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In Denmark, I will be in one of them.
Hahaha :). What you have failed to mention in your $21 an hour post is that you also give 55% of your income right back to the government in income taxes! Having lived in both countries I can tell you that everything you pay in taxes in Denmark, and have to buy with what is left over, is grossly higher priced than here in the USA. Your $21 an hour has about the same buying power that our minimum wage does. So beware all who read this post, there is something fishy in Denmark ;). You would pay nearly 2 1/2 times the price we Canada Goose Chilliwack Singapore Factory Outlet do here in the US for a McDonald Bigmac, and 2 3 times what we pay for a gallon of gas! All these higher wages come with a price tag.
This is why you can compare the US to places like Denmark. The US public will never pay those prices, nor pay those kinds of taxes. Denmark probably also doesn have hordes of immigrants, who have multiple kids by the time they 19. But people don seem to get this.
You don live in America where corporations have the legal right to spend enough money to control our government and therefore our people. Great a nation as we are, we are becoming less and less a democracy less and less a republic. All the GOP appointed justices are young and will be screwing up our country for years and years to come. But Amendments are on their way. Americans are beginning to get the picture and realizing the bull in the GOP candidates wrapping themselves in the flag and talking jobs, jobs, jobs the while moving more overseas for their own profits and undermining the middle class which is what made America great and its economy strong. While Denmark has been ranked one of the most economically free European countries, it also imposes stringent regulations on businesses. Taxes don't help, either; Denmark has raised its value added tax (VAT) from the low single digits a few decades ago, to its current 25% level. Income taxes are as high as 59%. And if you eat too many Big Macs, you might get hit by Denmark's "fat tax".
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But in New York last week, I met fast food workers from around the world who aren't as lucky as I am. through Midtown Manhattan demanding a fair wage and respect at the workplace. workers I met make less than $9 an hour. fast food workers are adults trying to support their families. Roughly 70 percent are in their 20s or older, according to a recent study, and more than a quarter are raising kids.
Employees also deserve a voice in their workplace as we have in Denmark and McDonald's should respect the right of employees in all countries to organize and speak for themselves.
21 an hour at McDonald
No, that isn't a typo. It's really my salary.
PHOTO (INSERT): A customer exits a McDonald restaurant as members of shout slogans against McDonald in front of the restaurant in Times Square, New York, December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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You see, I work for McDonald's in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 meaning teenagers working at McDonald's in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches.
And the cost of living in Denmark is way higher than the US. Consumer prices are 50% to 75% higher. So basically, you be looking at about 16 bucks for lunch at McDonalds in the US, to meet that pay. Good luck getting the public to go for that.
I ate lunch at a McDonalds just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark recently. Had a quarter pounder with cheese meal (they don call it quarter pounder there of course) and the total with tax came to the equivalent of $14, roughly double what I would pay in the US. I am guessing that people in Denmark think of going to McDonalds as an expensive, rarely enjoyed special treat rather than how we in the US tend to view grabbing some fast food.
Suffering that produces anger is a tool of our growing facism. We take away rights because of fear and the possibility of violence. If we make people angry enough and they act impulsively we may be able to complete the facist coup and declare martial law. Standard facist technique really. I thought that was obvious. So poverty and suffering are created to create fear and potentially violence and that is a legitimate reason for a police state. Throw in a couple of false flag operations and you have the creation of the fourth reich.
PHOTO (TOP): Protesters march outside McDonald in Los Angeles, California, December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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McDonald's didn't give us our union. We had to fight for it. It was a five year struggle that involved many demonstrations like the ones that will stretch across the globe on Thursday.
Fine, each society is entitled to their own choices I suppose. It doesn necessarily mean that what is right for the Danes is therefore right for people in the US.
I met Jessica Davis, for example, who works at a McDonald's in Chicago and has two daughters one 4 years old and the other 4 months old. After working four years at McDonald's, she makes $8.98 an hour and has no stable work schedule.
How can fast food companies expect employees to work hard but not pay them enough to live on? All fast food workers should be able to support themselves while helping large companies like McDonald's make huge profits.
To anyone who says that fast food jobs can't be good jobs, I would answer that mine isn't bad. In fact, parts of it are just fine. Under our union's agreement with McDonald's, for example, I receive paid sick leave that workers are still fighting for in many parts of the world. We also get overtime pay, guaranteed hours and at least two days off a week, unlike workers in most countries. At least 10 percent of the staff in any given restaurant must work at least 30 hours a week.