McDonalds Guest Workers Stage Surprise Strike

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LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 6, 2013
McDonalds Guest Workers Stage Surprise Strike

Source: The Nation

Josh Eidelson

Alleging unpaid wages and repeated retaliation, McDonalds workers in central Pennsylvania launched a surprise strike at 11 AM this morning. The strikers are student guest workers from Latin America and Asia, brought to the United States under the controversial J-1 cultural exchange visa program. Their employer is one of the thousands of McDonalds franchisees with whom the company contracts to run its ubiquitous stores.

“We are afraid,” striker Jorge Victor Rios told The Nation prior to the work stoppage.“But we are trying to overcome our fear.”

The McDonalds corporation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The J-1 visa program is officially intended to promote educational and cultural exchange. But advocates allege that J-1, like the other guest worker programs that collectively bring hundreds of thousands of workers in and out of the United States each year, is rife with abuse. The National Guestworker Alliance, the organization spearheading today’s strike, charges that such programs—whose future is intimately tied up with the fate of comprehensive immigration reform—offer ample opportunities for employers to intimidate workers, suppress organizing, and drive down labor standards.

FULL story at link.

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CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#2 Mar 6, 2013
The best way to deal with the brown skins is to beat the crap out of them and than throw their sorry arses out of the country.
Racist Crassus

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 6, 2013
Please ignore the bigoted racist Crassus. He will do or say anything to get attention. Crassus is just an esteem challenged middle school student with sexuality issues thrown in to boot.

Rumor has it that his middle school counselor is helping to get Crassus into therapy so he doesn't feel inferior to everyone else.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#4 Mar 6, 2013
Deport 'em all. Solve the J-1 visa by abolishing it

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