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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fast food workers call for their replacements

Well, not in so many words....

Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29.

The workers — who are backed by local community groups and national unions and have held one-day walkouts in cities such as New York, St. Louis and Detroit — say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of cities across the country.

Hey there, Skippy:  You know how much effort it takes to do your job?  Just a little above none.  You know how much training and education it takes to do your job?  Again, just a little above none.  As long as someone can understand English (which in California is getting more rare) or can read (again, more rare in the big cities), then any slack-jawed dopehead fuckwit can make fries.  Any knuckle-dragging asswipe can flip burgers. 

The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say cashiers, cooks and crew members at fast-food restaurants are paid a median wage of $8.94 an hour.
Which is more than a lot of them are worth, let me tell you.

Look, I've worked fast food jobs.  IN HIGH SCHOOL.  They take little training, little intelligence, and only a little motivation to do.  You don't get paid $15 an hour for a reason:  THE JOB IS NOT WORTH THAT MUCH!  Any fast food worker can be replaced by the next untrained idiot off the road.

"blahblah blah blah blahblahblah" said Terrance Wise, 34, a father of three who earns $9.30 an hour at Burger King in Kansas City, Mo., where he has worked for eight years.
 I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time accurately translating the socialist bullshit of an Obama voter regurgitating class-warfare agitprop.
He has a second job at Pizza Hut that pays him $7.47 an hour.
Oh, so he's already gotten raises at his Burger King job?  He's already getting paid over minimum wage for flipping burgers?  And he's COMPLAINING?

Willietta Dukes, 39, of Durham, N.C., a mother of two, said she plans to walk off her job at Burger King that day. She said she has little choice. After 15 years of working behind the counters, griddles and deep fryers of fast-food restaurants, she still earns a poverty-level wage. She said her highest salary has been $8.65 an hour, and she rarely is scheduled for a 40-hour week.

 FIFTEEN YEARS AT BURGER KING?  Yep, there's another proud Obama voter right there.  She probably believes that money grows on trees, and couldn't figure out how much it would cost the company each year to give her a 25 cent, 50 cent or one dollar raise.

After I graduated high school, I worked a minimum wage job for about a year.  And then?

I figured out that if I wanted to get paid, I'd better learn some skills.  And I learned some skills at the job I was working at the time.  And I got promoted.  And I stopped making minimum wage.

And then I joined the Army.  Other people go to school.  Some to go college, some go to vocational school.  Some people join apprenticeship programs, be they formal or informal.  But I guarantee you, the people making a living wage today NEVER ONCE IN THEIR LIFE ever said "Gee, I think I'll work at this Burger King for fifteen years!  What a great way to raise a family!"

 Let me finish by quoting Larry Corriea again.
If you are stuck in a minimum wage job for ten years, the problem is you. If you are trying to support a family for any extended period of time on a minimum wage job, the problem is you. If you don't think the problem is you, the problem is you. If you dont' have the skills to get promoted or hired somewhere else, the problem is you. If there aren't any jobs in you area, friggin' move, but I'm betting the problem is still you.
 Stay off drugs.  Finish school.  Don't have kids until you're married.  And you'll have good odds that you won't be flipping burgers for 15 years. 

I can't believe that even needs to be said in this country.


Drumwaster said...

The ONLY time you should be working for FIFTEEN YEARS at a place that pays the help minimum wage (or less, since people who expect tips as a part of their wages make much less) is if you OWN the goddamned place.

Mark Alger said...

Fifteen years in a fast food joint and she's not a manager? Yeah. As Larry puts it, the problem is her.


Rivrdog said...

I should go down to my local Mickey Ds and offer my services as a strikebreaker. codition, I go strapped with my 1911A1. My creds: I worked for a year flipping burgers for the Arches in Columbia MO, 49 years ago. I made the grand sum of seventy-five cents per hour, and was happy to have it. There was only one Arches in Columbia then, and because it was out on the highway, I was able to get a coveted underclass campus car parking permit, when most frosh and sops couldn't beg, borrow or steal one.

BTW, the cooks came up with the Big Mac, not the head shed. We were allowed ONE sandwich for our shift meal, and so, naturally, we made it a double-patty one. When the managers figured they could charge 49 cents for a sandwich that was all profit after 23 cents, they HAD to sell them.

Gerry N. said...

In 1964 I had a then sub minimum wage job at the City of Seattle Library for the Blind almost immediately out of High School. I was there 11 months when two things occured, my turn to enter Edison Tech. boatbuilding School came up and I had banked enough of my $0.75/hour wages to pay for the first year tuition, buy a decent bike to ride from home to school, and buy appropriate work clothes, as per the agreement with my parents. During my school time I found work as a day laborer after school and on weekends so I could rebuild my savings. I spent 18 months in school, then was hired by a yachtbuilding shop next door to the school. I joined the union, and began work the next Monday. I was then paid $3.65 per hour, 65% of journeyman wage and $2.80 over minimum. two months later I had bought a used car and moved out of my parents house and rented a small two bedroom cottage about eight blocks from where I worked. I began repaying what I figured I owed my parents for continuing to support me while I was in school. I rented one of my bedrooms to a co-worker, that almost covered my rent too. I am now 69, retired from boatbuilding, own my home and have sufficient savings to keep me and Da Missus in it until we pass. When I retired, I was earning $23.50 per hour. College was never in my life plan, there simply was not sufficient money for that. My dad's head would have exploded if I'd suggested borrowning money to go to school.