Fast-food industry execs, predictably, went apoplectic. National Council of Chain Restaurants chief Rob Green called the sit-ins an “irresponsible” move orchestrated by unions “desperate for new membership dues.” Union leaders, charged the International Franchise Association's Steve Caldeira, are exploiting fast-food workers “to enrich themselves.”
Executives in the fast food industry know a thing or two about exploitation for self-enrichment. Top restaurant industry CEOs averaged $10.9 million each in 2013, 721 times the take-home of a minimum-wage fast-food worker.
Seven years ago, these execs only averaged 609 times the minimum wage. More in this week’s Too Much on their greed — and their America.