Skip to comments.Detroit Fast Food Workers' Strike Shuts Down Locations
Posted on 05/11/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT by mdittmar
Fast food workers at more than 60 restaurants in Detroit walked off the job Friday. This may be the largest fast food strike in American history, involving more than 400 workers from McDonald's, Long John Silver's, Burger King, Popeyes and KFC. Some locations were forced to shut down. At issue is workers' right to form a union and an increase in base pay to a minimum of $15 per hour.
Pastor W.J. Rideout III, a leader in Detroits Good Jobs Now coalition, said the organic action was a result of a long history of mistreatment of fast food workers:
Theyve been wronged in so many ways, it really doesnt take much coaching to say, hey, were going to organize together, were going to stand up together, he said.
There are 50,000-plus fast food employees in the Detroit metro area and theyre not even giving them the proper amount of hours, Rideout said. At 40 hours a week, theyre making about $15,000 a year, and theyre not even getting 40 hours a week. Instead, managers hire many employees on an exclusively part-time basis. Some of them are getting between 15 and 20 hours a week, and thats barely enough to pay a cellphone bill.
Reports are coming in that one McDonald's called in replacement workers, some of whom then joined the strike.
The strike in Detroit follows on the heels of similar actions in New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago and St. Louis.
The AFL-CIO must be losing members big time.
wouldn’t it be nice of those businesses just pulled out of the Detroit area all together? I wouldn’t cry
You’re either fired or the restaurant is closed permanently.
No mention of Obamacare being the main reason for the switch to part-time hours, reverend?
If they raise meal costs by $2 each...the public will go into a huge fit. The lowest cost of living standard in the US...I think...for a city of its size...is Detroit. You can still buy a house for $50k in the inner city.
They probably won't be out front picketing, though, if they expect those KFC and Popeye's-lovin' inner city tribal parasites who use their food stamps and EBT's for their fast-food-feasting not to do some drive-by complainin'......ROFL
So, does “organic action” mean “illegal strike”? If so, fire the lot of them and hire some new people. Pretty sure that even in Detroit there’ll be about 100 people to apply for each newly opened position.
The quickest way to destroy the “fast food” industry is to make the teenagers who work there a bunch of lazy union thugs. That would just about do it for McDonalds and the gang.
Detroit just got healthier.
Think this is the afl-cio trying to recruit,making promises that they can’t keep.
Don’t support these clowns.
My kid dropped out of college, then went on to become a Ford certified technician which took 18 months of schooling, he started at $15.00 an hour.
His girlfriend has her BS degree and is making $16.00 an hour to start.
They should just fire these morons and get on with it.
It took unions 40 years to destroy the American auto-industry.
It will take less than 6 months for them to kill every food-service job in Detroit if they get their way.
$15 per hour?
I think the AFL-CIO should make public how much their higher ups are making. I bet the “little people” don’t make near as much as they do.
Some of them are getting between 15 and 20 hours a week, and thats barely enough to pay a cellphone bill.”
I don’t know whether to laugh or go find a high bridge and jump off.
$15/hour minimum? What’s the current minimum? And how much is a Quarter Pounder going to cost if they get what they want? Will anybody pay that much?
I still can’t understand why the Republicans won’t pass a $20/hr min wage bill in the House and dare the Senate and Barag to pass it through.
Don't forget your parachute... lol
My son is graduating next week with his degree in Arts and Technology, and he just landed a job at $17.50/hour.
Fast food workers starting at $15/hour is exactly what Obama and his ilk mean when they talk about “economic justice”. Never mind that the economy doesn’t work like that.
Will anybody pay that much?
Fast food prices have risen enough this past year that a person takes pause before diving into the burgers and french fries. I say it has reached the price peak.
Consumer price increases for basic necessities have out outpaced low end wages for some time now. Obama has failed the lower class yet they continue to love and vote for felon.
$31,200 a year for saying “Would you like fries with that”,not bad,if you can get it;)
The problem is that fast food jobs are no longer what they were supposed to be. The majority of the jobs were to be part time jobs held by students and housewives looking for extra income. Now because our children have been taught that these jobs are demeaning and beneath them they have turned into sole income for the illegals and uneducated. So now they are demanding a living wage that will destroy the industry since very few, and certainly not the employees will be able to afford the food.
Wow.........what does a burger cost in Detroit? $20 a burger?
Interesting that we haven’t heard the term “McJobs” in the media since Jan 2009.
One wonders if the guards that will be hired to protect the property against Trumka’s terrorists will be union?
Will the terrorists be shot during their violent rampages?
Will the terror spread across the city?
why don’t they just change jobs? Is this the only employer left?
...will they ever learn?
I may have gone to a fast food place maybe 2 times in the past 4 months. Generally, I bring leftovers to work and nuke them in the company lunchroom. When we go on trips, I just pack some cheese and cold cuts in a cooler, rather than stopping at a fast food place.
This just increases the incentive to automate more. The sandwich counter at my local convenience store does a brisk business. They have touch screens where you enter your order, so they just need somebody to make the sandwich.
Once somebody figures out how to make a robot that can make burgers and fries, these fast-food workers are gone.
Interesting that Obama went to Texas to talk about "jobs", period.
Haven't heard much from Plugs about "Recovery Summer 2013", after the results of "Recovery Summers 2009 - 2012."
15 hours at $7.50 per hour works out to $105 per week, $400+ per month.
If their cell-phone bill is anywhere near that, they need to hang-up and get to work.
That’s assuming they don’t have free 0bamaphones.
Likely they not only have Obamaphones, but Section 8 housing, “energy” assistance, food stamps, TANF, medicaid, school lunch, 10 dollar high speed internet, etc
I always thought organic meant that its source of growth stimulation came from BS.
Had to quit,couldn't wait 2 years,the manager was disappointed.
Always had a strong work ethic,always found a good job.
As Rush says, the best way to illustrate absurdity is to be absurd. I like it!
You’ve got that right. When I get nudged about my being self-employed, I tell ‘em: “I only get paid for the crops I reap, not the fertilizer I spread.”
WTF is wrong with these people?
At that wage, people will go to sit-down restaurants because they would be cheaper. Then the restaurants that agree to the AFL-CIO’s demands will all close. The former workers will be union members - unemployed union members.
I'm tired of all these religous/spiritual ‘leaders’ chiming in on issues they have only limited understanding, if any at all. This is not their area, and nobody benefits from their input.
Not talking about so-called separation of Church and State, just keeping their nose out of places it really doesn't belong. Besides, their time is better spent on facilitating a spiritual revival in this country instead of ‘social justice’.
I cant wait till the strikers burn down the buildings to prove their point and that they mean business!....lol.....Detroit about to become the “Darwin Award” capital of the US!
[This self-contained, automatic device sees raw ingredients go in one end and the completed custom-made burgers come out the other at the rate of up to 400 per hour. The machine stamps out the patties, uses what the company says are “gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, applies the toppings (which are cut only after ordering to ensure freshness), and even bags the burgers.]
Doesn't that make the union inherently racist? Just sayin'.
When are these companies going to start getting smart and fight back against Union Goon tactics?
Why is it that nobody ever sues the Unions? They are nothing more than private “non profit” (laugh) corporations.
I would fight on the grounds of “tortious interference with an employment contract” or something like that. A 3rd party cannot just go around hurting businesses like this without legal consequences.
The only way to combat all this liberal crap is to fight it everytime it rears its ugly head...
Any surviving business in Detroit is based on EBT card receipts....
“...thats barely enough to pay a cellphone bill.
The truth be known, they don’t have cellphone bills as
the 99.9% have Obamaphones!
Detroit Denby, Class of 67