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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 13:44

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fast-food workers plan strikes in 150 cities across the United States and protests in 33 other countries on May 15 to demand higher pay and better working conditions, organizers said in New York on Wednesday.

It is the latest in a series of protests over the past 18 months in the United States that have targeted fast-food chains including McDonald's Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc, Wendy's Co and Yum Brands Inc's KFC chain.

 

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U.S. fast-food workers taking part will walk off their jobs on May 15 to demand $15 an hour in wages and the right to form a union without retaliation, organizers said.

U.S. cities where strikes are planned include Philadelphia, Sacramento, California; and Miami and Orlando in Florida. Organizers say that protests around the world will include cities in Europe, Asia, South America and Asia, among others.

Advocacy groups involved in planning the strikes include Fast Food Forward and Hungry for Justice, supported by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association, which represents about 12 million workers in 126 countries.

Both McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant chain by revenue, which has drawn the ire of many of the prospective strikers, and Burger King defended their treatment of employees in separate statements.

 

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#2 +techbeck

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 13:47

No union currently, they can all expect to lose their jobs on May 15th.  Even with a union, they may still lose them.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 13:49

Better conditions sure, I get that.  But I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, but $15 an hour for being the fry-guy?  With plenty of people needing work I suspect mass firings inbound.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 13:59

NO cheeseburgers ! The apocalypse is here ! :woot:



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:07

Hand out pink slips to EVERYONE who doesn't show up that day, announce it first too, to be safe, they're already getting paid the correct market value for their work, if they want more pay, then buck up, EARN a promotion of find a better paying job 



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:09

Better working conditions I can understand, but $15 an hour, seriously? I worked retail for a premium clothing company during college and wasn't even getting that. I've always looked at fast food jobs as being the jobs for high school and early college age teens, not for those trying to raise a family or pay for college with.

 

What I think should at least happen is that fast food companies like Mcdonalds, BK, Wendys etc should follow the Chic-Fil-A model. They pay well, not $15 an hour well, but well enough, and in exchange have great working conditions, college scholarships and even train their employees to be good at customer service.  That to me is a good middle ground, but $15 an hour come on, thats pushing it



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:11

These aren't the same jobs they were 30 years ago, they have cut the work force, and increased workload per employee. When I worked at a DD the morning shift had 7 people working on it, and brought in nearly 5000 in sales a day, the night shift had 2 people and brought in nearly 4000. The difference is that in the morning you do nothing but your single applied station, at night you literally have to do everything, and clean up after the morning shift, and restock for the morning shift.

 

The jobs also aren't filled with teenagers, the teenagers stay for a week to a couple of months, and then quit. Older folks are the ones who stay on and get screwed. having to constantly reteach new hires WHILE still doing everything since the new hires do not know everything. Which means the people that worked there longer do 2.5x the work of the people who aren't going to work there later anyway. These jobs need to stabilize with proper employment and have workers who actually know proper procedure instead of trying to do the simple repetitive tasks that do NOT contribute anything more than a stereotype to the field.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:29

Could SOMEONE please explain to me how raising a minimum wage to say $15 an hour helps people? I keep hearing "its a livable wage" how? when you raise costs everything else goes up proportionately to cover the new increase in worker costs... so how are you making out? besides pushing inflation faster?

 

I don't want the politics on this, I want the economics



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:30

The big problem is that workers wrongly think these types of jobs are meant to support entire families.

 

Wage compensation is only to cover individual employees.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:38

meh, they would simply hire more obedient workers, or replace existing rebelious workers with automated machinery whenever possible.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:47

People take the jobs they can get, there is an abundance of grads that cant get work, bots are taking up casheir posts now, the rich are getting richer the divide is wider, I hope the workers manage to kick international corp butt, fight the bots... ;)



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:48

The big problem is that workers wrongly think these types of jobs are meant to support entire families.

 

Wage compensation is only to cover individual employees.

It is meant for individual support, right now you have to work two minimum wage jobs to support one person. Imagine trying to support a family when you cant even support yourself. Having both parents working two jobs, and still managing to care for their children is even worse to imagine.
 

Could SOMEONE please explain to me how raising a minimum wage to say $15 an hour helps people? I keep hearing "its a livable wage" how? when you raise costs everything else goes up proportionately to cover the new increase in worker costs... so how are you making out? besides pushing inflation faster?

 

I don't want the politics on this, I want the economics

I believe it was quoted that if the minimum wage went to $15 the cost of a single shopping trip to walmart would only increase the total bill about .15c a transaction.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:50

I foresee people getting fired.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 14:53

meh, they would simply hire more obedient workers, or replace existing rebelious workers with automated machinery whenever possible.

 

This.  Somewhat.

 

If they want $15 an hour, they'd better start acting like they deserve it.  The last few times I've been in a fast-food place, the kids behind the counter are all acting like they have the worse job in the world and they want you to know it.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 15:00

I can see that Fast Food job place is same as SSA cost about $700 to $1000 per month plus food stamp  cost about 120 per month, right?    I would protest against the SSA office to raise up to $1,200 per month.