Fast-food workers in NYC stage strike...

Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies

There are 570 comments on the The Republic story from Jul 29, 2013, titled Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies. In it, The Republic reports that:

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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radiofreeamerica

Holiday, FL

#25 Jul 30, 2013
This is like the Hostess-Twinkies situation in Nov.,2012.Then what happened?They went out of business didn*t they?
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#26 Jul 30, 2013
coming soon, all striking fast food workers will be replaced by amnestied illegals
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#27 Jul 30, 2013
radiofreeamerica wrote:
This is like the Hostess-Twinkies situation in Nov.,2012.Then what happened?They went out of business didn*t they?
not even close. Care to try again?

“Slightly below above-average”

Since: Jul 10

arguably garrulous

#28 Jul 30, 2013
Lamer wrote:
<quoted text>
not even close. Care to try again?
Exactly! It was unions that brought down the Hostess Twinkie. These fast food workers aren't unionized.

Good catch.

Hostess posted a statement on a corporate Web site, saying "The Company determined on the night of Nov. 15 that an insufficient number of employees had returned to work to enable the restoration of normal operations." Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike after rejecting a contract offer that cut wages and benefits.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505143_162-575508...
Justin

United States

#30 Jul 30, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
FIRE THEM ALL.
Ungrateful creeps.
Were he not married to Michelle, president Obama would already be subsidizing fast food restraunts.
Justin

United States

#31 Jul 30, 2013
So where does Hillary Clinton stand on the issue of organized labor?

That would be an interesting delima considering who here constituents are and given the fact that she served on Walmart's board of directors.
radiofreeamerica

Holiday, FL

#32 Jul 30, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Why not? Corporate thieves make even more.
Corporations provide employment and good benefits for millions of people.
radiofreeamerica

Holiday, FL

#33 Jul 30, 2013
Lamer wrote:
<quoted text>
not even close. Care to try again?
According to the Dailymail and ABC news and others Hostess was going to shut down its 33 plants and lay off it 18,500 workers due to a strike in Nov.,2012.It sounds familiar to me.The McDonalds are franchisees and each individual franchise is not going to be able to double its payroll overnight.
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#34 Jul 30, 2013
Brad wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep.
Since when did working at a fast food joint become a career decision?
Not so long ago it was all part time high school and college kids and the occasional adult trying to earn a few extra bucks.
Don't have a family of 5 if you have zero capacity to provide for them.
That's right. Where do all these middle class people think they got the right to have families? If you're not rich, you can't afford a family. Even if you have a job paying $50 per hour, you could lose that tomorrow and then have to work at $7.35. It doesn't matter what your college degrees might be, unless you have saved enough money to pay to raise all your children with a 17% annual inflation rate, you should not be allowed to have a family. All these uppity people thinking they are as good as the rich. LOL, won't they ever learn?
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Jul 30, 2013
Capt America wrote:
You work in a MC DONALD'S its not a lifetime career!
Why is it that these people feel that they are owed a living? There's no pride, no hard work ethic. They want want want. Stop the out of control multiplying I you should not be having kids if you can't afford them.
How about some laws that require these sperm donors who run around inpregnating these fertile tramps, to pay for their Spawn.
Hey, you might be on to something. We can bring back the debtor's prisons. Anyone who doesn't have enough money can be sent to the workhouse, with forced labor at 3 cents per hour till all debts are paid in full, with 1700% interest monthly. They will have to pay for their own imprisonment while they are at it. I bet we could get 90% of the population into force labor camps. Just think how much money we will be able to get from all that almost free labor?
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#36 Jul 30, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
That's right. Where do all these middle class people think they got the right to have families? If you're not rich, you can't afford a family. Even if you have a job paying $50 per hour, you could lose that tomorrow and then have to work at $7.35. It doesn't matter what your college degrees might be, unless you have saved enough money to pay to raise all your children with a 17% annual inflation rate, you should not be allowed to have a family. All these uppity people thinking they are as good as the rich. LOL, won't they ever learn?
ask yourself a question, with all the middle class complaining about not having enough money like yourself,
1. do you really need to have i-phones, tablets, i-pods, etc?
2. do you really need to 40-52" inch flat screen tv's in your home?3. do you really need to have every station on cable?
4. do you really need to go out and buy/lease a new car every 3-4 years?
5. do you really need to go on "family" vacations that you can't afford just because it's vacation time?

and yes, if you can't afford to have children and give them a better life than the one you have now, you shouldn't have them...
sinic

United States

#37 Jul 30, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
So they demand $15/hour now. What will they do when they have no job ...
Mexico has an answer, read the article
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regio...
sinic

United States

#38 Jul 30, 2013
see my previous post, the meat of the article is in the quote below:

"Some 28 million of Mexico's 50 million employed adults labor off the grid: without regular paychecks, payroll taxes or social safety nets. They include some 5 million poor farmers scratching a living from postage stamp plots and urbanites doing everything from peddling merchandise, washing cars and cutting grass to juggling at traffic lights, selling drugs or trading sex for cash."

It's a living, sometimes a career.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#39 Jul 30, 2013
shameless-li wrote:
<quoted text>
ask yourself a question, with all the middle class complaining about not having enough money like yourself,
1. do you really need to have i-phones, tablets, i-pods, etc?
2. do you really need to 40-52" inch flat screen tv's in your home?3. do you really need to have every station on cable?
4. do you really need to go out and buy/lease a new car every 3-4 years?
5. do you really need to go on "family" vacations that you can't afford just because it's vacation time?
and yes, if you can't afford to have children and give them a better life than the one you have now, you shouldn't have them...
Excellent questions. The only ones who should have all those things are the people who work for them and decided that is how they want to spend their money,

Independent studies have shown that the vast majority of the 'poor', those that fall below the official income poverty line, have a DVD player, video gaming system, multiple televisions, a computer, washer and dryer, cable TV, dedicated internet, and at least one cell phone.

We have created a culture of entitlement in this country, where the 'poor' and even the 'middle class' have been led to believe that they can spend above their means, and any income discrepancies should be offset by government assistance.
Col Huggington

Bronx, NY

#40 Jul 30, 2013
Stand your ground!

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#41 Jul 30, 2013
Fact wrote:
I wouldn't go as far and say they deserve to be paid $15 an hour, but they should be paid something higher than minimum wage and should have the right to unionize.
The union would get their cut off the top and the workers would see no real gain. These initiatives are to put more money in the union coffers not the workers pockets.
DILLIGAF

New York, NY

#42 Jul 30, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, you might be on to something. We can bring back the debtor's prisons. Anyone who doesn't have enough money can be sent to the workhouse, with forced labor at 3 cents per hour till all debts are paid in full, with 1700% interest monthly. They will have to pay for their own imprisonment while they are at it. I bet we could get 90% of the population into force labor camps. Just think how much money we will be able to get from all that almost free labor?
Owebama is already considering it. Just trying to figure out how to implement it, to cause the most pain to taxpaying Americans.
DILLIGAF

New York, NY

#43 Jul 30, 2013
Why is it there is no limit put on these people of how many kids they could have, and don't they know abortion is legal in America, thanks to those of the same mindset, they should take advantage of it and get rid of millions of unwanted, future prisoners, and drug users.
TedsLiver

Oakland, CA

#44 Jul 30, 2013
Fast Food is not a career. Fire them all and close the fast food places. The country would be better off.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#45 Jul 30, 2013
DILLIGAF wrote:
Why is it there is no limit put on these people of how many kids they could have, and don't they know abortion is legal in America, thanks to those of the same mindset, they should take advantage of it and get rid of millions of unwanted, future prisoners, and drug users.
if someone had only told your mother that....

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