Are fast food workers exploited? Don’t they deserve fair compensation for feeding us? If it’s true that “exploitation occurs when ‘the energies of the have-nots are continuously expended to maintain and augment the power, status, and wealth of the haves,’” then it seems that not only are fast-food workers exploited, but many minimum wage workers are as well.
via Truth Out [please follow the link to read the entire article]:
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As fast-food workers demand a fair share of the profits they create, the industry, its supporters and assorted critics of the movement have responded by lobbing red herrings, from the contention that workers should find new work if they don’t like their current working conditions to the threat that “robots will replace you.” Others charge that workers don’t deserve a living wage because their job doesn’t require a college education. A Facebook meme posted by Sarah Palin in response to last fall’s Fight for 15 protests pictures US soldiers in combat, accompanied by the text: “We get paid less than minimum wage and you’re demanding 15 bucks an hour to slap a burger on a bun.” These common appeals are part of a tapestry of “plutocratic fallacies” used to justify exploitive wages and foster irrational division among low-wage workers.