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Labor Day: The High Price Of Cheap Labor

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When I first heard about the strike at the fast-food restaurants, my joke writing ideas went into full tilt… I was even going to submit a few to Conan (via Conan’s website submit idea). In the end I thought I would just keep them to myself for a while.  Instead, let me tell you this story:

Labor Day 2013

The other day I was with the kids in Publix. A food sampling booth was set up. The woman handing out the samples was so sweet, maybe in her later 60’s. She started up a teaching conversation with me and the girls. We talked for over 10 minutes. She kept giving the girls different samples and teaching them about the history/etymology of their names;  among other things.  This sweet lady feeding my kids’ body and mind, was an out of work professor (with 30 years experience) serving samples–making minimum wage, I’m sure.  Now, there is someone that should get $15.00/hour. I don’t think she’s making $15.00 at Publix.

Pay raise may raise customer service. But the price and cost of the rate hike for minimum wage will trickle down to the poor, who eat at the fast food joints, anyway. The price of a burger could go to $10.00 and fries $5.00. We will pay it because 90% of Americans are hooked on junk food.

Labor Day: The High Price Of Cheap Labor

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2013). Labor Day: The High Price Of Cheap Labor. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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