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What We Saw At NYC’s Fast Food Strike

 

 

Published on Dec 6, 2013

” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.

  The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.

  We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.

  The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.

  Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.

  Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013. 

  In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager. 

  Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.

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  Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEIU Unionists Strike Over Obamacare-Related Cuts

 

 

” Members of the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance.

The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defying Censorship, Chinese Journalists Strike For Press Freedom

 

 

 

” For the first time in more than two decades, hundreds gathered with journalists outside one of China’s most influential papers on Monday, staging a strike to protest the Communist Party’s censorship of press freedom.

Its reputation for bold reporting, and its weekly readership of more than 1.6 million, Southern Weekend, which is sometimes called Southern Weekly, based in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, is one of the most influential media outlets in the country.

This public hunger for a media free from censorship, one that is allowed to challenge corruption and the wrongdoings of private and state enterprise, is the reason editorial staff at the Southern Weekend decided to stage a strike against government censorship. “

Chinese Journalists Protest Against Censorship


 

Union Strike Forces U.S. Company To Close; 18,500 Jobs Lost

 

 ” Crippled by a nationwide strike, on Friday the makers of Wonder Bread and Hostess Brands snack products that include iconic Twinkiescakes announced plans to permanently close its doors and lay off all of its 18,500 employees.

“The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the company’s largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities,” Hostesssaid in the statement.

Hostess, founded in 1930, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest producers of baked goods that produced well-known brands, aside from Twinkies, as Ding-Dongs, Ho Ho’s, Sno Balls and Donettes, not to mention Wonder bread, reportedly the best-selling white bread in the United States, according to an NBC report. “

Have We Heard This Before?

 

 

 

 

  ” Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, said today it would shut down three of its factories, firing 627 workers, as a wave of strikes hit its plants across the country.

About two-thirds of its plants are being picketed by almost 6,000 union workers upset at a new contract; Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn says worse it to come if the strike doesn’t end. From the WSJ’s Rachael Feintzeig:

Mr. Rayburn said Monday afternoon that Hostess is permanently shutting down plants in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati as a result of the work stoppage, and 627 jobs will be lost. “We don’t have the manpower to maintain them during the strike,” he said.

He also said that the company didn’t have much more wiggle room in terms of shutting down additional plants and that the next step would probably be a complete shutdown.

That sounds pretty serious — except we’ve heard something similar before. Here’s Mr Rayburn back in late September, setting the scene for votes by the company’s two biggest unions on new labor deals:

The chief executive of Hostess Brands Inc. said the troubled maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will immediately liquidate if union members don’t sign on to the final labor deal it has offered them.”

 

 

 

Update : Hostess Sets Deadline To Strikers: Thursday, 5 p.m, Or It’s Over

Greed?Accountability

Updated! Why Chicago Teachers Are Striking Despite an Offered 16 percent Raise Over Four Years

  “Update: Read this story about how the 45,000 kids in Chicago’s charter schoolsare still going to school even as their counterparts in traditional public schools are cooling their heels as teachers strike.

As Reason 24/7 notes, Chicago’s teachers are on strike. This, despite what seems like a pretty plum offer from city officials:”

 

JUST SHUT UP MIKE !!!

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Bloomberg Calls For All U.S. Police Officers To “Go On Strike” Until Law-Abiding Americans Have Their Second Amendment Rights Curtailed…

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