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Should Fast-Food Workers Be Able to Unionize?


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Cal
- 747 days ago - theweek.com
Workers in New York City walk off the job at some of the country's biggest chains, demanding a living wage



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Arthur S. (88)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:49 pm
Thank you Cal. This is a delima for me when I see so many people out of work and being an older person. I do believe the people need rights, but frankly how many right s do they need???

Great news at site and apparently I missed something since I already thought they were Unionized.
 

lee e. (114)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:03 am
Thanks Cal - I'm very pro union, they were instigated because of cases just like this, as well as the worse cases such as the recent fire in Bangladesh! Yes all people in the world should be paid a livable wage for the work they do -- I hate these styes that serve poison and call it food and wish they would fail or be improved, but they serve a purpose and employ workers - if it is demanded that they pay their peons a livable wage, that means they have to take a cut in profits, and if that causes them to close -- hey not a problem - they should have been shut down when they first served their crap!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:26 am
I didn't know you would want to keep the job that long, but as most are franchise operations it seems complicated. I know I would just higher people under 20 and those over 60.
 

Danuta Watola (1214)
Friday November 30, 2012, 7:01 am
noted
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Friday November 30, 2012, 7:18 am
Of course everyone has a basic right to unionize, something that will only be done when needed.

These days, it seems that everyone has to band and stand together against the corporations/chains taking over and sucking us all into a giant slow circle around the bottom, near the drain...
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Friday November 30, 2012, 7:20 am
I am neutral about unions but OSHA regulations must be strictly enforced & the minimum wage must be raised.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:24 am
Unions can be very helpful, but they can also become too powerful and corrupt. It's a toss up. You sure can't count on corporations to do the right thing!!
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:19 am
Of course they should. Anyone who wants to form a union should be able to do so.

Simple as that.
 

Sharon F. (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:34 pm
Yes, indeed! All workers should be permitted to unionize. Go for it.
 

Tamara Mendelson (1)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:54 pm
noted
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:34 pm
Absolutely! These folks have to clean the toilets, floors, left over food, work around hot grease and serve every nut case, piece of riffraff and mean bastard/bastardess that walks through the door with a big smile.
Tell me that they don't deserve to have a living wage....try working at one of those places in the inner city for just one day...of course they deserve to unionize!!!
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:01 pm
YES!!!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:12 pm
Although I am a member of the teacher's union by force, I am not a fan of unions. For over $1,000. a year I get absolutely nothing in return, except for my union using my money to support political candidates I would never support.
Where unions are effective is evolving change. Nine dollars an hour is not a fair wage- especially if you work in a major metropolitan city where you work you're butt off. In the suburbs, I have been to enough fast food places where in my opinion, people should be fired. It's these people who I resent having union protection.
 

jo M. (3)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:24 pm
I'm pretty sure they could be replaced by people grateful to have a job at $9 an hour. There will always be some jobs that will only ever be worth minimum wage.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:24 pm
Thanks, Cal. Good to read about these protests. Hope they're able to unionize. That $15 minimum wage should be written into a bill in Congress, and passed unanimously by both Houses. For the past 30 years, our wages have been stagnant, and that must change immediately. The Entitled Rich get their tax cuts, pocket millions in profits and then threaten workers with job loss and reduced benefits....way past time for a change.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:45 pm

I realise that in the U S A there are Unions with less than desirable histories. The answer to that is active involvement of the members.

Over a very long life I have been bot a member of several Unions and Professional Associations affiliated with the "Employers Federation." In ALL cases I have only experienced activities involving advancement of the cause of the members, never for the aggrandisement of the office bearers.

The only employers opposed to Unionisation are those who are under paying and making workers live in unsafe working conditions, except for those magnanimous bosses who treat their employees as just part of their family and involve them in the everyday decisions of the plant, and share the profits of their collective labours. Don't scoff there are still some like that.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:23 pm
These fast food places should not exist. Can we go organic vegan to save Earth now? if we do, jobs can be ethical as creating veg foods is an art, and the new fast food places can serve veggie burgers and so much more! All positive! It is against my moral and spiritual path to ever knowingly give my money to any person or business that harms Mother Earth and sentient beings. I also can not work in such fields. If I had only fast food joints and Walmarts, meat packing plants or animal indutries as employers, I would relocate pronto.
 

Michael M. (5)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:41 pm
I do not see why not? Only the 1 percenters who represent the upper class makes noise about keeping the $$$ for themselves whine about unions.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:58 pm
Noted with sadness. Thanks Cal.
 

june t. (66)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:58 am
It's the only protection people may have in many circumstances. Of course they should be able to unionize.
 

Helle H. (21)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:34 am
Everybody should have the right to be in an union. We have unions that support a sertain political parties, but we also have some that doesn't. We do have minimumwages for young people and no age limit, so everybody should be safe. If not, they have the union to fight for them in court.
I was part of a union and was able to take two years of work and even then the union payed. Of course not my full wage but enough for me to get by.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:51 am
Much as I detest fast food in this case I think a union is a good thing; just as it is in some of these countries such as Bangladesh. The bigger unions however no longer serve the needs of the working man. They are run like corporations and political parties that benefit for the most part the upper ten percentile called management. The working stiff is out on the picket line. He's losing money he will never recoup. What he is given in salary increase is a mere pittance to what is actually obtained in any labor settlement. You can bet the fat cats at the top aren't losing any salary. In the US unions are tax exempt as many are here in Canada. In Canada a private bill to make union finances accountable, transparent and taxable has been proposed [Bill C-317]. It remains to be seen whether the NDP and the Liberals will back this. The NDP is the Labor Union Party after all. At least that's how they started.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:35 am
@ John. "I didn't know you would want to keep the job that long,"

Because there are no other jobs.
 
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