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eelhound · 5 months ago
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"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
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Why are people rude to food service workers for no damn reason….like i don’t get paid enough for you to yell at me just cuz you’re too incompetent to make this at home yourself.
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youhaveaguineapigwhere · a month ago
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nataliealanna93154770 · 3 months ago
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hagleyvault · a year ago
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Today’s #WorkerWednesday post features H. Jefferson, C. Jefferson, J. Simms, and H. Henry, the waiters providing service for a circa 1943 Blue Cross supper served at 9th and Orange Streets in Wilmington, Delaware. This photograph is from Hagley Library’s collection of Photographs of wedding cakes and caterers (Accession 1969.026), which was donated to the library, along with the Edith N. McConnell business records (Accession 1119), by Edith N. McConnell was a confectioner and caterer in Wilmington, Delaware from the 1920s through the 1950s. To view this collection online now, click here to visit its page in our Digital Archive.
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canidrook · 10 months ago
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Can we talk about the food service industry?
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I was in the food industry for about a decade, before I joined the military. The military was what you’d expect (or maybe not). But I to this day have more food service industry related traumatic stress dreams and panic attacks than I did with any of my military service history.
It’s terrifying, the way your are dehumanized not just on one side but all sides. I had way too many managers and shift supervisors relegate me to “mindless automaton that needs no rest”. I’m talking clopening shifts, working while I was sick (several times) under threat of loosing my job, and taking shifts on days I was not scheduled because they knew I needed the money.
On top of that you deal daily with people who think of you as nothing but the same service robot you’ve been relegated to by your employers and or management team. I’ve had customers threaten my life when I was alone because my manager or shift supervisor was on break. I’m not talking because they wanted the money in the safe, I mean over a cup ‘a joe.
At one point there was a much older and stronger older customer that stalked me at my store and one day waited for closing to try and “ask me out on a date”. The doors were locked and we were obviously closed but he knocked on the door anyways. I came and told him we were closed and that he could come back tomorrow. He became insistent that I come outside and talk with me about our “relationship”.
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I, being a bullied scared lanky twink, was terrified. I mean he was obviously going to murder me. So I walked in the back and waited for my manager to come back from smoke break.
I’m happy to report that I did not get murdered, and that after that he never showed up at the store again. I think my manager said something, there’s always good ones. There has to be good ones supporting the system, otherwise it wouldn’t work. And the terrible thing is that it does work. These industries, by design work in a way that views it’s workers as disposable. They view the jobs they create as not worth having so the public does as well.
Now I’ve only brought up the counter side of the experience. The drive through experience can be as traumatic as they get sometimes. I would never work at a drive thru again. The way people talk to you is just unreal. Like you’re not a real person. To the customer it’s a shared trauma with the people behind them. For the people behind the window it’s fucking 1-5 min chat roulette, but less horny (sometimes) and more mean kids from high school.
My point being, that I’m thinking of going back to it for a while, to have income. The virus is really making income an issue, and I could use the extra money. I guess I’m just not sure about it.
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youhaveaguineapigwhere · a month ago
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Service workers should get paid an extra dollar an hour for working on their period. No I'm not joking about this
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fade-touched-obsidian · 2 years ago
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I love my job. I hate my store.
If you all only knew how many times I've contemplated quitting my job in the last 48 hours...
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headofalicante · 2 years ago
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Had a shitty day at work. I don't apprieciate getting called out infront of the whole front of house crew for something that was already embareasing and easily fixed.
Tips also sucked tonight and I was giving excellent service. I just don't get it. It is so disheartening. I depend on these tips to live. I dont get a paycheck. Because I only male $2.13/Hr. Taxes eat up what I do earn per hour.
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Pro tip:
Tip your server AT LEAST 20% for good service! We depend on our tips to live. To feed our families. If we are doing something wrong then tell us to give us a chance to make up for it!! We also dont get the entire tip that is given to us. There is something caled a tip pool. Every reaturaunt is different in how thwy do this, but basically the hosts, bussers, and bartenders (if Applicable) get a share of the tips.
I swear every one of my tables tipped me 10% and I was always smiling, they always had full drinks, their food was hot, and I even struck up conversations with a few of them. Seriously if you can't afford to tip then don't eat out. Servers only make $2-$3/Hr (I make $2.13). It is just really disheartening and infuriating at the same time.
Trust me I would rather be home with my 1 year old, but we need money to survive.
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tyrellia · a month ago
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Concept: Unionizing the retail and/or food service industries by crowdfunding the purchase of franchise locations and immediately holding union elections at each location.
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