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  • Aired:  08/01/13
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Fast food workers agitate for higher wages and the right to unionize. (2:59)

COMEDY CENTRAL

>> WELL COME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

WELCOME.

MI JOHN OLVER, I'M STILL

SITTING IN FOR JON STEWART

WHO IS CURRENTLY ON AN

UNINHABITED ISLAND IN THE

PAS CIVIC LEARNING ABOUT THE

HUMAN CONDITION AND

BEFRIENDING A VOLLEYBALL.

OUR GUESTS TONIGHT HERE TO

DISCUSS HIS ONE MAN SHOW

UNCONSTITUTIONAL COLIN QUINN

IS GOING TO BE HERE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

VERY FUNNY MAN.

BUT WE START TONIGHT WITH

OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH FAST

FOOD.

WELL, NOT SOME OF A LOVE

AFFAIR AS AN UNHEALTHY ONE

WAY RELATIONSHIP WITH

SOMETHING THAT IS TRYING TO

KILL US.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT LATELY THAT RELATIONSHIP

HAS BECOME A BIT MORE

STRAINED.

>> A NATIONWIDE PUSH WORKERS

CALLING FOR A MUCH HIGHER

MINIMUM WAGE.

>> WORKERS AT McDONALD'S,

WENDIESING DOMINO PIZZA AND

MORE WILL WALK OFF THE JOB

TODAY.

HERE'S WHAT THEY'RE ASKING

FOR.

THE RIGHT TO UNIONIZE AND AN

INCREASE IN WAGES FROM $7.50

AN HOUR TO $15 AN HOUR.

>> MAKE OUR WAGES SUPERSIZED.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YES, YES.

CORPORATIONS BE LESS GREEDY,

GIVE OUR WALLETS DIABETES!

YEAH, YEAH.

IF YOU WANT MY-- [BLEEP]

YOUR HAPPY MEAL.

YES.

LOOK.

THIS IS CLEARLY A

COMPLICATED ISSUE.

AND THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY

ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES TO ANY

ACTION AND REASONABLE PEOPLE

CAN DISAGREE ON HOW TO HELP

LOW INCOME FAMILIES WHETHER

IT'S WITH WAGES, TAX CUTS OR

GOLDEN TICKETS THAT MAY OR

MAY NOT LEAD TO FUTURE

OWNERSHIP OF A CHOCOLATE

FACTORY.

BUT HOW CAN THESE FAST FOOD

WORKERS EVEN BE SURE THEIR

COMPANY CAN AFFORD TO GIVE

THEM RAISES.

>> McDONALD'S MADE 5.5

BILLION DOLLARS IN PROFITS

ALONE LAST YEAR.

>> YEAH.

>> OKAY THEN.

TO BE HONEST I DIDN'T

REALIZE THE GOLDEN ARCHES

WERE LITERALLY 24 KARAT

GOLD.

ALSO, ALSO, JUST TO BE

HONEST, THAT 5.5 BILLION

ISN'T ALL FROM FOOD SALES.

TWO-THIRDS OF THAT, THE

HAMBURGLER MADE BY

SPECULATING ON FUTURES.

TOTALLY LEGAL, THAT'S THE

INCREDIBLE THING.

HE DIDN'T COMMIT A CRIME.

LOOK, DEEP DOWN MOST

BUSINESSES WOULD LOVE TO

HELP THE MOST VUL

NEVER-- VULNERABLE MEMBERS

OF SOCIETY.

THEIR QUESTION IS JUST

WHAT'S IN IT FOR THEM.

>> YOU PUT MONEY IN THE

POCKETS OF WORKERS, THEY'RE

GOING TO SPEND T OFTEN AT

THE VERY ESTABLISHMENTS

THEY'RE WORKING AT IT WILL

FUEL A POSITIVE CYCLE.

>> IF WE WERE TO RAISE THE

FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO

10.10 AN HOUR THAT WOULD

GENERATE ABOUT $32 BILLION

IN INCREASED CONSUMER

SPENDING.

>> WELL, THAT WOULD BE GOOD

NEWS FOR EVERYONE.

$32 BILLION, FAST FOOD

WORKERS WOULD MAKE MORE

MONEY IT THEY WOULD THEN

SPEND THAT MONEY ON MORE

FAST FOOD, MEANING THAT THEY

WOULD HAVE TO SPEND MORE

MONEY IN TURN ON IMODIUM TO

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