Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies

Jul 29, 2013 Read more: 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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Huh

Faribault, MN

#90 Jul 31, 2013
Brad wrote:
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Reading through a handful of your comments its a pretty safe assumption you're one of those that believe that health care should be a not for profit industry,thats all.
NO I DONT....How is wanting living wages for workers make me a communist type??????? I SAID WORKERS...I am against welfare and food stamps..I DONT WANT ANYONE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR NOTHING....Just think it is about time for workers to once again make a living wage....30 years ago we tried this trickle down economics and now we have found out it is HORRIBLE...Lets get back to TRUE Capitailism and being good patriots to our nation and stop out sourcing....If we had good factory jobs again walmart and mcds jobs could go back to what they should be..PART TIME WORK FOR TEENS AND RETIRED PEOPLE NOT WAYS OF LIVING LIKE THEY ARE.
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#91 Jul 31, 2013
Huh wrote:
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WE CANT KEEP GOING LIKE THIS IDIOT...SOON NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD WHAT THE RICH SELL...Then what?
maybe you can get a part-time job at mickey d's, i hear the wages are good....
Brad

Manchester, CT

#92 Jul 31, 2013
Huh wrote:
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NO I DONT....How is wanting living wages for workers make me a communist type??????? I SAID WORKERS...I am against welfare and food stamps..I DONT WANT ANYONE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR NOTHING....Just think it is about time for workers to once again make a living wage....30 years ago we tried this trickle down economics and now we have found out it is HORRIBLE...Lets get back to TRUE Capitailism and being good patriots to our nation and stop out sourcing....If we had good factory jobs again walmart and mcds jobs could go back to what they should be..PART TIME WORK FOR TEENS AND RETIRED PEOPLE NOT WAYS OF LIVING LIKE THEY ARE.
The reason why the manufacturing jobs went away in the first place was because of the high wages and all the unsecured debt that went along with them,not to mention crippling taxes and regulations.
What kind of incentive is having the highest corporate taxes in the world for job creators coupled with the employee burden that goes along with it?
Huh

Faribault, MN

#93 Jul 31, 2013
Brad wrote:
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The reason why the manufacturing jobs went away in the first place was because of the high wages and all the unsecured debt that went along with them,not to mention crippling taxes and regulations.
What kind of incentive is having the highest corporate taxes in the world for job creators coupled with the employee burden that goes along with it?
LIAR///Jobs left because of GREED of the rich. So sick of you rich turds lying.....

Think I have had enough of this site...so sick of liars like you...

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#94 Jul 31, 2013
what a nerve wrote:
15.00 an hour, for a 48 hr week which is what many of them work =$720.00 per week, that is a bit much for any unskilled worker.
NYC also takes City taxes out of an employees paycheck every week, did you know this?

The price for any fast food in NYC on average is 25% higher than surrounding suburbs.

At least $10.00 per hour would be in line.$15.00 is a bit steep, I agree, but $7,25 is really crap slave wages.
Reality bites

AOL

#95 Jul 31, 2013
Huh wrote:
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WHAT????????? Ok never said workers should make managment wages.. and never said medical care should be free...STOP LYING.
Please stop. You thought so little of your family, your State, and our Nation that you sent Al Franken to "represent" you in the Senate.
Fact

Bronx, NY

#96 Jul 31, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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NYC also takes City taxes out of an employees paycheck every week, did you know this?
The price for any fast food in NYC on average is 25% higher than surrounding suburbs.
At least $10.00 per hour would be in line.$15.00 is a bit steep, I agree, but $7,25 is really crap slave wages.
I agree,$10.00 per hour is a fair wage considering the cost of living in NYC.
The cost of renting an apartment within the 5 boroughs alone is outrageous, let's not even talk about the cost of food.
They should be compensated fairly.

Since: May 13

Southaven, MS

#97 Jul 31, 2013
Is it not enough that they get paid AND get free snacks? Don't lie! I've seen them eat the fries in the back
Justin

United States

#99 Jul 31, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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NYC also takes City taxes out of an employees paycheck every week, did you know this?
The price for any fast food in NYC on average is 25% higher than surrounding suburbs.
At least $10.00 per hour would be in line.$15.00 is a bit steep, I agree, but $7,25 is really crap slave wages.
It seems to me that NYC is not a good place for a young person with no education or marketable skills to start out. Perhaps they can move across the rover to Newark.
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_...

Cost of Living Comparison Between Newark, NJ and New York, NY

- Consumer Prices in New York, NY are 29.89% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Consumer Prices Including Rent in New York, NY are 60.66% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Rent Prices in New York, NY are 116.96% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Restaurant Prices in New York, NY are 9.22% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Groceries Prices in New York, NY are 46.25% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Local Purchasing Power in New York, NY is 32.25% lower than in Newark, NJ
Rambeaux

Philadelphia, PA

#100 Jul 31, 2013
what a nerve wrote:
15.00 an hour, for a 48 hr week which is what many of them work =$720.00 per week, that is a bit much for any unskilled worker.
I can see automation taking over in the fast-food industry. Perhaps a return to the Horn & Hardart's-style restaurant.
Weatherbrain

Stillwater, OK

#101 Jul 31, 2013
radiofreeamerica wrote:
$15 an hour to flip burgers?
Sure. I would pay Obama $15 per hr to do that---and nothing else.
Justin

United States

#103 Jul 31, 2013
McDonald's Employee Just In It For The Money

http://www.theonion.com/articles/mcdonalds-em...

[.."Sean's a scheming climber who's only looking out for himself—I've even heard him talking about wanting to go to tech school," second-shift manager Denise Lum said. "I get the feeling he could decide to quit at any time and—poof—with two weeks notice, he'd be gone."..]

[.."Sean has no sense of loyalty at all," fellow crew member Bob DiSalvo said. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he left for Wendy's or Burger King if he thought he could get more money there."..]
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#104 Jul 31, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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So you would agree then to abolish all forms of welfare so that minimum wage can be doubled overnight. Well then if that's the case, just as long as there is no more housing subsidy, food stamps, welfare checks, etc etc.
But as i said before, be aware that the $7 Big Mac will now cost you $14. The trash service you pay $60/week to come by your house will now be $120/week. You get the idea.
Companies are in business to make money. If you double your payroll you need to, as a company, cover that loss. Where does it come from? It comes from increasing the cost of your products/services. A company will not reduce it's net profit because the government dictates that payroll expenses will double.
The ONLY way to avoid that would be to become Socialist and the government runs the businesses. Again this has been tried. It was called USSR. You may have heard about it. It failed miserably.
Big mac do not cost 7 dollars and their prices will not double. I swear people cant even do the basic math in regards to this issue or the math in running a business for that matter. Nothing but a bunch of mongering.

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#105 Jul 31, 2013
Justin wrote:
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It seems to me that NYC is not a good place for a young person with no education or marketable skills to start out. Perhaps they can move across the rover to Newark.
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_...
Cost of Living Comparison Between Newark, NJ and New York, NY
- Consumer Prices in New York, NY are 29.89% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Consumer Prices Including Rent in New York, NY are 60.66% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Rent Prices in New York, NY are 116.96% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Restaurant Prices in New York, NY are 9.22% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Groceries Prices in New York, NY are 46.25% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Local Purchasing Power in New York, NY is 32.25% lower than in Newark, NJ
Newark has much higher unemployment, crime, the list goes on.

Is this a solution? Absolutely not.
Justin

United States

#106 Jul 31, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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Newark has much higher unemployment, crime, the list goes on.
Is this a solution? Absolutely not.
NYC is overcrowded and overpriced. For young person with no college degree, no career, and responsibilities, moving from NYC to Newark makes perfect sense.
Reality bites

AOL

#108 Jul 31, 2013
Justin wrote:
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It seems to me that NYC is not a good place for a young person with no education or marketable skills to start out. Perhaps they can move across the rover to Newark.
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_...
Cost of Living Comparison Between Newark, NJ and New York, NY
- Consumer Prices in New York, NY are 29.89% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Consumer Prices Including Rent in New York, NY are 60.66% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Rent Prices in New York, NY are 116.96% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Restaurant Prices in New York, NY are 9.22% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Groceries Prices in New York, NY are 46.25% higher than in Newark, NJ
- Local Purchasing Power in New York, NY is 32.25% lower than in Newark, NJ
As long as the prices of all goods and services are raised to reflect the extra cost of the proposed wages in NYC then everything should be fine.

If a Company can't make money selling at the higher prices to pay for the INCREASED wages they should just CLOSE their NYC locations and LAY OFF all the workers in NYC.

Problemo Solved!!!
spike

Akron, OH

#109 Jul 31, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Why not? Corporate thieves make even more.
The difference is that the Corporate "thieves" have to work for it.
Justin

United States

#110 Jul 31, 2013
Reality bites wrote:
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As long as the prices of all goods and services are raised to reflect the extra cost of the proposed wages in NYC then everything should be fine.
If a Company can't make money selling at the higher prices to pay for the INCREASED wages they should just CLOSE their NYC locations and LAY OFF all the workers in NYC.
Problemo Solved!!!
Brilliant plan! You should be they guy running for NYC mayor.
spike

Akron, OH

#111 Jul 31, 2013
Reality bites wrote:
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As long as the prices of all goods and services are raised to reflect the extra cost of the proposed wages in NYC then everything should be fine.
If a Company can't make money selling at the higher prices to pay for the INCREASED wages they should just CLOSE their NYC locations and LAY OFF all the workers in NYC.
Problemo Solved!!!
Theres nothing stopping you from paying more now. Next time your at a fast food shop tell the worker you'd like to pay double
corporatewhore

Bryn Mawr, PA

#112 Jul 31, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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.......

Companies are in business to make money. If you double your payroll you need to, as a company, cover that loss. Where does it come from? It comes from increasing the cost of your products/services. A company will not reduce it's net profit because the government dictates that payroll expenses will double.
The ONLY way to avoid that would be to become Socialist and the government runs the businesses. Again this has been tried. It was called USSR. You may have heard about it. It failed miserably.
I think a lot of these places want to make too much money. They have become too big to fail. By rapid and constant expansion they cannot afford to reward loyal employees nor can they control the costs to remain competitive. Then controlling labor becomes the only or favorite way to control costs. Maybe the Mickey Ds shouldn't have opened as many restaurants. Maybe smaller more full service oriented chains would've opened up or remained opened at least providing tips. I know people who have made careers in the full service industry paying rent, bills etc. Maybe there should be more franchises so the individual owners can run their business they way they want not having to answer to corporate whims. The individual owner needs experience especially if they have a good location and reputation to protect.

The whole economy has become built on a corporate mass foot print model. Quantity takes away from quality of pay in this case. This also leads to the lack of higher paying jobs to go to. So now what has always been an unofficial starter job has become a permanent job for many stagnating the economy more. It is frustrating to see what many of these corporate executives make compared to their employees who actually deal in the product everyday. They are the ones that make or break the company daily and yet don't get rewarded the way they should daily. The same thinking and practices that perpetuate the minimum wage job also stifle an economy by impeding the ability of the employees to spend the way they should just to support their basic needs.

I guess the question still comes down to the minimum wage should equal a minimum standard of living. Is that minimum standard achieved through pay and compensation or subsidies because that's what's going to happen if the minimum wage continues at it's current levels.

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