Well, I see that the nationwide demonstrations of fast food workers demanding an immediate raise to $15 an hour (twice the current minimum wage) have died down, just as always happens when liberals' fantasy-based follies are treated as what they are. But liberals have such a gift for continually denying reality, you can expect this headline to be back again, like a bad TV rerun. When that happens, I want to suggest to some of these employers that they employ what I call the "Whirlpool compromise."
It works like this: many years ago there was a Whirlpool appliance factory near Cincinnati, Ohio. They employed some 14,000 workers and everything was just fine until some union leader needed to demonstrate his importance. He went to management and observed that the average wage in the factory was about $10 per hour, but that they were all members of the United Auto Workers union, and UAW members at the auto plants in nearby Detroit were making $14 per hour. It was only fair and right, said he, that all of HIS members should ALSO be making $14 per hour. Management explained that the appliance business was highly competitive and operated on very thin margins, and they could not possibly pay $14 per hour and stay in business. The union leader insisted, and when management naturally insisted contrarily and on staying in business, the union went out on strike. This went on for a number of weeks, with the union absolutely intransigent and management unable to accommodate them. Finally, management called the union negotiators back with a new, "compromise" offer. "Here is what we can do," they said, "right now we have 14,000 workers at $10 per hour. We are willing to pay 10,000 workers $14 per hour. You choose." The union went back to work. Apparently $10 per hour for 40 hours was better than $14 per hour for zero hours. Nobody wanted to be one of the 4000. Liberals are great at denying reality, so sometimes you have to slap them in the face with it. Call it a compromise.