Phoenix Fast Food Workers Call for $15 Minimum Wage

Categories: Protesters
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Matthew Hendley


Phoenix fast food workers were outside a South Phoenix Burger King this morning calling for a $15 hourly wage.

Arizona's minimum wage is currently $7.90 an hour, while Democrats in Congress are currently trying to get the federal minimum wage up to $10.10.

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"Nobody in the United States should be poor if they're working a full-time job," said Tomas Robles, the executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA).

The fast food workers were protesting with the backing of labor unions, as well as community groups like LUCHA and the Arizona Worker Rights Center.

In addition to a higher minimum wage, two Burger King employees protesting there made wage-theft allegations.

The $15-an-hour wage is part of a nationwide effort, "Fight for 15," and there's currently a plan in the city of Seattle to implement that $15 wage.

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Jess Glaze
Jess Glaze

Many of the people working fast food don't deserve what they're currently making.

Jess Glaze
Jess Glaze

Angie- Thousands of dollars for a degree? Sounds about right to me.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

Andrew John Cheadle, when I was working part-time at Trader Joe's, I got my hours cut in the summer (I was working 7 hours every 2 weeks), I applied for underemployment insurance and they told me I wasn't eligible for UNEMPLOYMENT I PAID FOR WHEN I DID MILITARY SERVICE because I was going to school full time. The system even fucks you over when you're trying to better yourself. I'm 33 and doing work-study now for $9 an hour, only 20 hours a week because I'm still in school and I'll be thousands of dollars in debt by the time I graduate.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Given that the fast food workers have no union (although the protests are union organized), how much do you bleeding hearts think the nimrods holding the protest signs are being paid?


Do you think they are being paid $15/hour?

Carol Warren
Carol Warren

Minimum wage is for "starter" jobs.For teens and students. People who start a family and now feel their employer should pay them more because of there choices is insane. If you need a job that pays better then get more education and training. If you think we all should get paid the same regard less of what we do then we would all be equally poor.

Josh Tracey
Josh Tracey

COMPLETELY disagree. Get a real skill job that pays better! And yes, I've done the job, it's a minimum wage minimal effort job. Period

haterzgonnalwayzhate
haterzgonnalwayzhate

'AH YES ARIZONANS'...To much time on there hands.I really believe they should spend your tax dollars to find something for you to do..'YA Think'

theoneuthinkof10
theoneuthinkof10

I bet you if there was a raise in Az for workers, there would be less mothers, fathers, and other people on state assistance. With that raise people could educate themselves, work while in school, and survive until they are done with their education. I am one of those people, I go to school, I have 11 months left, I can not survive on 7.25 an hour. There are things that are needed like food, clothes, rent, health insuarnce, renters insurance, day care, personal items, and much, much more. I hope things change for everyone.

Chris Mikkelson
Chris Mikkelson

I doubt most people even realize that about half of all fast food restaurants are franchises owned by mom and pop small business owners. They all aren't corporate owned. Doubling their labor costs would put many of them out of business since I know from experience that not all of us small business owners just have buckets of cash laying around, contrary to what some of you liberals might believe.

Sofia Nolasco
Sofia Nolasco

Sorry, people that have an education are not even paid that. Smh...pssssh I better get a side gig at burger king if this actually passes

Shelley Rayford
Shelley Rayford

No matter what anyone says... Our servicemen/women are not paid enough for the sacrifices they make for us. The long deployments, shitty duty stations and of course combat! Yes I am biased as I grew up with a my mom as a soldier and then my husband. The person getting shot at deserves to be paid more than someone flipping burgers!

Joy Lynn- Schroeder
Joy Lynn- Schroeder

Brent Ditzik....pls don't patronize and support with your dollars places and ppl you believe are responsible for poor life choices...and drawing more ppl unto those poor life's choices. Perhaps longevity...performance...etc should determine wave increases. ..so maybe your 15 y.o. kid @ an entry level makes less...buy ppl who chose the service/restaurant industry as a means to provide a living should have the ability to make enough money to pay their bills

james8394
james8394

When he went to Memphis in support of the city sanitation workers Dr. King made a speech, shortly before he was murdered, where he said "All work has dignity." It is not much of a leap in logic to infer that he meant that statement to carry over to the workers as well. As I read through the comments on this thread, I'm disappointed in the kind of thoughtless vitriol thrown out against poor working people. Some of the attitudes expressed are real "Lord of the Flies" stuff. We should be better than that, as human beings, as Americans. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

There seems to be a common thread of belief that all workers are equivalent.

That the guy who earns $20 an hour instead of $7 is just lucky that his boss isn't greedy.


Why can't you acknowledge that some people have better job qualifications than others and so are worth more to their employers?


Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

guess the lowest paid people have no understanding of economics or the consequences this would bring...

Trystan Benallie
Trystan Benallie

What is the point ? Not only will minimum wage rise but living expenses will move up as well !!

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Dawn D. Miller - If your son is 27 and only making $8.50 he's doing something wrong. Is there more to the story? Does he have a hard time keeping a job? Poor work ethic? Not the sharpest tool? If you are 27 and can't make a living wage, you need to do something differently.

Jason Jensen
Jason Jensen

If you want a "living wage" then get a "living job".. you can't expect to live off of flipping burgers..

Saracat
Saracat

I find it odd that all the corporate CEO defenders never acknowledge that the companies that pay the most and offer the most benefits, like Costco, are often the most successful while greedy bastards who reap excessive rewards at the expense of a livable wage for their employees often fail!

Saracat
Saracat

So vallenative since there are few "real jobs "available in AZ you feel the 60 year old with a masters degree should be paid $ 7.50 an hour because he could be replaced with a teenager? And yet if he collects unemployment you call him lazy and a moocher? People like you make me proud I am not a "valley native".Thank God all Arizonans are not as midget minded !

Keith Elsner
Keith Elsner

What a joke! You are not doing $15 an hour worth of work at any fast food joint. Go get an education and better yourself instead of demanding more than what you work for.

Lou Carol
Lou Carol

I agree. Working 40 plus hours a week a person should be able to support themselves.

Chris Mikkelson
Chris Mikkelson

I've owned and operated a small businesses for 20 years. Have you? Doubt it and if I'm wrong I apologize. If I want to stay in business then I have to pass any increased costs that I incur onto my customers. Not theory, proven fact. Always love how those who have never owned or operated a business themselves are somehow "experts" on the economic realties of it.

Shawn Jeffries
Shawn Jeffries

$30k a year to mess up my order 90% of the time ... Y'all are kray kray

Jeri Yazzie
Jeri Yazzie

People are not seeing the domino effect that could happen if this was to truly happen. Educated people should then learn something from the fast food workers by staging a protest. #Incollege

Jeri Yazzie
Jeri Yazzie

NO it is NOT!! Shane!! If this is the first step to gaining a respectable income across the country than let this happen. THen maybe jobs elsewhere will increase their wages and educated peoples wages will grow and only the economy and country can prosper. This will truly set the standard country wide and only then can we call America, truly the wealthiest country. If this were to be the case, then I think everybody else's income will only increase. See the possiblitlites!! Shane you are a minority, People who host these jobs are mostly minority, you should be more supportive...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@theoneuthinkof10  

I would gladly support an increase in grants and tuition waivers for higher education, but not an increase in minimum wage.  Minimum wage jobs aren't intended to support families.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@james8394  

All work, and all workers, have dignity, but they don't all have the same value to the employers, and so they should not all be paid the same.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... do you really think that if YOUR job were opened up to Statewide -- or even citywide -- competition that there isn't at least a few people out there more qualified, more productive and willing perform it for LESS than you are being paid?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Saracat  

You understand though, don't you, that they don't hire from the same pool of entry-level workers as fast-food restaurants?

I find it odd that you don't acknowledge that very simple, but very important fact.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Saracat  


ValleyNative = posterboy for the myopic, self-centered, greedy, callous Repuglykan Party


<<cue VN to deny that he's a Repug, even though he habitually defends their vile repugnant bigotry and hatred, almost as if he's a paid shill of Karl Rove>>

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Saracat  


Yes, a 60 year old with a Masters should be paid $7.50 if he's using his degree to cook french fries.  If he chooses not to work because he's actively seeking better work, then that's fine, for a reasonable amount of time.  After that, he should settle for what he's qualified for.


Do you have some sort of logical argument to support your dissent, or do you just want to call names?


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Saracat                              cat - is that 60 year old you?


In my (vast) experience, people are paid what they are worth.  If you want to be paid more than the minimum, you have to be willing to contribute more the the minimum.


But if you think that is not fair, the answer, of course is:


Instead of trying to tell others what they should do with their money, start your own company and pay people and yourself whatever you wish. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

I'm highly specialized, so yes, I really think that, but in the more general case, you're still overlooking the cost of training a new employee, including the risk that he might not really be a good fit.

You can't just walk in off the street to replace somebody working in most technical positions and be productive right away.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Saracat 

A "Republican" is a member of the Republican Party.

If a person is not a member of that political party, then they are absolutely not a "Republican".

 

"Republican" doesn't mean "somebody who disagrees with me" or "somebody who is more conservative than me" or even "somebody who usually votes for Republican candidates".

Sorry you have so much trouble understanding simple concepts.

 

Bnbk
Bnbk

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay@valleynative WOW Fistee, that comment of yours was very impressive , coming from some one with a fifth grade education that is. Keep it up and one day you'll become as proficient  a Teabag troller as your hero VN.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative  


Stinky,

If  indeed there were voices (I think you should check yourself an not VN), wouldn't that be enough?  Why did you feel the need to add the unnecessary and wrongly applied modifier?  Perhaps the voices are confusing you.

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