Skip to comments.Fast-food workers strike, citing low wages: 'It's not enough'
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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That would make Big Mac - what - $10 ?
If its not enough money, find another job...
The Age of Obama? They tell me it's a golden age, but it sure doesn't seem like it.
“”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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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?
You don’t stay at $7.25 at McD’s if you are worth more, correct?
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.
At any rate, the simple answer for these people is to move out of there.
Why don’t they just call 911 on their Obama phone?
A lot of them barely “habla ingles.”
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??
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
Should have thought of that before you dropped out of high school or stopped getting educated and “actin’ white”
The fact is, fast food restaurants are not the kind of place a person should work if they plan to raise a family. Theyre for young people just getting started.
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.
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.
Lady (loosely used term in this case), take Thomas Friedman’s advice
“Need a job? Then invent one!”
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.
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
Wait a minute now. O’B *created* these jobs !!!/s
So, go learn to do something of greater value so you’ll be worth more money!
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.
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.
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.
...or the rebranded “Unhappy Meal” at $12.50 plus tax
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.
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.
No one will ever hire you now. You are forever on the internet as a trouble maker with no common sense.
Great point, Gaffer! I wonder how much money this “extended family of 7” is raking in from all those freebies from Obama.
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.
Work more hours get another job...hey get an education dn find a better job.
Union wages are pegged to the minimum wage.
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.
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?
“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.
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.
They should get Haz Mat pay,,,,
Jeez, talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
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.
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 its best, visit one of the boom towns in the oil patch and see what the fast food franchise is paying for labor.
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