Fast food workers protest is the most stupid strike in history
IN the US fast food workers went on strike to demand a $15 an hour pay settlement. Up from the current $8 or so they get.
The Guardian rolled out one of the strikers to tell us all what it was about. She raised two children as a single mother, which isn’t the easiest of things to do. She worked long shifts to do so too. But then we get this:
My hours, like many of my coworkers, were cut this year, and I now work only 25 to 28 hours each week. I can’t afford to pay my bills working part time and making $7.85,
What the hell?
The complaint is that she can’t live on the money she earns in a part time job? So therefore she’s going to go on strike? You can’t make these things up can you?
There’s also a more delicious side to this story: the reason her hours were cut. It’s because of this great big healthcare reform thing, Obamacare or the ACA. That law says that all full time employees must have health care bought for them by their employer. Or the employer must pay a fine. So, of course, what a lot of employers have done is make everyone part time so that they don’t have to pay. And the part time/full time distinction in Obamacare is 30 hours per week. It should have been obvious to all that this was likely to happen but not to the members of Congress it wasn’t.