Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
- William Henley, English Writer, Poet, and Critic (1849-1903)
NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.
About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage.
The protesters plan to spread out to other stores throughout New York during the day. Protests are also expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and other cities.
source: LA Times
It will be interesting to see how the turnout goes, but it’s unique in that they’re targeting the protests all across the fast food world from McDonald’s to Wendy’s, from Subway to Burger King.
Power to the people, if they can get the suits to cave and raise their wages, more power to them, I won’t have any problem paying fifty cents or a buck extra on the bill. (Funny though, knowing human nature, some of the same people voicing their sympathy with the workers will be the same people bitching about the higher prices when they hit the menus.)
And of course, if the workers do win a higher wage and they manage to organize a union, I hope they’ll be aware, there does become a point where if they’re feeling empowered and keep demanding wages to a point that the free market can’t support, they’ll end up doing to themselves what the unions did to Detroit and all those McJobs will McDisapear.
UPDATE: The strikers want a 166% wage increase. Good luck with that. With Obama set to give the illegals amnesty, don’t be surprised by how easily those jobs will be filled.
On to the big picture, despite what the media tells you, five years in, five trillion deeper in debt and the employment situation has only gotten worse under Obama. Consider this: 8.5 million people dropped out of the work force in Obama’s first term, with a measly 1.2 million jobs created so don’t believe the lower unemployment numbers they’re feeding you. Now check this final bit from the article . . .
The fast-food industry used to employ mostly younger people just trying to make some extra money as they went through school. Now, workers are older and depend on the work to feed families. Analysis by the Economic Policies Institute shows that the average age of minimum-wage workers is now 35, and that 88% are 20 and older.
In Obamaville, where once it was teenagers working those fast food jobs, now it’s mainly adults struggling to support their families. I have nothing but respect for those people, but it should be pointed out, America voted for CHANGE, now this is what it looks like.
Kudos: David Burge @iowahawkblog