D. Lovejoy: Fair wages, fair treatment

Labor Day has just passed and in many parts of this country workers at some fast-food businesses walked off their jobs in protest of the poor wages they are paid.

In this country, it is unthinkable that a person cannot make enough money to support themselves and their families. Yet, they can't.

We, the people, have the power to change that. We can demand that the minimum wage rate be raised to a living wage. We can demand that benefits are paid for every job.

I stand with those workers, and I will boycott those companies until the workers' demands are met. Any company making billions in profits can afford a fair wage and benefits for those who labor in their places of business.

I believe that the way to raise everyone is from the bottom up, as a rising tide lifts all boats.

We have all seen the results of the trickle down economic philosophy, and it seems more like pushed down. People need to push up by letting those places of business know that we, the people, want fair treatment and fair wages for workers who give their time and labor.

Diana Lovejoy, Buckfield

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MARK GRAVEL's picture

"We can demand that benefits

"We can demand that benefits are paid for every job."

You can demand all the hell you want. I refuse to patronize any fast-food restaurant simply to show you who is in control here.

Now watch what happens. All that you people are going to get is trickle up poverty.

Eighty percent of the new jobs created last quarter were part-time jobs. People demanded government mandated healthcare - look what we got, a nation of part-time jobs.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It was not too long ago that

It was not too long ago that these fast food jobs where entry level jobs for high-school students. I don’t remember when these jobs were sold as a career.

Those on the left would say that these people have not choice, perhaps, but it is not due to a faltering economy, it probably has more to do with limited skills of the worker.

People who make fast-food a career should consider getting new skills rather than extorting a higher minimum wage that could drive up the price of a Big MAC to $6-$10 – who will buy it at that price?

Jason Theriault's picture

I do.

"I don’t remember when these jobs were sold as a career."

It really started on December 11, 2001.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Is this a lame attempt to

Is this a lame attempt to blame Bush?

Regardless, you need should provide more reasoning and rational to this date if you want to convince the audience.

MARK GRAVEL's picture


Delete "need"

ERNEST LABBE's picture

My first job

My first job in 1964 paid me 57.50 a week for 45 hours of work. Demonstrating to my employer that I was there to work got me a raise after a month. By 1966 I was up to 105.00 a week. By 1969 and four job changes later I was up to 175.00 with a new car to drive and all car expenses paid for by my employer. This was all accomplished with nothing more than a high school diploma and a desire to advance.

Most of the young people working in fast food places are over paid. Most often when using the drive thru or ordering inside they can somehow mess the order up.

Getting back on track higher minimum wages only raise the price of our manufactured products. Pricing our products out of the world market. Forcing companies to move their operations off shore to compete in the world market.

Minimum wage was designed by self serving politicians to get votes. It is a starting wage until you show how good you are at a job. Get better and more efficient and you will make more.

 's picture

Here we go again.

Please define "fair wage". Ditto "living wage". Please tell us where the money comes from to pay those higher wages and benefits. And please spare us another delusional tale about evil, greedy owners and CEOs making zillions on the backs of the down-trodden.

The money comes from you - and from me - and from everyone else - including those poor down-trodden - in the form of higher prices for goods and services. How much are you willing to pay for your next Quarter Pounder? With cheese.

We have all seen the results of previous hikes of the minimum wage: higher consumer prices and higher unemployment. And you want to do it again. Einstein had something to say about that plan.

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there goes that...

"An examination of the empirical evidence on low-wage workers and the effects of minimum wage increases reveals that: • No evidence exists that teenagers or less-than-high-school-educated adults lost work as a result of the 1996-97 minimum wage increases. • Historically, analyses of the minimum wage’s impact on young workers have never shown the predicted large job-loss effects. " http://goo.gl/mqfzR9

 's picture

So what?

Young workers are in and out of jobs, due to school and myriad other distractions. The letter writer focused solely on those trying to support themselves and a family, whatever the age.

If you already have a family and the best you can manage is minimum wage, get yourself some education and training for something better. You can find those things free, paid for by us taxpayers - it will require some effort on your part. If you can't find them, you're not looking. If you do that, showing great personal responsibility, and you can't find that better job around here, move to where the jobs are. It's still a free country - for a while.

If you don't have a family to support and the best you can manage is minimum wage, the last thing you should do is start a family that will have to be supported by us taxpayers. Keep your fly zipped.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Amazing how may people give

Amazing how may people give negative kudos when you talk about personal responsibility. Actually, it is a bit depressing at times to see so many people facing the government with palms facing up.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

No sex?

Are you preaching that poor people should not have sex? What planet are you from? Uranus?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The difference between coitus

The difference between coitus and starting a family is as wide as a canyon. The canyon is called contraception and family planning.


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