Making a mere $8 an hour to give attitude to customers just isn’t enough to make it these days, and now these schlubs are looking for $15 an hour. Hey, why not tack on some “free” healthcare and a fat pension while you’re at it?
What could possibly go wrong, other than mass layoffs?
After three years of working at the McDonald’s restaurant on 51st Street and Broadway, Alterique Hall earns $8 an hour — and is yearning for something better.
So when he heard about an unusual campaign that aims to unionize dozens of fast-food restaurants in New York in the hope of raising wages to $15 an hour, Mr. Hall, 23, was quick to sign on.
“It’s time for a change,” he said, “It’s time to put on the gloves.”
Maybe it’s time to get an education and move up in the world. It’s not as if McDonald’s has always been seen as a lifetime employer.
Mr. Hall has enlisted in what workplace experts say is the biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United States, a campaign that will be announced publicly on Thursday. The effort — backed by community and civil rights groups, religious leaders and a labor union — has engaged 40 full-time organizers in recent months to enlist workers at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants across the city.
Then when their jobs are downsized maybe they could sue.
Jonathan Westin, organizing director at New York Communities for Change, a community group that is playing a central role in the effort, said hundreds of workers had already voiced support for the campaign, called Fast Food Forward.
Forward, huh? Sounds so familiar.
As pointed out here and naturally not revealed by the Times, NYCC is just another name for the discredited ACORN.
Jonathan Westin, the organizing director at New York Communities for Change quoted in the New York Times story, is a former ACORN organizer. Westin was also involved in organizing Occupy Wall Street protestors in 2011.
But hey, I guess those aren’t relevant facts when you’re the so-called paper of record.
Even with a union, it might be hard to obtain wages of $15 an hour, and many employers say they would most likely employ fewer workers if they had to pay that much.