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Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry.

Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting.

If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject.

Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is full of spots that are largely ran by workers who fall in the poverty bracket.

Organizations like Fast Food Forward are making it their mission to bring attention to the individual and community effects of low wages.

They offer as example employees who work for fast food companies in New York. This group, like too many others,  actually tends to make far less than needed to accommodate the price of living in their area. Fast food establishments annually bring in billions in the U.S. alone. Illustrated by Fast Food Forward is how much the top of the quick foods hierarchy can make as compared to the operative level, which often contains the populace actually producing the service.


Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?
Walkouts are being talked about and some even planned in several large cities throughout major food and retail chains across the U.S. in order to bring attention to the pressing issue. Many who make lower than average pay state that unfair labor practices need to end or strikes may continue, though not a threat, but really an equitable demonstration and call for change for the seemingly forgotten masses.

Strong arguments exist on both sides.

Some say that many places are not corporate owned and in reality a large percentage of all restaurants are in fact small business operations or franchisees that can’t afford to pay more per hour to their employees. However, the opposition retorts that better paid workers leads to increased job satisfaction, which then lends to enhanced productivity, less turnover rates and other cost effective results.

One budget journal tool called Practical Money Skills tried to show how easy it was to make ends meet for one specific fast food working group if entries outlining purchases were jotted down and a finance plan was set in place.

The budget plan, which seemed to be more written for a junior finance class, was instantly ridiculed as condescending. One, because those on constant, strict low incomes normally already know exactly where every dollar needs to go without having to jot it down on a colorful worksheet; and two, for offering an unrealistic representation of pay received and actual purchase costs.

This issue is widespread, and when workers often cannot even afford to buy the products they are making on a daily basis, something needs to be reworked. When profit comes at the literal expense and quality of life of others, then proper profit doesn’t actually exist in a larger communal sense.

Whether or not the fast food industry will become more socially responsible in terms of offering real, healthy choices (not only pre-packaged in plastic, weird tasting apple slices) will probably always be an issue. A common sense, ethical pay scale shouldn’t be.

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