$22 an hour for fast food workers in New York State?

Can you imagine?? That job you had in high school, or maybe the very first job you ever had, could soon be earning you over $20 an hour! It’s not that far-fetched when you consider what’s happening in one of the states that looks a lot like New York State.

Now that fall and back-to-school routines are underway here in the Empire State, you may be encouraging your kids to get a job or start thinking about getting a job. For many school-aged children, the first job is at a local fast food restaurant. Just take a survey of your friends and chances are they started at McDonald’s or Tim Horton’s. Most of these places in New York State pay between $15 and $16 per hour. But that might jump a little soon.

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I remember my first job and my first paychecks. I worked at a small local paint store in suburban Buffalo, New York. Although I don’t remember exactly what I was making per hour, I remember being able to cash my check in the cash drawer at the end of the week.

Is $22 an hour too much? Is it too little? It really depends on the crowd you are in at the time of the discussion. Just this week, Starbucks employees picketed outside Western New York locations and raised concerns about unfair dismissals and other labor issues. It’s clear that the fast food industry is changing and this will eventually affect the price of your food.

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