Workers at fast-food outlets in New York walked off the job Thursday, another action by low-wage workers of the sort we should expect to see happening more.
Organizers hope to see the protest lead to unionization and wages of $15 an hour, but as Steven Greenhouse explains in the New York Times, it’s a tough industry to organize because of high turnover and fractured workforces, and anyway, those wages might not be attainable.
No word yet of a similar action in Connecticut, where the cost of living is high and minimum-wage workers typically need public assistance of one kind or another.
Give credit to the strikers, as they could easily lose their jobs at a time when unemployment remains around 9 percent. That’s a sign of how bad it’s become for low-wage workers.
Will the $1 meal at Mickey D’s go the way of the Twinkie? I say good riddance if it does.