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The misery which follows pleasure Is the pleasure which follows misery. The pleasure and misery of mankind Revolve like a wheel.
- Nagarjuna, Indian/Tibetan Father of Mahayana Buddhism (c. 100-200 A.D.)

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

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8 Responses to Fast Food Workers Protesting Across America

  • Having worked in and owned small restaurants and fast food operations, I know these are the fools who voted for the “Change”, they better learn to live with it. @iowahawkblog is right and we who worked these businesses knew it was coming when the Dem’s forced ObamaCare on America. Anyone who thinks these costs won’t be passed on to the public and thinks the businesses won’t suffer is dreaming. I can eat at almost any sit down restaurant today and pay less than ‘fast food’ is charging. Taco Bell is about the only one still able to fill a person up for less.

    • Obama couldn’t have done a better job wrecking employment opportunities if he tried. (And there are those who think it was all according to plan.)

      And when I first wrote this, I was thinking I’d be okay paying a bit extra, but now that you mention it you just reminded me, last time I went to Carl’s Jr. and saw the bill, my first thought was, I could’ve eaten at Coco’s or Denny’s for this price.

      • Mike, if I was in the restaurant business today, I would hire two sets of employees working them each 20 hours per week. These employees are usually not the most dependable and often call in sick (usually want to sleep late or attend a party). I would be able to call in any other employee to fill the missing person’s shift and still not go over the 30 hour work week. I know that to a person who has not had to make a payroll, meet workman’s comp. premiums and income tax deadlines, this seems cruel. It is a rough world out there, and often the boss in a small business takes home less than his/her employees.

        • We elected a president who had never signed the front of a check before, we’re getting what we deserve. Scumbag community organizer with not a shred of business experience. Dude does not have a clue what made America the most prosperous nation on Earth. He honestly doesn’t even know the war on poverty has completely failed and only made things worse and people more dependent. He thinks the most important job in the world is a government job, he can’t even see with the melt down in Greece where that kind of thinking takes you.

          And yes, as you say, how did he not see that Obamacare would create a new nation of part-time employees. Great job destroying the full-time job, Mr. President.

  • I do feel this whole unemployment thing is a plan. I watched thousands of people lose everything from NAFTA as well as from unions. The fastest way to total power over the people, force them into Gov’t dependency by way of created poverty. Sadly this is just the beginning, it will get much, much worse. Just wait til DC starts cutting back on the handouts and people become desperate for housing and food. Then the global elites will have what they so desire. Our lives.

    • I do gravitate back and forth between wondering if he really thinks his master plan of a government-centered economy will actually help the people, kind of like the Julia crap they were trying to push, or if it’s really cold and calculated and he just wants to make people completely dependent on government no matter how much it tanks the economy.

  • Another insightful post Mike. Fast food workers demanding a 166% raise is ridiculous when you realize these low-level jobs can easily be filled by anyone who can breathe and stand on two feet for eight hours a day, as you pointed out with your amnesty comment. In any case, when did it become McDonald’s fault minimum wage isn’t enough to raise a family on? It was never meant to be your life’s goal to flip burgers at McD’s? It was supposed to be a job for beginners; the means to an end — a stepping stone to more gainful employment. The mentality of today’s low-level workers (read: expendable) is the residual effect of the socialist mindset infiltrating this nation because of inane politicians spending money they don’t have, crippling the whole country as a result. I pray we all get our due; payback is a bitch.

    • Thanks for the read, JZ. I love the duality of the fact that I can tell by your work, you’re a warm-hearted and have a strong maternal instinct, but when it comes to politics, you’re a sharp-tongued objectivist. I bet your kids know they’re special in your heart, but that they shouldn’t expect society to treat them as special just because. If society’s to judge them as special, it should be based on the merit of their acts and deeds.

      I can never get over the sense of entitlement some people have, thinking that society owes them something, or their complete lack of any appreciation for the employer who envisioned a business and made it reality and that is why they have a job in the first place. They think you all owe me and you should be giving me more just because, just because some people got it into their heads that we need to spread the wealth around some more.

      I’m praying with you. I’ve got a great feeling about the midterms, but the Non-Fox News will be in full propaganda mode to try to get Hillary elected in 2016.

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