Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Despite the commonplace misperception that fast-food workers are lazy, resentful teens who need to learn how to work, the opposite is true. At Jimmy Johns the workers’ mood is very often serious, hopeful, and dedicated. Those workers lacking those qualities soon fail their coworkers and earn the ire both of them and of the management, and they are canned soon enough. This is true, in my experience, in the fast food, restaurant, and service industries generally. Jimmy John’s workers, as members of the working class as a whole, are exploited by Jimmy John’s owners, who, as members of the capitalist class, exploit the working class as a whole. A worker can go from one employer to another, but a worker cannot escape capitalism, which daily tightens its grip around the class.