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    Posted: Nov 30 2012 at 9:05am
The campaign called Fast Food Forward is demanding a $15-an-hour wage and the right to join a union. 


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Fast food workers in New York City barely make enough to get by. Many of us make minimum wage — just $7.25 an hour, or as little as $11,000 a year. Meanwhile, the Goliath corporations we work for, like McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, are part of a $200 billion industry. These corporations reap huge profits and shower CEOs with exorbitant compensation while most of their employees qualify for food stamps.

Fast food workers are parents building a better future for our kids, seniors who can’t afford retirement, hardworking young people dreaming of college, faithful members of your congregation, and your community-minded neighbors. We are New Yorkers.

We’re united in the fight for a higher wage, so we can afford the food, clothing, and housing our families need and deserve. Boosting pay for our jobs will allow us to put more money into the economy. Join us.


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Representatives of the fast-food industry said workers are treated fairly.

"While I can't speak to an individual's comments, as I don't know the particulars of his situation, I can tell you that we place a lot of value on maintaining an open door culture with our team members that allows them to communicate with us directly without going through a third party," Domino's spokesman Tim McIntyre said.

McDonald's said in a statement: "McDonald's values our employees and has consistently remained committed to them, so in turn they can provide quality service to our customers. We have an open dialogue with our employees and always encourage them to express any concerns or provide feedback, so we can continue to be an even better employer."

Several New York City elected officials expressed support for the fast-food union drive. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn posted on Twitter: "I support fast food restaurant workers' rights to organize and fight for decent wages."

Union drives have been rare at fast-food restaurants in the U.S. because turnover is high and few employees work full-time.

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The history of labor works against these fast-food strikers. Pickets rarely impress the public. The public wants what it wants when it wants it. Inexpensive food and services sold by retailers and restaurants are no exception.

The history of effective strikes almost always involves one of two things. The first is a real disruption of the sales and profits of the companies that are the targets of strikes. To dent Walmart’s business, hundreds of thousands of people would have to walk out for days. The same is true in the fast-food industry. The New York City action does not come close to that level. The last time there was an effective strike in New York was probably the walkout staged by newspaper workers in 1962 — half a century ago.

The other set of actions that impresses employers involves some kind of violence, usually against property, and sometimes against people. Management and law enforcement are too well-organized to allow that to happen anymore, for more than a few moments anyway. And organized workers have lost their teeth for the kinds of actions that auto workers and miners took many decades ago.

The Walmart worker protests and those at fast food firms will be unsuccessful. Management and the public do not care enough.

Source: Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall Street


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Can you imagine how much fast food will cost if labor cost doubles?

I can only imagine that Michael Bloomberg would say good. Good that people won't be eating food that is bad for them. Good, maybe they will eat at home and eat better.
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These demands are ridiculous, 30k to work in fast food
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and yet you never see any unions starting companies and hiring people. Unions are worthless and should be banned from operating.
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Unions were needed back in the day for worker safety.  Now they just want more money............don't we all.
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A union would have been nice at the factory in Madagascar. 
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