The wave of fast-food demonstrations comes as low-wage jobs dominate employment growth in the
4-year-old recovery, and as more adults find themselves in positions that used to be career stepping-stones for teenagers.
In an industry that historically has treated labor as a commodity, it’s encouraging today to read of one companies plan to increase the starting wage of its employees and the reasons why. Moo cluck moo, a Detroit area burger and chicken fast-food joint has just announced that beginning October 1st; the company will start employees at $15 an hour. That is a 25 percent increase from the unheard of $ 12 an hour that they currently start their employees at.
Brian Parker, one the Company’s owner’s stated, higher wages lead to better results. Paying people more means you spend less time firing, hiring, and training. Working at a quick-service restaurant is a
difficult, demanding job. People have to multi-task. They’re coping with long lines and expectations of rapid service. These are the people who take care of the customers, in a business in which customer service matters a great deal. It set’s a higher standard for the employee to become committed to the workplace and to perform a better service. What a unique idea!