Last month, workers at hundreds of Walmart locations nationwide staged protests—many on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year—demanding the retail giant pay higher wages. Walmart downplayed the rare show of rebellion, saying it only involved a fraction of its 1.6 million U.S. employees. (Snip)The protests also inspired another group of low-wage workers to stage their own. Last week, about 200 fast-food workers in New York City walked out of their workplaces—chains affected included Burger King and McDonald´s—to demand a "living wage" of $15 an hour and an end to the practice of keeping workers on part-time
Comments: I thought the WalMart "strike" was a flop. ???
And the photo, which currently shows a young couple embracing for the camera, says it shows a fast food worker holding up a sign, demanding better wages. Huh?
The writer and her photo person are smoking something funny. Maybe the same thing that has made those fast food workers delusional. $15/an hour and full time? C´mon.
I get the feeling this is connected to Hostess and a bunch of other "work" actions. The result, if the workers prevail, will be the same. Investors will always, naturally, seek the best return on their investment. If that means selling off the company´s hard assets because it is no longer optimal to be an on-going operation, then that´s what will happen. I can see this happening somewhat frequently over the next 4 years. Will those investment dollars go over seas? Certainly a lot of those dollars will go to Washington to be wasted. Either scenario is not good for the general welfare of the country. Dark times indeed.
I have often thought it would be cool to have a fully automated fast food joint. You walk up, enter your order on the touch screen, or use voice recognition. Whiff your card past the reader, and voila! the robot springs into action and you can watch it being produced at blinding speed.
You only just need a human there to feed the patties and unjam the system occasionally. I think these workers are trying to tell the owners that its time to develop this technology.
They are assuming that the demand for fast food isn´t elastic, IOW, isn´t affected by price.
I wouldn´t bet my job on that.
As #8 points out, this issue highlights one of the many contradictions in the Democratic party; on the one hand, wanting to do away with fast food and on the other, wanting to make sure people keep buying it, but pay more.
Like tobacco products. Floor both the accelerator and the brake at the same time.
Bring on a few high school kids to fill these jobs until they go to college. These entry level positions are designed to give people experience in the work force--they are not intended to be full-time careers.
We are looking forward to a nice little part-time job in sales or fast food after we are both retired. Just a bit of extra cash and a way to keep busy. Let the young kids go on strike. It opens up opportunities for us!
Ms Goodman, do you really think you are a journalist? A good one would never give any credit to the Wal-Mart fiasco flop. Secondly, asked those lazy folks you talked to, shucks even ask yourself, if they went to $15/hr what do you think the Whopper or Quarter Pounder would cost?
Don´t you remember how minimum wage increases did away with the 99 cent Whopper? How much are they today?
With all those in-demand skills, why not offer them to firms that will pay what they´re worth? Hmmm?
#7: You´re probably familiar with this: "The factory of the future will have two employees: a man and a dog. The man´s job will be to feed the dog. The dog´s job will be to prevent the man from touching any of the automated equipment." ~~ Warren G. Bennis
Yo Liz, You could have mentioned that most of those "Walmart strikers" weren´t Walmart employees if you had any intention of being honest with your readers. They were mainly SEIU scabs. Or that you could have mentioned that New York City has over 50,000 fast food workers and 49,800 of them did NOT go on strike. By any measure this was a total fail except for the free publicity given them by the media who are only too quick to embrace conflict.
Good catch, #21. 200 ´workers´ in the fast food industry in nyc represent a miniscule percentage of fast food workers there. And they probably were hired by the union to walk out... this is a joke. The unions got their boy reelected, and are flailing around like fools, trying to be noticed.
There was a story in the newspaper the other day about a machine that cooks and assembles a hamburger. It costs a lot, but according to the article would pay for itself in a year. Fifteen dollars an hour would make it pay for itself even quicker.
This is NY. You can bet your last dollar this strike is a fake. All those workers will go on NY´s gravy heaven welfare rolls - free cash, free food, free housing, free heat, free phones, free health care, free child care, free cars, free everything. They´ve figured out it beats working.
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