Skip to comments.New York fast food workers strike over low wages [want $15/hr]
Posted on 12/01/2012 7:15:07 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Hundreds of fast food workers at New York City branches of McDonald's, Burger King and other big-name chains have staged a walk out in protest of low wages.
The strike, organised by pressure group New York Communities for Change (NYCC), was part of an attempt to gain union recognition for staff at fast food outlets in the city.
"So many people in our neighbourhoods work at fast food restaurants and make poverty wages so low people can't put food on the table, put clothes on their kids' back or even afford the train ride to work."
The group staged a number of demonstrations across the city, culminating at the McDonald's in Times Square.
NYCC organizers have held discussions with employees about forming a new union, the Fast Food Workers Committee, for several months. Attempts have been made to sign them up to a petition demanding that workers be granted the freedom to join a union, and a raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour.
McDonald's said in a statement: "McDonald's values our employees and has consistently remained committed to them, so in turn they can provide quality service to our customers." It added that most of its franchisees offered competitive benefits.
Some 50,000 workers are involved in the fast food industry across the city, with many paid the median hourly wage of $8.90 (nationally, it is $8.76). Low-pay campaigners estimated in 2010 that an adult with one child living in the least expensive area of the city needs to make $21.85 an hour to be self-sufficient. The average fast food worker in New York earns about $11,000 a year.
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true, but if it were just leaking oil into the... oil... who would notice?
“Im a small remodeling contractor, and there are few young, hardworking English speaking Americans who are willing to work hard in the trades. They want to make $25 an hour for standing around. There is always a large group of Hispanic guys in the Home Depot parking lot who will work cheap. I refuse to hire them because I refuse to hire illegals, and I would never bring someone who I dont know to a customers home. For the most part, I work by myself, taking and pricing jobs accordingly. Hispanic labor has driven labor rates down.”
I live in Texas and until a few years ago I worked as a cabinet maker. Not a serviceman or one of the guys on a production line putting tenon A into mortise B, but a cabinet maker and woodworker who knew the tools and the materials and how to read a blueprint and all the things associated with woodworking and cabinetry.
I gave it up because the wages were actually falling and this was still in the building boom when I was repeatedly told that I should be happy with $10.50 an hour and that the contractors had to hire armies of illegals to keep their prices low, even tho I never saw the price of anything go anywhere but through the roof.
I remember one job interview where the shop forman was up against a really bad deadline. He told me that he had 15 employees, who BTW were all illegals, but not single one of them had skills.
I told him I was interested and I had been making $15 an hour but was willing to start at $12 an hour.
He told me he could start me at $8.50 an hour with an option for a .50 cent an hour raise after 6 months. Then he said that was still a dollar an hour better than flipping burgers.
I agreed it was a dollar an hour better than a burger flipper made and then suggested he go hire a burger flipper.
He was actually kind of POd that I didn’t take the job.
I’ve certainly seen my share of unmotivated workers, but I’ve seen just that many who did want to learn it and get it right.
I don’t think the majority here are against any one trying to make more money as an individual. It’s the “collective” that would rather put a company out of business (Hostess) than take less and save your own job. Even McDonald’s would pay more for experienced hard working people, but our society is crippled. Too many waiting in line for even lousy paying jobs.
I make 11k a year and I live just fine. :)
They want to make more money, they need to get a different job.
If I really need help, I can call two guys I used to work for. They are expensive, but are highly skilled. I cant afford to teach someone. I hang cabinets, frame,build decks,and do crown moulding by myself.
“I dont think the majority here are against any one trying to make more money as an individual. Its the collective that would rather put a company out of business (Hostess) than take less and save your own job. Even McDonalds would pay more for experienced hard working people, but our society is crippled. Too many waiting in line for even lousy paying jobs.”
I don’t know. There were some pretty acid tinged posts about these particular workers.
Not arguing for a union but I am wondering. Outside of collective bargaining how do laborers best sell their labor.
I’m much to old believe that any major corp or really large company pays one penny more than they absolutely have to.
I’ve worked for smaller companies that based pay on merit and the better you got at your job the more you got paid. Yet I somehow don’t think that principle really applies to Micky Ds counterhelp.
So why exactly don’t these low skilled workers deserve to be paid up to just below the poverty level.
It’s not like Micky Ds isn’t doing the volume to pay for it.
The really unsettling part was the derision of the posters toward a group of people who are actually trying to make a living working. Would it be better if they quit and went all out on the public dole?
I thought labor was a legitimate business expense. If a company can only remain in business by having their employees live under the poverty line, then maybe they shouldn’t be in business.
They will, too.
“I make 11k a year and I live just fine. :)
They want to make more money, they need to get a different job.”
I’m glad you’re able to live well on less. I’m in that same boat now as well. Unfortunately not everybody has the same options or the same opportunities.
I’d rather see these guys get their raise than move to where I live.
Kind of the problem of the future coming to a city near you..
Whether its union non-union 5, 10, 15, 20 or whatever the wage is what you get where you work...
The employees want the least the employee want the most..the government want everybody to just get along..
Its not capitalism, its not socialism or communism pushed by the political enemy, the problem as I see it is simply a loss of the concept of being an American.
You are proud to be an American or you are not..I'm sick of folks who claim their particular political persuasion is correct, and feel free to run down this great country irregardless of party.
I cant stomach the posts of so called conservatives cheering every factory closing and their elation at fellow Americans losing their jobs.
I'm far Right, and have left the GOP years ago. I fought for this country and I'll be dammed if I'm going to succeed, or put any party or region of this country over the basic fact that I am an American.
The idea of being a conservative first and an America second is bullshit ....
I don’t know... ;^)
“If I really need help, I can call two guys I used to work for. They are expensive, but are highly skilled. I cant afford to teach someone. I hang cabinets, frame,build decks,and do crown moulding by myself.”
I did a little bit of framing but not enough to call myself a framer.
When I took side work I had a friend of mine who was a top drawer installer help me...I paid him the $15 an hour he asked for and bought his lunch.
McDonalds doesn't own the restaurants, franchisees do. These are people who plunked down close to a million in cash to play the Mickey D game. If a store gets closed down, it's those entrepreneurs who will lose.
Is that what you think of all blacks who work at McDonalds?
every time strikers or whatever shutters a factory, it is the left that cheers.
They cheered Hostess shutting down
Yet I somehow dont think that principle really applies to Micky Ds counterhelp.
Most of them are franchises and are not big businesses.
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