NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Here in Massachusetts, the minimum wage is $9 an hour. It’ll be $11 an hour by 2017, but should it go even higher?
New York is considering a $15 an hour minimum wage for fast food workers.
The CEO of Dunkin Donuts called the idea “ridiculous.” He stopped short of saying it would cause them to lay off workers. He says most of the minimum wage earners are teenagers who are expected to move on to higher paying jobs. Other people are concerned a higher fast food wage would drive up the cost.
However, people we talked to in Hampshire County, including a fast food worker, said they agree with the idea.
“You don’t necessarily have to pay the minimum federal wage as long as whatever wage you pay per hour, combined with the tips makes up the federal minimum wage, so I think that it is a good move to do that, plus these guys are super profitable,” said Prashant Kumbhat of Boston.
Isis Badone of Chicopee told 22News, “It’s hard to live off of $9 an hour. People who work in fast food still have lives. They still have expenses and things they need to pay for.”
On July 1st, McDonalds raised its wage for 90,000 workers by a dollar an hour. That raise did not apply to their franchised restaurants, which make up 90% of their total locations.