The Herald Bulletin

March 10, 2014

Letter: Dignity in the workplace is a human right

The Herald Bulletin

---- — From the comments that I read on the Internet and newspapers it is easy to conclude that many people have no respect for the people or the work being done in fast food restaurants. Jobs for high schoolers is what they are called. Why do I see people of all ages doing these jobs if that's so? I was always taught that any honest work is honorable work.

Not everyone is going to be a college-educated person doing work you think is important. Every society needs fast food workers, trash collectors, ditch diggers, shelf stockers, car washers, cashiers and other retail workers. Did you catch the key word in that last sentence? The word was need. We need these folks to make all of our lives easier and better and, as such, these workers have value.

Dignity in the workplace is a human right and must be guaranteed by law and that dignity is measured by the wage that these workers receive.

As a society we have no right to foster and maintain a permanent underclass of human beings doing the work that benefits us all, work that we don't want to do, and paying them wages that keep them in poverty.

People doing any kind of work deserve to be paid a wage that allows them to be fully engaged in the economy and share in the economic greatness of a capitalistic society, if they can't, then they are nothing more than modern-day slaves.

James R. Willis