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Fast Food Strikes Intensify in Seven Cities


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Judy
- 509 days ago - salon.com
This morning marks the start of what will likely be the largest fast food worker mobilization in U.S. history, with a New York City walkout today kicking off strikes in seven cities over four days.



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Roger Garin-michaud (114)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:59 pm
noted, thanks
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:26 pm
Have to keep an eye on this as I really can't imagine the fast food biggies will let this get too big. These strikes, though short, could start the ball rolling for other notoriously low paid workers.

Especially wonder how many, if any, will still have their jobs in four months? They can't be fired for trying to organize, that's illegal - until the GOP/TP realize it and change that law too. However, they're going to be scrutinized more than they ever imagined. As far unionizing? That'll be a biggie if they pull that one off.

Can you see the faces of the GOP/TPers if these strikes work?? Love to be a mouse...
 

Katie D. (112)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:45 pm
We have received phone call for this too!
GREAT MOVEMENT HERE!!!
WILL BE THE BEST FOR EVERYONE!!
LOVE IT!!
THANK YOU
 

Terry V. (30)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 12:22 pm
thanks
 

Debbie S. (32)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 12:53 pm
Gov. Snyder forced the 'right to work' law in Michigan and is trying to bust all unions so it will be interesting to see what happens. I really can't see fast food workers getting double their wage just because they want it. I worked in the deli and it is hard grueling work but I started out at 7.40 minimum wage. You have to work there and keep putting time in then you can gradually get wage increases. You don't get it off the bat because you want it. Some people work two and three jobs to make it. Some people want a high wage but don't want to work for it. Asking for a raise is one thing but demanding double the wage looks like they feel entitled
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 2:08 pm
Thanks.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 4:08 pm
Union membership drive in full swing ... gotta try something to replenish their numbers ... screw the workers once no longer needed, they own and direct you from that point on. Life pretty mich sucks any way you look at it
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 5:59 pm
I'm glad to see this movement grow so fast. I've supported it with signing some petitions sent to me. The minimum wage is a joke---we used to call this "inflation"...but I see that seems to be a taboo word now. The prices of everything are rising, CEO's pay is astronomical, and workers are being treated like slaves. I've been pressing Congress to raise the minimum wage, but they are beholden to their Corporate masters, and few have any conscience. They seem to prefer that the majority of their constituents be homeless, jobless and without health care.
 

Jeremy S. (3)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:15 pm
Workers in the food service industry have long been looked down on by the rest of society. Unionizing is pretty much the only way they can get any say in the world, in their futures, and for that reason, I fully support their efforts.

And no, I never worked in a fast food restaurant.
 

june t. (66)
Friday August 2, 2013, 12:30 am
Seeing as how so many jobs have been lost, and in many cases the fast food industry is the only job a lot of adult workers can now get (I saw a statistic that the average age of a fast food worker is now 28 years old), it isn't just kids working at these joints any more.
it kind of makes sense. It has been reported for some time that the good paying jobs are disappearing, and most people who lose their jobs will work at lower or even minimum wage for the foreseeable future.

The top head honchos of the fast food empires won't be hurt financially if their workers get a little bit more cash in their paycheck. They won't even have to sell one of their yachts to pay for the increase in worker wages. .
 

Debra Tate (17)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:35 am
They are delusional if they think they are going to get $15 dollars an hour!! I have been in food service for 40 years and can promise they won't get it! If they want $15 an hour they should go back to school, get an education and find a different line of work. Since they are not in a union, they will all lose their jobs and be replaced with someone who doesn't have a job and are willing to take what wages they can get! Obviously these workers have enough money stashed back to live on while on strike! NOTED!
 

Anne P. (251)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:44 am
My hat is off to these brave men and women. I worked in fast food as a teenager and young adult. and I stand with you in solidarity!
 

Katie D. (112)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:06 pm
There Labor Laws to protect these people! Some are mother's and father's that need to support their family! They are not all high school kids!! The average fast food worker's age is 28! This will improve the quality of the food and train the worker's better. I am sure they try to make them multitask as much as possible, I have always believe in wait on one person at a time less confusion and the job gets done better! Orders and Food would be mixed up and what a mess!! Especially when you handle the money!! They want you to do so much and it doesn't take much for something to happen!! Multitasking is a lot of pressure put on a person. The company doesn't care! They can always get someone else!! We stand with these people in SOLIDARITY!! THEY ARE BRAVE AND WANT A BETTER LIFE!! WILL HELP EVERYONE!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:12 pm
"Bill and Katie" (above) hit it right on the mark....raising the minimum wage will ultimately benefit all of us. This is a movement building "from the bottom up."
 
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