Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies

Jul 29, 2013 Full story: The Republic 570

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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Brad

Marlborough, CT

#401 Aug 10, 2013
There you go again wrote:
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Business is business!! And the right thing to do is run a healthy business and take care of its needs and take care of its employers needs and pay according to there worth but to pay someone that really brings nothing to the table and would leave you in a second and can be replaced easily isn't going to get the big bucks. Would you pay the same for a bicycle as you would a car? There both transportation!!! If you want more money make yourself worth more!!!!
We've seen it over and over again.
All that automatic profit sharing,forced redistribution of wealth,quotas and affirmative action due to birth rights breed is mediocrity.
Merit is a word we never hear from anyone in this administration and it should be embraced and repeated ad nauseum.
thatguy

Quakertown, PA

#404 Aug 10, 2013
There you go again wrote:
<quoted text>
Business is business!! And the right thing to do is run a healthy business and take care of its needs and take care of its employers needs and pay according to there worth but to pay someone that really brings nothing to the table and would leave you in a second and can be replaced easily isn't going to get the big bucks. Would you pay the same for a bicycle as you would a car? There both transportation!!! If you want more money make yourself worth more!!!!
Interesting how you consider employees to be expendable when they are the people who will determine if the business is successful or not. If you treat workers well with decent pay and benefits, the business will grow. Treat them badly in paying low wages and offering no benefits, no one really cares what happens to the business. Walk into any big-box retailer in the U.S. Do you think the workers really care about the store and the customers? Would you if management offered wages that don't cover rent/mortgage, food costs, bills, etc..? It's such a simple connection, but American retail and fast-food businesses remain clueless.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#405 Aug 10, 2013
There you go again wrote:
<quoted text>Business is business!! And the right thing to do is run a healthy business and take care of its needs and take care of its employers needs and pay according to there worth but to pay someone that really brings nothing to the table and would leave you in a second and can be replaced easily isn't going to get the big bucks. Would you pay the same for a bicycle as you would a car? There both transportation!!! If you want more money make yourself worth more!!!!
You don't lose your human rights walking through the doors of any business. In any case, the fast-food worker movement continues.

Since: Oct 12

Byron, GA

#406 Aug 10, 2013
thatguy wrote:
<quoted text>Interesting how you consider employees to be expendable when they are the people who will determine if the business is successful or not. If you treat workers well with decent pay and benefits, the business will grow. Treat them badly in paying low wages and offering no benefits, no one really cares what happens to the business. Walk into any big-box retailer in the U.S. Do you think the workers really care about the store and the customers? Would you if management offered wages that don't cover rent/mortgage, food costs, bills, etc..? It's such a simple connection, but American retail and fast-food businesses remain clueless.
everyone is expendable but to shed light on the subject look at federal gov employes. They are under qualified, over payed and there costumer care sux!!! Kind of blows your theory doesn't it? As far as what I said was if you don't bring anything to the table but a want of a big pay check your not worth it there has to be value!!! I have employs that have been with me for over 15 years and they get paid well but they bring value to work with them and we take care of each other!!!

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#407 Aug 10, 2013
There you go again wrote:
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Business is business!! And the right thing to do is run a healthy business and take care of its needs and take care of its employers needs and pay according to there worth but to pay someone that really brings nothing to the table and would leave you in a second and can be replaced easily isn't going to get the big bucks. Would you pay the same for a bicycle as you would a car? There both transportation!!! If you want more money make yourself worth more!!!!
Just to be clear;

1 - anyone is replaceable - unless your name is on the company, you are expendable.

2 - those who work diligently for an employer, regardless of the task, should be paid accordingly. The employees who work at fast food establishments work hard to ensure the product you buy is not only at the very least satisfactory, but worthy of returning to again. Therefore, they in fact CONTRIBUTE to the overall solvency and reputation of that company. No company is worth chit without the contributions of its employees.

3 - when a company posts total profits of almost 3 billion dollars (these are AFTER labor has been deducted from the earnings report), it's quite obvious that had the establishments offered a decent wage, the turnover rate in these companies would not on average exceed 300%, as they do currently. Their profits may in fact go up holding on to employees that are increasingly familiar with their products, instead of consistently retraining others to complete the identical tasks of those who were either discharged of left do to insufficient wages.

4 - McDonalds currently starts their employees in Australia the equivalent of $14.50 per hr., did you know this? The country mandated living wages, which McDonalds had to comply with in order to do business there. If they can make a profit in Australia giving their workers a decent wage, what makes you think this would not work here? Because McDonalds told you this?

Denigrating those who may not have similar skill sets as you and I does not mean they do not offer something of value. Stop looking down your nose at those less fortunate.

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#408 Aug 10, 2013
thatguy wrote:
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Interesting how you consider employees to be expendable when they are the people who will determine if the business is successful or not. If you treat workers well with decent pay and benefits, the business will grow. Treat them badly in paying low wages and offering no benefits, no one really cares what happens to the business. Walk into any big-box retailer in the U.S. Do you think the workers really care about the store and the customers? Would you if management offered wages that don't cover rent/mortgage, food costs, bills, etc..? It's such a simple connection, but American retail and fast-food businesses remain clueless.
Agree 100%. Great retort.

Since: Oct 12

Byron, GA

#409 Aug 10, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>You don't lose your human rights walking through the doors of any business. In any case, the fast-food worker movement continues.
no one saying you lose your human rights and I'm not saying that you shouldn't have the upmost respect and as far as the fast food movement goes if I was you I'd go to night trade school and work a day job and work yourself up to more pay!!!!
neutral observer

Lake Worth, FL

#410 Aug 10, 2013
Joe wrote:
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You don't lose your human rights walking through the doors of any business. In any case, the fast-food worker movement continues.
They should all be laid off and replaced by Guatemalans. If you are too dumb to know that $15.00 an hour means far fewer hours and thus less money...
neutral observer

Lake Worth, FL

#411 Aug 10, 2013
There you go again wrote:
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and what is a living wage? I'm not picking on you just stating facts. If a product cost too much in business you do one or two things you either find a cheaper product or you eliminate it. Sad to say labor is a product so if you price yourself too high you go away. look at the auto and farm industry
?????

Agriculture is still there and still employs the same undocumented aliens. Hard seasonal work does not attract US workers.

Since: Oct 12

Byron, GA

#412 Aug 10, 2013
neutral observer wrote:
<quoted text>?????

Agriculture is still there and still employs the same undocumented aliens. Hard seasonal work does not attract US workers.
and they make on an average more than $15.00 an hour

Since: Oct 12

Byron, GA

#413 Aug 10, 2013
neutral observer wrote:
<quoted text>?????

Agriculture is still there and still employs the same undocumented aliens. Hard seasonal work does not attract US workers.
they have machinery doing a lot of the work that use to be labor is what I was talking about but if the undocumented aliens stoped coming it would be all machines

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#414 Aug 10, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Here's an idea SirPrize: Treat workers with dignity and pay a living wage.
Not every job is worthy of a living wage. Plopping burgers into a sack is one of them. That's why that job is more often than not filled by young folks living at home with their parents (high school kids, for example) and retired folks who have other sources of income.
Plotts

Stony Brook, NY

#415 Aug 11, 2013
The fast food workers need to put their problems on the back-burner and stand up and unite behind Oprah who was racially disriminated and profiled when attempting to purchase a 38,000.00 pocketbook ..
Look how our mass media has jumped behind all the race baiters,milking it to the last drop,providing Oprah with unlimited news print,since the episode occured,with no let up in sight....look at how the mass media has gotten behind the needs of the fast food workers with the lack of media attention provided.
C'mon people, get your priorities straight and lets make sure that all this discrimination over a $38,000.00 never happens again....

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#417 Aug 11, 2013
spike wrote:
The Negro is the mark of cain
Your leash is too long.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#419 Aug 12, 2013
Anthony Weiner democrat wrote:
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Laurel, I will fit you with a gag ball and harness
real tight
I'm done with this creature. GUARDS!
Don Joe

Minneapolis, MN

#420 Aug 12, 2013
thatguy wrote:
<quoted text>
Interesting how you consider employees to be expendable when they are the people who will determine if the business is successful or not. If you treat workers well with decent pay and benefits, the business will grow. Treat them badly in paying low wages and offering no benefits, no one really cares what happens to the business. Walk into any big-box retailer in the U.S. Do you think the workers really care about the store and the customers? Would you if management offered wages that don't cover rent/mortgage, food costs, bills, etc..? It's such a simple connection, but American retail and fast-food businesses remain clueless.
I agree with your comments, however, I would add another argument that should be presented as well. Companies make a profit by having customers. Without paying customers, companies typically do not survive. The more customers a company has, the more repeat business, the more profit they make. When min wage is so small that a great many cannot afford to make fast food purchases, that percentage of the population cannot become customers. While an increase in wages, might mean that each employee gets enough to actually buy food, pay for his own shelter, and pay taxes; it also means that there are a great many more customers and the company makes a lot more money. If a doubling of wages brings in 10 times as many customers, it is well worth it for the company.

A great many companies should be demanding that wages increase so their customer base increases. In fact, it is their duty to their shareholders to make as much money as they can, and by not arguing for a higher min wage, they are leaving money on the table they would otherwise earn. Groups of stockholders should be starting to sue those companies for lowering their profits, and firing the CEOs for failure to get the most return for the investment.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#421 Aug 12, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
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I agree with your comments, however, I would add another argument that should be presented as well. Companies make a profit by having customers. Without paying customers, companies typically do not survive. The more customers a company has, the more repeat business, the more profit they make. When min wage is so small that a great many cannot afford to make fast food purchases, that percentage of the population cannot become customers. While an increase in wages, might mean that each employee gets enough to actually buy food, pay for his own shelter, and pay taxes; it also means that there are a great many more customers and the company makes a lot more money. If a doubling of wages brings in 10 times as many customers, it is well worth it for the company.
A great many companies should be demanding that wages increase so their customer base increases. In fact, it is their duty to their shareholders to make as much money as they can, and by not arguing for a higher min wage, they are leaving money on the table they would otherwise earn. Groups of stockholders should be starting to sue those companies for lowering their profits, and firing the CEOs for failure to get the most return for the investment.
Has to be the most uneducated position yet.

If your labor costs double then that cost has to be passed on to the consumer in the price of the goods produced. That being the case doubling the min wage only to have the cost of goods and services produced double, gives the poor no more buying power than they had before.

Not to mention that when wages go up employers will reduce the workforce to cost levels before the raise to insure that their profit margins are not affected. Meaning that jobs will be eliminated.

Your post is justification for why you are working for minimum wage.

Since: Oct 12

United States

#422 Aug 12, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>I agree with your comments, however, I would add another argument that should be presented as well. Companies make a profit by having customers. Without paying customers, companies typically do not survive. The more customers a company has, the more repeat business, the more profit they make. When min wage is so small that a great many cannot afford to make fast food purchases, that percentage of the population cannot become customers. While an increase in wages, might mean that each employee gets enough to actually buy food, pay for his own shelter, and pay taxes; it also means that there are a great many more customers and the company makes a lot more money. If a doubling of wages brings in 10 times as many customers, it is well worth it for the company.

A great many companies should be demanding that wages increase so their customer base increases. In fact, it is their duty to their shareholders to make as much money as they can, and by not arguing for a higher min wage, they are leaving money on the table they would otherwise earn. Groups of stockholders should be starting to sue those companies for lowering their profits, and firing the CEOs for failure to get the most return for the investment.
And that's the reason we buy from over seas and that way of thinking put Detroit where it's at
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#423 Aug 12, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>I agree with your comments, however, I would add another argument that should be presented as well. Companies make a profit by having customers. Without paying customers, companies typically do not survive. The more customers a company has, the more repeat business, the more profit they make. When min wage is so small that a great many cannot afford to make fast food purchases, that percentage of the population cannot become customers. While an increase in wages, might mean that each employee gets enough to actually buy food, pay for his own shelter, and pay taxes; it also means that there are a great many more customers and the company makes a lot more money. If a doubling of wages brings in 10 times as many customers, it is well worth it for the company.

A great many companies should be demanding that wages increase so their customer base increases. In fact, it is their duty to their shareholders to make as much money as they can, and by not arguing for a higher min wage, they are leaving money on the table they would otherwise earn. Groups of stockholders should be starting to sue those companies for lowering their profits, and firing the CEOs for failure to get the most return for the investment.
I agree 100% with your position. If we are serious about improving our economy we have to make the minimum wage a living wage. The buying power of middle-income and lower-income workers would double overnight. But too many companies remain clueless and continue to rely on the cruel and fossilized low-wage, low-cost business model. We need a paradigm shift to the way business is conducted.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#424 Aug 12, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
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...A great many companies should be demanding that wages increase so their customer base increases....
Companies don't need to ask the government's permission to increase wages.

Companies are FREE to pay ANY AMOUNT they want, so long as it meets or exceeds the minimum set by the government.

Silly to think that companies should be demanding that wages increase; makes NO SENSE AT ALL!

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