5 companies that owe employees a raise

Some of the biggest, most successful businesses have chosen to forgo wage hikes for front-line workers and point their profits elsewhere.

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Jun 19, 2014 7:19PM
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So I guess the point here is that minimum wage should be raised to the point where a highschool dropout flipping burgers at McD's gets paid as much as a medical billing and coding technician who paid for a couple years of school to get the job and pay.  Yeah.  Makes sense.  Let's do it.  Give the whole country a relative pay cut to pay for those whose lives revolve around riding the underside of the bus.
Jun 19, 2014 7:14PM
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no body is owed a raise or anything else other than the wage you agreed to when you hired on. and only for the hours you work.

Don't like it get a better job, and if that means get some training then do it, otherwise count your self lucky to have a job.
Jun 19, 2014 7:03PM
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No body owes you. No body wants to pay fifteen dollars for a bigmac.  This will drive prices higher, companies will either automate or go out of business.  This will be the downfall of hundreds of thousands of jobs.  People have no logic today to think about consequences, but when there are no jobs at all, this and policies like it will be the reason. No one under 30 will be able to get ajob. You will have to have a degree just to flip burgers.


Jun 19, 2014 7:25PM
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My wife and I bought 2 filet of fish meals and a chicken (something new) sandwich.  Our cost was just shy of $20 for cold and not so good junk food.  There is a restaurant that has a 2 for $20 menu.  For the same money my wife and I could have had full steak dinners in a real restaurant.  The fact is that fast food places are not cheap anymore.  They are as expensive as restaurants but, of course, the food at most real restaurants is much better.  I won't go back to McDonald's at the prices they charge right now.  Frankly, I really don't care but I do think anything that increases their prices even more will probably put them out of business.
Jun 19, 2014 7:13PM
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Have these people been to a fast food restaraunt lately?  Where I live the service couldn't be any worse and I only go in one when I haven't any other choice..
Jun 19, 2014 7:39PM
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Nobody is owed a raise. If you choose to stay in a dead end position, that's a choice. If you choose to find another jobs that pays more, that's a choice. This country is about FREEDOM of CHOICE! Companies can get away with not giving raises because the economy sucks. There's no growth. Without growth, NOBODY gets a raise. 
If you want to blame someone, blame the people who run this country. They keep putting policies in place that stall the economy. This not only hurts the U.S., but the world.
I think it's time for a little revolution.  “If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action." (Thomas Jefferson).

Jun 19, 2014 7:42PM
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If you don't like what you're paid get another job. You say you're too dumb or too lazy to do that then stay stupid and get on the government dole. The government rewards parasites. Most politicians have been parasites most of their adult lives. The difference is they buy elections to remain members of the Elite, the highest level of the caste system they've created to keep us common folk in line. These jackals blame the unfairness of the system they created on the rich when they are the recipients of wages, benefits and pensions which you and I will never see.  Stop repeat offenders. Quit re-electing them! 
Jun 19, 2014 8:36PM
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Nobody owes anyone anything. If you don't like your low-paying job which requires minimal education and skills, do something to improve your marketability. Blaming others will get you nothing more than what you have now.



Jun 19, 2014 8:08PM
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Serious lack of understanding of the free market.  You aren't paid a commission of what the company makes, you are paid for services rendered based on their value on the free market.  Commie BS.
Jun 19, 2014 9:41PM
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its sad that a burger flipper makes twice as much as a person in the military
Jun 19, 2014 7:22PM
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BTW How many of those "RICH " CEO's are Democrats? Almost all of them. Hypocrites!!!
This article sounds like it was written by  Chavez or Castro.
Jun 19, 2014 7:50PM
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If the Democrats were really genuine people they would tie the unemployment rate tot he cost of living. But its easier to use this issue as a wedge to gain voters and they have no intention of really helping the minimum wage worker its all about the votes and staying in power.
Jun 19, 2014 7:21PM
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McDonalds makes a lot of money the franchisees do NOT. This is who pays the staff in a store. Until corporate wants to subsidize my employees I'll keep them where they are.
Jun 19, 2014 7:06PM
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"Customer account executives"??? They are no more "executives" than janitors are "sanitation engineers". They read scripts. A trained monkey could do their job. And they make $27K per year! Please!!!
Jun 19, 2014 9:59PM
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So I finished high school despite having both parents pass away before high school graduation. 
For several years we often without heat, lights, or gas and survived on $20 week in groceries from Aldi. During high school, I worked a minimum wage job in a burlap factory paying $4.25/hour. 
I went to college but took out significant school loans to pay for tuition, room and board, lessons, tutors, and study abroad. 
Graduated after 4 years with nearly $20K in debt from what wasn't covered by academic scholarships. In 1999, I moved to New York and got my first job, which paid $30,000/year. 

I went through a lot to get to earning $15/hour. Granted, I didn't stay at that salary and my earning potential is several times greater now but no one gave me anything. 
Whether or not I deserved the equivalent of $15/hour has based on an assessment of my multiple years of focus, commitment, and dedication to myself. 
The money I make now nearly 15 years later is a culmination of self-improvement and determination. 

The thinking of "deserve" being based simply on the belief that "minimum wage workers should make more" is an affront to everything American that I grew up believing in and which made me successful in life. 


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BS!!!! 

Low end jobs are meant to fill a void and add income for students and retirees, not support families. History has shown that every time minimum wage has been increased, the cost of living goes up beyond the amount of the wage increase. The effect is a loss of buying power for everyone other than the super rich. 


If you want a wage capable of supporting a family, GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU IDIOTS  and don't have kids until you can afford to support them!!!

Jun 19, 2014 7:11PM
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If the issue was only fast food the arguments might be valid but 90% of blue collar workers that in 1980 made 2-3 times minimum wage or more are likely to make $10 or less today. The argument that only people with advanced degree's deserve more than minimum wage is ridiculous.
Jun 19, 2014 10:34PM
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Can somebody explain to me what this means to me? I make $16.00 an hour. I worked hard to get there. By no means am I rich and I have to live within a budget and forgo some luxuries...but I can afford to go to the Movies and Mcdonalds every once in awhile. My point being...if they raise everyone up to $15 and hour...Are they gonna give me a raise too or now am I just a dollar better then minimum wage guy?
Jun 19, 2014 9:06PM
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Why do people want a raise? The cost of living keeps going up, while wages across a whole spectrum of jobs, not just the fast food industry, remain stagnant. People in Congress get a 'cost of living' adjustment. And they don't do @#$%.
Jun 19, 2014 8:22PM
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No company OWES anybody anything. You work hard for a raise because you are diligent, resourseful, on time, neat and clean, speak english! It is a goal to obtain!
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