Food industry is one of the most profitable among different industries. Every year, food industry earns approximately $18 billion in profit. Trends founded that more companies start reinvest money into their facility; for instance, installation of sterilization system and renewing of safety equipments. A recent report shows that the injury rate has been decreasing with 2.5% per year. Between 2001 and 2005, the total average salary of food industry has risen with 4%. You may say that the situation is improving. But indeed, the working circumstance of the workers is inconceivably poor. In "The Jungle" and "fast Food Nation," two authors, Upton Sinclair and Erick Schlosser, address similar ideas of working condition and salary that workers have had in two different time period while they stress the different reasons of getting jobs.
The wage problems of the workers in the food industry are noted in these tow books. Most people view wage as the most crucial factor of choosing jobs. Salary is a necessity for people to live, especially for the low-income family. According to “The Jungle”, “Jurgis cleared a dollar seventy-five every day. That was at the rate of forty-five a month. Marijia and Jonas were each to pay sixteen dollars a month board, so around eighty dollars ought surely to be sufficient for the support of a family of twelve” (Sinclair, P.53) the family with twelve members can merely to live with nearly eighty dollars. In the same time, According to a sentence written in “Fast Food Nation”, “between 1968 and 1990, the years when the fast food chains expanded at their fastest rate, the real value of the U.S. minimum wage fell by almost 40 percent.”(Schlosser, P73), it points out that even though the teen workers who live in a society where a minimum wage is set and the economy is experiencing inflation, the actual value of the money is just the same of or slightly increased than that in the economy in “The Jungle”. The... [continues]
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