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Fast-food workers in walkout to protest low wages
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Quote:Where's the beef? Fast-food workers in walkout to protest low wages
Don’t expect to have it your way today at some fast-food restaurants across the country.

Workers at the nation’s best known fast-food restaurants in seven cities across America are planning to walk off the job Monday to protest what they say are wages that are too low to live on. In a move orchestrated with the help of powerful labor unions and clergy groups, the workers plan to strike for a day to demand their wages be doubled.

The Washington Post reports that the protests will take place in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Mich., involving workers at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. Some employees at stores including Dollar Tree, Macy's and Victoria's Secret are also expected to join the protesters in several cities

The workers are calling for wages of $15 per hour, more than double New York's current minimum wage of $7.25.

A network of local community groups, clergy and unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are backing the strike.

“SEIU members, like all service-sector workers, are worse off when large fast-food and retail companies are able to hold down wages and push benefit standards for working people,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told the Washington Post.

In New York City, the protests were organized by a group called Fast Food Forward, which states its Twitter account: "No one can survive on $7.25."

"A lot of the workers are living in poverty, you know, not being able to afford to put food on the table or take the train to work," Fast Food Forward director Jonathan Westin told CBS New York. "The workers are striking over the fact that they can’t continue to maintain their families on the wages they’re being paid in the fast-food industry."

The group posted a photograph on its Twitter account early Monday depicting workers who have “walked out” in New York.

Fast-food workers in New York City earn an average salary of $11,000 annually. That’s less than half of the average daily salary — $25,000 — for most fast-food restaurant CEOs. Employees in the $200 billion industry make 25 percent of the money they need to survive in New York City while working at fast-food restaurants, according to the group’s website.

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No skill , high pay the new American way.
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"The workers are calling for wages of $15 per hour, more than double New York's current minimum wage of $7.25."

"No one can survive on $7.25."
These jobs are supposed to be stepping stone jobs for people to gain experience, not a career.

Shit when I was 16 I worked at McD's and I think minimum wage was like $4.25/hr.
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I don't eat that food anyway. Won't have much of an impact here. Shrug
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Fast-food workers in New York City earn an average salary of $11,000 annually. That’s less than half of the average daily salary — $25,000 — for most fast-food restaurant CEOs

There has to be some happy medium in there somewhere. Sure it's a low skill job, but where are the skilled jobs these days?
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Fire 'em all. Hire replacements at $8.00.
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RandomTask;112934 Wrote:Fire 'em all. Hire replacements at $8.00.

Heh. "Do joo wan' frijoles weeth dat?" Wink
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bucksco;112909 Wrote:Shit when I was 16 I worked at McD's and I think minimum wage was like $4.25/hr.

I worked at a fast food place for $1.75 an hour and was thrilled. Then again, gas was 30 cents/gal.

Fire the folks who don't show up for work and put out a help wanted sign. These clowns are going to quit anyway when they get less hours with Obamacare on the way.
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This is actually pretty important, because if they succeed in some cities in forcing these companies to raise up to $15/hour (ridiculous!), then basically eventually the entire payscale of the country will have to double! Who would want to be a personal assistant for $12/hour when you can flip burgers for $15? The personal assistant wage will then have to go up to $24. Prices will go up astronomically and the economy will tank. People are ridiculous.

I was thinking about this, and wondering why prices are SO high these days as compared to when I was a kid. For instance, when I was a kid, my dad made about $60,000/year, and he bought a house for about $69,000. Now, my dad probably makes about $100,000/year, and that same house is worth over $350,000.

Why did housing go up so much faster than wages? I think it's because of all the rampant credit. When everyone spends money on credit, then the economy is working based on the idea that the money is there...but it's not. For instance, if every family spends $50,000 in credit, the economy is behaving as if there were $50,000 more per family circulating than really is. So prices are artificially set at an "affordable" price but nobody can really afford it because they are falsely high.

At least that's the conclusion I came to. Everyone is blaming Walmart, but really it's the people's fault. That, and the government's fault, for pushing so much welfare money into the system. That does it, too.
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If they get $15 an hour, I'll be flipping burgers next week.
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