Dominick Calsolaro

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Fast-food workers need to support their families

The Observation Deck

Published on 6/20/2015 by the Times Union written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO

The fast-food industry wage board is holding meetings throughout the state this month. It is imperative the board vote to raise the wage of fast-food workers to $15 an hour. Working parents should be paid at least enough to care for their children. Many of our elected officials use the term “family values” when they are trying to justify their vote on a specific piece of legislation. What is more of a “family value” than paying a decent wage to hard-working parents trying to raise their children in today’s demanding society.

Most fast-food workers are women. Many of these women are single parents trying to juggle raising a family while working at poverty-level wages that are not enough to even cover the cost of a month’s meals, let alone pay the rent. Meanwhile, as these low-wage, fast-food workers sweat and toil to make ends meet, the fast-food industry is profiting in the billions of dollars and keeping the profits to themselves. Instead of investing in their workers and providing them with a living wage, the fast-food industry has been using the profits gained by these struggling workers to buy back their stock shares, thus further enriching investors’ ever-expanding wealth. This only leads to more economic inequity, in this, the land of opportunity.

Raise the wage to $15 and help to make our economy, noted as the best economy in the world, work for everyone.

Dominick Calsolaro

Albany

Former city Common Council member