Report: Few American food industry workers earn livable wage

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American’s food industry workers make up one-sixth of the nation’s workforce and are responsible for annually producing $1.8 trillion in goods and services, which is more than 13 percent of gross domestic product, says the Chicago Tribune.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re being treated well. Only one in 10 makes a livable wage, according to a report from the Food Chain Workers Alliance.  Other findings: 13 percent of food industry workers are on food stamps; 83 percent don’t get health insurance benefits; 79 percent don’t get sick leave and three in 10 don’t get a lunch break.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.