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Fast-Food Workers Ride Crest of "Simmering Strike Wave" Sweeping Nation


Business  (tags: business, corporate, americans, labor, money, ethics, economy, society )

Carrie
- 649 days ago - truth-out.org
From the halls of state capitols and the port of Los Angeles, to the parking lots of McDonalds and the warehouses of Walmart, low-wage workers are pushing labor back into the national political arena.



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Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:45 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 4:18 am
Good on them.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:59 pm
noted & read
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 1:02 pm
Noted, read and good for them! It is not right that the CEO's get such huge wages and bonuses on the back of the hard working employees.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 1:41 pm
CEO's first, unions second (with a gain in dues) ... where in reality does that leave the hard-working employees?
 

James Maynard (68)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:27 pm
Too bad more employers aren't like Henry Ford, who
believed in paying his workers well.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:01 pm
Wendy's employees whose checks bounced? I don't know if I believe it.
As fast food stores are not individually owned and operated, this is to the worker's benefit. The article did not say who their national union is. Apparently, the union has done nothing for these people to have to get to this point.
This is one of the reasons why unions are a double edged sword; these people who make nothing pay into a union that gives them nothing.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:28 pm
I think $15 is way too much to ask for. However I wish them luck in negotiating something. Many of us who are working part time, have no benefits what so ever, working crappy hours and trying to keep from going under. There are very few full time jobs anymore. It's not working for pin money, to keep busy during summer...the old reasons people used to have when taking a minimum wage job temporarily, now,it's to survive.
The elite don't patronize fast food places..it's the realm of the lower and middle class. The day a CEO steps into a McDonalds for a cup of coffee will be the day the world stops spinning. Then again, it could happen.
 

jo M. (3)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:09 pm
I'm sure some of these places could afford to pay their workers more, but $15 is too much to ask for.
 

Diana P. (12)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:11 am
If fast foods raised the wage to 15 bucks an hour the companies would soon go out of business. As it is, I have quit eating at fast foods since a burger, fries and a Pepsi totals over 8 bucks. If I am going to pay 8 or 9 dollars I'd prefer to go to a Perkins in a nicer environment and pay the same amount.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:09 pm
With the exception of the true luxury items, it is very true that if the workers can't afford the product, there will be problems. And that is the major problem with our economy. Can't improve the economy by paying people less and less. It is what forces people to use federal benefits like food stamps. It is part of the reason our government budget is a mess. Tax cuts won't fix it and neither will spending cuts. Pay increases will fix it.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:55 pm
Noted. I was very glad to see this article. The minimum wage should be raised to $15, and there should definitely be some sort of "cap" on CEO pay. The gap between employer/employee wages is the largest it's ever been. In negotiations, you always ask for more than you expect to get. This will benefit the entire economy, as well as workers in other fields.
 
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