The story of Tyree Johnson, who works for minimum wage at two McDonald's outlets in Chicago to afford a cheap single-occupancy hotel room, is wrenching to read.
Bloomberg News profiled the 44-year-old man, who's spent more than two decades labouring in fast-food jobs, to highlight the huge and growing wage gap between the rich and poor in the United States.
It paints an almost Dickensian picture of life for people at the lowest rung of the employment ladder in America, where high unemployment and ruthless corporate cost-cutting have combined to cow employees and freeze out unions.
Bloomberg reports Johnson makes $8.25 an hour and works less than 40 hours a week at two McDonald's stores about 1.6 kilometres apart. At the end of one shift, he takes a quick sink-bath in the restaurant's washroom because hygiene and appearance are important factors in annual compensation reviews.
But after his often sweaty shift work behind the fryers and grills, it's hard to rid himself of the the greasyRead More »from Income inequality mushrooms in America, but is Canada immune from the trend?