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life-threatening. Moreover, such a ban would encourage the fast food chains to alter the recipes for their children’s meals. Greatly reducing
the fat content of Happy Meals, for example, could have an immediate effect on the diet of the nation’s kids. Every month more than 90
percent of the children in the United States eat at Mc-Donald’s.
Congress cannot require fast food chains to provide job training to their workers. But it can eliminate the tax breaks that reward chains for
churning through their workers and keeping job skills to a minimum. Job training schemes subsidized by the federal government should
insist that companies employ workers for at least a year — and actually provide some training. Strict enforcement of minimum wage,
overtime, and child labor laws would improve the lives of fast food workers, as would OSHA regulations on workplace violence at
restaurants. Passing new laws to facilitate union organizing might not lead to picket lines in front of every McDonald’s, but it would
encourage the fast food industry to treat workers better and listen to their complaints. Teenagers should be rewarded, not harmed, by the
decision to work after school. And if the nation is genuinely interested in their future, it will ad...
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