food service < factory work

20 Jul

In a report by GOOD on the state of the American waiter, the magazine notes that the food-service industry has added more than 216,000 jobs in the past 18 months, growth that is twice the national average. This has been going on for some time, not just in the past two years, and interestingly, these food-service jobs are what’s replacing old factory jobs. The benefits, however, are much worse.

“Back in the ’60s, so much of the working class was employed in factories. The jobs we’ve seen taking their place have been service sector jobs that don’t have labor protections. Only ten percent of workers get paid sick days and 90 percent don’t get health insurance from their employers. The fact is, most of these jobs are replacing work that used to be better.”

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