On Thursday, May 15th, fast food workers around the country and the globe are set to stage the largest fast food worker strike in history. It’s the latest in work site actions that have been growing since the “ Fight for 15 “ was launched in the fall of 2012, and it’s expected that workers in at least three Wisconsin cities will participate in the movements demands for $15.00 an hour and the right to join a union at places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and the like.
Beyond the usual arguments from the conservative talking heads who claim that raising the minimum wage at all will usher in the equivalent of an economic catastrophe, I often find that even liberal leaning people are reluctant to get on board this wage hike, posting comments on Facebook or blogs to the effect of ” well, $15.00 an hour is a lot to ask for flipping burgers. ” Actually, it’s not.
Enter ” Moo Cluck Moo ” a bovine and yard bird themed fast food joint in Dearborn Michigan that pays its employees, wait for it…… a minimum of $15.00 an hour. They derive their name from their menu which is comprised of burgers, chicken sandwiches, veggie sandwiches, fries, milkshakes and assorted high fructose corn syrup free soda. They make their food from better ingredients, prepared fresh, and their prices are actually comparable to every other fast food joint out there.
By now you’re probably asking yourself, ” wait a minute, how do they offer better food at a comparable price and still pay their employees $15.00 an hour? ” I’m glad you asked.
So Parker and his co-owners provide a better, fresher, healthier meal to their customers, pay their employees a living wage, make a good living themselves, and don’t rely on taxpayers to subsidize their workforce with medicaid, food stamps, or other forms of public assistance, like McDonalds, Burger King and the rest of their ilk do. What a concept.
So the next time someone tells you a living wage is unrealistic in either the fast food industry, the retail industry, or elsewhere, you can remain within the bovine metaphor employed so cleverly by the Moo Cluck Moo franchise and simply reply, ” that’s bullshit. “