You’ve probably seen some stories about protests for higher wages and better working conditions at giant retail chains like Walmart and fast food restaurants like McDonald’s. Perhaps you’ve even participated. With another “day of action” for fast food workers coming soon, New Hampshire Slim showed up with a new song.
To be honest, it would be more accurate to say Slim brought “new lyrics to an old song,” since he really has little musical talent. But he’s inspired by Joe Hill, the legendary Wobbly, who figured that if he put new words to familiar tunes they’d be easier for workers to remember and sing.
This one’s to the tune of “Deck the Halls” and corresponds to legislation that will be considered in Concord next year. You can fill in the fa-la-las.
Deck the halls with higher wages,
Raise the minimum in stages,
Index pay hikes to inflation,
Workers need fair compensation.
Higher pay for low-wage labor
Is the way to aid our neighbors.
Mickey D will you be willin’?
Help your workers feed their children.
Wages less than nine an hour
Gives too little buying power
Put it on your year-end wish list
Win a wage hike by next Christmas
NH Slim, December 2013