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Multi-City Strike For Fast Food Minimum Wage Increase: Astroturf?
7/29/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist

Posted on 07/29/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist

Nancy Pelosi recently spoke publicly on the need for a minimum wage increase. After that, at a recent rally, Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage. During this time, liberal pundits seemed to echo these sentiments. Trying to stoke the base? And then - behold - the rallies demanding an increase in the minimum wage at fast food restaurants are called for.

Astroturf?

Secondly, is this Union-backed and conducted to take attention off how disastrous Obamacare is to unions and how it has divided big unions in the U.S., many of whose leaders appear to have publicly expressed contempt for ObamaCare?

I wonder if Obama is serious enough about this that he is willing to call for the corporate level to offset the franchise owners having to pay double the minimum wage, thus transferring the increse in costs for the local franchisee owner to corporate headquarters. I'll bet that he isn't.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Society
KEYWORDS: democrats; elections; fastfood; layoffs; mediabias; minimumwage; obama; pelosi; unions

1 posted on 07/29/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist; All

What say you?


2 posted on 07/29/2013 7:13:33 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The Unions must want a raise....Union contracts are tied to the minimum wage.


3 posted on 07/29/2013 7:14:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I rarely eat fast-food anymore.

However, on those occasions when I do, I’m convinced that the people taking my order are overpaid at minimum wage.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 7:14:57 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Astroturf?

Of course.


5 posted on 07/29/2013 7:15:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

If they want to do that then they will have to raise the price of a burger to $15.00.

Good luck staying in buisiness.


6 posted on 07/29/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by unixfox
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To: dfwgator; All

Union numbers are dropping, and ObamaCare is only going to amplify this trend. Fast-food workers seem to be the most likely place for unions to try to get their membership numbers up.


7 posted on 07/29/2013 7:17:26 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Too bad people have forgotten that the minimum wage was never intended to support a family of four.


8 posted on 07/29/2013 7:19:44 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Yeah its asshole turf.


9 posted on 07/29/2013 7:20:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Mark of desperation on the part of the unions. Unless they get more dues money flowing in and quickly, they’re toast.

On the other hand as the Obamaconomy stagnates and more and more adults feel stuck on their rung of the ladder, the natural historical tendency is to radicalize.

It could all work out for the unions.


10 posted on 07/29/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Why just fast food workers? Don’t all of us hard-working Americans DESERVE a raise?

Let’s bump that ol’ minimum wage up to $300 an hour. Then we’ll all have lots of money.


11 posted on 07/29/2013 7:24:54 AM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: unixfox

I’d set my employees down and tell them they can have their $15 per hour but they have to figure out among themselves who is getting fired and I’d make them decide it right out full view of each other.


12 posted on 07/29/2013 7:28:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I’d set my employees down and tell them they can have their $15 per hour but they have to figure out among themselves who is getting fired and I’d make them decide it right out full view of each other.

Now THAT'S a reality show I would watch.

13 posted on 07/29/2013 7:29:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Who gets voted off McDonald’s Island.


14 posted on 07/29/2013 7:31:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Corporations are all infinitely rich, don't you know. /s

Politicians don't understand how to run a business.
Minimum wage is for entry level unqualified labor.
The higher it is, the harder it is for young people to enter the market.
Lower it and there will be less unemployment.
There should not even be a minimum wage set by gov't. Not all jobs are the same.

15 posted on 07/29/2013 7:34:24 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Leftists are going to increase the prices of products and what’s unfortunate is most people don’t realize that will happen.


16 posted on 07/29/2013 7:42:17 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: cripplecreek

$15 an hour comes out to $31K per year. That’s the starting salary of an entry level electronics technician.


17 posted on 07/29/2013 7:43:31 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

When I was a kid, and even when my children were teens in the 1990s, fast food was considered “McJobs” and entry level.

In the era of Baraq, now it’s supposed to be a career job and support the mythical “family of four”.


18 posted on 07/29/2013 7:48:53 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: NRA1995
Too bad people have forgotten that the minimum wage was never intended to support a family of four.

Years ago (more than I care to remember) I had a management gig at a minimum-wage establishment. Our HQ sent out some HR hotshot to speak to our employees in an effort to head off any unionization attempts. Part of his spiel was that these jobs "were never intended to support a family, merely to provide additional income to housewives and students".

I looked around the room and noted that 80% of our staff consisted of single mothers who were relying on this job to a large degree to support their families.

After my "don't these guys from headquarters do any research before they fly out here and shoot their mouths off?" tantrum I realized that he was not necessarily wrong so much as society was changing at breakneck speed, and the model on which we had been based was rapidly falling by the wayside.

All those trends greatly accelerated in the years since IMO.


19 posted on 07/29/2013 7:54:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Gas Stations have very good selection of sandwiches these days and with one of their cards you can eat for free


20 posted on 07/29/2013 7:57:41 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
This is not astro-turf. It is an openly coordinated attempt to try and increase the minimum wage.

Everything that is being done is perfectly legal.

And as always, it will go nowhere, because even most Democrats realize that you need to keep the golden goose alive if you want the golden eggs.

I know that for dyed-in-the-wool libertarians any minimum wage is an abomination, but the way it has worked out there is essentially no minimum wage. Inflation has basically kept the minimum wage at a level where businesses are OK with paying it.

The unions will forever be advocating for a minimum wage tied to inflation, but it doesn't look like they will ever get it.

So be happy ... at least when it comes to the minimum wage. Feel free to be depressed about the debt, deficit, NSA spying scandal, Benghazi, IRS selective auditing, Trayvon Martin race-baiting, etc.

21 posted on 07/29/2013 8:13:26 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Do they seriously believe that anyone will pay them $15 to work at a fast food joint? Moreover, do they believe that they'll get paid for the hours that they walked off the job today?

They'll soon find that the only result of their actions is that their paychecks will be smaller this week.

22 posted on 07/29/2013 10:10:06 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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