Token Offerings from Employers Won’t Fix the Labor Shortage

Workers today are displaying discontent with their jobs at unprecedented levels. In late July, for example, protesters in St. Louis congregated in an otherwise bustling drive-thru of a local McDonald’s. They were there to demand the corporation pay them at least $15 per hour — about $5 more than the current minimum wage in Missouri.
Worker discontent isn’t a problem unique to my home state, though. From Charlotte, North Carolina, to Detroit and Houston, workers are going on strike for better pay, benefits, and working conditions. And who can blame them?
As many of us transitioned to remote work during COVID-19, employees in low-wage, low-opportunity jobs like fast-food workers had to hunker down.
This often meant pulling longer hours under dangerous conditions with little to no hazard pay or sick leave.
The Hiring Problem
Walkouts aren’t the only issue employers are battling, though. As fast-food chains expand locations to match consumer spending, hiring can’t keep pace. “Help wante…

Written By: Jeff Mazur
Original Article: https://readwrite.com/2021/09/26/token-offerings-from-employers-wont-fix-the-labor-shortage/

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