Over 4 million people work in the fast food industry. Contrary to what most people think, these workers are not college or high school students. Most of them are people who are trying to support themselves or a family. They earn about $8.00 an hour, with no benefits. Many of them work two jobs and still cannot make ends meet.
There is a growing movement, starting in New York, for fast food workers to unionize. It is the only way they would ever be able to support their families. I support this movement for a couple reasons. First, I don’t think that it is just for anyone to work full time for wages that are not living wages. Second, I think that after the government destroyed the manufacturing base of America in the late 90’s, the only economic sector left to rescue the middle class was the service industry. If fast food workers can organize then there is hope for the future.
Unionizing is the only means to re-establish a middle-class. I would be willing to pay more for a Big Mac knowing what it means to the person serving me.