$6,000.00 Signing Bonus - We Want You - For Burger King

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    A cutthroat, post-hurricane labor market has sent wages skyrocketing in the fast-food industry and prompted some of the New Orleans region's biggest chains to offer workers thousands of dollars in signing bonuses, perks typically associated with higher-paying white-collar jobs.

    Burger King recruiters have been visiting federal disaster recovery centers and newly reopened high schools offering a $6,000 bonus, paid in monthly installments, to anyone promising to work full-time at a metropolitan New Orleans restaurant for at least a year. New part-time workers are being offered $3,000 bonuses.

    Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits has increased hourly pay for cashiers and cooks from just over the federal minimum wage of $5.15 to more than $8, a jump of more than 50 percent.

    "I've been in the (fast-food restaurant) business for 30 years, and I've never seen anything like this," said Glen Helton, president and chief operating officer of Strategic Restaurant Acquisition Corp., the California company that owns the 54 Burger King stores in metropolitan New Orleans.

    Strategic Restaurant has reopened about half of its stores and is ready to open 13 more, but it can't until it hires about 500 more workers, Helton said.

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    For flipping burgers?! Daaaaamn.

    ...and someone will STILL complain it's not enough money...
     
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    Which proves that these corporations could afford to have a higher minimum wage, despite their protestations and those of their Republican cronies.
     
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    For what?! You're flipping a god damned burger. How much do you think someone should be paid for something like that??
     
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    I think the minimum wage should provide people who work 40 hours a week the ability to live independently on a modest basis.
     
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    Define modest.
     
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    And proves that they will pay them, without federal mandate, when that is what it takes to get the employees.
     
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    Modest?? Minimum wage should allow kids to buy gas for their beat up cars to get them from point A to point B..

    The pay you receive should be equivalent to the work you do. Standing in front of a grill flipping burgers requires minimal intelligence, no education whatsoever, and limited physical ability. IMO, that's right around $6 an hour.. If you're making almost twice that, what's left to strive for in life?
     
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    I think it's great that the 'Fast Food' industry has raised it's wages...will open the door to others than illegal aliens...and I would prefer to eat a burger 'flipped' by a happy and content employee rather than a bitter underpaid one...would not worry about the burger content! :eek:
     
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    And there-in lies the controversy I think. Should a minimum age earner be able to afford his/her own home on that wage? What is "modest"? Does that include the big screen TV and two other TVs in other rooms? How many cel phones? etc. etc.

    On top of that, how much are you willing to pay for that burger?
     

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