In 1945, U.S. workers that totaled around 6 million went on strike that resulted in the shutdown of major companies. These workers demanded more pay and better working conditions, and they ended up receiving an average of 18% increase in wages. Now in today’s society workers in the service industry are being seen as essential as they continue to work in public areas despite the pandemic. Many have taken this opportunity to share their wages that often come out to minimum wage and long hours with minimal PPE. Will the realization that we need cashiers, restaurant workers, and janitors in order to keep society going help raise awareness for their unlivable salaries? Or will society still say that flipping hamburgers isn’t a real skill?
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July 14, 2020