Skip to comments.McDonald's, KFC, Burger King workers protest in NYC
Posted on 11/29/2012 9:57:50 PM PST by babyfreep
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Waldron makes $7.75 an hour as a cashier at the KFC in New York's Penn Station, where she has worked for eight years.
That's just 50 cents above the New York state minimum wage. The 26-year old nursing student, and mother of two, says she has asked for a raise but her pleas have gone unheeded for weeks.
Finally, on Thursday, around lunchtime she joined a protest of about 40 fast food workers who walked out of their shifts, carrying placards and shouting slogans to bring attention to their cause of fighting for higher wages and the right to unionize. The protest was held outside a Burger King (BKW) near Penn Station.
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Yes, it irritates me, too. You’re right - this is not the kind of job one should expect to support a family on. She mentions her husband works to support her family. Well, that’s the way it is supposed to be, Pamela.
Considering the employee turnover that exists in the fast food industry, I would say after working there 8 years - this woman ought to be at least an assistant manager by now.
if she had any drive at all possibly
So will she still have a job tomorrow ? Cause if I was her boss I would fire her a$$ the second she walked out.
Who knows? The article also says:
Under the National Labor Relations Act, workers are protected from retaliation as long as they work in concert with at least one other employee to try to change their working conditions. However, they can be “permanently replaced” if they strike for purely economic reasons, according to Ken Margolies, a senior associate at the Worker Institute at Cornell University.
So, she *can* be “permanently replaced”.
“The Worker Institute at Cornell University”...what the heck is that?? (just saw that)
The best part is that her ten cent raise will be accompanied by fifteen cents an hour in union dues.
Call the WH Ask for Obummer. He has all my money now. Need a tip? Ask him for it.
SpongeBob can make burgers better than her!
everyone likes the Krusty Krab!! yum yum
The Age Of Obama.
GIMME GIMME GIMME. It’s owed to me! I want, I want, I want!
Fast food work is entry level. Doesn,t matter who you are or where you are at. If you want more money find a better job. There are only so many dollars to go around in fast food
“Ken Margolies started working for the ILR Extension Division at Cornell Labor Programs in 1986 following a career in the labor movement working for the Service Employees Union, the Association of Flight Attendants and the Communications Workers of America. In the mid-1990’s he took a leave from Cornell to work for the Teamsters union.”
I knew that name sounded familiar. Big with SEIU.
honestly I’ve never understood why people stay working in fast food. Anytime I’ve gone to a busy fastfood restaurant I have to marvel at the efficiency of the machine. The worst service I’ve gotten has been at slow restaurants. I would think after two years working fast food... there would be any amount of jobs she could do in a fast paced environment. AS a former employer... I happily hired people who had fast food experience.
Find a higher paying job commensurate with your skills, and stop whining.
If this was some where else I might agree with you. The volume of business is enormous. I read once people who owned a 24 hour pizza shop in Penn station made 20 million dollars a year. Since it is in the most expensive place to live in the world. The cost of transportation for workers is outrageous. Everything in NY city is nuts. I lived there. Just imagine how many times more money than an average Burger King or McDonalds in a city of 15 million. If these fast food places want quality workers they should give them a raise. IMHO.
NYC: 30 years ago I worked as a waitress there and GUESS what they were allowed to pay me, because I could earn tips?
$1 an hour or $40 a week. My rent was $300 a month!
Think how different it must be now and wonder how much this person’s tips might be. Also, how did she manage to pay her rent all these years on this type of pay?
I would say this. Fast-food is ok to start out at....but you need to plan on staying less than four years and moving up to something else. If your life plan is to stick to Fast Food....unless you can get up to shift manager or store manager in eight years...I wouldn’t be sticking around. I will admit that a shift-manager does make a good salary at McDonalds....but if you aren’t there by your late twenties....you aren’t going anywhere.
In this economy? Where? Also, where are the FReepers that believe that loyalty should be rewarded with a raise now and then? Should employers NEVER give a raise? If so, why not?
It’s a fast food joint. They’re all over NYC. There’s probably one within walking distance of Pam’s home. A couple of my kids worked fast food in high school. You know why? They could walk or ride their bikes there. And I live in suburban Philadelphia. If you decide to make fast food your career then you need to get into management if you expect a living wage. Otherwise, it’s a job for kids and retired people. 8 years and still a regular shift worker? Shame on her.
Fire their asses. Give raises to anyone who didn’t bitch and moan....
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