Saru explains why the food industry, despite being one of the most profitable industries in the country, pays its workers such low wages -- the federal tipped minimum wage, for example, which goes to workers who are expected to receive tips (like servers in restaurants), is still just $2.13 per hour.
It is in the interest of everyone, rich and poor, to see the minimum wage increased to at least $15 an hour. That will help not just minimum-wage workers. It will have a rippling effect, raising everyone's wages. And while we are at it, let's raise another significant part of everyone's compensation package. Let's raise Social Security.
Raises would, of course, cost these billion-dollar corporations something. More costly, though, is the price paid by minimum-wage workers who have not received a raise in six years. Even more dear is what these workers have paid for their campaign to get raises. Managers have harassed, threatened and fired them.