saw something on facebook that really pissed me off because I worked at McDonalds for three years.
In an episode of the sitcom Roseanne from 1989 the characters talk about being paid 8 dollars an hour and how they can barely afford to live. 1989.
If you don’t believe fast food workers deserve a living wage, cook your own fucking food.
If it cost $15.00 an hour to purchase and maintain a machine whose job was to put pickles on buns, and if the machine regularly slowed down, broke down, or contaminated the pickles if the maintenance budget was cut further, nobody would be questioning whether $15.00 an hour was the price for putting pickles on buns.
Does it cost $15.00 an hour to keep the person who puts the pickle on the bun alive and healthy enough to keep coming to work every day and putting those pickles on those buns? Then it costs $15.00 an hour to put pickles on buns. The minimum cost of labor is the minimum cost required to keep the labor laboring.* Simple.
*If one is a Marxist, one immediately notes that the “value of labor” actually includes the value added when the pickle is placed on the bun - that is, the amount the customer is willing to pay for pickle-on-bun versus the individual pickle and individual bun - but that this value doesn’t typically accrue to the laborer, but to the company’s owner(s), who skim it off the top despite never actually putting a pickle on a bun themselves. But I digress.