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Stephen Kruiser

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May 21, 2014 - 6:36 pm

That’s a real way to impress your employer.

More than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald’s workers were arrested on Wednesday as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain’s corporate campus near Chicago demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

The protest against McDonald’s Corp, the world’s biggest restaurant operator by revenue, came a day before a shareholder vote on executive pay, including that of Chief Executive Don Thompson, who earned total compensation of $9.5 million in 2013.

Rallies by low-wage restaurant and retail workers have helped fuel a national debate on pay inequality at a time when many middle- to low-income Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

Jessica Davis, a 25-year-old McDonald’s crew trainer with two children, said Thompson was earning his millions on the backs of working mothers and fathers.

“We need to show McDonald’s that we’re serious and that we’re not backing down,” said Davis, who earns $8.98 per hour at a Chicago McDonald’s.

These aren’t talking points that burger-flippers dream up while they’re pondering politics and economics in their free hours, they’re class warfare instigation tactics by commie labor goons.

Here’s a simple lesson: if you’re company can easily replace you with automation, and is already doing so elsewhere in the world, maybe you should be doing something to get yourself in position for a better job.

Show of hands on how many would rather deal with the touch screen anyway…

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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While I think $9.5 million is 'WAY more than anyone's labor and skills are worth (the cap should be about 0.5 million, IMHO), I also think the effort to arbitrarily raise the minimum wage to $15 is absurd. Those who are campaigning for it are shooting themselves in the feet.
21 weeks ago
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If a CEO's leadership can save the corporation $50-$100 million, why is he not worth $9.5 million? Why is an actor paid $20 million for a movie? Because he can help ensure that the movie earns far more than that in profits. You are worth whatever you can get. If you produce, you get a raise. If not, you get fired. Welcome to reality, and don't whine just because you aren't paid $9.5 million. Try going to the McDonald's board of directors and saying, "I'll take the CEO job for only $500,000" and see how far you get. Do you think they will hire you because you will save them $9 million? Or wil they ask you, "What can you do for us that is worth $500,000?"
21 weeks ago
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While I agree that $9.5 million is a bit generous, I also think no one has any right to say what another should be paid. If that executive can show that his organizational skills have directly lead to profits for McD's of $10 million+, there is no way to argue he shouldn't get that salary; he is making the company more than he is being paid, and that is the bottom line for EVERY position, from the toilet cleaner to the CEO.
21 weeks ago
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Jessica, what have you done to advance yourself? Where do you want to be when you're Don Thompson's age?

Thompson grew up near Cabrini-Green, so I imagine he came from rather humble beginnings.

He was graduated from Purdue University with (I assume) a degree in electrical engineering. Starting at McDonald's in 1990 when he was just two years older than you, he worked his way up from designing robotic doo-dads to the top spot 22 years later.

I don't know how many kids he has, but I doubt he had two by the time he was your age.

Quit kvetching and figure out a way to get ahead. I'd be happy to see my taxes help you further your education, hire babysitters as needed and even pay for your birth control until you can afford it. Just do what you gotta' do to get to where you want to be instead of trying to tear down those who've done better than you.

21 weeks ago
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Miss Manners, thanks for "fleshing out" this "terrible men" who gets paid so much. I knew nothing about him, but your research , if true, has painted a rather different picture than the standard "corporate greed boilerplate" the left hammers on all the time. Reminds me of my Uncle.... started at Safeway a boxboy at 16. Ended up high up in corporate management, head buyer for the entire West Coast Division of Safeway. Not $9Mn, but substantial. WHat if the minimum wage for boxboys had been $20/hour? Doubt any grocery store would have hired a sixteen year old kid who knew nothing and had no work record.

Apparently, those who are responsible for the success of Mc Donald's as a company see the worth of this man, and have attached a dollar value to it. THey also wee the worth of such kvetching burger flippers as Jessica Davis. They have determined the worth of these two in light of the company's success, and have pay both accordiingly. If Jessica wants to get more money, she will somehow have to figure out how she can return value for ther increased cost. Sorry, but in a free market (or what passes for one these days) that's how it works. Just like at the counter at Mc Donald's.. ya get what ya pay for. I don't see the value in Mc Donald's offerings, thus don't pay for them. I vote with my walled. Just as do the company. Life itself is an entitlement.. a gift to us. What you make of yours is NOT an entitlement. That's why the scripture says "if a man won't work, neither should he eat. " Ya wanna eat? Work. Want to eat better? WOrk harder, or smarter, or longer.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
They ought to make every one of them work the same hours, do the same labor, that management/owners do; oh, and put the same hours of education and study, etc.
21 weeks ago
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Now you get some idea why they're, like, ya' know, working at McDonald's.

Work skills AND logic skills would go a long way, but that's hard to accomplish when, ya' know, there's a good show on TV right now.
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