5 Effects of the Fast-Food Workers Strike

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Be warned America; it may not be as easy to get your fast-food fix today as it normally is. Employees of fast-food establishments in several cities, including New York, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Kansas City are staging a walkout today as part of a unified attempt to gain what they call a “living wage” of $15 an hour.

The single-day strike was organized in the face of startlingly low pay, in New York for example, where the statewide average for fast-food workers is a measly $8.25 an hour. No wonder these kids are stomping on our lettuce and licking our taco shells…

5 Decrease in Emergency Room Traffic

Sure, it’s only a one-day strike, but this one day could lead to a significant drop in trips to the emergency room. Just take a moment to consider the amount of people in these strike cities that normally rely on fast-food for a quick, midday lunch or a late night dinner after a long, stressful day at work. The purpose of the strike may be to gain better pay, but one of the most positive side effects will be the sharp and sudden decrease in large, sweaty guys that keel over on a Monday in America.

4 Brighter Futures

The fact that these workers have organized and banded together to work for a common goal is an encouraging sign in and of itself. The paltry paychecks that fast-food workers have come to accept are completely absurd, especially when considering the unbelievable amount of money these companies rake in. Low pay has unfortunately been an accepted evil of the industry (kind of like that pink slime stuff), but the fact that these workers have proactively gotten behind a legitimate cause has shown that they realize they don’t HAVE to work for peanuts, and their lives will be better for it.

3 Scabs?

As with any strike, there is always the threat of simply being replaced by the companies that have wronged you. Luckily in this case, the jobs aren’t exactly as lucrative as say, stepping into the shoes of a Major League Baseball player. However, there is still the chance that some scabs might cross the picket lines and accept the meager wages. Namely, all of the rotund American kids who suddenly can’t get their hands on a Whopper today. Their severe cases of withdrawal could convince them that the quickest way to get the treats that they so love, is to just join the team.

2 Increase in Workplace Productivity

Bosses, at the end of the workday today, don’t be surprised if things in the office seemed to run a little smoother than usual. And if you can’t quite put your finger on the reason why, look no further than the lack of fast food. Thanks to the fact your employees aren’t feeding their faces with these low-nutrition lunches, you may likely see a marked decrease in meat-sweat induced desk-naps, and far fewer strained, mid-afternoon, half-hour trips to the restroom.

1 Higher Quality Service

In the long run, this could be exactly what the fast food industry needs. One of the biggest complaints of the average customer at these establishments is the often-horrendous customer service the employees serve up. But think about it, if you were taking home an average of $11,000 a year, how differently would you be acting at work? Admit it, if you were in their shoes, you’d likely be slapping that burger down on the counter with all the enthusiasm of a death row inmate, too.

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