29, 6:55 p.m.

    Y'all would be complaining if the workers weren't working. Y'all say take a job, any job. This is what they have done. There is no making you people happy. What a miserable life you must live.

  • C6-YA Aug 29, 6:51 p.m.

    I hope their bosses dock all they pay while they are "on strike". Then they'll see what it's like without!

  • sbr1963 Aug 29, 6:40 p.m.

    If they start paying their employees this ridiculous wage, you know they will have to raise their prices. If they raise their prices, I won't be eating there (I try to rarely anyhow). No business, no profit, no profit, no jobs.

  • liveurownlifepeople Aug 29, 6:37 p.m.

    Unrealistic expectations... It would shutter the entire US economy to its core be cause the people at other, higher level jobs that currently make between $12 and $15 per hour would demand more, so on and so forth resulting in Millions and Millions of job losses as well as tens of thousands of smaller companies to close, Drive prices up across every sector of the US . You can't simply double plus plus the salary of 7 to 10 million people overnight (all people in food industry chain) without a rebellion from the price increases from the population including the complaining of the very people asking for there salaries to be doubled. I know everyone else that started at one place income wise and worked hard and are now making $15 an hour would appreciate in one fail swoop to have others that didn't put years getting it simply handed to them.

  • kidsrn Aug 29, 6:37 p.m.

    Starting out, most RN's in this area barely hit the $20/hour mark. When I re-entered the workforce 8 years ago and was hired at a very well known, prestigious university hospital, my starting rate was $22/hr. And only that much because I had 15 years experience under my belt. Granted, that was in 2005, but still -- $15/hr to flip burgers v. $20/hr to know how to save someone's life???

    IMHO, cops/firefighters/emergency responders need a hefty raise before fast food employees.

    So let's say that this miraculous pay raise happens. The employer now having to pay nearly double what he was paying his workers will raise the prices of the menu items to offset that increased cost. Will I pay $8 for a McDonald's burger? No sir. So fewer people purchase the fast food, sales go down, workers are laid off. Seems convoluted to me.

    I am surprised by those who consider working in non-managerial positions at a fast food place their career. Really? You aspire to a lifetime of flipping burgers??

  • lwe1967 Aug 29, 6:34 p.m.

    I know that they need more to live, but can you afford a $10.00 quarter pounder with cheese. We need for prices to go down instead of up.

  • glarg Aug 29, 6:32 p.m.

    "Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers staged walkouts "

    LOL- more fake astroturfing.

    There looked to be about 8 people protesting in Durham. That gets your a reporter assigned to your story? Come on.....

    Here is the problem- these are starter jobs. You are supposed to move on. If Tenesha Hueston still is in the same job after 16 years she isnt very good and will lose her position to a highschool kid who has more hustle.

    The kid would have moved on to better things and let Tenesha Hueston keep her job but hey the $15 will keep him there.

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 29, 6:16 p.m.

    If they get $15 an hour, nursing assistants will be leaving their jobs. So much for any help in the hospitals and nursing homes! Working a fast food joint is a LOT easier than cleaning up waste products, vomit, snot, and everything else that they do!

  • godsholypoet Aug 29, 6:15 p.m.

    If they get 15.00 an hour we will lose all our cops and teachers!
    theendoftheroad.

    And bus drivers and cafeteria staff

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 29, 6:11 p.m.

    There is a BIG difference in the responsibilities of a CEO and a local burger flipper.

    Just saying.

  • jgilchr Aug 29, 6:11 p.m.

    "So instead of whining, work hard enough to become a CEO!"

    LOL well I am not a fast food worker for one. Secondly hard work doesn't equate to reaching the level of a CEO for the vast majority people. People who give it their all that is. On the opposite end there are plenty of people who born into money that never have to work a day in their lives.

  • theendoftheroad Aug 29, 6:09 p.m.

    If they get 15.00 an hour we will lose all our cops and teachers!

  • yankee1 Aug 29, 6:03 p.m.

    The McDonald's CEO said to raise wages would mean price increases. His own pay rose from 4.1 million to 13.8 million in 1 year....jgilchr

    So instead of whining, work hard enough to become a CEO!

  • 5Rs Aug 29, 6:00 p.m.

    "If minimum wage kept up with inflation (like it used to pre-Reagan) it would be around $15 an hour" - jgilcr

    Lot of untruth in that. In the 1950's when minimum wage was .50, the average yearly wage was around $3,000.
    Since the average wage now is around $40,000, that would equate to $6 - $7 now for the minimum wage. Reagan had nothing to do with that.

  • yankee1 Aug 29, 6:00 p.m.

    From the posted comments it appears as though the majority of the public might have finally had enough of this entitlement mentality brought to us by Obama and the Democrats. We'll see! It's way beyond time to take the trash out of our political system and take the country back to sanity!

  • TOMMYG Aug 29, 5:47 p.m.

    If fast food workers get the increase in hourly rate they want, NC teachers may seek the jobs to improve their income.

  • SteelThis Aug 29, 5:46 p.m.

    53% of mcdonalds works HAVE a college degree

    Can you please cite your resource on this? I find it very hard to believe.

  • pilgrimmik Aug 29, 5:42 p.m.

    If you don't like the pay, find or work for a better job.

  • jgilchr Aug 29, 5:40 p.m.

    If minimum wage kept up with inflation (like it used to pre-Reagan) it would be around $15 an hour. The McDonald's CEO said to raise wages would mean price increases. His own pay rose from 4.1 million to 13.8 million in 1 year.

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