Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies

Jul 29, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Republic

Workers at McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's restaurants across New York walked out Monday in a one-day strike to demand better pay and the right to unionize, calling for minimum wage to more than double from $7.25 to $15 an hour and the end to what activists called "abusive labor practices."

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EXPERT

Redding, CA

#280 Aug 2, 2013
justthetruth wrote:
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... we need state intervention to fix it.
How so?

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#281 Aug 2, 2013
Brad wrote: Since when did working at a fast food joint become a career decision?
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Since all the good jobs went to China and India, and are not likely to ever come back.
islam cult mu-ham-mad

Chicago, IL

#282 Aug 3, 2013
Johnnomads wrote:
Brad wrote: Since when did working at a fast food joint become a career decision?
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Since all the good jobs went to China and India, and are not likely to ever come back.
since when killing ppl became a career decision . YOu know killing people in Iraq ( 800 000 dead ) Libya Bananastans
bob lewis

AOL

#283 Aug 4, 2013
Both Castro and Chavez use Mobs to desrupt Socieity. The left is always happy to desrupt socieity because they contribute so little to society. it's a Progressive Thing.
sinic

Kerrville, TX

#284 Aug 4, 2013
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#285 Aug 5, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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Sorry for you moron, but I make far more than you could dream of, and have no issues regarding fairness in the workplace.
The link provided was specifically for MCDONALDS workers - 150% turnover is horrendous regardless of what you think.
Then again, you are one in a long line of "Welfare States", taking $1.39 for every $1.00 you contribute. You're in no position to preach economics when you don't even pay your own fair share. A state tax should be in Florida's future.
Yet I'm not the one with my hand out, by proxy or otherwise. HMMMMM
Law and Order

Madison, CT

#287 Aug 5, 2013
Jobs at McDonalds, Wendy`s, Taco Bell, KFC and other such fast food enterprises were always considered ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS for those entering the work force, they were supposed to teach people, mostly young good work ethics, including getting to work on time, taking directions, proper grooming of ones self, and learning how to communicate positively with the public. Hopefully they would learn enough to be able to move on to a better paying job in their chosen field.

These jobs were never considered to be a pernament career choice for the vast majority.

The unions are just trying to destroy another segment of our economy, as they struggle to gain memberhip from a public who see`s them as the one of the main reasons for Americas high product costs. Look how they were a main part of the problems Detroit now faces along with other cities and states across America.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#288 Aug 5, 2013
Law and Order wrote:
Jobs at McDonalds, Wendy`s, Taco Bell, KFC and other such fast food enterprises were always considered ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS for those entering the work force, they were supposed to teach people, mostly young good work ethics, including getting to work on time, taking directions, proper grooming of ones self, and learning how to communicate positively with the public. Hopefully they would learn enough to be able to move on to a better paying job in their chosen field.

These jobs were never considered to be a pernament career choice for the vast majority.

The unions are just trying to destroy another segment of our economy, as they struggle to gain memberhip from a public who see`s them as the one of the main reasons for Americas high product costs. Look how they were a main part of the problems Detroit now faces along with other cities and states across America.
Perhaps at one-time fast-food jobs were entry-level positions populated by teens. Now the average fast food worker is age 29 according to the Economic Policy Institute. Today fast-food workers are people who have suffered from outsourcing, the senior who cannot afford to retire, the young person who cannot afford higher education and the recent college graduate saddled with debt and unable to find work in their field. We deserve better. And a living wage is a nice start.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#289 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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So Eleanor, how much are you "paid to stay in line" and do your job?
Yes, I get paid to 'stay in line' and do my job.

I get paid the going rate for a college educated professional with several years of experience.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#290 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Perhaps at one-time fast-food jobs were entry-level positions populated by teens. Now the average fast food worker is age 29 according to the Economic Policy Institute. Today fast-food workers are people who have suffered from outsourcing, the senior who cannot afford to retire, the young person who cannot afford higher education and the recent college graduate saddled with debt and unable to find work in their field. We deserve better. And a living wage is a nice start.
Obtain marketable skills and then you will make more. Don't and you will have to take what you can get.

You excuses appear to be endless Joe.
Moe

Watertown, NY

#291 Aug 5, 2013
Exactly what job should receive minimum wage? Paperboy? WalMart greeter? Flipping burgers takes no skill and wasn't meant to receive a living wage.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#292 Aug 5, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Obtain marketable skills and then you will make more. Don't and you will have to take what you can get.

You excuses appear to be endless Joe.
Do you read? Are you aware that rich have more social mobility than middle-income and low-income workers? If you're born rich, chances are you will die rich. And I keep reading the phrase "marketable skills." What are "marketable skills." I'm interested in your answer.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#293 Aug 5, 2013
Moe wrote:
Exactly what job should receive minimum wage? Paperboy? WalMart greeter? Flipping burgers takes no skill and wasn't meant to receive a living wage.
Working at McDonald's is far more than flipping burgers. Perhaps the most important skills involve communication and patience. You deal with many moronic customers throughout the day.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#295 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Do you read? Are you aware that rich have more social mobility than middle-income and low-income workers? If you're born rich, chances are you will die rich. And I keep reading the phrase "marketable skills." What are "marketable skills." I'm interested in your answer.
Marketable skills:

Skills that are in high demand by employers.
Skills such as IT, Engineering, Nursing, and the like.

I see your still flexing your excuse muscles,... so if you were not born rich then you have no reason to try to become rich? Is this really your mentality ... not surprising that you work for poverty wages.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#297 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Working at McDonald's is far more than flipping burgers. Perhaps the most important skills involve communication and patience. You deal with many moronic customers throughout the day.
We have all been to McD's there are just as many morons behind the counter as there are in front.

Please tell us about your extensive communication skills achieved at McD's .... would it be something like: "would you like fries with that or chicken nuggets?"

Yeah I can see where you believe that this should be rewarded with 15.00 an hour, because no average idiot can ask this question with the same skilled patience as you. HAHAHAHAHA

Since: Oct 12

Duluth, GA

#298 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>Do you read? Are you aware that rich have more social mobility than middle-income and low-income workers? If you're born rich, chances are you will die rich. And I keep reading the phrase "marketable skills." What are "marketable skills." I'm interested in your answer.
Learn a trade work hard say what can I do for you instead of what are you going to give me get your hand dirty!!! All those are marketable skills!!!!!!!!
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#299 Aug 5, 2013
There you go again wrote:
<quoted text>Learn a trade work hard say what can I do for you instead of what are you going to give me get your hand dirty!!! All those are marketable skills!!!!!!!!
Fast-food workers work hard everyday yet we're still treated like slaves. All we want economic fairness. A living wage is a win for everyone. We become self-sufficient (no food stamps) and the state saves tax dollars.

Since: Jul 10

Mineola, NY

#300 Aug 5, 2013
Marketable skills would be anything you'd be able to do that you could get paid more than minimum wage for.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#302 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Fast-food workers work hard everyday yet we're still treated like slaves. All we want economic fairness. A living wage is a win for everyone. We become self-sufficient (no food stamps) and the state saves tax dollars.
Everyone with a job and wants to keep it works hard everyday ... this is what your employer pays you for. If your skills set goes no further than the broom or the fryer, you do not deserve more than minimum wage (if you deserve that).

Losers like Joe want to be rewarded for their sloth and lack of education, on par with those who worked to improve their work situation beyond just showing up.

Becoming self sufficient does not entail being paid for skills that you do not have or are beyond the market value of such skills. Just because you see importance in your position at the register at McD's does not mean that the rest of the world or employers see it that way.

Once again the losers look for a way to live off the backs of the productive in this country.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#303 Aug 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Fast-food workers work hard everyday yet we're still treated like slaves. All we want economic fairness. A living wage is a win for everyone. We become self-sufficient (no food stamps) and the state saves tax dollars.
Wake up!!

Hard work in a low-skill job doesn't command a lot of money, nor does it command a lot of respect. It is what it is.

Learn to WORK SMARTER, not harder.

Smart people get paid a lot more than people only capable of flipping burgers.

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