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Fast-food workers strike, citing low wages: 'It's not enough'
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Posted on 04/04/2013 10:05:37 AM PDT by traumer

They work for some of the biggest businesses in the United States, yet they are among the country's lowest-paid workers.

On Thursday, fast-food workers staged walkouts at McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell and other restaurants in New York City to call attention to their plight. Organizers scheduled the job actions to commemorate the day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago in Memphis, where he was supporting a strike by sanitation workers.

"It's not enough," Elba Godoy, a crew member at a McDonald's just a few blocks from Times Square, said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, which helps support her extended family of seven. "They don't like [that we're out here], but we have to do it. We cannot survive on $7.25."

Godoy and her colleagues are seeking a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. The walkout is part of a national movement by low-wage workers to raise wages and gain rights.

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1 posted on 04/04/2013 10:05:37 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

That would make Big Mac - what - $10 ?


2 posted on 04/04/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

If its not enough money, find another job...


3 posted on 04/04/2013 10:07:29 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: traumer
The George W Bush era of "McJobs" looks so good in hindsight. Unemployment below 5%, entry level workers didn't feel compelled to strike because their entry level wages were too low, and health insurance was affordable.

The Age of Obama? They tell me it's a golden age, but it sure doesn't seem like it.

4 posted on 04/04/2013 10:10:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: traumer

“”It’s not enough,” Elba Godoy”

And yet Elba you and your coworkers still can’t get an order of a cheeseburger and a coke correct. Perhaps that’s the reason. And fast food jobs are not supposed to be a lifetime career.


5 posted on 04/04/2013 10:11:16 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Without Life nothing else matters.)
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To: traumer
Why bother with the employer?

Don't they know that wages are set by the government?

If they don't like the maximum wage, then organize, form a union, bribe a politician to pass a law for better wages like we teachers did.

Sheesh. Welcome to Demerica.

6 posted on 04/04/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tax laws are complex and may change at any time.)
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To: traumer

My nephew moved in with me the other day so he could save what little he makes at a fast food joint, for an apartment with a room mate. I won’t take rent or charge him for gas to take him to work so he can get on his feet.

The fact is, fast food restaurants are not the kind of place a person should work if they plan to raise a family. They’re for young people just getting started.


7 posted on 04/04/2013 10:11:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traumer
Dumbsh*ts. don't they know that federal minimum wages are simply a way to create more tax revenue? It has nothing to do with cost of living.

Let it Burn. And google the sh*t out of the names in the article, and there will be a trail to some LefTard group, as usual.

8 posted on 04/04/2013 10:12:19 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: traumer

We used to joke about this when I worked at McHell, what we thought would happen if we went on strike, the general consensus was they’d just hire the first 40 applicants and have us all replaced by the end of the week. FF workers make nothing because they’re easily replaced.


9 posted on 04/04/2013 10:12:22 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: traumer

In a perfect world, those jobs would be done by teenagers who still live with mom and dads, and not by those who think that flipping burgers should be a ‘career.’


10 posted on 04/04/2013 10:15:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FreedomGuru
And yet Elba you and your coworkers still can’t get an order of a cheeseburger and a coke correct.

Yeah, there's that. I really don't know what our society can do with people who cannot process a customer who says's "I would like a Big Mac and small coke, please. That's my whole order. Here's a $10 bill."

Man, I've seen a lot of McDonald's workers stumped by a complex transaction like that. They ought to go someplace where the work is easier ... but there is no place where the work is easier. What can we do with such people?

11 posted on 04/04/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: traumer

You don’t stay at $7.25 at McD’s if you are worth more, correct?


12 posted on 04/04/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: cripplecreek

And yet it’s what passes for job creation these days.

I could make a comment about the job issue but i don’t feel like answering 1000 flaming messages. (Not saying you would but the last time i made a statement to you i was harassed all day by the selective readers here.
Sorely tempted though.


13 posted on 04/04/2013 10:17:36 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: traumer
This all seems a little fishy to me. Who would work in Manhattan for 7.25/hour? I'm pretty sure McDonald's pays better than that where I live. I suppose newly arrived immigrants could conceivably drive down wages to that level, but I'm just not believing that this is a common occurence.

At any rate, the simple answer for these people is to move out of there.

14 posted on 04/04/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: traumer

Why don’t they just call 911 on their Obama phone?


15 posted on 04/04/2013 10:19:29 AM PDT by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: traumer
"It's not enough," Elba Godoy, a crew member at a McDonald's just a few blocks from Times Square, said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, which helps support her extended family of seven. "They don't like [that we're out here], but we have to do it. We cannot survive on $7.25."

it "helps" .. "extended family of 7".. how many of those 7 are capable of working but don't? the "helps" - is it helping another wage earner, or (more likely) a bunch of welfare/ ssdi/ food stamps/ medicare/ cash assitance.. etc. ?
16 posted on 04/04/2013 10:19:45 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

A lot of them barely “habla ingles.”


17 posted on 04/04/2013 10:20:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: traumer

Reading into this, apparently they organized this privately without a union, but they want to start a union. At first I thought, since when are McDonalds employees ever in a laboro union??


18 posted on 04/04/2013 10:22:14 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: traumer

They can shove that 10 dollar Big Mac! I`ll brown bag, aready have a couple of nice Coleman coolers in various sizes w/ice packs. http://www.coleman.com/1000Trails/?gclid=CMCU6OLCsbYCFQfqnAod5g8AVQ


19 posted on 04/04/2013 10:22:22 AM PDT by nomad
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To: traumer

Should have thought of that before you dropped out of high school or stopped getting educated and “actin’ white”


20 posted on 04/04/2013 10:22:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: cripplecreek

The fact is, fast food restaurants are not the kind of place a person should work if they plan to raise a family. They’re for young people just getting started.
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Like my first job, a few decades ago, as a dishwasher. It’s a first step on the employment ladder.

It’s not meant to be a career. Well, unless you move into management or something like that. But I can’t imagine raising a family on a McD’s cashiers wages.


21 posted on 04/04/2013 10:23:48 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: listenhillary

Not if there are all sorts of low skill jobs where a person can learn but oh wait that model has slowly been phased out for decades as manufacturing jobs have gone overseas.
Really easy to take your attitude but the fact is we’re no longer making learn as you go jobs that pay. Now when some idiot goes on CNBC and says i’ve got 20 openings at a factory they neglect to mention those jobs all require engineering degrees.


22 posted on 04/04/2013 10:24:36 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: traumer
They work for some of the biggest businesses in the United States, yet they are among the country's lowest-paid workers lucky to have a job.
23 posted on 04/04/2013 10:24:53 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check selects every single word in my post.)
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To: traumer

Lady (loosely used term in this case), take Thomas Friedman’s advice

“Need a job? Then invent one!”


24 posted on 04/04/2013 10:30:40 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: traumer
"It's not enough," Elba Godoy, a crew member at a McDonald's just a few blocks from Times Square, said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, which helps support her extended family of seven. "They don't like [that we're out here], but we have to do it. We cannot survive on $7.25." Elba is a lying effing leeching b!tch. EITC (near $5000 per year), Section 8 housing, TANF, WICs, SNAP, Obama Phone and all the rest.....she's living better than most. Absolutely NO, repeat NO Sympathy here for her, or her extended family of leeches.
25 posted on 04/04/2013 10:32:55 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ClearCase_guy

We never eat fast food, I just don’t like it much, but yesterday I had a coupon for Carls Jr so decided to use it. My total order was $12.75 and I gave her a $20. She gave me back the $20 along with the $7.25. I didn’t even look at it and just shoved it into my purse so didn’t notice til after I got home and we had eaten and I pulled it out to put it in my wallet. I was not going back then.
On the plus side she did get my order right even though the food was kind of lousy.


26 posted on 04/04/2013 10:33:29 AM PDT by sheana
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To: traumer

I am sure the greedy owner can be force to pay Elba (Elba?)
$20-$25 an hour. and if he cannot afford to pay, he should just close down. After all it is not Elba’s fault that he is running an under capitalized business.
Or something like that.

Elba. Now that sounds like something Napoleon once spoke.
“Able was I ere I saw Elba”. :O


27 posted on 04/04/2013 10:34:29 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: traumer

Yer Fired!


28 posted on 04/04/2013 10:36:11 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: dfwgator

Wait a minute now. O’B *created* these jobs !!!/s


29 posted on 04/04/2013 10:36:19 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: traumer

So, go learn to do something of greater value so you’ll be worth more money!


30 posted on 04/04/2013 10:37:01 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: wiggen

I was lucky. I started working at $2.65 30+ years ago and stayed at the same company. Wife was making the same wage as I was. Nothing excess in our budget. No video games, cell phones, cable / satellite, no Nike shoes to spend money on.

Took us about 6 years to save up enough cash for a 20% down payment to buy a house and 15 acres of land. Interest rate was 13% at the time I think.


31 posted on 04/04/2013 10:37:50 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: traumer

If it’s too little money for you, quit. Maybe someone else thinks it’s enough, maybe they don’t. If it’s the latter, then the business has to pay more to get the workers. if it’s the former, then maybe your job isn’t worth what you think it is.


32 posted on 04/04/2013 10:41:15 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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"It's not enough," Elba Godoy, ... said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage

This is why ladies and gentleman the importance of people entering the work at a young age. My 16 year old daughter made the same comment on her first minimum wage job. I told her that her employer does not owe her a wage to meet her living expenses, rather your employer pays you a wage for the value you provide the business in an open and free labor market. When she learned this she made sure she did a good job and only earned minimum for about 3 months. Now at 18, she is a shift manager.

33 posted on 04/04/2013 10:41:32 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: traumer

...or the rebranded “Unhappy Meal” at $12.50 plus tax


34 posted on 04/04/2013 10:44:30 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: cripplecreek
The fact is, fast food restaurants are not the kind of place a person should work if they plan to raise a family. They’re for young people just getting started.

And any young person worth their salt will quickly move to supervisor, then shift manager, and so on. And once they've got managerial experience they can parlay that to somewhere higher paying.

I think these folks are forgetting if they move to $15/hour (30k per year), they'll be on the hook for their own food (no food stamps), their own heat (no LIHEAP), and they may even have to pay a co-pay for their kid's medical care via the CHiP program. I wonder how widespread this walkout was? My guess is not much - it's just the unions grasping at straws and their helpful idiots in the media reporting their spoonfed lines.

35 posted on 04/04/2013 10:45:39 AM PDT by old and tired
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" ... which helps support her extended family of seven ... "

What's that, a few kids each from different fathers? Maybe she should have moved past a minimum-wage-level job before she became a brood sow.

36 posted on 04/04/2013 10:52:05 AM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: 11th Commandment

Elba Godoy

No one will ever hire you now. You are forever on the internet as a trouble maker with no common sense.


37 posted on 04/04/2013 11:04:13 AM PDT by Selene
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To: Gaffer

Great point, Gaffer! I wonder how much money this “extended family of 7” is raking in from all those freebies from Obama.


38 posted on 04/04/2013 11:07:56 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: mellow velo

The key weasel words are “helps support.” Translation: She’s not the main source of income for the family. Someone else — perhaps Uncle Sam and state and local welfare? — is. The overwhelming majority of minimum-wage workers are not the principal breadwinner in their household.


39 posted on 04/04/2013 11:10:02 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: traumer

Work more hours get another job...hey get an education dn find a better job.


40 posted on 04/04/2013 11:12:32 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: traumer
I suggest Bloomberg raise the NYC minimum wage to $25 per hour. When it costs $50 for a Big Mac, will any of the brain dead in NYC figure out why it costs so much? Not likely.
41 posted on 04/04/2013 11:14:07 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: old and tired

Union wages are pegged to the minimum wage.


42 posted on 04/04/2013 11:15:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: old and tired

Funny how in the Bush era Pelosi called these “McJobs”

Now they hire 4 yr college grads for them who expect a middle class lifestyle.


43 posted on 04/04/2013 11:15:44 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: traumer
I have discussed this with my economics classes. To pay an employee say $10 per hour, that employee has to generate on average enough revenue per hour to pay their salary, plus operating costs and a profit for the owner. To pay a $10 per hour wage the employee would have to generate probably close to $20 in revenue per hour.

To pay a $15 per hour wage in a fast food place would require improving productivity and necessarily raising the cost of the food dramatically. Would the market be willing to pay $10-15 for a fast food burger?

44 posted on 04/04/2013 11:20:22 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: ClearCase_guy

“What can we do with such people?”

In the good old days, they worked in the fields growing and picking cotton. That line of work doesn’t require much mental capacity.


45 posted on 04/04/2013 11:23:44 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: traumer

The “strikers” in the article firmly set the demarcation line between those who believe they should be give/awarded material things just because of who they are and those who believe if your situation isn’t good, work hard to improve it. In short, the difference between takers and makers...liberals and conservatives. If you asked them whether they think the world owes them a living, they’d all shout yes.


46 posted on 04/04/2013 11:23:52 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: traumer

They should get Haz Mat pay,,,,
seriesly


47 posted on 04/04/2013 11:25:41 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Cowboy Bob
yep. I'm sure that they can apply their skillset to the janitorial services, or sanitation engineering professions.

Jeez, talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

48 posted on 04/04/2013 11:45:21 AM PDT by wbill
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To: cripplecreek
food restaurants are not the kind of place a person should work if they plan to raise a family

Bingo. It's a place to build a resume, a work history, and maybe a job network. Shows that you can reliably show up on time, follow basic instructions and not make customers angry.

Nothing wrong with working at McDonalds. It's a job, and honest work at that. But, in general, you're not going to be promoted from slinging burgers at the counter, to a corner office in a Fortune 100 firm. There are a number of steps that need to be taken to that end, and "first job" is one of them. :-)

I tell ya, I look at a lot of entry level hires (out of college) in my job. I never cease to be amazed at what walks in the door. They could do with some basic job skills....showing up on time, dressing appropriately, not cursing at the interviewer (me) and so on.

49 posted on 04/04/2013 11:51:52 AM PDT by wbill
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To: traumer

As a firm believer in the free enterprise system, I can find no fault on the part of any worker who tries to maximize the rewards for their labor. In a truly competive system, the business owner as well as his suppliers are trying to maximize profits and the customer is attempting to get the best value possible for their purchase, and there is no reason the worker should not leverage any advantage they have. So often we conservatives try to assign artificial values on labor based on our perceptions of the social status of the position rather than on supply and demand. If there is a shortage of fast food workers and a surplus of university professors, should not the pay of the former rise and the pay of the latter decline? For a good example of the free enterprise system at it’s best, visit one of the boom towns in the oil patch and see what the fast food franchise is paying for labor.


50 posted on 04/04/2013 11:51:58 AM PDT by etcb
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