According to a report from the University of California Berkeley Labor Center published on Oct. 15, more than half of America's fast-food workers receive some form of public assistance from government programs.
A study released by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center states that 52% of fast-food workers rely on public assistance to make ends meet. The workers reportedly use programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and even the Earned Income Tax Credit to make up the difference between their monthly expenditures and their salaries.
The study states that fast-food workers collect an estimated $7 billion in government assistance every year.
Reports indicate that the workers are forced to collect benefits from these programs because of low salaries, too few hours, and a lack of health care benefits offered by these highly profitable fast-food chains. In fact, UC Berkeley reports that “fast food is a $200 billion-a-year industry,” but added that the median wage for core front-line workers is just $8.69 an hour.
UC Berkeley reportedly based their findings on reports collected from government assistance programs from 2007 through 2011.
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