Skip to comments.Fast-food workers in KC [+NAACP+Unions+Organizers] join national protest over ‘poverty wages’
Posted on 07/29/2013 8:29:32 PM PDT by kevcol
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Speaking at a podium set up on the Troost sidewalk, Terrance Wise, who works two part-time jobs at a Burger King and Pizza Hut, said the rally was organized because these billion-dollar companies arent magically going to make our lives better overnight.
Nationally, protest organizers are calling for pay of $15 an hour, which would be more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who spoke at the Kansas City rally, said it was unlikely that the current Congress will vote to raise the minimum wage, but he believes the issue will influence voters decisions in the next midterm elections.
About a dozen area organizations support the Kansas City coalition. Many had representatives at the rally. They include the NAACP, Jobs With Justice, Communities Creating Opportunity, locals affiliated with the AFL-CIO and other unions, the Cross Border Network, and the Midwest Center for Equality and Democracy.
In St. Louis, Martin Rafanan, a community director for STL735, the group that organized the protest, said, These workers need a raise and they need representation in the workplace.
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Then maybe Wednesday too? Until everyone gets fired so Holder's thugs can open civil rights investigations?
No grassroots whatsoever. 100% staged and paid for by the democrat party. So far I have seen that a dem congressmen has shown up to almost all of these "strikes".
They look chubby for the most part.
he problem is these are meant to be entry level jobs; not a career. With this economy and the deplorable state of education, people are stuck.
Replace them with robots.
Then the person who services the robots, keeps the product going in and sacking what comes out, he/she can the “living wage”.
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that people are protesting the minimum wage after 0bama proposed raising it during the SoUA.
I have worked second “fast food jobs” for quite a few years. Sometimes it was for the unspoken “fringe” benefits. Pizza places are great cause I was able to bring home a pizza every now and then.
If they don’t like the pay then find another job. Manual labor jobs pay better. But you have to actually work. I had a second job once parking cars. That was a pretty fun job. Not much pay but hell of a good time driving new vettes and fast acuras. :)
if you hate them so much, don’t work for them.
Go and start your own place and pay yourself as much as you want.
Low wages are MOTIVATION to find a better job.
Will not spit in your food because your a cracka.
If they don’t like the wages they can always hit the gate!
If they want better wages they should apply at IN-n-Out or Chik a fil or Cutler’s, but they better come in clean cut and able to speak english. They all pay better and it shows. They just a choosy about who they hire.
I find the thought of any of those creeps serving me food to be very unappetizing.
the owner of all the KFCs in my city closed them all down about a year ago
I remember eating at a NY Automat when I was a kid. It seemed like the coolest thing ever. Coffee was 5 cents and water and lemonade were free.
I wouldn’t let that pack of disgusting looking, pig eyed sacks of sh#t within 10 miles of anything I was going to eat.
Lol. You got that right. It's like fatsos demonstrating against MacDonald's....unclear on the concept. Mr. Boffo material.
That’s actually a very persuasive marketing message.
These sub-ferals need an education. Do these fools think anyone would be attracted to the FIVE dollar menu????
The appropriate response is to eliminate the minimum wage.
Let the market set wages.
Strike! And I hope your ass gets fired.
Looks like some job openings are at hand. For people who need the money. Obviously these asshats don’t understand econ 101.
What they don’t understand is basic economics.
If these companies have to pay their hired help $15 an hour, vs. $7.25 minimum wage, then the price of Bic Macs and everything else sold at these places will have to rise as well.
Arguably, fewer hamburgers will be sold, if McDonald’s and others have to raise the prices to cover the cost of substantially higher wages for these low skilled workers.
How many of you would pay $9 for a Big Mac meal? How many of you pay $5.99 right now for same, but would be unwilling to pay $9 for that?
I worked years ago in the finance area of a major fast food franchisee which operated over 20 fast food places. The biggest expense was paying the hired help. The profit margin of each store was very small, less than 5%. It’s predictable that the offset to substantially higher wages will be increases in the retail price of what they sell. But again, how many of you will pay substantially more for a Big Mac? Would a sharp increase in price encourage you to seek alternatives?
These people either don’t know how these things work, or else just assume that people’s behavior in what they buy will not change if the increases in pay they want are made.
If they double the minimum wage, the fast food joints will have to double the cost of their food. Who wants to pay 10 or 15 bucks for a fast food cheeseburger? Like all union morons, they fools are going to protest themselves right out of a job.
OK burger flippers I know this sounds harsh but I say it out of love...if you want to make more money put your sign down and get your GED, then enroll at the local cc, then go for a 4 year degree in something employers want...OR go learn a trade.
Just quit trying to force employers to GIVE you something you haven’t earned.
I love watching fat adult slobs protesting for more money that a teenager can do.
“problem is these are meant to be entry level jobs; not a career.”
And that’s why nobody got it. I’ve always said to high school students is to take fast food jobs...so you will hate it and respect higher education. I worked in HS for Mcd’s and Subway and vowed never to end up there after the sophomore year. How come these ghetto morons never got the concept of fast food employment?? It’s supposed to be a TEMP job.
I’m surprised by the number of blacks in those photos; in my area (northern NJ) all of these jobs have been taken by Hispanics unless you are in the blackest of neighborhoods. The managers usually have Arabic names.
I notice that these starving “workers” (I wonder how many of them actually work in a fast food place) are striking mainly in Rat controlled cities.
Ain't that a hoot. Every fast food place with strikers should just shut down until the strikers leave and then not accept EBT cards foe a couple of weeks or months.
I thought so.
er.... “5 dollar.... 5 dollar.... McGoober”... nah!
EBT in Texas, here, is not supposed any prepared food
The issue (minimum wage) is never the real issue: the real issue is always The Revolution.
The cause (economic justice) is never the real cause: the real cause is always the accumulation of power.
Commies. F ‘em. Let them walk off the job.
Someday soon, conservatives will have a general strike. Then there will REALLY be problems.
What they are too stupid to know is if everyone making minimum wage gets a raise, other people who have jobs higher in the food chain will have to get paid more also. The prices of everything in the country will go up, not just fast food, their 15 bucks an hour won't buy them a penny more than they get with their 7.50 now after about one year.
Simply, if you are not making enough money on the job you currently have you have a few choices.
1. Find a second job.
2. Go back to school and learn something (anything)
that might qualify you for more money.
3. Be happy you have the job you are not
qualified to hold.