Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report spotlighted a KFC employee, Naquasia LeGrand, who has been advocating for a higher minimum wage. Ms. LeGrand works 15 hours a week at $8/hour. She’d work more, but she can’t – they won’t let her. She’d get another job, but KFC doesn’t schedule out – she can’t reliably predict her schedule.
She’s asking for executives to share the profits with employees on the front lines. For perspective, the CEO of Yum brands (conglomerate that owns KFC), David Novak, received $11.3 million in 2012.
Recently, I’ve been talking about income inequality, and how stagnant wages and food stamps are a consequence of executive excesses. This interview brilliantly captivates the struggle of minimum wage employees better than any article I could ever write.