Fast Food, Low Wages: Leading Food Writer Backs Strike

July 26, 2013

With a strike by fast-food and other low-wage workers set for Monday in several cities, Mark Bittman, Time magazine’s lead food columnist and a New York Times columnist, has a question for politicians and corporate execs who oppose paying workers a decent wage.

The median age of today’s fast-food worker is over 29, and many are trying to support families. One estimate claims that a family of four needs nearly $90,000 a year to get by in the nation’s capital. That’s six minimum wage jobs. Explain to me, please, how you can be pro-family and anti-living-wage simultaneously? (Many Republicans in Congress seem to manage.)

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