Despite Congress' inaction, minimum wage fight still looms
Employees and supporters demonstrate outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant in New York to demand higher pay.
July 29th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Despite Congress' inaction, minimum wage fight still looms

Washington (CNN) -- Fast food workers striking for higher wages in seven cities Monday are bound to be disappointed. On their last week before vacation, Congress isn't likely to raise the minimum wage. They're not even close to critical mass on that issue.

With other issues on their plate - immigration reform, the farm bill and that whole business about funding the government - it is not one of the things lawmakers are spending a lot of time talking about, there aren't any votes scheduled any time soon, and it hasn't yet had a hearing in the House of Representatives this year.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Let the rich corporate CEO's be cling onto their wealth.

    "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

    July 29, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    The only work that congress, the rethugs mostly, have done is to try to repeal Obamacare and they are proud of it.
    Must be nice to get a whole month plus off when most of them need to be fired!

    July 29, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. PJ

    "Must be nice to get a whole month off..........."

    Would you believe at least six months? They complain about goverment spending, yet they take everything they
    can get, and them some. Why shoud they worry about people who don't get paid enough to take care of their
    families. They certainly acted fast enough before the last "break" so they wouldn't have to stand in line at
    the airports. They take care of themselves, and that's all they care about.

    July 29, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    From Bloomberg News: The CEO of McDonald's made $8.75 million last year.

    McDonald's employees make $8.25 an hour.

    McD's profit growth between 2007-2011 was 135% (including dividends and stock buybacks last fiscal year of $6 billion).

    The growth rate in wages for the average fast food worker? 7.3%.

    Get it why minimum wage workers want a raise? All their labor is contributing to these huge profits; they've earned the higher wages they are asking for!

    July 29, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Another losing issue for the careening clown car of [R] losers. People are out of work, people are underpaid at the very bottom....the House [R]s should move on economic issues. Instead, what do we get: abortion, Benghazi, IRS, and the 15th attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act...fake political scandals contrived by people who do not really care for America....and the foul smell of uberpartisan drama queens with their panties stuffed in their cracks.

    July 29, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Becker

    Getting more education and find a new job if you want to get paid more. I worked my way through college at two different fast food joints and they were not my career goal in life. I'm sick of the whining. Life is about choices and if you choose to make bad ones don't expect poor to middle income earners to pay for it with increase costs at the drive through, Walmart or anywhere else for that matter.

    July 29, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out, you the consumer make more money you will spend more. Gop are some pathetic and ignorant people.

    July 29, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    Gee whiz, if they have to pay their employees a higher minimum wage then they won't be able to afford a car elevator like the Romneys. How much do we expect the "job creators" suffer? An honest day's pay for an honest day's work" is so last century

    July 29, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Minimum wage in USA is a big bs.

    July 29, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Dixie

    We all know that most of the jobs out there today are part time. That lets us know that we must have at least two jobs for a single person to make it and four for a family. It needs to stop and more full time jobs are needed. This administrtion should stop the fighting and the side shows and do what you're paid to do.

    July 29, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. king

    the repubs knows corporations are moving into the technical era, and human labors are not needed as much, yet they fight like hell for big corporations to get more tax money so they can buy robots, computer systems and leave Amerindian workers on the side of the street. the repubs must be dreaming if they think corporations will bring back money to America if we only lower the tax rates, hell corporations dont pay taxes. these corporations have money overseas to modernize up and coming countries, they dont want to bring it back here to compete with themselves, since they've already monopolized Americans businesses. furthermore the repubs took the spenders spending money and already give it to them, and the only money making industry left in America, the repubs are planning to kill obamacare. so why should they invest in a country that is overcrowded with businesses and dwindling spenders.

    July 29, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Tonyb635

    I have a good idea. Raise the wage in the establishments as requested. Next increase the prices on all of the items sold to compensate for the higher wages. Soon, most of the people that frequent this establishment will no longer pay these high prices and the establishment will be forced to close its doors. Then the workers are out of a job and can be supported by all the freebies that are Government provide...

    July 29, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Tighten the immigration too. Do not give free pass. These guys come to rob our benefits. Sure.

    July 29, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    I know it will hurt employees temporarily, but we can boycott Wendy's and McD's every Monday to take a stand for the people that work there. Let's do it. Skip those two places every Monday. Then we can do another group if they don't raise minimum wages.

    People are on foodstamps that work for Walmart and fast food places. No wonder food stamp usage is up so high.

    July 29, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Neutral Observer

    Folks, this is fast food!! If you are over 18 and working in fast food, guess what?? It's not meant to be the job to raise a family on!! It's a job for high schoolers to have money to go to the movies, to learn a work ethic and to learn why graduating is always a better alternative. The whole reason fast food restaurants can even exist is because they provide cheap food!! If people working there are making a "living wage" and getting health care and every other benefit, the food will no longer be cheap and they'll all go out of business.

    July 29, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |