Restaurant Lobby Spying and Spending to Fight Rent-A-Mobs, aka Pesky Workers Who Inexplicably Want A Living Wage
Big fast food just got even slimier. Following on the heels of a report finding that taxpayers subsidize not just their woefully underpaid workers but their grotesquely overpaid CEOs - the head of McDonald’s makes almost 10 million bucks, 1,200 times his employees' wage, but only about $1 million is taxable - come leaked documents showing the National Restaurant Association is monitoring activists' social media, warning restaurants about the growing traction of "rent-a-mob" fast food protests and otherwise stepping up their opposition to "reputational attacks on our industry." It doesn't take a highly developed sense of irony to note that the world's largest food service trade associatrion, now set to spend at least $600,000 in additional funds after spending decades fighting objections to wages as low as $2.13, could just spend that money - yes- to pay their workers a living wage. Salon got the leak.