Who says fast food joints can’t pay their workers more than the minimum wage and still make a decent profit? Well, for starters, it’s the big fast food joints themselves and Republicans who say LET THE MARKET DECIDE. DOWN WITH MINIMUM WAGE. DOWN WITH REGULATIONS unless they benefit BIG business and billionaires. Maximum profits over people is the message – that’s the capitalist way. But it is possible to be a caring capitalist. It is possible to give workers a living wage and still make a profit. In fact, it can be good for business, perhaps even better for business. Did you hear that BIG business? Exhibit A: Moo Cluck Moo. I confess that until today, I had never heard of this place. But this fast food restaurant does something remarkable: they pay their workers TWICE the federal minimum wage. The owner says they don’t pass on the costs to patrons. Their burgers and sandwiches are competitively priced. The other remarkable thing is that this restaurant serves up some of the healthiest foods in the fast food industry all with a social conscience. Their beef, pork and poultry products come from farms that humanely raise vegetarian animals that are never fed hormones or antibiotics. It may not make a big difference to you, but it is said that the vegetarian pigs roam free on the range. And know that MOO CLUCK MOO uses NOO preservatives in their condiments and their vegetables are fresh and pesticide free. For the sweet freaks, sodas are made with cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. Cheers!
With only two locations in Michigan, their model may not be so persuasive to the big chains yet, but look out Micky Dee, Wendy and Mr. Burger King – MOO CLUCK MOO is looking to expand and seeks investors. Soon they may be located right next door to you wherever you are. They say that paying their workers a living wage is the right thing to do. And I quite agree and so would many others.