Fast food workers are taking to the streets to demand better pay. They're asking for a wage of $15 an hour. Is this a fair wage? Is it a "living wage"? The demands of fast food workers have caused many people to think about the meaning of a fair day's wage for a fair day's work.
Big Macs around the world come in very different shapes and sizes. To get a better idea of how these burgers size up when compared against one another, we considered their price, typical ingredients, and nutritional information.
Flavored with everything from pizza to sausage and gravy.
The purchasing power of minimum wage workers is 26 percent lower than it was in 1970, and low-wage jobs are the fastest-growing occupations in New York City, with the number of workers being paid minimum wage increasing ten-fold over the past six years.
Taco Bell's next flavor has arrived.
These are hard-working folks, often with two jobs, who simply can't survive on what they are paid. Think about it. Work 50 hours at $8 bucks an hour, and your weekly pre-tax income is $400, or about $20,000 annually. Raise a family of four on that.
From Orville Redenbacher to Marie Callender, from Wendy's to Mrs. Fields.
Burger King says it is pulling back from its menu/marketing strategy of introducing limited-time products in multi-item, seasonal waves. It intends to introduce fewer items at any one time to improve impact and appeal.
How can America, home of the KFC Double Down, Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, and Carl's Jr. Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich, not have these amazing foreign fast-food chains within its borders?
Since you can't get it in the States, it's still a cultural experience.
Just don't try them in the drive-thru.
The army's recent intervention in Egypt, and the turmoil there, have brought memories surging back of a time in 2005 when I was on my way to a vacation in Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. World events chose that moment to intervene in my carefully made plans.
And you thought the government didn't have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain't so great either.
Instead of lying to us, Taco Bell invites us into the lie, where we participate in exaggeration of how amazing the tacos are, in service of our own enjoyment.
Is it possible to live on the McDonald's budget? Certainly. It mirrors the tough choices made by those living in poverty or close to the poverty line every day. It shouldn't be rejected as out-of-touch.
Maharaja Mac anyone? How about a McBean?
The underlying message in the 1 percent's latest public relations blitz seems to be that the rest of us have it all wrong and whatever we think is going on is nothing more than a bunch of rumors coming from a few misguided loud mouths.