A local Tysons plant employs 910 workers and processes 1.2 million birds a day... 24/7/365. The average wage at that plant is $18,500 per year. What would be the results of increasing the price of each chicken by ONE NICKLE?
1.2 million times 365 equals 438 million birds per year. 438 million X .05 (5 cents) = $21,900,000 per year. $21900000 divided by 910 workers equals $24,065 per worker ADDED TO the existing $18,500 per year they currently make. That $24,065 raise would mean they could pay each worker $42565 per year. You will find no shortage of Americans wanting that job. In fact, we had a walkout of Somali workers recently, over 100 of them, and the next day there were over 400 people lined up outside wanting to put in applications. THE NEXT DAY.. and that involved no increase in pay.
But how about that head of lettuce for 5 bucks?
I have watched lettuce being picked, and they are pretty speedy.. cutting and throwing one head about ever 3 seconds. But lets be generous and say the workers are VERY slow.. cutting only one every 15 seconds. Once again.. lets increase the price ONE NICKLE. That means each worker would cut 4 per minute, or 240 per hour. At an extra nickle per head of lettuce, at 240 head per hour, they could give workers who currently earn about 6 bucks a raise of $12 per hour, for a final wage of $18 per hour. Hell, I will go pick lettuce for 18 bucks an hour, anytime.
So the whole thing about cheap labor and how our produce will skyrocket is a load of bullshit propaganda. Most of us would not even notice if a price increased by a nickle a bird, or a head of lettuce. Effect upon sales would be virtually non-existent... and American workers would be paid good wages.