Dear Walmart, McDonaldâs, Starbucks: How Do You Feel About Paying Your Employees So Little That Most Of Them Are Poor? How do you feel about paying your employees so little that most of them are poor? These employees are dedicating their lives to your companies. They're working full-time in jobs that are often physically and mentally demanding (again, if you don't think so, try being a barista). And you pay many of the employees so little that they're poor. -------------- Walmart, McDonald's, and Starbucks employ about 3 million people (not all Americans). They also collectively generate about $35 billion of operating profit per year. If the companies took, say, half of that operating profit and paid their employees an extra $5,000 apiece, it would make a big difference to the employees and the economy. The companies would still make boatloads of money, and the employees' compensation would finally be above the poverty line. cont on link... http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/dail...s-feel-paying-employees-little-124603023.html ------------------ The question I have, Maybe the cost of living is too high. Is the price of a parking ticket, $100 too high? How about a $7 a pack cigarette tax. How about all those taxes on cell phones? WTf is a fishing liscense these days - $30 dollars? You got 2 kids and kiss $100 good bye to take a kid fishing. People might be able to live on $12 an hour if various "hidden" taxes, costs (liability ins, etc) weren't draining every last cent from the minimun wage chump.