Michigan Fast Food Restaurant Paying Workers $12 Per Hour, Still Turning A Profit

Michigan’s newest fast food chain Moo Cluck Moo pays its workers $12 per hour, and, despite claims from McDonald’s, Burger King, and others, the company is turning a healthy profit.

The restaurant is located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and Allen Fisher, the restaurant’s managing partner pays $4.60 over the Federally mandated minimum wage because “it’s just the right thing to do.”

Speaking to MSNBC Fisher explains:

“We manage our costs effectively, we use the best product that we can afford, and we pass that along to our employees. It’s not an easy job to do. We demand a lot out of our people, but we pay them for that.”

While Moo Cluck Moo only has one location, the company is planning to expand. As part of that expansion, the company offers an exclusive training program for employees. Complete the training program, and you receive a better job and even higher pay.

But that isn’t all! Workers get free uniforms and free meals. The company is also preparing to offer medical benefits on top of everything else they are already doing for workers.

America’s fast food chains aren’t exactly hurting; in 2011, they brought in a combined $115 billion in sales.

As I reported last week, workers in Australia earn $14 dollars at McDonald’s and the cost for a Big Mac is only slightly higher than in the United States. In fact McDonald’s operating expenses are lower compared to worker pay in the US than almost every other country in which the company operates.

While a $10+ federally mandated minimum wage is currently being discussed the Moo Cluck Moo model is proving that even bigger paychecks can be achieved with profitability still achieved.

Do you think the US minimum wage is due for a major overhaul that is closer to the $12 per hour wages being earned by Moo Cluck Moo employees.