Being a wage slave puts you in a position of zero power. People in poverty have very little opportunity to crawl out. You need money to make money, and even if you get a college degree, there still aren’t jobs available.
So when I see… people… (fighting the urge to use harsher language) laughing at minimum wage laborers demanding higher pay, I just want to sock them in the jaw. If you think everybody that works a minimum wage job is just too lazy to get something better, you aren’t paying attention to what’s actually happening in the world.
People don’t have options.
It would be great if workers could go on strike to show near-minimum wage employers like McDonald’s and Burger King that they, y’know, need their workers, but they can’t risk their jobs to make a statement because they’re already barely surviving WITH it–what will they do WITHOUT it?
Minimum wage employment is absolutely taking advantage of people–people who desperately need some money, who can’t afford to not have that job. These corporations are selling hamburgers for 99 cents and making billions in profits a year. You can’t tell me they can’t bump a hamburger up 50 cents and pay their workers–whom, let me remind you, they need for their business to operate–a decent wage.
Look… when the current CEO of McDonald’s took his position in 2013, he had a base salary of nearly a million dollars. When you add in stock options and other compensation, he comes out over thirteen million.
All to one man…
… who is standing over a company whose employees receive an estimated $1.2 billion in public assistance per year because their McDonald’s wages don’t make ends meet.
A lot of people would say “Public assistance?! I have to work my ass off for what I have and these punks just get free money!”
You really want to go down that road? Because if the perks of being poor make it so easy, why aren’t YOU doing it?
Does the stereotype of welfare recipients with iPhones and brand new cars and Gucci bags happen? Probably sometimes, but if you think it’s easy to just live comfortably off the government in poverty, you’re just ignorant. I tend to think this mostly exists as an excuse to ignore and hate poor people, because if you can just believe that their misfortune doesn’t actually exist and THEY should really pity YOU for having to work, then you don’t actually have to care about people.
So you think McDonald’s has no responsibility to make sure its employees can make ends meet? Why not? McDonald’s can’t exist without those people you deem worthless. Sure, anyone can make a sandwich. Sure, they’re not making executive business decisions… but they are the blood that keeps the business running. If you don’t have the laborers, all you have are a bunch of brains pushing dwindling numbers around. Unfortunately, with the imbalance of wealth as it is, people are desperate to keep their heads above water, and that places the power in the employers’ hands. What do they do with it?
Rip you off. Because they know there’s nothing you can do about it.