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Detroit Fast Food Workers' Strike Shuts Down Locations
AFL-CIO ^ | 5/10/2013 | Kenneth Quinnell

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 Detroit’s Good Jobs Now coalition, said the organic action was a result of a long history of mistreatment of fast food workers:

“They’ve been wronged in so many ways, it really doesn’t take much coaching to say, hey, we’re going to organize together, we’re going to stand up together,” he said.

“There are 50,000-plus fast food employees in the Detroit metro area…and they’re not even giving them the proper amount of hours,” Rideout said. “At 40 hours a week, they’re making about $15,000 a year, and they’re 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 that’s 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 YorkPennsylvaniaChicago and St. Louis.


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$15 per hour?

The AFL-CIO must be losing members big time.

1 posted on 05/11/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

wouldn’t it be nice of those businesses just pulled out of the Detroit area all together? I wouldn’t cry


2 posted on 05/11/2013 12:03:51 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: mdittmar

My response?

You’re either fired or the restaurant is closed permanently.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 12:03:52 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: mdittmar

No mention of Obamacare being the main reason for the switch to part-time hours, reverend?


4 posted on 05/11/2013 12:04:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: mdittmar

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.


5 posted on 05/11/2013 12:05:29 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: mdittmar
Having the cesspool of a City that's Deetroit right now, and the UAW having priced themselves out of the job market (moving production of Autos to Mexico and Canada), these burger-flippers now think they can muscle themselves into $15-an-hour employment? LOL

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

6 posted on 05/11/2013 12:07:23 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: mdittmar

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.


7 posted on 05/11/2013 12:08:35 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: mdittmar

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.


8 posted on 05/11/2013 12:09:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: mdittmar

Detroit just got healthier.


9 posted on 05/11/2013 12:09:46 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: pepsionice

20K


10 posted on 05/11/2013 12:09:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: catnipman

Think this is the afl-cio trying to recruit,making promises that they can’t keep.


11 posted on 05/11/2013 12:11:13 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Don’t support these clowns.


12 posted on 05/11/2013 12:11:32 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: mdittmar
Wow!

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.

13 posted on 05/11/2013 12:11:57 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mdittmar

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.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 12:12:23 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: mdittmar

$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.


15 posted on 05/11/2013 12:13:15 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: mdittmar

“Some of them are getting between 15 and 20 hours a week, and that’s barely enough to pay a cellphone bill.””

I don’t know whether to laugh or go find a high bridge and jump off.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 12:13:38 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: mdittmar

$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?


17 posted on 05/11/2013 12:15:06 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: mdittmar

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.


18 posted on 05/11/2013 12:18:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: USMCPOP
I don’t know whether to laugh or go find a high bridge and jump off.

Don't forget your parachute... lol

19 posted on 05/11/2013 12:18:27 PM 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: alice_in_bubbaland

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.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 12:19:44 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: mtrott

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.


21 posted on 05/11/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: mdittmar

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.


22 posted on 05/11/2013 12:20:08 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: mtrott

$31,200 a year for saying “Would you like fries with that”,not bad,if you can get it;)


23 posted on 05/11/2013 12:21:49 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: FlingWingFlyer

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.


24 posted on 05/11/2013 12:23:15 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: mdittmar

Wow.........what does a burger cost in Detroit? $20 a burger?


25 posted on 05/11/2013 12:23:40 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Mastador1

Interesting that we haven’t heard the term “McJobs” in the media since Jan 2009.


26 posted on 05/11/2013 12:24:22 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: mdittmar

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?


27 posted on 05/11/2013 12:25:00 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: mdittmar

why don’t they just change jobs? Is this the only employer left?


29 posted on 05/11/2013 12:25:29 PM PDT by dila813
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To: mdittmar
Insanity in Detroit!

...will they ever learn?

30 posted on 05/11/2013 12:26:55 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: stars & stripes forever
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.

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.

31 posted on 05/11/2013 12:27:24 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: nascarnation
Interesting that we haven’t heard the term “McJobs” in the media since Jan 2009.

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."

32 posted on 05/11/2013 12:27:53 PM 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: PapaBear3625

http://singularityhub.com/2013/01/22/robot-serves-up-340-hamburgers-per-hour/


33 posted on 05/11/2013 12:28:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: USMCPOP

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.


34 posted on 05/11/2013 12:30:20 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Likely they not only have Obamaphones, but Section 8 housing, “energy” assistance, food stamps, TANF, medicaid, school lunch, 10 dollar high speed internet, etc

http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-finder#benefits&qc=cat_1


35 posted on 05/11/2013 12:34:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: catnipman
So, does “organic action” mean “illegal strike”?

I always thought organic meant that its source of growth stimulation came from BS.

36 posted on 05/11/2013 12:35:19 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Mastador1
Think my first wage was $2.65 an hour working at a restaurant as a bus boy,worked my way to dishwasher,then to cook,I was sixteen,wouldn't let me use the machine that made the mashed potatoes,I was too young.

Had to quit,couldn't wait 2 years,the manager was disappointed.

Always had a strong work ethic,always found a good job.

37 posted on 05/11/2013 12:36:10 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: nascarnation

As Rush says, the best way to illustrate absurdity is to be absurd. I like it!


38 posted on 05/11/2013 12:38:07 PM PDT by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: Night Hides Not
Looking at the first picture and the houses in the background makes me realize that at one time, Detroit must have been an attractive city but all my life, it has been an excrement hole.
39 posted on 05/11/2013 12:38:29 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: N. Theknow

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.”


41 posted on 05/11/2013 12:43:58 PM PDT by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: mdittmar
There is a Documentary called Detropia (IIRC) it shows a Union meeting of Auto-workers being presented a last contract from an engine manufacturer. They are told that if this contract is not accepted they will move to Mexico. They vote the contract down. And guess what, the plant moves to Mexico. Now they are going to try and force Fast Food Restaurants to pay MORE that was offered for the starting salary at this Engine Manufacturing plant.

WTF is wrong with these people?

42 posted on 05/11/2013 12:45:32 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: mdittmar

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.


43 posted on 05/11/2013 12:46:49 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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***Pastor W.J. Rideout III, a leader in Detroit’s Good Jobs Now coalition, said the organic action was a result of a long history of mistreatment of fast food workers:***

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’.

44 posted on 05/11/2013 12:46:57 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
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To: bert

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!


45 posted on 05/11/2013 12:47:46 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: mdittmar
When low-wage, low-skill workers demand higher wages in any industry automation soon follows. Automated burger joints are already a reality.

http://momentummachines.com/

[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.]

http://www.gizmag.com/hamburger-machine/25159/

46 posted on 05/11/2013 12:49:25 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: mdittmar
A strike shutting down fast food joints in Detroit...

Doesn't that make the union inherently racist? Just sayin'.

47 posted on 05/11/2013 12:51:34 PM PDT by LaybackLenny
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To: Mad Dawgg

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...


48 posted on 05/11/2013 12:52:02 PM PDT by neverbluffer
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To: dila813

Any surviving business in Detroit is based on EBT card receipts....


49 posted on 05/11/2013 12:53:47 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: mdittmar

“...that’s 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


50 posted on 05/11/2013 12:55:49 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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