The hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday suggested that fast food workers should stop striking for higher pay and get a second job because the minimum wage “was never meant to be a career wage.”
On Thursday, hundreds of restaurant workers in New York City went on strike to demand a wage of at least $15 an hour. The current median wage of $9 an hour puts workers at about $4,500 lower that the poverty threshold of $23,000 for a family of four. The current minimum wage in New York City is $7.25.
“Here’s the deal, you’re a minimum wage worker, that’s an entry-level salary,” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade opined on Friday. “If you’re good, you’ll get a raise.”
“Minimum wage was never meant to be a career wage. If you work hard you will get higher — you will get more money. Here’s the other thing, as hard as it is in some cases, because you are a single mom or a single dad, you’ve got to get another job. You’ve got to get another job on top of that so you have two incomes.”
“Brian you hit on the nose, I think, the key thing,” co-host Steve Doocy remarked. “If it is a minimum wage job, expect to get paid the minimum wage.”
So, we make it too easy to get welfare to support people because minimum wage jobs were never meant to support people. I think I found your problem, guys.
I guess Kilmeade and Doocy didn't see the striking fast food workers on last night's All In With Chris Hayes, one of which had worked at Taco Bell for years and had gotten a total career raise of 20 cents an hour as a reward for his hard work.
Maybe when he's been there for 30 years, he'll be making $8 a hour. The American dream, says the guy paid thousands to be a moron on TV every weekday morning.