Column defending fast-food wages is puff piece for industry

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Fast-food pay: Do low wages have high price?" (Viewpoints, Nov. 13): Michael Saltsman's critique of the UC Berkeley study of fast-food workers living in poverty should have the subtitle: "Warning - paid for by cheeseburgers." He tosses out a few numbers, calls it a fable and tells us that this isn't a very important issue. Of course he disagrees: He works for "Big Food" lobbyists. Saltsman's organization is one of the many think tanks funded by Berman and Company, a major D.C. lobbyist with clients including Arby's, Wendy's, Coca-Cola and Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the world. Berman and Company wages aggressive opposition campaigns against news and policies that may harm their clients. This opinion piece is nothing more than public relations fluff and political propaganda. It is an inadequate response to the study.

-- Dan Scott, Sacramento

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