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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Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#113 Jul 31, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
Fire the LOT of them.
As a pro-labor Democrat I stand in solidarity with McDonald's workers. McDonald's is a very profitable company. The executives are paid millions and the shareholders receive nice dividends. Why can't the workers have their slice of the pie? They staff the restaurants and generate the profits. According to the Economic Policy Institute, McDonald's could afford to pay workers $15 / hour by simply raising the price of Big Mac's by one nickel.
DILLIGAF

New York, NY

#114 Jul 31, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>if someone had only told your mother that....

You didn't have a mother,you were raised by a hermaphrodite, so your daddy was your mommy, and your mommy was your daddy, got it?
DILLIGAF

New York, NY

#115 Jul 31, 2013
sinic wrote:
"The key to building wealth is establishing good habits of living below your means and saving.".(Richard Feight, a certified financial planner)
Can you live below your means on an $8 per hour job, at 40 hours per week, 20 hours per week. You do the math and see if that wage allows upward mobility. If not should the taxpayer help?(foodstamps, job training programs, income supplements via cash or tax 'incentives' and etc.)
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. Could you get an education, or the skills needed for a $20 per hour job if you had to support yourself/family on $8 per hour?
As the adage goes "God helps those who help themselves", now leaving the deity out of it, it still applies, if one wanted to be paid a higher wage one should have gotten a better education, or started an entry level job and with hard work and inititive one probably would have been offered a raise, or a better position, many have gone that route and suceeded, the only other way to achieve enough wealth to support a family is to be born into it, inherit it, win the lottery, or make like Willy Sutton and rob many banks. lol However, basically speaking it all goes back to education. Hardworking taxpayers are getting fed up with those with their hands out, while they themselves are finding it hard to make ends meet.
DILLIGAF

New York, NY

#116 Jul 31, 2013
Justin wrote:
<quoted text>
NYC is overcrowded and overpriced. For young person with no college degree, no career, and responsibilities, moving from NYC to Newark makes perfect sense.
Move to Newark? Are you kidding or what, Do you have a death wish? Where do you live, I know it isn't on the East coast, because you would know what that city is like.
John

Charleston, WV

#118 Jul 31, 2013
I own stock in mcy d's I don't want my profits per share cut just so some morons too dumb to get real jobs can get paid way more than their worth
Col Huggington

Brooklyn, NY

#119 Jul 31, 2013
How many mexicans does it take to run a McDonalds for 50 an hour. If you close down the poop factory where all the crud going to flow? Lookout my butthole ready to blow chunks of horse sized turds. Stand around holding up words.
nac

Patchogue, NY

#120 Jul 31, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
As a pro-labor Democrat I stand in solidarity with McDonald's workers. McDonald's is a very profitable company. The executives are paid millions and the shareholders receive nice dividends. Why can't the workers have their slice of the pie? They staff the restaurants and generate the profits. According to the Economic Policy Institute, McDonald's could afford to pay workers $15 / hour by simply raising the price of Big Mac's by one nickel.
I wouldn't put too much stock into that liberal think-tank's "findings." But the issue is complex. On the one hand, most fast food workers also receive some sort of welfare ... so it can be argued that we the taxpayers are funding fast food's business model.

On the other hand, mopping the floor at Burger King wasn't intended to be a "career." If you want to tell me that you "can't raise a family on minimum wage," I'd say of course not. But you shouldn't start a family if you're mopping floors at Burger King.

If you earn minimum wage and want to start a family... YOU SHOULD LEARN A SKILL!!! A skill other than demanding hand-outs, ideally. But that is an idea that has been eroded and attacked by liberal think tanks like the one you mentioned. It is why we are broke as a nation and will soon collapse.

Since: Jul 13

Ahmedabad, India

#121 Jul 31, 2013
shameless-li wrote:
<quoted text>
most major companies stopped paying into "guaranteed pensions" a few years back.
unions can't give "guaranteed pensions" to anyone.
they can only try to protect people who them now from losing them...
you said right most major companies stopped paying into pensions... i think this is not good for fast-food workers..
American Sweatshops

Chicago, IL

#122 Jul 31, 2013
radiofreeamerica wrote:
$15 an hour to flip burgers?
mc donalds CEO making 3 billion a year .Doing what ???
American Sweatshops

Chicago, IL

#123 Jul 31, 2013
nac wrote:
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I wouldn't put too much stock into that liberal think-tank's "findings." But the issue is complex. On the one hand, most fast food workers also receive some sort of welfare ... so it can be argued that we the taxpayers are funding fast food's business model.
On the other hand, mopping the floor at Burger King wasn't intended to be a "career." If you want to tell me that you "can't raise a family on minimum wage," I'd say of course not. But you shouldn't start a family if you're mopping floors at Burger King.
If you earn minimum wage and want to start a family... YOU SHOULD LEARN A SKILL!!! A skill other than demanding hand-outs, ideally. But that is an idea that has been eroded and attacked by liberal think tanks like the one you mentioned. It is why we are broke as a nation and will soon collapse.
so in your mind flipping burgers is not a skill ?

What about the people with low IQ who just can't learn ? In your world they have to be bottom feeders with no life demining jobs huh ?
American Sweatshops

Chicago, IL

#124 Jul 31, 2013
DILLIGAF wrote:
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Move to Newark? Are you kidding or what, Do you have a death wish? Where do you live, I know it isn't on the East coast, because you would know what that city is like.
Newark is gone cause New Jerseyites can't rule their own cities .

Thanks to Giuliani NYC is one of the safest cities on earth .Even parts such as Bed-Stuy, East York like Canarsie or the Bronx or Harlem are still very safe .

American Sweatshops

Chicago, IL

#125 Jul 31, 2013
Fact wrote:
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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.
If you can't make it there (NYC), you can't make it anywhere .

Cost of food in NYC ( Brooklyn and Queens Bronx etc ) is much cheaper than suburbs . You just got to know where to buy it .

Where you live you can rent out a room for 600 a month or 125 a week so .Not so bad , is it .
American Sweatshops

Chicago, IL

#126 Jul 31, 2013
Justin wrote:
<quoted text>
NYC is overcrowded and overpriced. For young person with no college degree, no career, and responsibilities, moving from NYC to Newark makes perfect sense.
you just giving up without even trying ..

Go home boi , back to obscurity . You right move to newark . LOL
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#131 Aug 1, 2013
Earth Child 1 wrote:
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If everybody is a college graduate, then who is going to serve fast food?
The unskilled person making 7.50 an hour. More than commensurate with their skills.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#134 Aug 1, 2013
Lord Stannis wrote:
<quoted text>But again, do you want a 19 year old with ZERO Public Health, sanitation or restaurant management training being appointed the "Night Manager" of your local Taco Bell, supervising the 17 and 18 year olds who care more about texting than doing their job correctly? Supervising Millennials requires strong management and disciplinary skills that you would get in a former military cook for maybe $15 an hour, but NOT at $7.50
We're not talking management. We're talking the person flipping the burgers and running the registers. Those "are" jobs for the young and unskilled to learn how to enter and handle themselves in the workforce. Any adult that looks to McDonalds as a career unless they are "in" management is an idiot and deserves to starve, since they appear to have cheated natural selection.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#135 Aug 1, 2013
Earth Child 1 wrote:
<quoted text>I guess what you want is unskilled workers without public health training making your food. You would be one of the many whiners because there's nobody to serve you your food because everybody is at college or has a degree.
It doesn't take great skill to flip burgers, run the register or "WASH YOUR HANDS". You don't need extensive public health training for these positions. Management needs this training to insure standards are met, not junior running the fryer.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#137 Aug 1, 2013
Earth Child 1 wrote:
<quoted text>You are one discriminating jerk!
It seems I hit a nerve. A little old to be working in fast food? Haven't entered the world of adults yet?

If you are over the age of 25 and are working in fast food in other than a management or management trainee position, then I would have to qualify you as part of the flotsam and jetsam of society. Too lazy and unmotivated to attempt to make anything better of themselves but still feel entitled that others and the government should advance them regardless of their sloth.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#138 Aug 1, 2013
Earth Child 1 wrote:
<quoted text>You are one discriminating jerk!
By the way it is possible that your lack of education is holding you back. If I were discriminating against you I would be attempting to deny you something that you are entitled to.

Last I checked good jobs with high earning have to be "EARNED".
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#139 Aug 1, 2013
Not to mention stupid, lazy and unmotivated are not protected groups
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#141 Aug 1, 2013
John wrote:
I own stock in mcy d's I don't want my profits per share cut just so some morons too dumb to get real jobs can get paid way more than their worth
I think you're paid more than you're worth.

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