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Low-wage workers to strike at Smithsonian museums
Washington Post ^ | 7/11/2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 3:58:24 AM PDT by markomalley

Low-wage workers connected with the nation’s marquee museum network will strike on Thursday, continuing a string of recent demonstrations to promote better pay for employees at federal buildings.

Good Jobs Nation, a group representing low-wage workers employed under federal concession agreements, has organized protests throughout the morning in front of several Smithsonian museums.

Those events are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with a press conference and a street-theater sketch near the Air and Space Museum, where actors playing Ronald McDonald and Uncle Sam will climb into bed together. That performance is meant to represent the relationship between private-sector CEOs and the federal government.

The group plans to move next to the Smithsonian Castle, where protesters are expected to demand that President Obama take action to guarantee a “living wage” for workers employed at federal facilities.

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Yeah, ok. Pay the workers at the Smithstonian cafe $25 an hour. So, rather than $2.00 for a soda and $7.00 for a burger (IIRC), they'll charge $5.00 for a soda and $27 for a burger.

Makes sense to me.

/s

1 posted on 07/11/2013 3:58:24 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

But... but... but... Obama was going to take care of all these poor folks.


2 posted on 07/11/2013 4:00:13 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: markomalley

So what is low pay in this case?

Seems like an important part of the story is missing.


3 posted on 07/11/2013 4:00:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley

Fire every last one of them. Unskilled job and will all be filled within 24 hours.


4 posted on 07/11/2013 4:02:19 AM PDT by wrench
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To: markomalley

Fire their arses... other people will appreciate those jobs... fire them and let them starve.


5 posted on 07/11/2013 4:12:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: wrench

“Fire every last one of them. Unskilled job and will all be filled within 24 hours.”

This scene already has, or shortly will, play out in 95% of jobs in this country. We are racing downwards in standard of living to meet the rising standards of Red China and India; there has to be another answer than that.

In the meantime, don’t expect to see many American babies born, or first-time homebuyers (or buyers of much at all).


6 posted on 07/11/2013 4:14:33 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley

This but the next phase of the project to begin wage inflation in the face of unemployment. There must be the wage component to the general inflation

To reduce the debt, there must be continued inflation at a level that is tolerated


7 posted on 07/11/2013 4:16:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: markomalley

http://goodjobsnation.org/

Cloward-Piven, Soros, Holder Justice Department, and our tax dollars most likely at work with this new “organization” I’ll bet.


8 posted on 07/11/2013 4:19:44 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: markomalley

My first thought was contract it out to private companies, but then I remembered that the airrport concession contracts have been a source of mayoral retirement funds here in Atlanta for 40 years.


9 posted on 07/11/2013 4:20:51 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan
My first thought was contract it out to private companies

They are already contracted out.

10 posted on 07/11/2013 4:22:00 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: kearnyirish2
That is the problem. Even with a good degree at a good school, BS in MIS, it's really freaking hard to find anything now. Those bashing these guys are whistling past the graveyard. We're all gonna be fighting for these low level jobs and can't even get that. Even without amnesty the low level stuff is gone. Good luck at any level unless you're already wealthy.

That's just how it is in this depression obama economy.

11 posted on 07/11/2013 4:23:50 AM PDT by Monty22002
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To: markomalley

What tells me these people haven’t got any brains is the fact that they’re demanding higher wages rather than demanding the government put our money back on tangible assets. It doesn’t make a difference how much you’re paid when big brother can just inflate it to worthlessness.


12 posted on 07/11/2013 4:25:28 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Pan_Yan
My first thought was contract it out to private companies, but then I remembered that the airrport concession contracts have been a source of mayoral retirement funds here in Atlanta for 40 years.

If you read as far as the second paragraph of the story then you would see that they are employed by a private firm contracted out by the Smithsonian to handle things like concessions and gift shops.

Reading further, the allegation is that the vendor is paying less than the minimum wage and not paying overtime that is accrued. I think that it's fair to insist that the Smithsonian investigate, which they seem to be doing. And if those complaints are true then the Smithsonian should cancel the contract and award it to another company that isn't going to rob its employees.

13 posted on 07/11/2013 4:27:49 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: markomalley

My main memory of the Air&Space Museum was the MEGA BUCK $$$lunch we had there. $50+ for a lite lunch for four!


14 posted on 07/11/2013 4:30:08 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: RWB Patriot

The braubs behind this scheme are the usual suspects trying to destroy our country, and the low level workers are the useful idiots who follow like sheep to the slaughter.


15 posted on 07/11/2013 4:30:30 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: 0.E.O

Pre coffee reading comprehension is not my strong suite.


16 posted on 07/11/2013 4:30:31 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Alternatively, the American general standard of living rose beyond the level of sustainability.

The conditions that permitted the rise changed. The destruction of WWII combatants was rebuilt and the American pre-rebuilding dissipated. With a more level field of play, competition became a force to be reckoned with.

How that competition will be met is now being sorted out.

Museum guards and a living wage is a political matter much the same as Walmart in DC. The radical black community does not understand the ultimate forces in play.


17 posted on 07/11/2013 4:31:12 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: Bluebird Singing

I don’t know why my post said “braubs” when I typed “brains” - lol! weird!


18 posted on 07/11/2013 4:33:30 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: DUMBGRUNT

The best lunch on the Mall is in the basement of the National Gallery. The fare is varied and the sandwiches are superb.

Pricey? perhaps but when compared to Subway lettuce sandwiches, reasonable.


19 posted on 07/11/2013 4:41:54 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: Monty22002

“”That is the problem. Even with a good degree at a good school, BS in MIS, it’s really freaking hard to find anything now. “””

I don’t know about that. I hired a guy with an MBA a few months ago. He does a decent job of driving the forklift and cleaning up the job site.


20 posted on 07/11/2013 4:45:47 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy

Exactly. It’s funny, but really pretty damn sad.


21 posted on 07/11/2013 4:47:02 AM PDT by Monty22002
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To: kearnyirish2

You can thank the progressives and their NWO style free trade agreements.

NAFTA is but one shining example.

Raising the minimum wage is not the answer, it only results in zero sum cost push inflation.

Abandoned the progressive “service” economy and go back to a manufacture based economy.


22 posted on 07/11/2013 4:54:25 AM PDT by wrench
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To: markomalley

Damn, I wish I was pulling duty that day! I’d go down just to walk through the picket line.


23 posted on 07/11/2013 5:11:48 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: markomalley

Amtrak burgers!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2913851/posts


24 posted on 07/11/2013 5:36:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Monty22002
Even with a good degree at a good school, BS in MIS, it's really freaking hard to find anything now.
If I go to the NYS Dept of Labor Job Openings website, I see 10 regions listed with well over 7000 openings.
Maybe you don't live in NY, but sometimes you gotta' go to where the jobs are.
25 posted on 07/11/2013 5:47:50 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: markomalley

Using the Reagan method seems appropriate here, fire them all and bring in a new crew that appreciates having a job in this economy. That way the old workers can use the Pelosi method to help the economy by collecting unemployment.


26 posted on 07/11/2013 7:21:30 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: markomalley

Reminds me of the time Ronald Reagan just up and fired all the whining air traffic controllers.


27 posted on 07/11/2013 9:06:42 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: RWB Patriot

Little off, IMHO.

They haven’t the brains to figure more $$ = more $$ taken out ala TAXES. They should be demanding a reduction in gov’t/taxes


28 posted on 07/11/2013 11:09:18 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: Monty22002

I’ve posted on other threads over the past few years that anyone with a skill set commanding $50K or more has forces furiously at work behind the scenes (in government and industry) to either import people here to do the work or send it overseas. Neither party represents American workers in any way.

This pre-dates Obama; he’s just making it worse. Without drastic action (such as war between India and Red China), I don’t see how it improves. The dynamics behind it are apolitical; money talks.


29 posted on 07/11/2013 1:28:30 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bert

I agree with your points.

Regarding sustainability: Americans are reacting by ending such reckless behavior as breeding and buying homes; the fallout from this will last for decades, even as government imports foreigners to live in the homes and fill the schools with their children.

“With a more level field of play, competition became a force to be reckoned with.” We didn’t have to re-build them so they could hollow out our economy. We’re still training countless Red Chinese in our universities, offices, and factories; why?

“How that competition will be met is now being sorted out.” See Americans’ reaction to sustainability above to understand how it is being sorted out.

“Museum guards and a living wage is a political matter much the same as Walmart in DC.” As with other work where people threaten to strike, if companies would abide by legal supply and demand and government would stop undercutting wages with cheap imported labor, many of these people would probably earn what they are demanding. In an increasing number of cases, they are fighting for what the jobs USED TO PAY. Before anyone suggests they should adjust, that is a hopeless task; business and government will conspire to keep them at a bare sustenance level.


30 posted on 07/11/2013 1:35:12 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: wrench

If we could function as a secure nation rather than some Third World toilet with open borders and selective enforcement of laws, you would be correct.


31 posted on 07/11/2013 1:38:15 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

———Red Chinese-——

So 60’s

the better descriptive of the young chinese striving to lift them selves from the gray world of their parents and grand parents is Chicaps. Our competition is from the Chicaps striving mightily for better lives. Imitating Americans in not a bad strategy.

Then there are the chinese girls wearing Daisey Maes...... classic Americana polluting the old ways and values.


32 posted on 07/11/2013 3:26:16 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

I wasn’t even born in the 60s; I call them that because people pretending they’re just like us makes me sick. They still have no democracy at all, they still butcher babies and limit women to one, and they are still an enemy to anyone who still loves America as envisioned by the founding fathers. They are the de facto owners of North Korea, who would’ve folded decades ago without their propping up.

India is much more of a threat than Red China, because those people have a voice in their future.


33 posted on 07/11/2013 5:30:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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