Does Comedian Lil Duval Have A Point About Minimum Wage?

Oh how I love the land of twittah! Yesterday, comedian and host of Ain’t That Amer Lil Duval gave his two cents on the topic of minimum wage. You see, fast food workers have gone on strike in wants of higher wages and being able to unionize. Instead of making $7.25, employees would like to get paid $15 an hour.

Martin Rafanan, a community organizer in St. Louis, said local employees of McDonald’s and Wendy’s can’t make it on the salaries.

“If you’re paying $7.35 an hour and employing someone for 20, 25 hours a week, which is the average here, they’re bringing home about $10,000 a year. You can’t survive on that.” Rafanan said. Missouri’s minimum wage is $7.35 an hour.

“Unless we can figure out how to make highly profitable companies pay a fair wage to their workers, we’re just going to watch them pull all the blood, sweat, tears and money out of our communities.”

McDonald’s profits totaled $5.47 billion in 2012. Via USAtoday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a tricky debate. On one hand, one can say, if you don’t like where you work apply elsewhere. There are many situations and circumstances where working a low wage job is the only option one can afford. We can’t look at EVERY felon and say, it’s your fault for being a felon. This rationale is another debate within itself. People are felons because of laws that are in place because of the Republican party…i.e. the war on drugs (marijuana ring a bell) I don’t agree with Lil Duval and saying that people that work low wage jobs are “minimum” or entitled. It’s a case by case basis and although I’ve never worked at a fast food restaurant, it takes a certain person to deal with what they deal with day to day. Why not pay them for their customer service? Not sure if I agree with $15 an hour but at least making $10 would help these families especially in these hard economic times.

Do you agree with Lil Duval? Does he have valid points?