A Living Wage: In Denmark, They Have It Their Way

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

By Liz Alderman and Steven Greenhouse/ New York Times/ October 27, 2014

That is because he earns the equivalent of $20 an hour — the base wage for fast-food workers throughout Denmark and two and a half times what many fast-food workers earn in the United States.

“You can make a decent living here working in fast food,” said Mr. Elofsson, 24. “You don’t have to struggle to get by.”

With an eye to workers like Mr. Elofsson, some American labor activists and liberal scholars are posing a provocative question: If Danish chains can pay $20 an hour, why can’t those in the United States pay the $15 an hour that many fast-food workers have been clamoring for?

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2 Responses to A Living Wage: In Denmark, They Have It Their Way

  1. Good comment. I agree. Americans forget that when unions were strong, the middle class was thriving. As unions have disappeared, so has the middle class.

  2. RAY TILTON says:

    Every generation of Robber Barons in this country since the end of the Civil War has made it their holy mission to make war against trade unions.

    No Prisoners has always been their policy with regard to trade unions. That is why in the USA for every ten thousand people you can find who hate trade unions, only three or four people out of the ten thousand have ever had any direct contact with unions. The Robber Barons have conducted most of their war in the arena of propaganda and they won that war at least fifty years ago.

    Anybody who tells you different is simply under the influence of that propaganda. The per capita participation in trade unions in Denmark and several other European countries where people earn a living wage and there is not the need for state welfare that there is here in the USA is vastly greater than the per capita participation in unions in the USA —- not by a few numbers but by several factors.

    Thanks Arlen for sending this.


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