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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Living Wage
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013

This letter is in response to the editorial published in the December 4, 2013 issue regarding wages at fast food restaurants.

First, fast food wages are not meant to be a "living wage" to support a family. Fast food jobs were never intended to be long term jobs. They are supposed to be the jobs you get when you are in high school or college while you are getting an education so you will have the skills for "full employment" later on.

Second, wages are driven by the availability of labor. During the Bush 43 administration when there was a labor shortage, fast food jobs were paying $2-4 above minimum wage.

Third, lower wages for unskilled workers is a direct result of illegal immigration. Unskilled illegals suppress the cost of labor in the market and the result is lower wages. Case in point, my nephew is employed by a fast food restaurant. They were raided by ICE because 19 of the employees were using the same stolen social security number. Illegal workers suppress wages for citizens.

Fourth, not even the deputies, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers in this county earn what is described in the editorial as a "living wage". If the people who hold your life in their hand aren't worth that amount, why should someone flipping a burger get it?

Lastly, our soldiers earn LESS than minimum wage. Where is the outcry for them to get $15/hour?

Esther Jamack

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