The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Where’s the BEEF? FAST-FOOD workers in walkout to protest LOW WAGES” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/29/fast-food-workers-plan-one-day-strike-for-monday/).
“Workers at the nation’s best known fast-food restaurants in seven cities across America are planning to walk off the job Monday (July 29, 2013) to protest what they say are wages that are TOO LOW to live on. In a move orchestrated with the help of powerful labor unions and clergy groups, the workers plan to strike for a day to DEMAND their wages be DOUBLED“. “demanding”, of course is a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The Washington Post reports that the protests will take place in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Mich., involving workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Some employees at stores including Dollar Tree, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret are also expected to join the protesters in several cities”. These are BIG-NAME companies in some MAJOR cities with the most minor city on this list being FLINT MICHIGAN. As we know, the major cities in Michigan are DETROIT and LANSING.
The workers are calling for wages of $15 per hour, more than double New York’s current minimum wage of $7.25.
“A network of local community groups, clergy and unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are backing the strike”.
According to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, “SEIU members, like all service-sector workers, are worse off when large fast-food and retail companies are able to HOLD DOWN wages and push benefit standards for working people”.
“In New York City, the protests were organized by a group called Fast Food Forward, which states its Twitter account: “NO ONE CAN SURVIVE ON $7.25″.
“Fast Food Forward director Jonathan Westin told CBS New York“, “A LOT of the workers are LIVING IN POVERTY , you know, not being able to afford to PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE or TAKE THE TRAIN TO WORK (?)“ If people DON’T HAVE A CAR AND “can’t take the train to work” that is a VERY BAD place to be. “The workers are striking over the fact that THEY CAN’T CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THEIR FAMILIES on the wages they’re being paid in the fast-food industry“. THIS IS A SERIOUS CONCERN.
Finally, “Robert Wilson, Jr., a 25-year-old McDonald’s employee in Chicago, told The Washington Post that he makes $8.60 an hour after seven years on the job. A previous walkout in April led to “small victories”. he said, including additional hours and slight (?) raises”. “I’m NOT really concerned about losing my job. If I don’t get anything, I am in a LOSE-LOSE situation (because) I CAN STILL GET FIRED AT ANY TIME”.