Former ACORN Honcho Wants to Unionize NYC Fast Food Workers

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

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.

No kidding.

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7 Responses to “Former ACORN Honcho Wants to Unionize NYC Fast Food Workers”

  1. JKB on 29/29/12 at 8:04 am

    Advice to public as this process unfolds: Learn how to cook.

    A few comments from a 1950s economist:

    Thoughts From Sumner H. Slichter

    The greatest danger to an adequate old-age security plan is rising prices. A rise of 2% a year in prices would cut the purchasing power of pensions about 45% in 30 years. The greatest danger of rising prices is from wages rising faster than output per man-hour…. Whether the nation succeeds in providing adequate security for retired workers depends in large measure upon the wage policies of trade unions.

    If each year slightly less capital is invested in industry, the time will eventually come when the amount of equipment per laborer and, in consequence, the productivity and the wages of labor are less than they otherwise would be.

    The efficiency of most workers is beyond the control of the management and depends more than has been supposed upon the willingness of men to do their best.

  2. Dustoff on 29/29/12 at 1:17 pm

    NUTS…. I hope these fools do this stupid trick, then watch how fast they no longer have a job.

  3. rich b on 29/29/12 at 2:39 pm

    I don’t know how things are in NY but here in Kalifornia (L.A.) most of the fast food workers these days come from south of the border. And I’m not just talking about Taco Bell. If they were to get a fifteen-dollar an hour wage our illegal problem would probably increase ten fold.

    When I was a youngster these were entry level jobs and always held by school-age teens. Now we have people from working at Burger King, Mickey D’s, Jack In The Box, etc who come north and make careers out of the minimum wage jobs. The ramifications are scary should they get paid more than minimum wage.

    I eagerly anticipate the day when the greed of unions bring their fantasy world crashing down on their own fucking heads. They have soooo outlived their usefulness.

  4. Frank G on 29/29/12 at 8:27 pm

    might be nice to follow Mr. Hall through his unemployment, no UE insurance, since he walked off the job, crime career and disillusionment with Community Organizers. Kinda like a Michael Moore flick with the roles reversed

  5. Prepping on 30/30/12 at 6:51 am

    All roads lead back to Obama/progressive/Chicago Alinskyites. This country will be brought down from the inside.