This Labor Day, there were (of course!) the usual “thank a union” shout outs…
— Justin McKinney (@capkronos) September 4, 2017
The POTUS tweeted something about American hands and the future…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2017
…and was later dragged when it was discovered that Melania’s $2,255 dress was made in Italy.
Thank then the Italian union workers and Greek designers for Melania’s dress !!
— Bill Tsap (@bill_tsapr) September 5, 2017
But amidst all the love for unions and American body parts, this year people were tweeting about the #FightFor15, as fast-food workers seeking a $15 minimum wage, staged rallies across the country.
– SEIU Local 1 (@ SEIULocal 1) September 4, 2017
Of course, not everyone thinks raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a good idea. Some insist that this will inevitably lead to workers being replaced by machines…
— Patrick Henry (@FightNowAmerica) September 4, 2017
– America First (@wthisagigawatt) September 4, 2017
There’s also that one mindfuck quote by Murray N. Rothbard that made the rounds about how, when you really think about it, increasing the minimum wage doesn’t just lead to layoffs, it’s the same thing as outlawing jobs!
— The Anti-Statist (@anti_state1776) August 29, 2017
Others seemed to champion something that sounds an awful lot like class discrimination, by arguing that fast food workers aren’t real workers and therefore shouldn’t be entitled to fancy perks like a living wage.
— Stephen (@G0USA) September 4, 2017
Lack of opportunities is not the problem. It’s lack of preparation. Flipping burgers and being rude is not a career. #WorkersStrikeBack
— The Labeler 5000 (@TheLabeler5000) August 29, 2017
Speaking of entitlements, some pointed out that if we raised wages for the poorest and stopped letting the extremely wealthy wriggle out of paying taxes, we’d address our growing debt and a little problem known as income inequality.
You reduce wealth/income inequality and reduce the debt by raising the wage and closing 1% and corporate tax loopholes #FightFor15
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) September 4, 2017
And speaking of income inequality, some pointed out that it’s not such a little problem after all…
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) September 4, 2017
Other people highlighted the minimum wage in other countries.
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) September 4, 2017
But in the end, this simple, cut-through-the-bullshit tweet summed up the situation better that any meme or chart.
– ♻️Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) September 4, 2017
On behalf of “not real workers” everywhere…slow. clap.
Cover photo via @fightfor15