"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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Right, so, Im on disability. I make only 830 a month however I'm in a program that takes money out of it for insurance so thats around 730 i get to use on bills, food, gas and wear and tear on my car. Forget spending for pleasure. If i lived alone my bills alone would take up most if not all that money. Itd be all the same if i worked 2 to 3 jobs to make just as much if not just a little more than that. I literally just bought 86 dollars worth of food and that's just for 3 or 4 days worth of food. If i were to get a part time job i would only be able to work a certain amount of hours which is fine because most people on disability either isn't physically able to work those long hours or mentally capable to. The problem is, is that you also can't make above a certain amount of money because apparently thats also an indicator of how healthy you are.
It is outstanding how little the government cares for it citizens. Not only is it difficult to get on disability, which is bullshit because even the most obvious cases can be denied, it forces you to live in proverty because heaven forbid you take up space in society. Never mind that these people could contribute in other ways via arts, education, and others. Unless you can feed the metaphorical beast, you aren't worthy of a decent life.
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ooooh god i just looked at my finances for the past month and the amount of $ spent on unnecessary things is so like. ???? no wonder why i always feel like i have no money jesus
Me finding out I forgot to submit a bunch of assignments when I still had a job-
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i had the opportunity to learn a lot about the situation and ITS SO STUPID LIKE IM NOT EVEN THERE BUT IM SCARED AND IM MAD AND I THINK THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THEM TO EVEN RAISE THE FARE AND LIKE IT SEEMS CHEAP BUT IT ADDS UP AND UGHHHH AND HOW THEY'RE HANDLING IT IS SO FRUSTRATING ITS NOT A DEMOCRATIC WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS NOR IS IT HUMANE LIKE WHAT THE HECK
it’s not really cheap if i’m honest because like a week of using it is like $10,000 in chilean money and most people earn the minium wage. AND YOURE RIGHT THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THEM TO RAISE IT??? and like people starting evading bc its expensive as FUCK so the president’s solution was to put COPS IN THE STREET, of course the people would take it as provocation!!!!
what is happening in Colombia?
around mid-April the government filed a Tax Reform (Reforma Tributaria) which aims at raising existing taxes, creating more for some items that don't have it (the most essential things such as groceries), taxes to the patrimony and so on, under the flag of raising money to help alleviate the pandemic effects on the economy
however, in a country where around 42% of the population don't even make it to a minium wage and are dangerously near or deep in poverty; while the congress people earn in a month what a regular person can pay in 20 years, the Reforma didn't sit well with the people.
despite the pandemic, Colombia was one of the countries with the biggest military budget spent in 2020.
the Tributaria was only the tip of the iceberg; the last straw in a chain of incompetence, violence and state abandonment that has been going for years and that only got worse with the pandemic
it's not just about the fact they want to raise the taxes: it's the fact that they also want to change the health care system (as if it's not already very fucked up); it's the fact people are nothing but pawns on a political play where very few individuals pull all the strings: it's the ceaseless violation of human rights, it's the fact the first place violence comes from is the State; people die every day and the government doesn't care
because of the Reforma, people decided to go on a strike in the whole country (Paro Nacional) since last week. if the people of a country, in the middle of the third wave of a pandemic, decide to ignore the restrictions and go on a strike massively, it's because the government isn't doing anything better for them.
even though the right to protest is a constitutional right, the repression the protesters are facing has come to the length of the violation of human rights.
people are being murdered by State Forces, there are dozens or hundreds of injured and a lot of people missing that were taken by the cops. the president ordered to militarise the cities and reporters are even suggesting that they cut all Internet so that people can't organise. the civil unrest is relentless.
there have been several and countless cases of police abuse
even the UN exposed the violence by the police:
the police are attacking people, shooting and gassing the protesters, especially in Cali (a city in the west of the country) and Bogotá (the capital):
in Cali, they even cut off the Internet signal so the people can't expose on social media the abuses and the human rights violation:
this video pretty much sums it up:
here's an article (in Spanish but it's pretty explanatory):
CNN: ¿Qué está pasando en Colombia? Reforma tributaria, protestas, militarización de ciudades y amenazas a la ONU.
here are some more links on the situation:
there are many other news and reports but I tried to put it briefly.
My country is bleeding to the hands of the government and the public force. Please spread the word.
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