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Fast food workers strike in New York

By United Press International

Fast food workers in New York said they would honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by going out on strike on Thursday for higher wages.

On the 45th anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while supporting a sanitation workers strike in Memphis, non-unionized New York fast food workers said they expected about 400 colleagues to walk out on their jobs, double the number who did so in November.

The November work action at the time was the largest strike ever conducted by fast food workers, The New York Times reported.

The strike is supported by several groups, including Fast Food Forward, New York Communities for Change, UnitedNY.org, the Black Institute, the Service Employees International Union and local clergy, the Times said.

Thursday's strike is expected to include workers from about 70 fast food restaurants.

Across the city, there are 50,000 fast-food workers, most making minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

That is the rate, as yet unchanged, that Tabitha Verges has earned for four years at a Burger King in Harlem. When she has asked for raise, "They always give me the same excuse -- that they're not making enough money," she said.

Verges, who's weekly take-home pay is $122 for a 25-hour-per-week job, said she plans to join the walkout.

"We believe that it's a continuation of a civil rights fight against low wages and for Martin Luther King's movement to win dignity and living-wage jobs," said Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change.

New York State lawmakers have recently raised the minimum wage to $9 per hour, which does not take affect until 2016.

The fast-food workers are seeking $15 per hour now, the Times said.

"My community in Flatbush is filled with fast-food workers who have been suffering due to low wages, no sick days and unsafe working conditions," said Rev. Cheri Kroon, associate minister of the Flatbush Reform Church in Brooklyn.

Miguel Piedra, a spokesman for Burger King, said the company offers "compensation and benefits that are consistent with the quick-serve restaurant industry."

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  1. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    I’m waiting to see them get their demands and then watch them all scream when the cost of a ‘Happy Meal’ goes from $1.99 to $8.99. Everything in business is related after all.

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    • ColumbaComment by columba
      April 5, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

      Or when the staff is cut by 50% in order to pay the remaining staff the required wages.

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      April 5, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

      These business owners should do the right thing and FIRE every worker that does not show up for work. These coddled American workers have NO understanding of business or finance, and think they are worth more than the minimum wage when most aren’t even worth half that! FIRE THEM!

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    • xbethComment by xbeth
      April 6, 2013 @ 2:07 am

      So long as too many don’t ask for the time off at the same time, the restaurants are probably better off giving them the day off.

      If the minimum wage is increased, the companies will need to make do with a smaller number of people who are more productive. It may be the case that there simply isn’t enough demand to support the number of restaurants that currently exist in NYC with a higher minimum wage.

      One certainty… If the minimum wage goes up, workers with marginal skills will find themselves out of luck.

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  2. kerry-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    April 5, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Let the fools go on strike, just make yourself a couple of ham & cheese on rye, some potato chips and a can soda, put it in a brown paper bag. Then enjoy your lunch without the hassle of lines and hurry up lunches.

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  3. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    April 5, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    If they want to be paid that much for a low-skilled job, they should move to North Dakota. Wal-mart employees there are making $17/hour during training. Oil-field workers make a lot more.

    These jobs used to be mainly filled by teenagers who still lived with their parents and didn’t need a “living wage”. I guess if these people go on strike, Burger King can go back to hiring teenagers.

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      April 5, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      If a person wants a higher wage, they need to bring a higher skill to the table.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      April 6, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      Exactly and well posted! The article states one worker there making 7.25 an hour had been with that fast food restaurant for four years. I sure as hell hope that four years is due to continuing education/college and not due to low interest in providing a living wage to sustain living in a high economic pull area such as New York!

      I paid for my own private high school education. I worked no less then 32 hours a week at a mere 3.65 an hour. That was above prevailing wage here in California at the time. I was damn grateful for the job and the hours. Clean a bathroom? Yes sir! Clean up at close? Yes Sir! Work the grill, work the counter, train, ? Yes Sir! No was not in my vocabulary…it wasn’t in anyone’s vocabulary who wanted to actually work and attain hours to support our pitiful teen lives and expenses.

      I grew up from 12 years old and on in a broken home. Great divorce swing of the early 70′s infected almost every household. Mine was no different. I did odd jobs, mowed lawns, cleaned gutters, baby sat, even had a paper route until I was old enough (15 and 1/2) to get a ‘real job’. I was damn grateful for those odd jobs…as that helped to provide food on an ever decreasing food supply table. I had two very young brothers to think about. It wasn’t what did I want….no…it was what does the family need to survive that taught me to work hard regardless the job.

      I paid for college myself. Worked hard while attending college. Became a nurse and was damn grateful for any job I was offered, again regardless the nature. Give a bath? Yes Ma’am! Help change out beds? Yes Ma’am! Hand out food trays and help feed patients? Yes Ma’am! Hold down the front desk? Yes Ma’am. Whatever was needed, whether in my basic job description or not, I did it. Why? Because that is the job!

      We didn’t have unions or nurses making 38-65 dollars base pay back then. I can’t even wrap my head around those numbers. Yes they have the education and yes they work hard…but come on! It is as ridiculous as a fast food worker demanding 15 dollars an hour to serve food! Its simply non sense and a sense of worth within the self that is not earned …just demanded. The entitled aren’t being helped by the programs out there…and now they want work to be part of an ever growing entitled part of their day to day, me me me, little reality star lives. Whole thing makes me sick and sad for our Nation.

      ~M

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  4. NY GrahamComment by NY Graham
    April 5, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    Fire the lot of them. If they walk out on the job, tell them not to bother coming back.

    If fast food jobs were in high demand and could only be done by skilled workers, their wages would increase accordingly. Simple economics. I bet there are plenty of teenagers, retirees or people who need a second job who’d gladly take their place.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 5, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

      “The November work action at the time was the largest strike ever conducted by fast food workers. . .Thursday’s strike is expected to include workers from about 70 fast food restaurants”.

      I agree that every worker who walks off the job should be terminated. They are non-union workers, they don’t have collective bargaining, and the SEIU is simply trying to stir up trouble for the employers.

      But the restaurants should have stopped this problem in November by firing the employees who walked out then. We have too many unemployed people in this country who would take a job.

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  5. drillbabydrillComment by drillbabydrill
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    I’d say fire all these lowlifes, but they’d just go on welfare.

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    • BlackthorneComment by Blackthorne
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

      “They’d just go on Welfare”?

      Scuuze me, but I’d bet a dollar to a donut they’re already on food stamps, got an “Obama-Phone,” qualify for refundable “Earned-Income-Credit,” have taxpayers pay their rent under “Section 8,” and PAY NO INCOME TAXES at all!

      *** ever became of “Personal Responsibility?” Oh, yeah, it went away after LBJ instituted his “Great Society” program that would “Eliminate poverty as we know it!” Why go to school? Why even work at all when the government SOCIALISTS GIVE, GIVE, GIVE them everything! Oh, and WE PAY, PAY, PAY for them!

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

      drillbabydrill, so those who provide you with services are lowlifes because they make wages way below the cost of a livable wage and want to make more? Do you employ illegal immigrants to clean your home and do yard work? It wouldn’t surprise me if you did.

      It would be great if you were fired and had to work at a low paying job in order to learn some compassion and humility. You need to lose your hubris.

      By the way, I wouldn’t support a strike, but considering the cost of living in NYC their minimum way is far too low. However, I’ll bet the franchise owners are paying high taxes and fees in NYC also.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      April 6, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      I am hoping the good giggle Recce1 just gave me was an attempt (poor as it may have been) at hard sarcasm. Sadly, I’m sure I’m wrong, but willing to give the benefit of the doubt.

      Let me clear this up for ya real quick and in a hurry. 1. I’m a native California, little blonde haired blue eye’d girl. 2. I found ways to EARN money that help to fed my family, help with utilities and other household needs. 3. I wanted an education so I worked hard to attain one. 4. The word ‘no’ was not in my vocabulary, and in that, worked ever job I could possibly wrap my hands around. It’s called self sustainability! It’s called self pride and gaining a sense of self worth! I didn’t need a hand out… I stood on my own two feet thank you very much. 5. This one is gonna hurt…but hang in there. If I want something…living needs, food, medication, what ever my life needs are…I earn the money/save the money to attain it. I don’t need big government to place it’s tit in my mouth to give me the basics. Anyone…and I mean anyone who tells you different are lazy, low self esteem, me me me type people who do not want to work. They want it handed it to them due to how they were raised, area they were raised in, color, religion, race or creed. What have I to say to that? Tough! That’s what I say to that.

      We live in the greatest opportunity society that world has ever known. If you really want something, this country (like no other in the world) is the place you can make it happen. Is it hard? Yes. Does it require sacrifice blood sweat and tears? Oh you bet. Is it worth it ? Yes..yet it is.

      Further, I would bet that most who post here have worked their fair share of ‘low paying jobs’. I would further bet that most have worked two or three of those low end jobs while architecting a way to (ie training, going to school/college) to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Don’t you get that? Don’t any of you on the left get that?

      Americans are blessed people to even be born here. We don’t promise cradle to grave austerity because that enslaves people. We are a nation of free people where fruits of your labors are harvested by your own hand. Learn it, know it, live it!

      …and as ole Forrest Gump would say “That’s all I’ve got to say about that…”. lol

      ~M

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      April 6, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

      Mystic, where did I reply to any of your posts? What did you find amusing? Please specify. I think you may have assumed the wrong poster. With the way this site is set up that’s not hard to do.

      For your information, I actually agree with you. In this column I was responding to drillbabydrill who implied all those who worked at such jobs were lowlifes. From your response I doubt you’d agree with that. I also said that considering the cost of living in NYC, where I was born and where my brother works, the wage such workers received was too low. Also, as I said, the pressures on business due to excessive fees and taxes played a part in that.

      You seem to be the type person who was and is willing and able to accept lower paying non-glamorous jobs to help support your family. Obviously you didn’t let false pride get in the way. That’s how it should be. There’s nothing dishonorable or lowlife in hard work even at low paying jobs. I’ve done it also.

      I worked many menial jobs through high school and college, and after college while waiting to go into the Air Force I worked at a lumber mill stacking lumber. I don’t think my back was ever the same. :-(

      I had the opportunity and blessing of serving this country for 20 years mostly as a “naviguesser” and also as an Intel, security, EAO, and command post staff officer. For that when I retired on disability I had the honor of the government breaking most of its promises to us retired veterans for political expediency. So I know what it is to struggle.

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  6. sunnynomoreComment by sunnynomore
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Race always has to come into these demands and, of course, Marin Luther King. I wish I thought of making it about civil rights when I busted my *** working two jobs at times when I was younger just to make ends meet…..but I guess that wouldn’t have worked for me. It’s so typical that certain elements of these groups want everything handed to them, not because they earned it, but just because according to them they deserve it. My suggestion is that if they don’t like their job or what they are earning to try to get a better one elsewhere. I don’t go to many fast food restaurants anymore, because so many are dirty, overpriced and have slow service.

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  7. americanjoeComment by americanjoe
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    “The fast-food workers are seeking $15 per hour now, the Times said.”
    Ha ha ha! Really? They really think they should get $15/hr.? This is a big part of the problem and I don’t mean to offend anyone, but those positions were never meant for grown-ups. It’s a great job for high school and college students or a first job. But the only career opportunity is for the owner/manager. You can’t pay someone 15/hr. to sell/make meals that sell for $5-$6. It’s simple economics. I can see it now…..They start a fast-food Union; the Union fights and gets them 15/hr.; the price of the meals go to $12-$15 per meal; people stop buying the overpriced meals; the fast-food industry collapses and they’re all out of a job.

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    • johngaltComment by johngalt
      April 5, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

      Well, just need to replace them with illegal aliens so they can get their Obamaphone and sit at home like the other 90 million Obama voters.

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  8. carolynwComment by carolynw
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Not to come across unsympathetic but again, people are focused on only the bottom line “I need more money” In order to pay them [and a $15 an hour actually cost $30 to the owner} What was fast inexpensive food will most likely still remain low quality but will triple in price. Its a snowball effect and if I may state the obvious, why live in one of the most costly states? Why not get career training and leave those jobs [at that pay] for High schoolers or those seeking a little income?

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    • refurb001Comment by refurb001
      April 5, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

      Maybe the jobs can go to illegals that will work for $3.00 and not gripe. Aside, you don’t get any benefits for working there other than grief from unhappy customers!

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      You said, “and a $15 an hour actually cost $30 to the owner.” How true. While the article said the woman’s take home pay was $122 for 25 hours of work it didn’t mention how much Uncle Sam’s and Big Brother Blumberg’s cut was, which is likely about half.

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  9. Jim ForsytheComment by Jim Forsythe
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    FIRE THEM! Hire someone who wants a job.

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  10. grinderComment by grinder
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    These jobs were only meant for teenagers and first jobs to start someone on the way to a better future. But as the influx of illegals and the dumbing down of our society came about these jobs were taken by adults. What other jobs were taken over by adults that use to be done by teenagers. Teenagers were paperboys, did lawn mowing for their street along with other like jobs. Now all of these jobs are shouting that they should be able to make 30 and 40 thousand a year or more. If the wages get raised the prices will rise and many of these franchise and self owned fast food places will close because people will finally realize that making their own food will be a LOT cheaper and will actually eat healthier.

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  11. MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    And so the blinding endless circle continues. Higher wages means less workers to help you in your lousy job, the cost of everything goes up because of higher wages, more dumbing down of these low wage workers and politicians laughing all the way to the banks with their new found way to steal more money from business and reelection. More unemployment and more cost of living, the endless circle.

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  12. nobodysfoolComment by nobodysfool
    April 5, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Do these people really know what they’re doing? Fifteen bucks an hour for fast food workers? You can bet that it would open the floodgates for everybody who thinks they’re underpaid. Did they really think that a job with minimum wage was going to get them to early retirement? What are restaurant workers going to want if something like this takes effect? Take day laborers. Who’s to say they won’t demand ten, or fifteen, or even twenty bucks an hour? Non-union skilled trades are going to want not ten, twelve, or fifteen bucks an hour. Let’s try twenty or maybe even thirty bucks for an hourly wage, simply because of their learned skills. And then, when the Unions get a whiff of this, anybody wanna bet that they’ll start whining about not making enough? Whoever is leading the charge on this one surely has their head up their *ss.

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  13. ltparComment by ltpar
    April 5, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Had to laugh at the one fools comment that higher wages was a civil right. Show me where it says that in the Constitution. Wages are determined by market value of the services provided by the employee. The fast food places are likely paying a little higher than minimum wage plus some benefits. Let them walk out and there will be twenty five people waiting for each job.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 5, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

      ltpar, that is the problem with most of the people in this country. They have been conditioned to think that everything they want is “a right”. They have been taught that they have a right to a job, health care, the right to marry, the right to have other people provide it for them, etc.

      They have the guaranteed right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” but they don’t want to pursue it, but they want it handed to them. They are at “liberty” to find another job if they qualify for it, but it’s easier to get a mob together to try to force their current employer to give in to their demands.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

      Itpar, a living wage is a constitutional right – under the old SOVIET constitution. It was just too bad the Soviet leaders forgot about the people’s right to live free, without fear, and early death.

      By the way, many low wage employers don’t pay benefits by not using employees over 30 to 35 hours per week which in many states would qualify them as full time employees.

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  14. geoinsdComment by geoinsd
    April 5, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    I am ok with fast food workers walking off the job and not accepting that pay. I think that is their right. However, I am not ok with them intimidating other people who are willing to accept the current wages. If no one is willing to accept those wage levels then the employers would need to increase the wages or do without. These are not essential services that no one else is able to provide, so let the free market determine the wage levels.

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  15. memawComment by memaw
    April 5, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    I guess they will need to be able supersize things again to pay those supersized wages.

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  16. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    April 5, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Personally, if I owned a fast-food place in NY I would shut it down for a week, maybe to “honor Dr. King” Maybe longer depending on customer reaction. Unfortunately, I don’t think these striker dolts have any understanding of how business works. They have been indoctrinated by the likes of such great capitalists as the Rev’s Jackson & Sharpton. Extortion is so much easier than actually building it yourself. Of course anyone who has a “business” in NY should see a shrink with the likes of Mr. Fauntleroy Bloomberg and his excellency Coumo dictating policy from soda to sidearms. Let em’ cake!

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  17. middlegroundComment by middleground
    April 5, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    As one commenter said, these fast-food jobs were once held by teenagers some of whom were saving money for college. Even one well known Hollywood actress had a summer job as a “deboner” in a meat packing plant to have money for college, but someone somewhere in our nation’s power structure decided if we eliminated the need for our nation’s youth to work with loans and gifts of money, there would become jobs for an “army of illegal’s”. For example, hidden in a paragraph of the CRP agricultural program was a $5000.00 gift for a Minority to start a lawn service, and you wondered why a host of Spanish-speaking lawn services suddenly sprang up in America. How many other items detrimental to the well being of American workers and our youth’s work ethic are hidden in legislation coming out of Washington?

    Personally, I’d like every law, directive, OSHA rule or other thought from Washington that debases the work ethic, moral character and abilities of any American repealed and those who advocated for the passage revealed..

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      April 5, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      People need to own the consequences of their actions. If you work a job that allows you to move into more responsible positions or if you get training in a field that pays more and if you are an effective, desirable worker you can expect to move forward. If you expect to keep doing the same thing and get different results you are going to be disappointed. If you elect people whose mantra is spend more than we have and be indebted to the hilt and print money like crazy -you will be poor. Your taxes will go up and your dollars that you collect will go down in value and it will take more of those devalued dollars to buy stuff or pay bills. Your landlord and grocer and retail merchant and energy provider will experience this loss of buying power, too. As a result they will be forced to charge more. Today it takes about $100,000 to buy stuff that you only needed $88,000 to buy four years ago. The people we allow in office may talk a good game, but are they lowering our buying power, costing us our jobs and incomes? Elections have consequences. So does ignoring or believing the lies and bad math of those who pander and destroy all the wealth, prosperity and security built up over the last 200 years. A sad saga of poverty and violence and food lines may be coming to this nation in the next year or two. Their is no hope without change from the current path. There is no free lunch. Some one pays.

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  18. tps12Comment by tps12
    April 5, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    bloomberg has money to throw around to take citizens’ rights away, why not just give some to these people bloomy.

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  19. WardMDComment by WardMD
    April 5, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    While I’ve never worked at a Fast Food establishment, I HAVE seen some of the equipment at McDonalds, and I’ve got to say, if I were a worker at McDonalds, the LAST thing I’d be doing is STRIKING (like I’m SO VALUABLE and IRREPLACABLE that McDonalds would have NO OTHER OPTION but to cave to my demands) – since a LOT of the “work” at a McDonalds is just a few brain cells above a trained Chimpanzee…

    For example:

    Take making French Fries… Have you ever SEEN how that’s done at McDonalds?

    The “raw” ingredient are pre-cut, partially pre-cooked potatoes, in a bag, which is dumped into the top of a machine.

    This machine also has a “conveyor” mechanism that moves empty baskets (in which the fries are cooked) into position under the dispenser area of the machine.

    The machine DUMPS a specific amount of potatoes into each basket, and moves the baskets along the conveyor system.

    NOW a human (or that trained Chimp) takes a filled basket, and places it into the (temperature controlled) hot oil, and presses a Timer “start” button.

    When the timer expires, the fries have been cooked that that familiar “Golden Brown” goodness.

    The human/chimp now takes those cooked fries and dumps them in the salting/serving station (under the hot lights).

    There is now a special salt dispenser, that will dump a PRECISE amount of salt onto the fries, when inverted.

    The human/chimp now simply has to scoop the fries into the appropriate sized serving container.

    Congratulation! You are ALL now EXPERTS on making French Fries at McDonalds!

    NOW, HOW “VALUABLE” are those striking workers?

    Can someone explain how there aren’t a MILLION (more or less) people who could be trained in a matter of MINUTES to REPLACE those spoiled brats (who think that McDonalds [and WE, THE CONSUMERS] should pay for HER desired lifestyle)?!

    NOTE to McDonalds Workers: If you want MORE MONEY, get a SKILL that’s VALUABLE to your employer (OR, better yet, go start your OWN damn company, and see what it’s like dealing with pain-in-the-*** employees LIKE YOU)!

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  20. ConservativeNotRepublicanComment by ConservativeNotRepublican
    April 5, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    Liberals love the Obama Happy Meal. They get to order anything they want off the menu, and the guy in line behind them has to pay for it.

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  21. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    April 5, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    Give ‘em $25.00 an hour, or better yet make it $50.00 and they’ll see they’re fast food jobs evaporate before their wondering eyes. Nobody could afford to eat in those places if they paid their employees that kind of dough. Be thankful if you have a job. Need more money? Acquire a skill that somebody will pay more for.

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  22. countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
    April 5, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Granted the bad economy forces a lot of grown ups into teen jobs and the standards of living have been driven so high by career women, who also compete for formerly male jobs, but the way it’s supposed to work is that you have a wretched job during high school so that you’re encouraged to learn a trade and not get pregnant, esp. since you can’t expect health insurance for awhile. Unless you choose a career in management, fast food is not meant to be a 4-year job. But now you get gov’t aid for having a baby before you have a job skill, soon you’ll get health care, somehow MLK is being connected with outrageous wages for making fries and on top of that we’re all buying into this requirement for low-skill guest worker visas! I don’t believe in paying someone below minimum wage to landscape other than having some local kid now the lawn. It’s racist to expect an illegal alien to do jobs an American citizen should be doing. Yes it helps the worker who needs the money but it also props up the (mostly) Mexican economy and allows them to not create jobs. It also allows our real money making businesses such contractors get away with cheap labor. All the construction work done in my neighborhood, on million dollar homes, is done by illegals. I guarantee you across town I’ll find a neighborhood full of teenage boys not working. They’ve probably already fathered a kid or two by now. Go ahead America-bring over 11 million new workers or non workers into the system!

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  23. lowlifeComment by lowlife
    April 5, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    If workers want to make more, they have to learn to do something that pays more; you can’t expect to increase your income unless you are increasing your employer’s income.

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  24. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    Hope the organizers of the Strike don’t hand out information showing the “take home pay” differential of “Working” versus “Collecting ” SSI or other Obama pushed government assistance programs.

    Then MacDonalds and other fast food outlets would have to replace their workers who joined federal programs and only be able to hire illegal immigrants, but that would last for only one year as the “Gang of Eight” and Obama plan on making all public assistance programs like SSI available to illegals after one year in a “US Government Approved Residency Program”.

    Then its goodbye MacDonalds, Burger King, etc., in the US. You’ll have to go to China or Europe for a Big Mack.

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  25. countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
    April 7, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    What recce1 says about cost of living in certain areas is true and that should be addressed locally. The Micky D in NYC probably brings in a lot more customers so they should pay more than one in Fargo, where you can probably live on min wage. Then again, the rent etc is probably higher. I also saw a state by state welfare breakdown where it’s up to $20/hr. And you can count on these new semi-citizens to be eligible for govt assistance in spite of what the law says it says. The advocacy groups are going to push for it. You’ll note they’re already getting pushy & threatening. Anyone who thinks they’ll continue to work for below min wage once they no longer fear deportation is a fool. Then there are going to be demands for govt funded assimilation programs and on and on. If these fast food workers want to fight for their rights they ought a fight this fast moving amnesty bill.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      April 8, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

      Countryoforigin, Good Points. By the way, I think in states like N.Dakota and Montana minimum wage workers make more than those in NY and their salaries go much further. Maybe it’s because those states aren’t liberal-socialist.

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    • countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
      April 8, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

      Average European taxes 40% Wonder when conservative media is going to start educating the public on why California & Detroit are failing. And why we cannot all live off the government without a tax base. Redistribution of wealth lasts only as long as there is some wealth around and I suspect much of it is already packing for Monte Carlo.

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