Pop quiz: What came first, the $0.99 cheeseburger, or the depressed wages?
Berkley — The fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs, according to a report released today (Tuesday, Oct. 15) by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley
“People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week.”
Fast food is a $200 billion-a-year industry. The median wage for core front-line workers at fast-food restaurants nationally is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of the jobs provide health benefits.
We can subsidize the very corporations that are cutting hours and benefits to avoid providing a living wage and healthcare to a workforce where “1 in 4 are parents, raising at least one child,” but we can’t raise the minimum wage and mandate that corporations with over 50 employees provide healthcare to their full-time workers? It’s a testament to the corporate propaganda that the latter is considered the socialist takeover of America.
We have seen the hideous face of socialism, and it looks like this: