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Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:16 AM

Fast-Food Restaurant Raises Starting Salary to $15 per Hour

Amidst nationwide protests about the minimum wage at fast-food eateries, one burger joint in the Detroit metropolitan area has decided to raise its starting salary to $15. According to the Daily Beast, Moo Cluck Moo, a Michigan eatery, had already been paying employees an unheard of $12 per hour. Fast-food workers around the country have been holding protests to encourage companies and restaurant owners to raise staff pay. Moo Cluck Moo owners Brian Parker and Harry Moorhouse chose to give their staff a pay bump. The bump to the so-called "living wage" has many critics (predominantly fast-food execs and restaurants owners), but Parker and Moorhouse have found that higher pay leads to much better service and lower employee turnover. Plus the business owners truly believe that their staff deserves every penny. "It's not an easy job to do," explained Parker.

http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/fast-food-restaurant-15-hour-starting-salary

Take that McDonnald's

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liberal N proud Sep 2013 OP
leftstreet Sep 2013 #1
gopiscrap Sep 2013 #2
mopinko Sep 2013 #3
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #9
G_j Sep 2013 #14
Volaris Sep 2013 #22
libdem4life Sep 2013 #4
safeinOhio Sep 2013 #5
LuvNewcastle Sep 2013 #6
NBachers Sep 2013 #7
SammyWinstonJack Sep 2013 #8
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #10
etherealtruth Sep 2013 #11
jmowreader Sep 2013 #31
stonecutter357 Sep 2013 #12
liberal_at_heart Sep 2013 #13
90-percent Sep 2013 #15
BelgianMadCow Sep 2013 #19
Heather MC Sep 2013 #16
tokenlib Sep 2013 #17
BelgianMadCow Sep 2013 #18
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Sep 2013 #20
redstatebluegirl Sep 2013 #21
James48 Sep 2013 #23
PoliticAverse Sep 2013 #24
tblue37 Sep 2013 #25
SoCalDem Sep 2013 #35
ybbor Sep 2013 #26
liberal N proud Sep 2013 #40
FreeJoe Sep 2013 #27
ForgoTheConsequence Sep 2013 #28
Mr.Bill Sep 2013 #29
reformist2 Sep 2013 #30
niyad Sep 2013 #32
ReRe Sep 2013 #33
littlewolf Sep 2013 #34
B Calm Sep 2013 #36
Warren DeMontague Sep 2013 #37
olegramps Sep 2013 #38
liberal N proud Sep 2013 #39

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:17 AM

1. DURec

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:17 AM

2. Excellent wish I was in Michigan to support them

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:30 AM

3. that's how you revitalize detroit.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:03 PM

9. That's how you revitalize America!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:39 PM

14. +1000

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:00 PM

22. Ain't THAT the fucking truth.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:31 AM

4. People work better and stay longer when paid a living wage. Who knew?

Recall a pizza place that did this and included it in their signage...and their traffic (and reputation) increased.

Now, if Target (or a significant equivalent) would step up, we could say "Take that, WalMart."

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:33 AM

5. Great read.


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130911/BLOG006/130919957/moo-cluck-moos-15-an-hour-story-starts-with-a-lesson-in-minimum-wage

Employees at Moo Cluck Moo make $15 an hour or about $31,000 a year. In comparison, a rookie Detroit police officer starts off at about $30,000. A newbie teacher in Detroit starts around $38,000. A cub reporter at a daily newspaper averages about $28,000 a year.

The impact of their higher-than-average salaries is not lost on Moo Cluck Moo's employees.

Lindsay Senia, 23, says she is able to pay her tuition out-of-pocket instead of taking out student loans.
Jennifer Aguilar is able to send her son to Boy Scout camp and can afford to send her daughter to cheerleading camp.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:52 AM

6. I hope their business grows and they all make a killing.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:00 PM

7. I'd sure love to stop in there.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:03 PM

8. rec!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:05 PM

10. If I'm ever anywhere near Detroit, this place is on my list.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:06 PM

11. thanks for posting

NPR also did a great story:


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=222099775&ft=3,1051,1052
"Now this comes at a time when fast food workers have been staging short strikes across the country to protest wages many consider too low. Now we want to talk with the owner of one casual dining chain who's moving in the opposite direction. The owners of Moo Cluck Moo in Dearborn Heights, Michigan are currently paying their workers $12 an hour and they want to raise that number to $15 an hour. That would be more than double the current federal minimum wage. We wanted to talk more about this so we've called on the owner Brian Parker and he's with us now. Thank you so much for joining us."

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Response to etherealtruth (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 06:11 PM

31. Casual dining CHAIN?

There's only one of them.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:14 PM

13. K&R. It can be done.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 12:56 PM

15. A company this generous to it's employee's

Should enjoy employees giving the best they have to give their nice employer during their work days! If they are taking care of you, with human's innate desire for fairness, we should reciprocate.

A generous employer should end up with a work force full of generous employee's. Happy employee's should make for a more prosperous business.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to 90-percent (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:28 PM

19. I've been wondering at which point in time

we will all step away from the "I want the cheapest"-brink, and start supporting businesses that "pay back" in honest work, environmental consiousness and quality goods or services.

Been thinking of starting a business "made here, under good conditions" and I wonder how many people would be prepared to pay how much extra.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:07 PM

16. Posting on FB for my Michigan Friends!!! Definately need to support a place that treat their

employees with dignity and respect.

imagine waking up and discovering you go a raise Nice

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:21 PM

17. A little more expensive,but a lot BETTER food..hope they expand...

Looking at the menu on their website..makes me hungry. And they really care about where the food comes from. WOW!! The owners just really care period....

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:25 PM

18. startLing salary

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:31 PM

20. I saw this story on MSN's business section the other day

The user comments after the article were mostly right-wingers and libertarians hoping and praying it would fail and the place would go out of business and being down right angry that someone would treat their workers well as if they were doing it to "show up" or "shame" everyone else. It was really fucking sad to realize how much people hate their fellow man.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:38 PM

21. What??? They are not going broke???

How can that be???? Sarcasm.... Blows corporate BS out of the water!!!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 02:07 PM

23. I live 50 miles away

but will road trip there sometime in the next month just to try it and to support them.

Best of luck!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:38 PM

24. So how do their burger prices compare to fast food places like McD's that don't pay as well? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:45 PM

25. Their burgers run $3 to $5, and their fried

chicken sandwiches are $6. A little bit higher than McDonald's, but not much--and probably better food, as well.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 04:40 AM

35. Hamburger & fries at a BOWLING alley here is $8.95

Hamburger & fries at DENNYs is pushing $9.00

Paying employees decently and telling patrons, means they are no longer scrounging for tips too..and the kitchen staff & bus-people no longer have to rely on the (sometimes reluctant) generosity of servers to share with them..

It also means that workers will not call in as often if something fun comes along that they want to do

Prhpas people who may not need to tip now, mat just order dessert or coffee after dinner..

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 05:26 PM

26. I went there last Wednesday

Last edited Sun Sep 15, 2013, 08:35 PM - Edit history (1)

I live about 25 miles away, but wanted to check it out and give them my business. It's take-out only and the food was excellent! Not very expensive at all.

Check out their website:

http://www.moocluckmoo.com/#!food/cfbl

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Response to ybbor (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 05:44 PM

40. Good to hear!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 05:31 PM

27. I wonder

I certainly love the idea and hope that they are successful. I know that it would be a powerful motivator to get me to shop there.

On the other hand, I wonder how much of an advantage they get by being fairly unique. If one fast food company in my area did this, I would seek them out and give them a higher percentage of my business. If they all did, I wouldn't increase my consumption of fast food in total, so none would see a gain in business from me.

I also imagine that they have a huge staffing advantage. The best fast food workers are likely to want to work for them and keep working for them. Again, if every fast food place did this, they would see a smaller improvement in worker quality. They would attract quality workers from other industries and their workers, having more income, would have fewer personal problems. They could not, however, all attract the best workers if they all paid at this rate.

So, great idea. I hope that they are successful. I wouldn't assume that their results would be replicated if we raised the minimum wage to $15/hr.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 05:55 PM

28. It can't be done!!!!

Neo-Liberal Underground posters told me it couldn't be done!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 06:02 PM

29. In n Out Burger starts it's employees at 10.50 hr.

One of the reasons they can do that is they are not franchises, they are a privately held corporation that own all the stores. There is no franchise owner paying a huge franchise fee to the Franchisor every month. Franchises have their advantages, I suppose, but they are a bad business model when it comes to what's left to pay the employees.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 06:06 PM

30. This is good, but we should not think of higher pay as something the owners "allow" us to have!


It's a matter of justice, not charity.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 08:10 PM

32. k and r--would support them if I were in the area.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 03:11 AM

33. K&R!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 04:15 AM

34. excellent I wonder how many of the employees

are full time verses Part time.
hope everyone that wants to be f/t gets to be.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 05:19 AM

36. If I lived nearby, I would eat there!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 05:21 AM

37. Awesome.

K&R

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 11:16 AM

38. This reminds me of Henry Ford.

He realized that it didn't make any sense that his workers could not afford what the built. When he raised his workers wages, actually doubling them, he was the pirria of the wealthy who wailed that his policies would bring them to financial ruin.

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Response to olegramps (Reply #38)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 05:43 PM

39. Exactly

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