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Right to Unionize    Regardless of where people work and what they do for that company, it is important that they have equal rights. In the First Amendment, it is stated that U.S citizens have the right to petition and freedom of speech. Following that amendment, fast food workers should have the right to unionize; to become members of a labor union to protect and further rights and interests. As part of their ‘labor rights’, workers have a fundamental right to be able to form a union. A team of employees need a unified voice to represent and protect them in the workplace for their safety and benefits. Eric Schlosser, who wrote Fast Food Nations, went around and interviewed low income workers to get an insight of how working for these companies are. “Again and again workers told me that they are under tremendous pressure not to report injuries” (Schlosser 175). Many of these injuries go unreported for the benefit of the company’s profit. Holding the fear of getting fired over these low income workers keeps them from speaking out against the company. Unionizing acts as a safety net, it gives the workers a chance to stand together as one for those who fear they will fall alone. Not only is it part of their labor rights, but in this day and age, there more and more of the workers’ rights are being taken away from them. Therefore, the workers should take them back. Some employers try to pay their employees less than minimum wage even though they should be making more. “Many supporters are latching on to the message of battling income inequality for workers while fast food corporations make billions” (Mcstrike). Unionizing provides workers with the means and ability to improve wages, working conditions and workplace ‘due process’ for complaints. In other words, unions take the method of collective bargaining and industrial action to increase their members’ wages and otherwise change their working situation. As workers protest, they hope they can spread their message of corporations making so much money doing little effort while they, the employees, work so hard to only be paid so little. According to an article when workers from a few fast food chains participated in a ‘civil disobedience’ protest, “the National Restaurant Association stated, “the job action was nothing more than an effort by unions to revive their slumping membership rolls” (Bunch) meaning that unions are slowly vanishing. If workers do not act, unions will be gone and there may be no way to help workers get the changes they needed. With no changes, employees would continue to work with conditions that could not support them financially such as working for less than minimum wage. Having the right to unionize gives fast food workers a chance to fight back for the reasons that are their labor rights.

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