In Drive to Unionize, Fast-Food Workers Walk Off the Job

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Consistent on Welfare

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 29, 2012
In Drive to Unionize, Fast-Food Workers Walk Off the Job

Source: NY Times

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Fast-food workers at several restaurants in New York walked off the job on Thursday, firing the first salvo in what workplace experts say is the biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United States.

The campaign — backed by community and civil rights groups, religious leaders and a labor union — has engaged 40 full-time organizers in recent months to enlist workers at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants across the city.

Leaders of the effort said that workers were walking off the job to protest what they said were low wages and retaliation against several workers who have backed the unionization campaign. They said it would be the first multi-restaurant strike by fast-food workers in American history, although it was unclear how many workers would walk off the job.

The first walkout took place at 6:30 a.m. at a McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and 40th Street, where several dozen striking workers and supporters chanted:“Hey, hey, what do you say? We demand fair pay.” An organizer of the unionizing campaign said that 14 of the 17 employees scheduled to work the morning shift had gone on strike.

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Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Dec 2, 2012
All workers are entitled to a wage that they can live on.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
All workers are entitled to a wage that they can live on.
You are really really Slewpid.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#4 Dec 2, 2012
Yes, you are, especially with dumb made up words irrelevant to intelligent discussion....
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#5 Dec 2, 2012
So the McDonalds should raise their pay and also raise the price of the food to offset the wages for a period of 3 months. When the McDonalds can't make payroll then you lay off all workers and start over. Just give them what they want. Consumers will make the choice to go somewhere else for their fix of terrible food.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Dec 2, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
Yes, you are, especially with dumb made up words irrelevant to intelligent discussion....
Comeing from the idiot that said "Little boi, is my favorite toy but it sure breaks EZ ! LMAOROtfU~!". That's quite hilarious.
Miss Piggy

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Dec 2, 2012
Bye, Bye, there are a few million others waiting to take your place.
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#9 Dec 2, 2012
wow small, you are so creative
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#11 Dec 2, 2012
No the consumer will decide.
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#13 Dec 2, 2012
Man Bob I thought you were smarter than this. They will find another one. If you notice that GM is not selling enough cars to pay back all money to tax payer. Why? Because most will not buy a car from a company that owes them money. Why should I buy a car from GM when they should give me one for nothing considering they got my tax money to shore up their balance sheet and to fund their pension that was tanking through no fault of mine. But other industries don't get that kind of financial help and are left to fend for themselves. I would rather buy a Honda to replace my 10 year old Honda because UAW had nothing to do with it's construction!!!
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#15 Dec 2, 2012
Because their bankruptcy cost me money in my 401k. Their greed cost the taxpayer billions they have not paid back. Until that last penny hits the treasury, no thanks!!
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#17 Dec 2, 2012
Yep. They sent mine to the union! Fair is fair
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
Saving the auto industry and its decent paying job seems like a good thing to me. Especially when you consider the tens of thousands of vendor jobs that depend on Detroit.
So you are in favor of corporate welfare?
Robert

Lees Summit, MO

#21 Dec 2, 2012
So where is my bailout?
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
Like most Americans, Republican and Democrat, I was in favor of bailing out the auto companies, yes.
Most Americans were against bailing out the auto companies and against bailing out Wall Street. Yet the Dems got in bed with big business again and did the bail out.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
The Republicans agreed with the Democrats that it was in the best interest of our country. The majority of Americans agree in all RECENT polls.
The majority of Americans are not in favor of bailing out Big Business. You are lying.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#26 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
Check the polls, buddy. You are wrong.
I did. You lied. Most Americans do not want to bail out Big Business.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Dec 2, 2012
A blog post from a year ago means nothing. Here is my copy & paste from a blog.

Still, labor unions may have suffered a more lasting blow. It’s hard to know the longer-term effect of the government’s bailout of GM and Chrysler, but the bailout was deeply unpopular and may have sullied unions’ reputations.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
That's a Pew poll, one of the accurate this year.
If it was a poll you would post a link. It is from som loser's blog.
Bob Schmahl

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Dec 2, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
All workers are entitled to a wage that they can live on.
How did you come up with this?

"Entitled"? Do you mean like people are 'entitled" to welfare? Or are "entitled" to housing? How about transportation? Are all workers entitled to own a car?

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