by Laura Clawson
“There’s been pretty huge growth in one year,” said Kendall Fells, one of the movement’s main organizers. “People understand that a one-day strike is not going to get them there. They understand that this needs to continue to grow.”
The National Restaurant Association is, as usual, responding to the strikes by trying to convince potential customers that low-wage fast food workers are just kids trying to earn some extra cash, not adults and parents as they actually are. Basically, the fast food industry’s position is that restaurants shouldn’t have to pay enough for workers to live on—workers should instead apply for government assistance to make ends meet. And that’s why workers need to fight. Because the same corporations that pay these poverty wages also lobby for lower corporate taxes (meaning less government revenue available for things like food stamps), trying to increase inequality and make poverty worse from both directions. Fast food workers need to fight, in other words, because beyond their individual terrible circumstances—the choices between rent and food or utility bills—this is about justice at the most basic level, and if we’ll tolerate a society in which inequality keeps increasing.
Laura Clawson reports on labor for Daily Kos, where this post first appeared