I read the Sept. 5 news article “ Fast-food workers stage protest” concerning the “Fight for 15” demonstration with a different perspective.
These burger-flippers are doing a job that was never meant to support a family, that has historically been a teenager’s part-time job and that is a dead end for all who cannot climb the management ladder. The fact is, the Rev. William Barber has a delusional view that “these are workers, folks doing hard work.” Hard work?
Reality is a “living wage” of $15 per hour at 40 hours per week equals $30,000. A sergeant with at least four years of experience in the U.S. Army makes about that. Every service member with less rank is making much less. Differences? They both wear uniforms, but soldiers are on call 24/7, work more than 40 hours per week carrying up to 80 pounds of gear. Which is a vital job? Get real! Hard work?
My son left recently for Afghanistan and will be working in whatever the weather is: 120 to minus-10 degrees. Hard work is 12 hours per day for five days on and a one-day break, no overtime or vacation and praying when the siren goes off.
Fast food isn’t measured in feet per second.
John Gallant, Clayton