In Solidarity With the Fast-Food Workers

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In Solidarity With the Fast-Food Workers
Jon Gitchoff

They would schedule us for fewer than 20 hours a week. If business was booming we'd work close to 40 hours, yet they'd ask us to sign out and handle a few things off the clock. For the sake of remaining employed, most of us were willing to continue working. If business was not booming, we'd find ourselves reduced to five to ten hours week.

I applaud the fast-food workers currently pushing for better wages and the right to organize a union without being punished. If they can accomplish this, it changes the game for minimum-wage workers in every industry. We all deserve fair treatment and a wage that gives us the ability to take care of our families. If you're willing to work for your money, you don't deserve welfare wages. Minimum wage does not reflect today's cost of living. This defeats the entire purpose of minimum wage -- it was designed to match the financial burdens and economical concerns of the time.

Many honest, hardworking people are working these jobs, because in this economic climate, they are the only jobs readily available. The rich continue to get richer while the poor suffer a severe lack of options. The solution is a fair wage. What is so hard to understand about that?


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