Department of Labor finds its own human props to push minimum wage hike

We have some breaking news from the U.S. Department of Labor: not only is the minimum wage not much money, but people who are paid minimum wage would like to make more. Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris took a cue from the president and rounded up his own human props in Charlotte, N.C., today to put a “human face” on the president’s push to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

Reports from the scene suggest that employers weren’t represented at today’s meeting, so no one from Chick-fil-A was there to explain where the company gets off paying people only $7.25 an hour to hate gays.

So, what did Acting Secretary Harris learn today? Surviving on $7.25 an hour is nearly impossible, $9 is “pay my bills money” and will give you a little space, and realizing the American dream will require somewhat more. So why does President Obama want to deny millions a shot at the American dream by wimping out at $9? Is he that cheap?


    cry me a damn river,

    • Catchance

      Yeah. When my husband and I had a small grocery store, we paid our part-time employees a bit over minimum wage, while we each averaged about $1.50 an hour. Cry me a freaking ocean.


        Ocean is better. Catchance have a great night

      • Hiraghm

        You should have done like Wal-mart and hired illegal aliens.

        • Catchance

          You mean “undocumented Democrats”?

  • nytflyr

    Minimum wage increases only hurts the middle class, the poor just break even after prices inevitably rise.

  • Peyton

    So how long has Dominique worked at Chick Fil A. What skills does he have? And is he actually telling the truth. I was in Austin the other day, and the Chick Fil A’s were hiring for $10 an hour.

    • nytflyr

      my wife worked for a pizza joint back in the 90s, worked her butt off, got raises, got promotions, until the min wage went up, then everybody’s wage came up to her level, benefits were cut back and she didn’t get a raise with the rest of them.

    • kate_middleton

      And not to mention, a student working for minimum wage and getting schooling is kind of the idea of minimum wage. It’s not supposed to be for lifetime, it’s for when you’re just starting out, like he seems to be. His schooling should allow him to get a higher paying job in the future.

      And Chick-Fil-A offers a lot of scholarships to its employees. So Dominique should try to earn one of those.

      There are people who would be happy to take his place at Chick-Fil-A. We have higher than average unemployment here in NC.

  • CR

    OK. I am REALLY sick of this. If you don’t want to make minimum wage, develop some skills and get a job to raise your wage. If you cannot raise children on minimum wage, don’t have them until you have some skills and can get off of minimum wage.

    Where in the heck did these people get the idea that their employers or the world OWES them not just a fair wage for the work they are performing but a comfortable middle class life with all the trimmings, regardless of their skills or abilities. No one owes you anything. Your labor is worth what the market is willing to pay for it and you cannot expect to be paid more than your skills are worth.

    I don’t think minimum wage jobs were ever supposed to be something to aspire to as the pinnacle of your career. Until the liberals got involved, that is, and decided that they needed to protect their voting base who apparently they don’t believe is smart or motivated enough to ever do anything to better themselves and raise their wages in a way that doesn’t require a government to step in and demand they get a raise.

    • Aaron

      Absolutely this.

      And I feel bad for business owners. The left is pushing them into a corner where they’re no longer running a business, they’re parents/caretakers of their employees. It’s insane!

    • Spatial Awareness

      After taxes, who makes above minimum wage? o.O

      • Scott Carroll

        Great point. Also, if Dominique is earning minimum wage at Chic-Fil-A one of two things is going on: She’s either simultaneously a bad enough employee to not get a raise and a good enough employee to not fire outright or she was the most recent employee hired. Which means (for those who failed econ 101) if minimum wage is raised she will be the first employee let go.

      • Squirrel!

        Boy, ain’t that the truth!?

    • Hiraghm

      You’re assuming that the law of supply and demand isn’t being short circuited by the importation of illegal alien labor.

    • Chris Christie


    • Adam Johnson

      Amen, and don’t forget that the unskilled, under motivated are the first fired when Minimum wage increases drive labor costs so high that 2 people have to be let go on a staff of 5. However, very few adults actually make minimum wage. Even here, most of them were complaining about making 8 or 9 bucks an hour. One even said try living off it? I have. It can be done. I’m 47 now. I haven’t made anywhere close to the given minimum wage at any point in time in over 17 years, but I when minimum wage was $5.25 an hour, I was supporting a family on $5.50. Worked hard and now I’m making triple that, not because it’s owed, but because I earned it. That 17 years has been spent hiring people, and every time minimum wage went up, we had to raise rates, which cost customers, which caused layoffs.

  • Aaron

    This is step one. Step two is the “right” to work.

    Brace yourselves.

  • NY Republican

    if you want to make above minimum wage, have skills above the minimum its that simple

    • jetch

      you said in one sentence what i said in about 10 :)

    • Chris Christie

      must be HELL to be conservative in NY

      • NY Republican

        not entirely but i do live in the most conservative district in the state though

  • NY Republican

    Also raising the minimum wage will just raise prices like every other time they did

  • Lisa Dean

    *Face Palm* Learn the difference between minimum wage and living wage democrats. If you want to earn more than minimum wage learn skills that will help you achieve that goal. And since when does making minimum wage disqualify you from meeting someone and getting married?

  • IndySkye

    Did Secretary Harris explain how a company would be able to pay $9 for an hour of work that only produces less than $9 worth of value? If a company loses money on every hour than an employee works, then obviously the only possible course is to fire them. Then Secretary Harris could try to explain why $0 an hour is better than the current wage.

    • jetch

      my god! why don’t more people put two and two together. they flip burgers (or chik patties) or punch a cash register button for the #1 combo and expect to get paid 9 bucks an hour for that????
      someone needs to ask these people what have they done in their life to deserve a higher wage? what skills do they bring to the table?
      the fact is they put themselves in a position where they have no skills and no career ambition, they just want a job thats gonna let them buy a house some day. how they pay for it, they don’t know…

  • NCRelite

    I don’t want to pay $10 for a Chick-Fil-A sammich. Kthx

  • kayakingfatso

    Before leaving Texas, I made $7.25 an hour, paid my own rent (at the time was $450/mo.) plus a $300 car payment, insurance, household bills like food, utilities, AND I had two children. It can be done with sacrifices- MANY sacrifices and a tight budget, but I looked to NO ONE for help because i was raised that I am responsible for myself and my family. It CAN be done. I did what I had to do until I gained the qualifications to look for a CAREER and make more money. With dedication and hard work, it took 2 years to obtain the skills to double my wage- three years to triple it.

    The problem nowadays is that no one wants to work for anything anymore. This administration punishes success.

  • Hiraghm

    As it’s called “minimum wage”, shouldn’t SOME people have to be paid that amount?
    If you increase minimum wage to $100/hour, prices will adjust and your buying power will remain the same or less, but fewer people will be employed.

    That has been the history of raising the minimum wage. There’s no magical number where the reality changes.

    • louisiana_mom

      Reality is hard for those who live in La La Land… And you cannot convince them companies do not have a money tree (or infinite amount of money) and will lay off employees and/or raise prices to meet the new minimum wage… And the ones that really get screwed are the ones who were making a little above the old minimum wage because then they are back at the bottom rung of the ladder…

  • Maxx

    The problem with how liberals view minimum wage surrounds this idiotic notion that they actually believe entry level jobs are ok to raise a family. Minimum wage was never designed for that.

    This goes with my sentiments articulated a few days ago in the Dr. Ben Carson piece. Liberals need the downtrodden. One way to ensure they remain so is to plant this imbecilic notion that “if only conservatives gave you $2/more an hour, you could raise your family by working at the dry cleaner down the road.” When people become motivated to seek higher wages, invariably, they receive them. When they receive them, they soon understand the increase in taxes which invariably follow and thus the education begins and you can bet, more than a few suddenly begin questioning liberalism.

    THIS is what the left wants to prevent. So…it serves their best interest to keep people at minimum wage jobs by claiming to “fight for the little man” with a minimum wage increase. What they SHOULD be fighting for are higher paying jobs that get people OUT FROM UNDER the shackles which minimum wage almost guarantees.

  • Steve_J

    It sounds like they intend to remain in minimum wage jobs.

  • Sean Minturn

    Minimum wage is for teenagers starting out in entry-level jobs.

  • marcellucci

    All Managers:
    Bring all your mwagers in the back room……
    Ask each one, out loud, which one out of 4 should get fired for the other 3 to get $9/hr….
    And, please, don’t forget to video the mayhem that is sure to ensue…..

  • marcellucci

    Some fun facts:
    BLS says 1.7 million people earned minimum wage in 2011.
    If minimum wage goes up by $1.75/hr, the employer will match $.11/hr for SS tax
    That’s an additional $187,000.00 PER HOUR the G’ubment will suck out of employers…
    You can do the rest of the math……enjoy

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Wait. Second to last tweet from Gallagher chick said woman named $9/hr. But she struggles. Isn’t the push to raise wages to $9/hr? Isn’t that the magic number? I’m confused.