Man on the Edge: $15 Minimum Wage?

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As the Charlotte Observer points out, there’s a new movement in McDonald-Land, and all the other fast food restaurants out there.  Workers walking off the job, and supporters joining them in protest… all in hopes of getting Ronald to dig a little deeper into those red and yellow pockets.  While others feel it’ll be “highway robble-robble-robbery.”

There’s no real way to know the numbers, but there may have been thousands of fast food workers to walk off the job around the country today.  And at least a few dozen here in Charlotte.  They went on strike, hoping to force fast food companies to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour.  They say the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour just doesn’t provide enough to live on.

Of course, some people argue that it’s not intended to.  That low-paying fast food jobs aren’t supposed to be career positions.  And that raising the wages would drive up costs all around, including on the menu.

One new analysis figures prices could jump by as much as 50 percent higher than they are now.  Others believe it would only be about 10 percent, and they even say the businesses would save some money in reduced turnover.

Either way, it would likely have some impact on you, and how much you eat out.  Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, is a drive through aficionado, but what do you guys think of a $15 fast food wage?