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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Don Joe

Maple Grove, MN

#609 Aug 15, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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I've been in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, and my clients in 4 states are in dire need of skilled engineers and machinist's, which pay well, and have security / the manufacturing sector, both commercial and aerospace, have been quite busy. Many jobs previously performed (outsourced) about 10 years ago, have been coming back to the states. We are beginning to see a revival. In case you require additional clarification;
http://www.cnbc.com/id/44838614
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-25/comp...
I have been designing semiconductors, often for the aerospace industry for about 30 years. Yes, there is starting to be a revival; but it is not in full bloom yet. Salaries are starting to look up, but I know many who have not had raises in 10 years. I know people who simply left the industry because of lack of jobs for people with fantastic experience and multiple advanced degrees.

I also get calls since I am in a position to hire, should the need arise. I still get resumes from those looking for employment from the ranks of the recently laid off. The semiconductor industry is still down, and much of it is gone to China, and Taiwan. I don't necessarily think it will ever return to its former glory. The fabs are not all in China, but it is seldom that new semiconductor facilities are built in the US. Major changes must be made before it can become competitive in the US.

It took Clinton about 6 years to really make improvements in the economy, leaving only 2 years of growth till bush stopped the economy in its tracks. It looks like Obama is following the same tracks.

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#610 Aug 15, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
However, as a former public school teacher I have influenced many students.
Again... Thank god!
My children have a work ethic. They are doing quite well. Not rich, by any means. But the confidence they can provide for themselves and their families without begging or stealing from others.
I feel sorry for your students.
Joe

United States

#611 Aug 15, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
<quoted text>Again... Thank god!
My children have a work ethic. They are doing quite well. Not rich, by any means. But the confidence they can provide for themselves and their families without begging or stealing from others.
I feel sorry for your students.
Did your children attend and graduate from college? If so, did they receive and state grants and/or federally subsidized loans? Millions of students take advantage of those opportunities every year. Are they "stealing"?

Since: Oct 12

Moultrie, GA

#612 Aug 15, 2013
McSweatshops wrote:
<quoted text>you dont shit about the law . You are just an high school educated redneck is all .
lol you think

Since: Oct 12

Moultrie, GA

#613 Aug 15, 2013
Huh wrote:
<quoted text>NAFTA WAS AND IS A GOP CREATION..Just recorded fact....Now sit down let us educated adults talk..Oh and shut off faux news and rich limturder,,,NO FACTS THERE.
oh clinton didn't sign that into law

Since: Oct 12

Moultrie, GA

#614 Aug 15, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>Did your children attend and graduate from college? If so, did they receive and state grants and/or federally subsidized loans? Millions of students take advantage of those opportunities every year. Are they "stealing"?
my children didn't and they are doing fine my grandkids go to private school paid for by there hard working parents and I pay more school taxes than most ppl make!!what say you??????

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#615 Aug 15, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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Your warped and backward train of thought pre dates the early 20th century - and eventually gave rise to unionization in the mid 40's, another thing I know you abhor. Continue down this path, and a repeat of history is exactly what will happen again.
Remember numbnuts, people don't unionize unless they feel their employers are taking advantage of them - which is what is happening.
And where do you propose to bring us, the 20th century?

To be sure time have changed. Who are America's success stories?
Steve Jobs?
Bill Gates?
Barack Obama?

How many college degrees do you have in this crew? Today, in America, it's all about entrepreneurs.
Actually, that's always been the care.

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#617 Aug 15, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Did your children attend and graduate from college? If so, did they receive and state grants and/or federally subsidized loans? Millions of students take advantage of those opportunities every year. Are they "stealing"?
Yes they did. And no they didn't. Are you a thief?

Since: Oct 12

Moultrie, GA

#618 Aug 15, 2013
McSweatshops wrote:
<quoted text>Try to go to the doctor to book a visit with no insurance or no money and see what happens.

Average visit cost is 150 bucks a pop .

Just because you can afford to spend 150 on a doctor it doesn't mean every1 can . It takes 4 days to make an 150 bucks working at McSlavin.
nothing is free

Since: Oct 12

Moultrie, GA

#619 Aug 15, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
<quoted text>Yes they did. And no they didn't. Are you a thief?
lol

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#621 Aug 15, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
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I have been designing semiconductors, often for the aerospace industry for about 30 years. Yes, there is starting to be a revival; but it is not in full bloom yet. Salaries are starting to look up, but I know many who have not had raises in 10 years. I know people who simply left the industry because of lack of jobs for people with fantastic experience and multiple advanced degrees.
I also get calls since I am in a position to hire, should the need arise. I still get resumes from those looking for employment from the ranks of the recently laid off. The semiconductor industry is still down, and much of it is gone to China, and Taiwan. I don't necessarily think it will ever return to its former glory. The fabs are not all in China, but it is seldom that new semiconductor facilities are built in the US. Major changes must be made before it can become competitive in the US.
It took Clinton about 6 years to really make improvements in the economy, leaving only 2 years of growth till bush stopped the economy in its tracks. It looks like Obama is following the same tracks.
Your sector is a bit different than the aerospace industry as a whole. Primary components, landing gear, wings, all structural assemblies are manufactured here still, due to compliance regulations(AS-9102)within this industry. Electronics have a different inspection criteria, thus many electrical component manufacturers have left. Thank both NAFTA and also China being allowed into the WTO for this mess.

Then the computer industry left here completely about 10 years ago - most models are made overseas. Hewlitt-Packard led the way.

But, as you saw from links I provided, and first hand experience in the field, those jobs are in fact there. One of my clients actually offered me $30.00 per hr. to start last week if I was unsatisfied where I am, and wanted to work alongside him back in engineering. I received quite a few of these offers in the last two months.

A truly qualified machinist with programming experience can make a very good living now..

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#622 Aug 15, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
<quoted text>
And where do you propose to bring us, the 20th century?
To be sure time have changed. Who are America's success stories?
Steve Jobs?
Bill Gates?
Barack Obama?
How many college degrees do you have in this crew? Today, in America, it's all about entrepreneurs.
Actually, that's always been the care.
I have taken nothing away from the entrepreneur's of this country, or anyone who makes a product or service that's superior.

You're right ingenuity makes this world a better place.

And those who work for those entrepreneur's, bringing his concepts to reality, also deserve merit for being able to assist in accomplishing those goals as well.

Remember, the concepts of the entrepreneur would never come to fruition, nor retain its sustainability, without the labor of those around him.
Don Joe

Maple Grove, MN

#623 Aug 16, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
<quoted text>
Your sector is a bit different than the aerospace industry as a whole. Primary components, landing gear, wings, all structural assemblies are manufactured here still, due to compliance regulations(AS-9102)within this industry. Electronics have a different inspection criteria, thus many electrical component manufacturers have left. Thank both NAFTA and also China being allowed into the WTO for this mess.
Then the computer industry left here completely about 10 years ago - most models are made overseas. Hewlitt-Packard led the way.
But, as you saw from links I provided, and first hand experience in the field, those jobs are in fact there. One of my clients actually offered me $30.00 per hr. to start last week if I was unsatisfied where I am, and wanted to work alongside him back in engineering. I received quite a few of these offers in the last two months.
A truly qualified machinist with programming experience can make a very good living now..
Yes, I understand what you are saying. Different sectors might or might not recover, but at different rates. My familiarity is with the thousands of engineers who have had difficulty finding employment even with decades of hard work, and great educations. While there are pockets where the economy is starting to come back, the larger percentage is lagging. It has become difficult to recommend a higher education simply because there is no job security and it might be very difficult to pay the loans for that education. This has very detrimental effects for everyone involved.
Joe

United States

#625 Aug 16, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
<quoted text>Yes they did. And no they didn't. Are you a thief?
Like millions of other students from my economic background I was entitled to Pell Grants and stafford loans. I also qualify for income-based loan repayment program.
Plotts

East Setauket, NY

#626 Aug 16, 2013
Huh wrote:
<quoted text>
NAFTA WAS AND IS A GOP CREATION..Just recorded fact....Now sit down let us educated adults talk..Oh and shut off faux news and rich limturder,,,NO FACTS THERE.
Nafta was signed into law by Clinton...the politicians have the two sides sitting on either side of the fence,manipulating the masses into blaming the fast food industry for their lack of providing an entry level job that they could be able to raise a family ,buy a house and retire with a pension from....
The politicians have these little children brainwashed into believing it was the white man that has caused all the harm and eroded all the opportunities to succeed..
The race baiters have stirred up a hornets nest of disenfranchised youth,with their limited education and fishbowl thought process, placing their blame and their energy into a band aid type of remedy..
Let the fools fight over a few shackles while both sets of politicians laugh all the way to their little vacation hideaways....
All this energy should be leveled at both sets of politicians ,instead they have us all separated and conquered...while they send more and more real jobs overseas..for cheap labor and monetary gain from big business....
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#628 Aug 16, 2013
McSweatshops wrote:
<quoted text>you know it takes a lot of skill to flip burgers chickens fish dealing with crazies etc , reading tickets making sure everything comes up on time.
truck drivers welders construction workers firefighters pig officers have a lot easier jobs yet they pulling 30 to 50 K a year . Or the city workers pulling 50 K a year while the city have no money , on the contrary with McSlavin'. McSlavin' is actually making trillions why not take care of their workers ??
McD's will always pay poorly. They are the bottom rung of the ladder.

Poor pay is incentive to move on to a MORE REWARDING career; one that pays more money (like you said: truck drivers, welders, firefighters, etc.)

The BLAME for having a low paying job is the FAULT of the worker who chooses to work at a low paying job and without having the ambition to move on to a greater reward.
Plotts

East Setauket, NY

#629 Aug 16, 2013
McSweatshops wrote:
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the illegals enter this country because white man wants , needs cheap labour , we both now it so dont blame anyone but yourself . I bet you had few mexicans taking care of your lawn here and there but of course you wont admit it . LOL
It was found almost 70% of Tea Party racist hired illegals at one point or another yet they are the loudest when it comes to illegal migrants .
White race or the Europeans enslaved Negroes we are ALL responsible . Just because you or your great grandparents didn't it doesnt excuse you and again just like with illegals, slaves were here due to white man greed .
You need to reread my post and work on your reading comprehension...while your attempt to judge my political affiliations are skewered by your tunnel vision you live in caused by your unwarrented anger,which by the way is directed at a particular race across the board...those race batters have you tied around their little fingers,they have you just where they want you...blaming Mcdees and their entry level job for not providing you with a means to provide you a decent living,a job you could retire on a job you can raise a family with....and someone to blame,based on the color of their skin...it's inane..but they have you all worked up believing this is the cause of your problems....both political parties helped in enacting NAFTA that sent good paying manufacturing jobs overseas to benefit big business and both parties took kickbacks from these entities to make it happen..
Yet let's picket the fast food industry.....when most Americans should band together and hold our political representatives accountable for selling out the American people for big business..
As for cheap landscaping labor,what a schmuck,,they are no cheaper than a white or black owned landscaping business..though I see you no nothing about something your unwilling to do yourself,unlike myself who grew up with a "work ethic"something you apparently know very little about..when I grew up,there was no cheap labor , I was free labor...just like my kids today...,who I warn that they have choices to make..all my kids have chores around the house they provide free and also are expected to either work or have a sport..I let them know that if they do not forward their education they might end up serving burgers at the local fast food establishment banished to live in a basement apartment ,eking out a sustenance as their are no free rides...if that's the choice you want,why blame me?
Our politicians sit back and watch a generation of kids that they have hooked on heroin,though look at those responsible for spreading this silent epidemic...Rudy Guiliani complicit with Purdue pharmaceuticals who dumped oxycotin on the masses,,our involvement in Afganastan to manipulate the price of opium ,up threefold... All this cheap heroin in the streets ,all these overdoses,yet nothing in the mass media to show alarm? Why is that?
So you go a fight the good fight and have that bandaid applied to your problem for a couple more bucks,,though in the long run what will this solve?
on an aside ,how do you feel about Oprah who claims she was racially profiled when attempting to buy a $38,000 pocketbook,do you feel her pain?,does that get you angry?are those white Europeans trash in your mind....or do you align yourself with the poor entry level floor salesgirl despite the color of her skin trying to eke out a living?
spike

Akron, OH

#630 Aug 16, 2013
Let them eat cake
Aphelion

Kissimmee, FL

#631 Aug 16, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL, you demand those who work give you the fruit of their labor. If you were familiar with labor you would not be making such demands, therefore it is obvious you haven't earned anything.
You remind me of the bank robber telling us how hard he worked to rob the bank. You have to invest in some guns and train in how to use them. You have to hire a get-away driver and steal a car that you can leave somewhere. Then you have to hire the help. Not everyone is willing to help you rob a bank and you need someone to take out the bank guard. Then you have to go on the Lam and stay hidden for a long time. Think of the hard labor, think of the investment and initiative. If you got what you earned, you would be in prison. Let those who actually create value have their value and quit demanding that those who work give you everything.
I'm sure that this fantasy helps you justify your failures in life.
Aphelion

Kissimmee, FL

#632 Aug 16, 2013
Don Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like another Zimmerman, willing to stalk children and shoot them, but you would never stand against an adult with the ability to defend himself. Go on with your threats and see where it gets you.
Gee ... genius, you reading comprehension is no better than your understanding of economics. I made no threats but was answering to a threat made.

Get that GED that you have been dreaming about and then come back and talk to me.

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