by Marion Nestle
Aug 1 2013
Front page news: fast food workers need better pay
Fast food workers striking for higher pay are on the front page of the New York Times today. And about time too.
The salient quotes:
- Our union’s members think that economic inequality is the No. 1 problem our nation needs to solve. We think it’s important to back low-wage workers…to make the case that the economy is creating jobs that people can’t support their families on.
- In a lot of low-income neighborhoods, probably the largest employer is the fast-food industry, and we’re not going to reduce the level of poverty in those neighborhoods unless we try to get that industry to provide jobs that pay a living wage.
- One Taco Bell worker…has about $900 a month to feed and clothe her three children. They receive food stamps.
Food stamps? If fast food and restaurant workers need—and qualify for—food stamps to feed their families, this means that American taxpayers are subsidizing the profits of these industries.
And if you want a terrific introduction to what this issue is about, take a look at Saru Jayaraman’s Behind the Kitchen Door (ILR Press/Cornell, 2013).