Most restaurants do not offer employees a livable wage. With a looming recession and wholly insufficient legislative stimulus-response, many Black and vulnerable families face a loss of income, imploding household expenses, with the likelihood of mounting debt to follow. Fast food corporations have been extremely vocal about standing in solidarity for Black liberation but its time they put their money where their mouth is.
In the middle of a pandemic, employees sometimes work 10-hour shifts, and due to inadequate paid sick leave policies, some are expected to work even if they become ill. Not being able to take days off when sick or be paid a livable wage disproportionately impacts Black and low-income workers. And this largely affects Black women as they overwhelmingly make up the low wage workforce of cooking, cleaning, and caregiving, interfacing with hundreds of people a day, without the ability to take time off if they have fallen sick. Corporations like McDonald's, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A make millions in revenue a year. These restaurants are putting profits ahead of public health by not ensuring their workers can take time as needed, to tend to their health or have adequate means to provide for their families.