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I see this as win-win. If they succeed they get higher wages and maybe we get better workers in the biz, if they stay out a while people eat less fatty food and the nation gets slimmer. I will definitely honor all pickets lines at fast food joints...
'Fast food worker strike hits Detroit
Detroit — Workers at a fast food restaurant on Detroit's east side have walked off the job as part of an effort to push for higher wages.
Detroit pastor Charles Williams II says workers want $15 and hour, better working conditions and the right to unionize. The one-day protest starting Friday morning at a McDonald's on the 10000 block of Gratiot is one of about 50 that organizers say they've planned around Detroit.
The D15 campaign says many workers make $7.40 an hour or just above it.
A message seeking comment from a representative of the restaurant was left Friday morning by The Associated Press.'
Workers at more than 30 fast food restaurants in St. Louis walked off the job Thursday in a similar one-day strike. That followed strikes at fast food chains in New York and Chicago.
Detroit Workers at a fast food restaurant on Detroit's east side have walked off the job as part of an effort to push for higher wages.
'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable'
- President John F. Kennedy
The pastor probably also orders off the dollar menu too- how does he expect that they have low prices like that? j/k
These are entry level jobs that could turn into careers for honest hard working people. Many of them learn structure and systems of a workplace that will help them move up to better paying jobs.
What is probably better is to increase the 40 hr work week to 50 without overtime pay. Many of these workers end up having to take a job at a second fast food place because they can only get 40 hours before their first employer says no to more hours due to OT. They end up working somewhere else and still don't get the intended benefit of the federal 40 hr week before OT.
They could also get more money to pay workers if everyone wasnt so damn cheap when they go to a fast food restaurant and expect everything for $5 or less. Some times these are just tough thankless jobs- I give credit to those that stick it out and make a career out of it.
As for the work conditions I can see a complaint at some places where those kitchens get so damn hot.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Spartan89 11 months ago
compound and fallen angle now freaking out.
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
If you're going to get $15 an hour to flip burgers, colleges are going to freak out since many graduates don't make that their first year out.
I just hope Big Burger doesn't bring in a bunch of illegal aliens as scabs to break the strike...
I don't care, Obamacare will do the work for me.
Exactly my thoughts. I guess they have to start high though, so that they have somewhere to go if negotiations ever take place.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
they'll pay $15.00 per hour, but hire 168 employees to work one hour a week each.
I dunno, that sounds like a lot of training...
They need to get back behind the counter and make me a sammich!
It's stupid for fast food workers to expect $15.00/hour but it's also stupid that one person interviewed has worked at a store for 3 years without any wage increases. The business plan does not allow for higher wages unfortunately but then again we don't want to pay $10.00 for a Big Mac value meal.
Does anyone besides possibly Hatter believe that $15 per hour is appropriate pay for a fast food job?
I'd pay that much if the quality was better. In the case of McDonalds, VASTLY better.
I don't support making the federal minimum wage $15.00 / hour, but I'd be OK with having the workers organized and bargaining as a unit, and let's see where the wage shakes out...
It seems plausible for ex-cons and high school dropouts but, what would l know.
Would YOU do it for 7 bucks an hour?
Here's a better question. Does anyone, and I mean anyone, really think a doctor or lawyer is worth 300 bucks an hour?
This post was edited by Madhatter536 11 months ago
You have proven time and time again, you know nothing about anything. Thanks for finally admitting it.
No...I wouldn't do it for 7 bucks an hour... but then again I'll turn 49 in July, and I have spent my life building other, better options.
Now 30 years ago I did work in fast food (Taco Bell, closing shift) for much less than 7 dollars an hour...what ever minimum wage was in 1983. That experience taught me that you can have a lot of fun with a crew of teenagers running a restaurant, but you sure as hell wouldn't want to do it for a living for the rest of your life.
I've had a few doctors that I thought were worth that kind of money....an oncologist, and a surgeon, of course they saved my life so I might be biased.
I see. A job YOU wouldn't do shouldn't pay a decent wage, but a job you WOULD do should be paid an excessive wage. Typical conservative point of view.
My you are argumentative this morning.
Let me rephrase my previous response...if you were asking would I intentionally leave my current career, and opt instead to work in the fast food industry for $7 per hour, my answer would be no. If you are asking whether I would work in fast food for $7 per hour if I had no job my answer would be yes...but I'd be spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to find a different job.
I wouldn't be able to be a surgeon or oncologist, I'm not trained for that.
Now...let me ask you a question...what is your definition of a "decent wage"?
Debating about what a 'fair' wage should be is pointless. Everyone wants to maximize his income and employers don't want to pay a penny more than they have to. That's why arguments about federal minimum wages are kind of a waste of time. Of course the government can force a higher wage under certain circumstances but it cannot dicate the circumstances. If a company cannot compete with wages at a specified level it will simply fold up shop. If it can compete it will pay the wages in the short run and in the long run seek ways to eliminate the related labor.
High wage industries, whether automotive, software, truck driving or other, did not get that way because the government dictated so. They got that way because the employees were in a strong negotiating position due usually to a shortage of properly skilled labor or a unionized workforce. Government should enforce the labor laws then get out of the way.
I'm simply pointing out your selfish conservative viewpoint. If you consider that argumentative, that's your problem kid.
A decent wage is one which pays enough for a person to support themselves and their family without having to work more than one job.
Now let me ask you a question, why is 7 bucks an hour to high for minimum wage, but 300 bucks an hour is fair for a doctor or lawyer?
Except you conservatives demand that government get out of the way when it tries to enforce labor laws.
So joe has a family of five, Steve is single, they work right next to each other flipping burgers.
Steve should be payed less than joe?
Doctors and lawyers require substantially more training than most minimum wage jobs. Not every member of our society wants to go to school, or take on the student loan burden required for that. After that training some doctors are better than others, and some lawyers are better than others...these better performing individuals can only serve a certain portion of the demand.... They must choose how to decide which customers to take...in a capitalist society we do that by favoring customers who can pay more.
No. Steve should be paid the same as Joe, who should be paid a wage that will support himself and his family. See, it's not a difficult concept to grasp.
I have yet to meet a lawyer or a doctor who has more training for his profession than a fast food worker has for his. Specious argument.
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