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  • After anti-gay flap, Chick-fil-A wings in new direction [backing away from social issues]

    04/08/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 187 replies
    KENS News 5 ^ | 04/08/2014 | Bruce Horovitz
    Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well-known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they'll feel comfortable going to eat. It wants to broaden the brand as it expands nationally and plows into the Millennial-driven urban arena. Above all: it wants to be a serious player on fast-food's biggest stage. USA TODAY was exclusively invited inside to visit the company's sprawling, wooded...
  • How Chick-Fil-A Is Outselling KFC With A Fraction Of The Restaurants

    03/31/2014 12:27:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ
    Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC as the top chicken fast food chain.  Chick-fil-A's sales in 2013 passed $5 billion, compared with KFC's $4.2 billion, reports Venessa Wong at Bloomberg Businessweek. Chick-fil-A has 1,775 U.S. stores, while KFC has 4,491. Despite a smaller footprint, Chick-fil-A's average sales are more than triple those of its larger competitor, Wong writes. And Chick-fil-A achieves these results despite being closed on Sundays for religious reasons. Wong illustrates a couple of reasons for Chick-fil-A's success. 
  • New Taco Bell ad: Even Ronald McDonald likes our breakfast

    03/27/2014 12:02:38 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Louisville Biz ^ | 03-26-2014 | Caitlin Bowling
    Taco Bell takes direct aim at McDonald’s Corp. in a new advertisement. California-based Taco Bell first fired a shot at the burger chain in October when David Novak, CEO of Taco Bell’s parent company Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), announced that Taco Bell would roll out a breakfast menu nationwide in 2014, Business First reported. The menu, which includes a waffle taco and A.M. Crunchwrap, debuted in Taco Bell locations across the United States today. McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has long dominated fast-food breakfast with its Egg McMuffins and hash browns. To drive home the point that its foray into breakfast is...
  • Quiznos files for bankruptcy (tough week for fast food chains)

    03/15/2014 12:02:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03/15/2014 | By Katie Lobosco
    Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same. Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday. All but seven of Quizno's 2,100 restaurants in the United States and 30 other countries are independently owned franchises, and will remain open and operating as usual. Quiznos once had more than 5,000 stores and could have threatened rival Subway's hold on the sub market. But now, Subway has nearly 20 times...
  • Toasty Or Toasted? Quiznos Follows Sbarro Into Bankruptcy [Obamanomics Fail]

    03/15/2014 3:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/16/14 | Brian Solomon
    Restaurant chains are dropping like flies this week. On Monday pizza franchise Sbarro dipped into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following in its footsteps on Friday, sub shop Quiznos announced that it too would sink into bankruptcy as part of a “pre-packaged” deal to cut its debt by more than $400 million, or two-thirds.
  • Chipotle says it could remove guacamole from its menu due to climate change

    03/04/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by barmag25 · 72 replies
    Wcpo ^ | 3/4/14 | Wcpo staff
    CINCINNATI -- Fans of Chipotle may soon have to say goodbye to their beloved guacamole, the company said in its latest annual report. The Mexican fast food chain announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs. Those increases are being caused by global warming, the Denver-based chain said.
  • Quiznos Preparing to File for Bankruptcy Protection

    02/27/2014 3:08:54 PM PST · by Perdogg · 67 replies
    Sandwich chain Quiznos is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection within weeks as it contends with declining sales and a lofty debt load, people familiar with the matter said. The company, which has about $570 million in debt, has been negotiating with creditors for weeks on a restructuring plan that would streamline its trip through bankruptcy court, these people said. A final deal on a so-called prepackaged restructuring plan hasn't yet been reached, they said.
  • Eatery Chain ‘Hot Dog On A Stick’ Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    02/08/2014 11:58:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | February 3, 2014
    Carlsbad-based chain Hot Dog on a Stick filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Monday. The company, known widely for staff in brightly-colored, striped uniforms and impaled corn dogs, said in a statement that it is seeking relief in order to reorganize and restructure its business. Hot Dog on a Stick, which currently operates 93 locations, said that it plans to continue business as usual throughout the bankruptcy proceedings. The company also said that, in addition to working to save money in the supply chain and in stores, it has made significant reductions to...
  • Subway Takes Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread After Protest

    02/06/2014 4:44:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    ABC ^ | Susan Donaldson James
    Subway said today it is removing a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles from the bread of it its popular sandwiches after a food blogger got more than 50,000 signatures in a petition drive. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," Subway said in a statement. The company said the move had nothing to do with the protest and that it was "already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts." But Vani Hari, the activist blogger who takes credit for the removal of yellow...
  • Health groups call on fast-food to drop soda from kids' menu

    02/04/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2014 | UPI
    Health organizations and U.S. nutrition experts say they are calling on fast-food restaurant chains to take sugary drinks off their children's menus. Margo G. Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald's agreed to drop soda and sugary drinks from Happy Meal menus last year, and 100 U.S. and local health organizations along with nutritional experts said in a letter to Wendy's, Burger King and 21 other restaurant chains that they too should remove the items from their children's menus. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's and Panera already exclude sugary drinks from kids' meals. "With...
  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • McDonald's sees fewer customers, sales disappoint

    01/23/2014 6:59:04 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 173 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's reported disappointing sales for its fourth quarter Thursday, as the world's largest hamburger chain saw fewer customers visit its restaurants. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says global sales slipped 0.1 percent at established locations. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more, the figure fell 1.4 percent.
  • Subway joins first lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating effort

    01/26/2014 12:10:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids' menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the side and low-fat or nonfat plain milk or water...
  • Move over Jared: Michelle Obama becomes Subway's newest celeb partner

    01/23/2014 10:02:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/14/14 | Dave Boyer
    They probably won’t promote their 6-inch big hot pastrami sandwich, but the Subway chain of restaurants is partnering with first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to persuade kids to eat healthier meals. Subway and the first lady’s office announced a three-year commitment Thursday in support of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The sandwich shops will promote efforts aimed at getting children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Subway offers a variety of low-fat sandwiches on its menu, along with choices that probably wouldn’t get the first lady’s approval, such as the six-inch chicken and bacon ranch melt with cheese, which contains...
  • Man Loses 40 Pounds On McDonald’s Diet

    01/06/2014 4:10:04 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 20 replies
    WREG Memphis ^ | January 6, 2014 | George Brown
    (Colo, IA) A teacher in Colo, Iowa, decided to eat only at McDonald’s for 90 days to see what it would do to his health. The result turned out to be a good lesson for him and his students. “I can eat any food at McDonald’s I want as long as I’m smart for the rest of the day with what I balance it out with,” said science teacher John Cisna said That was the theory Cisna laid out for three of his students at Colo-Nesco high school this past fall. Ninety days of Mickey D’s for breakfast, lunch and...
  • Pizza Patrón embracing Mexican roots

    01/02/2014 9:49:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Pizza Marketplace ^ | December 31, 2013
    Pizza Patrón executives intend to roll out multiple new strategies designed to bring the brand closer to its core Mexican-born customers in 2014. The company plans to execute an array of updated branding programs that include new product development, unique promotions, traditional advertising, digital, social media and public relations, according to a company press release. This marks a significant narrowing of focus for the brand that started franchising in 2003, with the objective of becoming the nation's premier Latino pizza brand. The company gained notoriety from its unconventional programs like "Pizza Por Pesos," where customers could use pesos as a...
  • Fast food CEO: How govt regulation is driving us abroad

    01/01/2014 5:22:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 1,201; | Katie Little
    Easier to open in Siberia than California "Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy," Puzder said. "We'd love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it's easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California." In the U.S., the company's Hardee's division is expanding in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and South Florida. Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. division is growing in Texas and the Seattle area. Challenges to U.S. expansion Puzder named ethanol regulation, which has resulted in higher beef costs, a rising minimum wage...
  • McDonald’s to workers: Don’t eat our food!

    12/25/2013 7:49:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bob Fredericks
    <p>McDonald’s has some healthy advice for its workers – don’t eat at McDonald’s.</p> <p>The fast-food behemoth recently posted the jaw-dropping tip on its Web site for employees, warning that the very same burgers and fries they sling for their legions of customers are hazardous to their health.</p>
  • Influential voices in food movement seek better worker wages

    12/25/2013 10:57:28 AM PST · by thecodont · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 10:01 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    Since he wrote "Fast Food Nation" more than a decade ago, muckraking author Eric Schlosser has noticed a sympathy gap in the food movement that he helped foster. Some foodies seem to care more about the treatment of the animals they eat than the workers who prepare and serve them. "It's not all foodies by any means," Schlosser said. "But the food movement can get sidetracked into wealthy, upper-middle-class people caring about food as status, caring about food as pleasure. I'm a huge supporter of animal welfare, but the compassion for the abuse of animals is so much more excessive,...
  • Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...

    12/11/2013 2:31:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Next Big Future Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Brian Wang
    Momentum Machines robot enables a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. It does everything employees can do except better: * it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible. * their next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem. * Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in...
  • Fast-food jobs can offer tremendous opportunities (90% of Dominoes owners began as employees)

    12/11/2013 12:22:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Voices for Reason ^ | December 10, 2013 | Doug Altner
    We are often told that individuals are “stuck” in fast food jobs, as if there is no hope for advancement or development. But these aren’t dead end jobs for people willing to learn, grow, and work really, really hard. At Domino’s Pizza, over 90 percent of franchise owners started out as hourly employees, and the chain’s 5,000 locations are largely owned and operated by franchisees. Rob Cookston is one such owner who worked his way up. Cookston started delivering pizzas out of his cherry red Volkswagen Beetle 25 years ago. But, eyeing the store owner’s yellow Ferrari, Cookston knew that...
  • Minimum Wage Activist: I Want $15 per Hour so I Don’t Have to Work so Much

    12/08/2013 8:07:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | December 8, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Believing that fast food companies pay their unskilled labor low wages primarily because they are greedy capitalist pigs, protestors flocked to McDonalds and Wendy’s last Thursday. Well… “Flocked” might be a strong descriptive term. The pro-union activists, nonetheless, demanded from the purveyors of low quality food-like products that employees get a bump in pay. Currently, minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. The economically challenged protestors of market driven wages are asking the profit-driven businesses to increase that wage to $15 per hour. Heck. Why stop there? Let’s kick it up to 25, or 40 dollars per hour....
  • Police: Wendy’s employee drops pot in burger

    12/06/2013 12:51:04 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 69 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 | Marcus K. Garner
    ... "Upon arrival at home, she took her food out of the bag and noticed a strange odor in her hamburger,” Gaddis said. “When she opened it, she discovered a partially smoked marijuana cigarette.” The woman took the burger and her receipt back to the restaurant and reported it to the manager and called police. “They were able to speak with the suspect, who admitted that she was responsible,” Gaddis said. “She had been smoking while she worked. When she was fixing the burger, part of the marijuana fell into the burger.” ...
  • Study: Union-backed fast food proposal could cost half a million jobs

    12/05/2013 9:00:21 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 5, 2013 | By Bill McMorris
    Hourly wage increases advocated by labor groups could kill more than 450,000 jobs, according to a new report. Union-backed labor groups, including Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15, are staging nationwide walk-outs and demonstrations at fast food chains across the country calling for starting wages of $15 per hour. Their success could spell economic disaster for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s 2.5 million fast food workers, according to an analysis from the Employment Policies Institute. “We find that roughly 460,000 jobs would be lost in the fast food industry as a consequence of a $15 minimum wage,” the...
  • Dozens of workers strike outside Downtown fast-food locations

    12/05/2013 8:40:49 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 59 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 12-05-2013 | James Knox
    Dozens of people gathered outside Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's locations Downtown on Thursday morning to protest low wages as part of a national campaign energizing fast-food workers. Carrying placards and shouting slogans such as “No justice, no doughnuts,” about 75 people rallied in front of the Dunkin Donuts in Market Square and the nearby McDonald's on Stanwix Street. The actions are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. President Obama says he would back a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, and on Wednesday addressed income equality in...
  • Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets

    12/02/2013 4:42:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: December 1, 2013 | Steven Greenhouse
    Seeking to increase pressure on McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities.
  • The New Food Fight: Big Food Vs. Big Organic: Have the elite hijacked healthy eating?

    11/26/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | Published in Reader's Digest Magazine October 2013 | By David H. Freedman The Atlantic
    Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences. Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I...
  • Restaurant Posts Controversial ‘Help Wanted’ Sign ("Now Hiring Must Be Mexican")

    11/12/2013 10:19:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    KFFM-FM ^ | November 11, 2013 | John Riggs
    This fast food establishment allegedly in Ephrata is looking for new employees, but they have someone specific in mind which is creating quite a stir. As the sign says: “Now Hiring Must Be Mexican I’m not exactly sure of the reasoning. Maybe none of the current staff can speak espańol or perhaps they need to fulfill their EEO report, I’m not exactly sure. What do you think? Do you find this sign offensive or are you okay with their honesty. (POLL-AT-LINK)
  • Uncooked ‘McRib’ Photo Takes Internet by Storm

    11/12/2013 10:56:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    Thanks to the dubiously identified "buddy" of Redditor DJDanaK, the world now knows what "raw McRib meat" looks like, stripped of its plush bun, special sauce, and sliced onion. Since many manufacturers produce boneless, mechanically separated "rib" products, the exact provenance of this particular mystery-meat specimen is the subject of ongoing debate deep within the Reddit trenches at this very moment.
  • City Of Austin Considering Fast Food Ban (TX)

    11/07/2013 5:49:39 AM PST · by bgill · 65 replies
    KEYETV ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 | staff
    KEYE TV has learned city council is considering a resolution that -- if passed -- would "restrict fast-food food restaurants from locating near areas that children frequent." That includes schools, municipal parks, child care centers and libraries... Convenience stores are also being targeted. The plan would offer food marts incentives to carry healthy food options.
  • What Papa John's Doesn't Want You To Know About Their Food

    10/20/2013 4:52:44 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 169 replies ^ | August 13, 2013 | Melanie Warner
    Food companies understand that Americans are increasingly interested in buying food that actually seems worth eating. We want food that's some degree of fresh, healthy, natural or otherwise of higher quality. It's for this reason that you see images of plump fruit decorating packages of cereal bars and the greenest broccoli you've ever laid eyes upon appearing on boxes of frozen dinners. At Burger King, you don't order a mere salad - it's a Chicken Caesar Garden Fresh Salad. Those chips aren't just cheese-flavored - they're Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips, with "harvest cheddar" an entirely meaningless term. Few companies have...
  • Deceptive Fast Food Advertisements vs Reality

    10/20/2013 3:07:13 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 48 replies
    So Bad So Good ^ | July 23, 2013 | Alex Wain
    My favorite one (not mentioned in this article) is the Dunkin Donuts "Big and Toasted". Here is the picture featured on the menu compared to reality... But it's really more like this...
  • Long John Silver's meal called the worst in America by advocacy group

    10/20/2013 2:28:24 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 79 replies
    <p>Forget the burger and fries clogging your arteries. The "Big Catch" fish platter at Long John Silver's is being called the "Worst Restaurant Meal in America." The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, says the dish has more than 1300 calories, 33 grams of trans fats and 3700 milligrams of sodium.</p>
  • Police Officer Claims McDonald’s Worker Deliberately Served Him Raw Burger

    10/18/2013 4:56:18 PM PDT · by Third Person · 49 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | October 17th, 2013 | Beth Germano
    DERRY, NH (CBS) – Officer Rob Moore pulls up to the McDonald’s drive-through in Derry, New Hampshire a couple times a week for some fast food, ordering a double quarter pounder with cheese. It’s usually the only place open working the night shift. Raw McDonald's hamburger served to NH police officer. (Photo from Rob Moore) Raw McDonald’s hamburger served to NH police officer. (Photo from Rob Moore) “I was the only one at the restaurant. I drove through and I was in full uniform,” said Moore. He grabbed his order and pretty hungry he dug in and quickly took four...
  • Majority of U.S. fast-food workers need public assistance: study

    10/15/2013 12:44:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/15/13 | Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by, according to a study released on Tuesday. This ends up costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year, the study said. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and public benefit programs show 52 percent of fast-food cooks, cashiers and other "front-line" staff had relied on at least one form of public assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit program, between 2007 and 2011, researchers at...
  • Tea Party asks McDonald's to support U.S. workers instead of illegal aliens

    09/27/2013 2:09:26 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies ^ | September 26, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition announced a boycott of several national restaurant chains, including McDonald's after they, along with more than 100 companies signed a letter asking the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a so-called 'comprehensive immigration reform' bill this year. Thus granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, as well as increasing the number of foreign workers coming to this country legally. Such a measure would undoubtedly displace more American workers, at a time when only 47 percent of Americans have a full time job. On Thursday, the TPIC sent a message to McDonald's explaining the...
  • McDonald's Ditches Soda In Happy Meal Menus [Clinton Global Arm Twist]

    09/27/2013 4:39:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Ad Age ^ | 9/26/13 | Maureen Morrison
    McDonald's will offer side salads and fruit as an option in its value meals in its bigger markets, and will also begin pushing healthier drinks for its Happy Meals. The moves are part of a number of health-centric global initiatives the chain announced today with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association to reduce childhood obesity.
  • Here's What McDonald's And Dunkin' Donuts Had To Say About Customers Bringing Guns Into Their Stores

    09/21/2013 2:49:12 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 127 replies
    Yahoo! Business ^ | 9/20/13 | Ashley Lutz
    This week, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz caused a stir by asking customers to leave their guns at home.  While Schultz stressed that customers who did legally bring guns into stores wouldn't be kicked out, the comments offended a lot of people. We asked two Starbucks competitors, McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, if they had gun policies for their thousands of restaurants.Both companies said they simply abide by the laws of that state or region. 
  • Tea Party announces boycott of McDonald's over their support of amnesty

    09/19/2013 7:43:45 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 60 replies ^ | September 19, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Wednesday, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition (TPIC) announced a boycott of several national restaurant chains which recently came out in support of amnesty for illegal aliens.Last week, executives from more than 100 companies signed onto a letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging them to pass so-called 'comprehensive immigration reform' this year, which would not only grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, but would also greatly increase the number of legal immigrants admitted annually...a measure which would further displace American workers. The letter states: “We, the undersigned chief human...
  • Fast Food Wages and Fabian Follies

    09/18/2013 12:32:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/16/2013 | Daniel Hager
    Protesters rallied in Michigan and nationwide recently to claim that wages at fast food restaurants are too low. Here’s an alternative compensation schedule. These workers should be paid as much as doctors and lawyers and executives. Those in turn should all get the same salary. Every member of their staffs should make that amount too. The same principle should prevail in government: A receptionist at a state agency would make the same as the governor; a custodian cleaning a public university’s toilets would be paid exactly what the university’s president gets. Everybody gets equal pay. All across the board, throughout...
  • Will fast food unions be the next movement?[Video]

    09/18/2013 7:19:19 AM PDT · by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT · 42 replies
    CNN Noney ^ | 9/18/13 | Jordan Malter
    Robert Reich says striking low-wage workers need collective action and bargaining, but our other panelists are skeptical of union power.
  • McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts Seek Obamacare Changes

    09/18/2013 4:07:52 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    Inquistr ^ | 9/17/2013 | staff
    Fast food restaurant owners, reportedly including McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, are lobbying Congress for Obamacare changes apparently because when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, they’re not lovin’ it. The industry wants the Obamacare-installed definition of full-time work to be increased from 30 hours to 40. A website called has been launched to support to effort. The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to provide health insurance coverage to every full-time worker, although the employer mandate has been postponed for one year. Employers around the country — particularly but not limited to the restaurant industry — are retrenching...
  • Paying More For Fast Food, Retail Jobs Will Boost U.S. Economy (He's serious)

    09/02/2013 5:42:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2013 | John Wasik
    As a former fast-food worker, I can attest to the crazy hours, poor working conditions and rotten pay. I boiled chicken — and repeatedly burned my forearms — in hot pressure cookers in high school for Colonel Sanders’s KFC (now owned by YUM Brands) until I could get a higher-paying job in a department store. The unionized retail clerk’s job wasn’t glamorous, either, but it was a big step up: I sold sporting goods, rang a register (calculating change in my head) and hand-drilled bowling balls. Although the pioneering retail chain (E.J. Korvette’s) at the time was dying a slow...
  • House Dem: Fast-Food Wage Doubling Would Create ‘Millions of Jobs’

    09/01/2013 9:13:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | August 30, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    A House Democrat who joined striking fast-food workers in Illinois yesterday said the American economy needs doubled wages for the restaurant workers. “This gets to the heart of our economic problem in this country which is income inequality. And yes, those arches are made of gold for people like CEO Donald Thompson who makes over $13.7 million in his pay package last year. But I met fast food workers today at McDonald’s who have been working there for a decade and still making $8.50 an hour,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC. “You cannot live on that kind of...
  • Minimum Wage: How Much is Too Much?

    08/30/2013 9:04:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcating Network ^ | August 29, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go to San Diego. We'll start with Sean. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: (Unintelligible) tell (unintelligible) RUSH: Shh. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Hang on, folks. Hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. Snerdley, where's the caller? We said hello to the caller five minutes ago. Is anybody there? Hello? Testing. One, two, three. CALLER: Hello? RUSH: Yeah, hello. CALLER: Am I on? RUSH: Yeah, you're on. CALLER: Am I really on? RUSH: We heard everything that you were whispering to your buddies. We heard...
  • Shaniqua Davis, it’s not McDonald’s fault that you chose to become an unmarried, teenage mother

    08/29/2013 9:06:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Shaniqua Davis, it’s not McDonald’s fault that you chose to become an unmarried, teenage mother Recently, McDonald’s employees have been going on strike to try to get paid $15 an hour. Associated Press reports:Shaniqua Davis, 20, lives in the Bronx with her boyfriend, who is unemployed, and their 1-year-old daughter. Davis has worked at a McDonald’s a few blocks from her apartment for the past three months, earning $7.25 an hour. Her schedule varies, but she never gets close to 40 hours a week. “Forty? Never. They refuse to let you get to that (many) hours.”Her...
  • Fast Food Strikes Underline Big National Problem

    08/29/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 77 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | August 29, 2013 | Erik Sherman
    (MoneyWatch) Employees of fast food restaurants are striking in cities around the country, bolstered by support from labor unions, churches, and other groups, demanding $15 an hour wages and a greater ability to unionize. Many consumers have complained that the expectations are unreasonable, given the type of work and the skills and drive they assume must be lacking in the workers.
  • Going off track: Subway franchisees decry discounts as hospital-bound CEO struggles to right course

    08/29/2013 3:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 29, 2013 | Josh Kosman
    This summer wasn’t the best time for Subway sandwich shops — the world’s largest restaurant chain — to stumble. Founder and owner Fred DeLuca — the driving force and vision behind the Milford, Conn., chain’s growth into a 40,000-unit chain — is in a Connecticut hospital getting treatment for leukemia and, he has told associates, is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Still, the 65-year-old billionaire businessman is directing the chain’s operations from a hospital bed. The hands-on owner is still in daily contact with regional managers trying to find new ways to reverse the sales decline, a Subway development agent...
  • Fast Food Strikes Ignore Technology

    08/29/2013 8:40:20 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Employment Policies Institute ^ | Aug 7,2013 | — Michael Saltsman
    Last week, the SEIU helped organize employee walk-outs at fast food restaurants in seven major cities, with the promise that more would follow in the future. The strikers demanded a $15 minimum wage, which represents a greater than 100 percent increase over the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Today, many stores are also turning to robots to do the jobs that employees would otherwise do. This isn’t science fiction: San Francisco-based Momentum Machines recently announced a new robotic burger-flipper that does the work equivalent of three full-time kitchen employees. That’s 360 burgers per hour—and there’s no SEIU to organize a...
  • 'You're trying to go up and you're just going down': Fast-food workers take to streets

    08/29/2013 1:05:57 PM PDT · by kevcol · 72 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 29, 2013 | Jeff Cox
    "You're trying to go up and you're just going down," said protester Shantel Walker, 31, of Brooklyn who makes $7.25 working at a Papa John's in Manhattan. "All of us are in the same financial crunch. We're trying to take care of our families and our livelihood." The strikes mark the latest salvo in a nearly year-long battle to get not only higher wages but also an opportunity to unionize without facing retaliation from employers. . . . U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told The Associated Press the strikes were a sign of the need to raise the minimum wage....