I don't work in the fast food industry so I'm not comparable to the the part time baristas - but I am a part time (permanent) employee and I receive benefits - but not as much as the full timers. I don't get dental. That's the only difference. The company kicks into an RRSP on my behalf. I have life insurance. I just don't get dental . When I worked back in the 90's at a different company they used to hire everyone on contract - no benefits at all.