Fast Food Strike Wave Spreads to Detroit

Fast Food Strike Wave Spreads to Detroit

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DFL Waste

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 10, 2013
Fast food is malnutritious and should be banned anyway.

Isn't that the message from the White House?
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 10, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
Source: The Nation
Josh Eidelson
Hundreds of Detroit fast food workers plan to walk off the job beginning at 6 AM today, making the motor city the fourth in five weeks to see such strikes. Organizers expect participants from at least 60 stores, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Little Caesar’s, and Popeye’s locations. Like this week’s strike in St. Louis, and last month’s in New York and Chicago, today’s work stoppage is backed by a local coalition including the Service Employees International Union, and the participants are demanding a raise to $15 an hour and the chance to form a union without intimidation.
Organizers say that over a hundred workers joined the St. Louis strike between Wednesday and Thursday. That included a group of Jimmy John’s workers who alleged that management humiliated them by requiring them to hold up signs in public with messages including “I made 3 wrong sandwiches today” and “I was more than 13 seconds in the drive thru.”“Sometimes I walk for more than an hour just to save my train fare so I can spend it on Ramen noodles,” St. Louis Chipotle worker Patrick Leeper said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.“I can’t even think about groceries.”
A spokesperson for Jimmy John’s declined to comment on Thursday’s strike; McDonald’s and Wendy’s did not respond to inquiries last night.
As I’ve written elsewhere, the fate of the fast food strike wave carries far-reaching implications: Fast food jobs are a growing portion of our economy, and fast food-like conditions are proliferating in other sectors as well. Organizers say the fast food industry now employs twice as many Detroit-area workers as the city’s iconic auto industry. These strikes also come at a moment of existential crisis for the labor movement, a sobering reality that was brought into sharp relief in December when Michigan, arguably the birthplace of modern US private sector unionism, became the country’s latest “Right to Work” state.
FULL story at link.
Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174270/fast-foo... #
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Stay tuned for more.
There goes the Falaffel King franchise.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 May 10, 2013
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CRASSUS

Neenah, WI

#5 May 10, 2013
Because black people only eat fast food, we can only hope these will starve.

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