Getting a fair shake in the fast food nation

If you’ve ever lived in a college town or if you’re just a fast food fan like me, then you have probably heard of Jimmy John’s.  The chain serves up delicious sandwiches that can be delivered directly to your pad well into the wee hours of the night.

But behind that tasty French bread exterior, not everything at Jimmy John’s is so appealing. Like many in the fast food industry, Jimmy John’s workers suffer from substandard wages, they don’t receive sick days, and have to bring in a doctor’s note just to get the day off. One worker claims that he had to work bicycle delivery shifts with a broken clavicle or risk losing his job, while another employee complains of working with too many ill coworkers, so sick they even vomit in the workplace.

Over 200 of the chain’s workers in Minneapolis have begun the process of forming a union , with a vote scheduled for October 22nd.  The workers hope to bargain for a living wage, paid sick days, and most of all, respect on the job.

While historically the fast food industry has not been organized these Minnesota sandwich crews are working hard to change that tradition.

Labor historian Peter Rachleff had this to say about the situation:

If these guys are seen to succeed, it could really light a fire, because the level of dissatisfaction is unquestionable… The corporation knows that, and they have a lot of resources. They’ve got plenty of lawyers who will try to tie this up as long as they can.

As any fast food aficionado can tell you, these workers deserve the modest increases in wages and benefits they are asking for.

For more information on the organizing efforts of Jimmy John’s workers click here.

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