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Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet
Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/29/13 | Candice Choi

Posted on 08/29/2013 5:39:08 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protests yet in their quest for higher wages.

The nationwide day of demonstrations came after similar actions organized by unions and community groups over the past several months. Workers are calling for the right to unionize without interference from employers and for pay of $15 an hour. That's more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year for full-time employees.

Thursday's walkouts and protests reached about 60 cities, including New York, Chicago and Detroit, organizers said. But the turnout varied significantly. Some targeted restaurants were temporarily unable to do business because they had too few employees, and others seemingly operated normally.

Ryan Carter, a 29-year-old who bought a $1 cup of coffee at a New York McDonald's where protesters gathered, said he "absolutely" supported the demand for higher wages.

"They work harder than the billionaires in this city," he said. But Carter said he didn't plan to stop his regular trips to McDonald's.

Jobs in low-wage industries have led the economic recovery. Advocates for a higher minimum wage say that makes it crucial that they pay enough for workers who support families.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communityorganizer; unionthuggery
IMHO, these 2 sentences tell me all I need to know:
The drive for better pay comes as the White House, some members of Congress and economists seek to raise the federal minimum wage. But most proposals are for a more modest increase, with President Barack Obama suggesting $9 an hour.

The Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 2 million workers in health care, janitorial and other industries, has been providing financial support and training for local organizers in the fast-food strikes around the country.

Is anyone else sick to death of the political ju-jitsu and slight of hand practiced by the community organizer. We're being subjected to this nonsense while Barry dithers his way into another middle eastern war.

1 posted on 08/29/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

If they unionize and get $15.00 I will never eat at a McDonalds ever again I don’t think I would be able to afford it.


2 posted on 08/29/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT by funfan
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
This is interesting:

Jobs in low-wage industries have led the economic recovery.

Am I wrong or did we hear all through the Bush years (even during Bush I and Reagan), that their economies and low unemployment rates were all because ,"The jobs being created are all burger flippers and Wal-Mart greeters".

Now they want us to cheer The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayres on this so called "recovery".

3 posted on 08/29/2013 5:45:00 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT; Revolting cat!; GeronL
How many burgers did they spit in today?


4 posted on 08/29/2013 5:45:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: funfan

A Dems round about way of destroying that Evil Fast food


5 posted on 08/29/2013 5:46:24 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
"Look! Over there! There are still some jobs left! Quick! Kill them!"
6 posted on 08/29/2013 5:46:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Can’t wait to see how big their protests will be when they’re all fired and replaced with robots


7 posted on 08/29/2013 5:48:22 PM PDT by Figment
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
Unionization may occur in the slave states like Noo Yawk, but it WILL NEVER OCCUR in the free states-- Right to Work states like North and South Carolina.

And like some of the other FReepers have already said, I will not patronize a union fast-food place. No sir. Commies.

8 posted on 08/29/2013 5:50:07 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: funfan
If they unionize and get $15.00 I will never eat at a McDonalds ever again I don’t think I would be able to afford it.

And they would have to cut the quality of their ingredients further - you wouldn't want to eat what they could afford to sell.

9 posted on 08/29/2013 5:50:30 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: funfan

This is some of the most asinine thinking that I have heard in a long time. You don’t achieve prosperity by legislating higher wages. You achieve prosperity by being more productive per dollar of input. This proposal to double fast food workers does the exact opposite.


10 posted on 08/29/2013 5:50:41 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Figment

Robots that are more efficient, polite, and make correct change


11 posted on 08/29/2013 5:50:44 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Figment

You’re exactly right about robots and automation. There exist machines NOW that can build a perfect hamburger, to order, without human intervention. $15.00/hr and unionization? Sorry, you’re outta here, slacker. Bring in the Burgerbot.


12 posted on 08/29/2013 5:51:26 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: funfan

The blacks are going to be very upset — they dine there frequently. Case of “women and minorities hit the hardest”.


13 posted on 08/29/2013 5:52:08 PM PDT by expat2
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

I suppose Mr. Ryan Carter regularly sits in on business deals with billionaires and knows how hard they work. Sure, I bet all billionaires never took any risks or worked very hard for their money. Maybe Carter can be charitable and donate more of his money to the unfortunates. (snicker)


14 posted on 08/29/2013 5:57:06 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Almost to a person, in every protest, the ‘protesters’ are not employees of the location where the protest is at, almost every single one isn’t involved in fast food service, and all of them desperately want to nail the paychecks of these ‘poor’ people. Because if those employees think they are poor now, try after the union gets ahold of them.

Oh, and none of it actually has to do with better working conditions (American fast food is probably the easiest of food operations to be in), better hours (well, yes, part time, but thank Obama and the other nanny staters who have required benefits for full time workers...), vacations (why yes, you too can not get paid for public holidays rather than enjoying the time and a half you had before), etc.

Worst would be if some restaurant caved and gave the whole shop away, platinum health care (actually, minimal health care, but the union collects the fees as if it were better...), loads of days off, higher wages, full time employment (bye bye college jobs) and an end to quick turnover in the food industry.

OH! Right, see, that’s the thing. Due to turn over, most food service jobs see three employees per year. With unions, it will be one per decade. That’s 29 job opportunities lost for worse service, VASTLY higher prices, and lowered quality.

Yep, yep, enjoy that dollar coffee while you advocate for a $5 cup instead, morons...


15 posted on 08/29/2013 5:57:15 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: expat2

The law of unintended consequences would kick these people very hard in their hindquarters.


16 posted on 08/29/2013 5:58:35 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
I go to places like McDonalds and Wendy's because they're fast *and* cheap.I have many choices available to me when I want to eat away from home.If such places stop being fast *or* cheap I won't go there any more.

It's that simple.

17 posted on 08/29/2013 6:00:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Figment

I heard a number of the protesters interviewed and NONE of them worked for any fast food company, they were just there for support.


18 posted on 08/29/2013 6:00:58 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Anyone know if ‘In ‘N Out’ was struck - ?
I’m thinkng no - they are very good to their employees.


19 posted on 08/29/2013 6:03:32 PM PDT by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
KFI 640 out of Los Angeles interviewed 17 people who took part in the LA protest.

16 were SEIU union members, teachers, stock clerks, nurses...

Only 1 person was a fast food worker.

The union folks got free meals for showing up.  It is unknown if they received any other form of payment or remuneration.

So much for the overwhelming walk-out by fast food workers.

Unions handed out color coded wrist bracelets.  They could be seen everywhere.

As I understand it, the Los Angeles Times and ABC7 out of Los Angeles are reporting this was a broad protest by fast food workers.

WRONG!  It was all a great big sham.  You know, sortof like Obama's wonderful record.


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20 posted on 08/29/2013 6:06:49 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DoughtyOne
Unions handed out color coded wrist bracelets. They could be seen everywhere.

Should have worded that a bit differently. Only union members got the color coded bracelets. They were supposed to turn one of them in for food at some point.

Who knows what they turned the other one in for.

21 posted on 08/29/2013 6:08:58 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: funfan
If they unionize and get $15.00 I will never eat at a McDonalds ever again I don’t think I would be able to afford it.

I won't eat at McDonald's on principle alone. That, and I do not want spit in my food.

22 posted on 08/29/2013 6:17:57 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: backwoods-engineer

And they don’t spit on your food


23 posted on 08/29/2013 6:18:23 PM PDT by Figment
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
Ryan Carter, a 29-year-old who bought a $1 cup of coffee at a New York McDonald's where protesters gathered, said he "absolutely" supported the demand for higher wages.

The difference between what people say and what they actually do:

"They work harder than the billionaires in this city," he said. But Carter said he didn't plan to stop his regular trips to McDonald's.

24 posted on 08/29/2013 6:27:21 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: expat2
While I am certain you are merely a DU/Stormfront type troll “race baiting”, I will respond to your ignorant post.

Polite, very pretty, college aged young black woman handed me my lunch one day through a Wendy’s drive through in one town.
A few days later, the same young lady seated my party at a mid-priced, sit down restaurant in another.

I kept looking at her familiar face, and finally asked her where I knew her from...
She sort of remembered me too...old, polite, white woman customer who looked her in the eyes, smiled and said thank you after receiving my order.

Short chat later,and I learned she was working two part time jobs while also attending higher education classes part time.
It's a Southern thing... I suspect she will own a very successfull business in a few short years.

She looked the type...

25 posted on 08/29/2013 6:30:12 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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26 posted on 08/29/2013 6:52:50 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: backwoods-engineer

I don’t know. The thought of having a steel contraption make my food doesn’t sit well with my stomach.


27 posted on 08/29/2013 6:54:38 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: sarasmom

I eat at Chik Fil A. Don’t really care about any other fast food joint. Well, maybe Panda Express.


28 posted on 08/29/2013 6:58:11 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Fact is this, soon they’ll all be self order and self pay like the checkout at Kroger. Not only that, I believe soon all the fast food jobs will soon be automated. Almost like walking up to a vending machine press #1 and everything else is automated.


29 posted on 08/29/2013 7:10:37 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

This is a gimmick. Labor pricing is determined by the market. Let’s see we are a year and a half away from elections. What do Democrats always do about now?

Yes, that’s it. Desperately search for an issue to galvanize their disparate constituencies against conservative changes to their gravy train.

Remember the OWS or 99% movements? Where are they now?

Reborn as these goofs.


30 posted on 08/29/2013 7:17:02 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Figment

“Robots that are more efficient, polite, and make correct change”

And they don’t have body fluid that will make its way on your meal.


31 posted on 08/29/2013 7:20:18 PM PDT by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: Mastador1

seiu types I’m sure


32 posted on 08/29/2013 7:48:19 PM PDT by Figment
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Good. This will finally push the level of mechanization to where it should have been years ago in food service. Starting with the cashiers—they use a touch screen to take my order, so can I. The fewer people touching my food on the way to my tray, the better.


33 posted on 08/29/2013 7:59:13 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: mikey_hates_everything
Starting with the cashiers—they use a touch screen to take my order, so can I.

Wawa - a 7/11 type convenience store in the Philadelphia area - has been using touch screen ordering at their hoagie counters for a couple of years now. It's been wildly successful, the menu has rapidly and widely been expanded. I wish more places would use that model.

34 posted on 08/29/2013 8:05:15 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

Most of those people protesting are not fast food workers. The storyline is they walked off the job. No one is wearing a uniform. These people are union goons bussed from protest to protest. And the media gives them credence.


35 posted on 08/29/2013 8:11:38 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: kingu

I’ll bet that the people who actually work there have been threatened if they don’t join the protest.

In other words, steady employees are instantly labeled “strikebreakers”, and youse guys awready knows what we does wid’ da `scabs’.


36 posted on 08/30/2013 6:32:32 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Gay State Conservative
If such places stop being fast *or* cheap I won't go there any more.

The building I work in has a deli on the first floor. Up until about 3 months ago, I could get a large salad for about $6.50, made to order.

The day after ownership changed hands, I was charged $8.50 for the same salad.

I haven't been back. Now, I usually bring my lunch, or go to another deli, and pay a couple bucks more for a greater selection of salads and other items.

Needless to say, the deli's business has dropped at least 50%.

37 posted on 08/30/2013 6:43:21 AM 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: old and tired

Oh yes, I know WaWa. I only get gas there but that might get me inside to check things out.


38 posted on 08/30/2013 11:26:29 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: peggybac
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39 posted on 08/30/2013 3:30:11 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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