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The Washington Post reports this morning that, "emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29." One-day walkouts already have taken place in cities that include New York, St. Louis and Detroit.

According to the story, "The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say cashiers, cooks and crew members at fast-food restaurants are paid a median wage of $8.94 an hour ... The planned August walkout - timed for the immediate aftermath of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the lead-up to Labor Day - is expected to touch 35 or more cities and involve thousands of workers, organizers said. The walkouts have not led to widespread changes, though some workers say they have gotten small pay increases and better hours in the wake of previous strikes."
KC's View:
This issue keeps coming up, and my opinion hasn't really changed ... I'm ambivalent about the idea of legislated "living wages," but I do think that smart companies will recognize that wage disparities could undermine their viability, and will do something about it. They'll realize that when you are making billions of dollars in profits, you can afford to pay people a little bit better ... and that'll help your business in the long run.

I keep saying that if companies do the right thing in this case, they'll render any proposed legislation irrelevant. And I keep getting email from people suggesting that I am calling for living wage legislation, and castigating me for it.

Which is not what I'm doing.