Note to poor and middle class conservatives: You have it wrong. You should join the #FightFor15

Instead of suggesting that the fast food or retail or any other worker would be OVERPAID at 15, why aren’t EMTs, tree climbers, and construction laborers protesting WITH their fellow UNDERPAID workers?

A protester in New York holds up a placard as fast-food workers and union members call for an increase in the minimum hourly wage to $15 and the right of workers to join unions. (Photo: Peter Foley, epa) Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/05/fast-food-strike-wages/3877023/
A protester in New York holds up a placard as fast-food workers and union members call for an increase in the minimum hourly wage to $15 and the right of workers to join unions. (Photo: Peter Foley, epa) Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/05/fast-food-strike-wages/3877023/

Someone I know from central PA is making that case against fast food workers.

It’s the same strange and illogical argument I’m seeing only in conservative circles.

The case they’re making is this; somehow increasing wages for fast food workers is wrong because people like EMTs, tree climbers, construction workers, and trained chefs don’t make $15/hour.

I don’t get that logic.

How does holding down or fighting against increases in fast food wages HELP these other workers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 122 occupations in the York-Hanover area paying a median hourly wage of less than 15 bucks an hour. The list includes people doing all kinds of work vital to our society. People like farmworkers, childcare, tire changers, home health aides, butchers, mental health and substance abuse social workers, ophthalmic lab techs, substitute teachers, and EMTs.

If everyone working in these 122 occupations in that market alone joined forces, they would be unstoppable. In York-Hanover, they represent 656 out of every 1,000 jobs.

Nationwide, there are 330 occupations listed by the BLS with a median hourly wage of $15/hour or less.

Now imagine the possibilities for a better standard of living for everyone – including you poor and middle class conservatives – if you joined forces with every other worker in America and protested together instead of against one another.

 

York-Hanover labor stats sorted by hourly median wage, 1 of 2
York-Hanover labor stats sorted by hourly median wage, 1 of 2
York-Hanover labor stats sorted by hourly median wage, 2 of 2
York-Hanover labor stats sorted by hourly median wage, 2 of 2
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