by Kenneth Justice
~ This past week has had a number of ups and a number of downs. Returning from my trip to Colorado last week things were pretty much on the upswing,
I found out a business associate of mine is getting fired……..and he doesn’t know it yet. I’ve been working with this particular client for nearly 10 years and the owner of his corporation recently sold out to a different client. To make a long-story short, I had coffee with the new owner and he told me who he would be keeping and who he would be letting go.
The business friend of mine who is getting fired is a really good guy; he’s honest, down-to-earth, and a great family man, which in certain elements of the business world are rare commodities.
I am really sad that he is going to be losing his job……and there’s nothing I can do about it.
When I was younger, first starting out in the marketplace of business, I didn’t think about jobs and work very much. Sure, I went to work everyday, performed my duties, and then I went home or went out with friends. Life was simple; work was a means to an end.
But in recent years, with the economy falling apart all across the United States and Europe; we all think about work and jobs a whole hell of a lot more than we ever did in the past.
Earlier this week, fast-food workers across the United States went on strike in the hope of forming a union and obtaining an increase in pay.
My heart goes out to those fast food workers because it seems to me that they work harder than many people who make substantially more in the corporate world.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what the answer is; As much as I dislike McDonalds and what it stands for, I realize that many of the individual McDonalds are independently owned by men and women who don’t make a ton of profit. I know one particular McDonald’s owner who only makes a profit of $150,000 per year. That isn’t very much when you consider how much of their money is tied up into the place. It’s also not a lot of money when you consider what a $4 an hour increase in payroll would do to their bottom line.
So while on the one hand I believe these workers should get an increase in salary, on the other hand I realize that in many cases the owners of the independent McDonalds don’t have the money to dish out.
What is the answer?
I really don’t know.
It’s one thing if we were just talking about high-schoolers working in fast food; no one would cry out ‘injustice’ at the pay scale. But there are so many men and women over the age of 25 working in fast food who are trying to raise their families, pay rent, and I don’t know how we can expect them to make it on less than $12 an hour.
In the 1980’s the Western World was very fortunate to experience the computer industry spring-up out of nowhere. For nearly 20 years the advancements in computer technology led to millions of jobs that didn’t exist prior to the 1980’s.
But we are currently in 2013
There is no new technology or innovation that has sprung up out-of-nowhere.
With each passing day, more and more people merely want the simple satisfaction of going to work, performing a job, and making enough money to lead a certain lifestyle.
But perhaps that is where the answer lies.
Perhaps our standards have to be lowered.
Perhaps its too much for all of us to own an automobile.
Perhaps going to the movies, tanning, out to eat, and bowling have to now be looked at as luxuries.
Perhaps traveling by airplane should be a more rare experience than a typical one.
Perhaps we are reaping what our parents sowed.
Perhaps our parents were too reckless with their money and lifestyles and the way they set up the economic system so that now we must go through a period of radical lifestyle change.
Perhaps I am wrong.
Maybe there is some answer out there to correct this current global economic meltdown that I can’t see.
For now, I’m just going to have another cup of coffee and think about it all.
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