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eelhound · 4 months ago
"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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gahdamnpunk · a year ago
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This pandemic is really proving that government has the means to solve all problems they just choose not to
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thatquietsong · 3 months ago
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It's either abolish capitalism or face extinction. There's no 'compelling' corporations to save us. They have control of all the resources to help protect themselves (secluded land, bunkers, any and all infrastructure to protect themselves from the worst of climate change), and all the means to colonize space. They're literally creating a space hotel that's going to be ready in the next decade. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to watch the world increasingly suffer throughout my life. And if I survive until 2075, I don't want to have survived that long to go out like that. We've already seen how the elderly and disabled and sick were treated during this pandemic. I don't want this for anyone or anything on our planet.
Edit: it's come to my attention that these statistics are unfounded. The scientific consensus in terms the possible outlooks of global warming are already scary enough, and this guy (from the tweet), who is not a climate scientist, is apparently out there spreading misinformation like this and is being condemned by actual climate scientists. I took them as someone who was theorizing a worse outlook, but based in science, and it's not. My sentiment above is still the same, but please look through the notes in regards to why these statistics (5, 6, & 7) are by in large if not completely disagreed with by scientists- and look at the actual science based statistics and outlooks of global warming.
That said, my sentiment is still the same. We need to abolish capitalism in order to save the planet, or stave off the worst of climate change, and it will take revolution, not reform, in order to abolish capitalism.
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allthecanadianpolitics · 7 months ago
The City of Toronto is asking a court to order a local man to stop building small wooden shelters for the homeless.
The city filed an injunction application on Feb. 12 against Khaleel Seivwright, a carpenter who has been building small structures for those living outside.
The city wants an order that permanently stops Seivwright from placing or relocating structures on city-owned land.
It cites bylaws that prohibit camping and living in city-owned parks.
Continue Reading.
Tagging: @politicsofcanada @onpoli
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yesterdaysprint · 2 months ago
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Daily Mirror, England, January 31, 1938
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cosmicfunnies · 5 months ago
I wish I could escape..
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I finally had it with my abusive mother. She does not even respect my own personal space as she busts into my room when i am sleeping and wakes me up by starting arguements with me and yelling hurtful words towards me. I am not sure what to do anymore. I just wished I had a job so I can escape…I feel so trapped that i feel like removing myself from this existence because i can’t do this anymore. Nothing has been going good for me since 2018 which was when i lost my job. Things have been going from bad to worse and I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m so done with this life. I wished my life wasn’t so horrid as I always have been treated terribly in my own dysfunctional family since I was a kid. The pandemic made my life hell as I have no place to escape to last year and experienced true hell with this woman..
I only eat once a day as I don’t have the appetite to eat and sometimes forget to eat at all at times..I sleep in most days because i have no energy or motivation. I have to force myself to use whatever little energy I have to deal with a few orders on my site.
I wished I was born in a normal family and have a normal life…I don’t know what i deserved to live in such a hellish state. I wish employers gave me a chance and hired me…I have over 10 years experience in graphic design and virtual assistant work and yet no one wishes to hire me…i either get ghosted or rejected.
Not sure how long i’ll last if i’m still in this hellish place…
Please if you know anyone…who is looking to hire someone virtually please pass them my way.
My portfolio site is here:
My gofundme is here:
And of course my online store:
I also need help with motivation so if you have any ideas on which topic you would like for me to work on in terms of comics, feel free to leave a comment. I’m open for suggestions..I miss working on comics..
Thanks for your support and sorry for bugging you guys..
Have a good night.
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petrichara · 10 months ago
Celebrity culture has zero purpose. They have proved time and time again they give no shits about normal people. Celebrities going to private islands and throwing parties (and telling people not to post the pictures on social media, because they knew there would be backlash, they knew it was wrong, and they did it anyway) during a pandemic while eight million Americans alone were pushed into poverty, right before a life-changing election, should radicalise you.
Kourtney Kardashian sharing a post to her story, on an account with 102 million followers, that masks cause cancer is nothing but murderous.
Imagine if they’d used that money to help.
Stop giving people like the Kardashians a platform. Living in a fantasy where you defend the Kardashins doesn’t work. You are closer to being homeless than you are to being them. They will not help you, they are not saviours. Stop defending the rich.
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magicklore · 6 months ago
If your anarchy doesn't include the protection of disabled ppls rights then I don't fucking want it. If it puts poor people struggling to survive on the front lines because they have no other choice then I don't fucking want it. Be aware that without safety nets in place for those most at risk you are telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps just like capitalists. You can't destroy a system without something to fall back on so get into mutual aid! Don't be an armchair anarchist! Create the foundation for a better world before you rip out the broken foundation we have now. Be angry, but put it to good use.
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thinfatfit · 2 months ago
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edit: i 100% support mental healthcare & i take antidepressants & go to therapy (either free community programs or paid therapy when i have insurance / can afford it), i just have an issue with people claiming that mental health services can fix all problems & using mental health issues as a way to discredit the harm caused by systemic issues like poverty
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People queuing for food in freezing conditions in the UK in 2021. How the fuck did we come to this?
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