Fast Food Workers To Strike Again

Fast food workers didn’t get what they wanted last time some of them went on strike, so they’re going to try again.

Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead.

Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s to pay workers higher wages.

It’s expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200 of the nation’s millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in seven cities.

Thursday’s planned walkouts follow a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year. (Read More)

If these workers want to make $15 per hour they should try roofing. Then again, it might take them a year or two before they earn that much. Or they could try a job waiting tables at a sit-down restaurant, where they’re paid on tips which are usually based on the quality of service provided.

Again, it must be pointed out that with the exception of management, fast food jobs were traditionally thought of as jobs for teenagers, retirees, or stay-at-home parents looking for a little bit of supplemental income from a job with flexible hours. These people ought to be protesting the miserable policies that are keeping the economy from growing and killing opportunity for so many Americans, not just the ones working in fast food.

Update: Hey, instead of slinging burgers and then striking, why don’t they all just go work as fake supporters of disgraced politicians. No experience necessary!

Update 2: A WSJ op-ed brought some facts into the debate that the strikers would prefer to ignore:

Consider the facts about the minimum wage. The majority of workers who earn a minimum wage in the United States work outside of the restaurant industry. In reality, only 5% of the 10 million restaurant employees earn the minimum wage. Those who do are predominantly teenagers working part-time jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71% of minimum-wage employees in the restaurant industry are under the age of 25; 47% are teenagers.

Washington politicians, labor unions and the media often portray service jobs as inferior or less valuable to society than other kinds of employment. Instead of degrading this type of hard work, critics might consider the pride that many restaurant workers take in their jobs and the skills they learn.

The U.S. restaurant industry is vital to the country’s economic growth and has helped fuel the recovery now underway. While employment nationwide grew by 1.7% in 2012, restaurant industry employment grew 3.4%—making 2012 the 13th consecutive year that the restaurant industry has outperformed overall U.S. employment growth.

Many Americans rely on the additional income and flexibility these jobs offer as they seek to balance their careers with family responsibilities. Most industry workers, some 57%, are students with irregular schedules, teenagers saving for school or people who need a job with flexible hours that fit their busy lives. Part-time, entry-level work fills a critical need in the nation’s workforce.

But you won’t hear any of this coming out of Thursday’s protests.

Read the whole thing. How many of you started your working career at a fast food joint? I know I did. It paid more than babysitting.