It's not like giving poor folks higher wages is going to suck those dollars into a black hole; if anything you'd likely see steady rises in numerous industries as more people were capable of becoming customers. And that's just fast food. We printed trillions out of thin air to save the banks and inflation didn't move. If you work a forty hour week you should be entitled to a living wage.
In the non-unionized fast food industry, marked by high turnover, low wages, and poor to non-existent benefits, sexual harassment is endemic. A recent study of fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell and McDonald's found that 40 percent of workers reported experiencing sexual harassment at work.
A full 60 percent of the women who reported multiple occurrences of harassment said they felt pressure to accept the abuse because they could not afford to quit their job. Among the incidents reported by the Center: A year-old cashier in St.
Louis who was asked by an older male employee: This same worker also endured an attempted sexual assault, which she did not report because of her past experiences. As shown by these charges and thousands of intakes we have received at the Fund from women in every industry, those who report their abuse are often fired, demoted or mocked—and since nothing is done to stop the harassment, nothing changes.
The strike is historic. While labor organizing campaigns have often made sexual harassment a focal point, this strike marks the first multi-state action devoted solely to the issue. In the s, one of the first labor struggles in the early phases of American industrialization centered around addressing the sexual harassment and assault faced by female mill workers in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Without the protection of a union, fast food workers are particularly vulnerable to harassment.
But, according to sexual harassment expert Lin Farley, the equation can also be reversed: Harassment can be a tool to prevent unionization and collective worker struggle. That might be changing, however. Support Independent Journalism In These Times has been selected to participate in NewsMatch —the largest grassroots fundraising campaign for nonprofit news organizations.
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More by Rachel Johnson.Thousands of fast food workers across the United States will once again go on strike this Thursday, representatives of the Fight for 15 movement announced Monday night.
Nov 30, · A rally at a McDonald’s near Times Square on Thursday. Organizers said fast-food workers went on strike in New York City.
Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times. . New York City fast food workers this morning planned to walk off the job in what organizers promised would be the largest-ever strike against the fast-growing, virtually union-free industry. Terrance Wise, a low-paid fast-food worker, leading a one-day strike last year at a Burger King in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Steve Hebert for The New York Times Push for Higher Pay Spreads as Home Care Workers, Convenience Store Cashiers, Discount Store Clerks, Airport Cleaners and Ramp Workers, Walmart Associates, Federally-Contracted Service Workers Call for $15 an Hour. Cooks and cashiers from McDonald's, Burger King and other restaurants walked off the job to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage.
The protesters are also pushing for union rights for fast food. Fast-Food Workers Strike for Higher Wages The protests are part of a movement by labor unions, Democrats and other worker advocacy groups to raise pay in low-wage sectors.