Is a McMuffin a better value than a Big Mac?
Fast food is cheap because it’s only made of 3/4 food; the other 1/4 is our childhood memory of how the food should taste.
In Denmark, $20 an hour is the lowest rate the fast food industry can pay thanks to an agreement between Denmark’s largest union and the Danish employers group Horesta which includes fast food outlets like Burger King, McDonald’s, Starbucks.
Fast food workers in Detroit are striking today, in what organizers predict will be the largest strike since 400 people walked off their jobs in New York last month. (“According to the campaign, a walkout by twenty workers at Detroit’s 10400 Gratiot Avenue McDonald’s prevented the store from operating. Some workers brought in as strikebreakers to replace those striking workers chose to join the strike instead.”)
Workers want to unionize and raise their pay from minimum wage to $15 an hour, but it would be more likely that companies would negotiate that figure down—if they’re willing to negotiate at all.
Basically, just don’t ever eat at a fast food chain if you can help it.