End the Fast Food Swindle with the #FastFoodGlobal Day of Action
Posted 8 years ago on May 15, 2014, 7:06 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Fight for $15, Fastfoodglobal, strikes
Following successful strikes in August, the UC Berkeley Labor Center published a report showing the very high cost of low wages in the fast food sector.
Among their findings:
- More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole.
- The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year. Following that report, the National Employment Law Project found that the top fast food employers are the biggest beneficiaries of that assistance:
Additionally, the report found that the top five fast food companies profited a combined $7.44 billion while purchasing $7.7 billion in stock buybacks for the benefit of executives and investors. People working in fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty. Meanwhile, fast food corporations are posting records in profits and buybacks while spending billions on advertising and millions on corporate jets. If the stark difference between workers and executives becomes too much McDonald’s has sage advice for its employees: “Stop Complaining.” But it gets even worse. Workers admit that their bosses routinely steal from them as well.
For these reasons and more, we are joining the #FastFoodGlobal day of action.
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*Article originally posted on FastFoodGlobal.org
This is awesome, but let's not forget that we need a living wage for workers in all industries all over the globe.
There is enough wealth on earth for every human being to live with dignity.
True dat again
And, it's not just wages we need. We need wages for sure, but we also need basic workers' rights. Rights to vacation and sick time, rights to health benefits and pensions. We need to get rid of "employment at will," get rid of "temporary" workers, and "independent f-ing contractors" all the bull sh-t ways employers are ripping off American workers.
We need a government that stands up for the rights of the worker, the backbone of our society. When the worker is dignified, his family is dignfied and his nation is dignified. When the worker is raped and pillaged, so is his society.
valueing labor as we claim is the simplest way I would put it.
people without jobs a second class citizens
People shouldn't be without jobs. In the wealthiest nation on earth, there is no excuse for that.
What if I don't want a job? Should people be forced to work against their will?
Jobs should be available for all able workers. If you refuse to work to care for yourself you likely have a mental health issue and that is another matter altogether. We should have healthcare for all, as well as jobs.
I see. Unemployment is a mental illness. It's all makes sense now!
In soviet Russia, you don't work job, job works you.
I never said that. Unemployment is a societal illness, HCabret2014. Especially in the wealthiest nation on earth. It's a sign of a very sick society.
Because, you see, it is a human right to have work to support oneself decently. When an economic system is set up such that enough jobs don't exist then you have a human rights crisis and a sick society.
It is also a human right to choose not work if I so choose. Employment in any case should voluntary, no matter how plentiful it may or may not be.
Fastfood worker relief
Too little too late. But I'll take & rejoin the front lines for more.
You with us?
Drones to fight fastfood big agra abuse.
You want that job?
FYI, Can we force you to join a protest?
"Inside the fast food labor protests" New Yorker
"52% of fast food workers depend on public assistance"
You don't have to work, but for those that do lets support $15NOW.
Boycott Burger King!
"have it our way"
Protesting fastfood corps continues.
Keep up the pressure for higher wages/better conditions
Update on protests against fastfood
as long as they work 40 hours a weeks
if they work at all
I think a full work week s/b 30 hrs!
How about you?
that would create jobs
Join the fight for higher wages!
"Why I marched on McDonalds"
Todays fastfood protest news
Fight for 15 heats up
Stand with striking workers
Moral Mondays & Unions join to help fastfood unionization
That is what Occupy has begun. Progressive groups coalescing on issues that affect the 99%
All industries must be pressured to provide living wage, decent benefits, & safe conditions.
Even small liberal indie bookstores.
update, in compliment, bump
The exploitation of workers happens in just about every business, big and small, "politically correct" and not. Sadly, greed must be regulated. So, bravo to these workers for standing up their employer.
Policing businesses regarding paying legal levels/wage theft is critical to protect workers.
Illustrates the need for more law enforcement focus on these economic crimes.
And the lack of enforcement of labor laws in this country only highlights how corporations are in control of our government and our lives.
Taking back the peoples government from corporatist oligarchs is obviously priority #1.
Years of hard work.
Corporatism is a global phenomenon now. And, the 99% around the world must unite to overcome the tyranny of the corporation.
Populisms rise, coalescing groups & worldwide protest is happening.
We just gotta look sharp, stay frosty, & keep the pressure on!!
The people in Detroit who are having their water turned off should fight back hard. It is not their fault that Detroit's economy sank into the gutter, that they can't find jobs, that if they find a job they can't live on what they make. The fault lies with the greedy and wealthy and their governmental stooges that have allowed corporations to take over the government leaving the protection of the general welfare of the people to the dogs, better known as the rich and corporations.
And, any American who thinks that this could never happen to them is a fool.
Possible additional action:
"Detroit shuts off water to residents but not to businesses who owe millions"
"Some 15,000 residential customers have lost water service, and tens of thousands more are in danger of losing it, thanks to past due bills. But businesses owing hundreds of thousands of dollars have not been disconnected, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department records show."
Of course, no human being should ever have their basic water supply shut off, for any reason. End this madness now! What has become of America?
It's just obscene.
The people of Detroit need everyones help to get justice.
Anyone who thinks that this could never happen to them is a fool. If we allow this to happen to anyone, it puts us all at risk. Water is a human right! We must protect that most basic of rights.
Many delude themselves into believing it is "the others", "the takers", "the 47%", Not "real Americans" who have brought on their own misery.
Only when enough people who believe that experience a epiphany & join our fight, will we pick up momentum.
more education, & street action required
State of fast food protests
And evidence higher wages are good for workers, business,& community
Keeping the pressure on oligarchs everywhere, all the time
PETITION for the low income workers
I hereby assign credit to all Occupiers (& other pro worker agitators) any increase in the minimum wage.
Please don't let up! We need $20 w/cola at least.
Last years OWS effort to fight for the 99%
Just a shameless bump, forgive me.
''Fast-Food Protests Go Global'', by John Logan :
''Workers around the world are emulating the fast-food protests that started in New York in 2012. Their fight for dignity at work, better wages, stable hours, opportunities for advancement and no more wage theft has gone global.
''On Thursday, May 15, in the largest job actions in the industry's history, fast-food workers in over 30 countries on 6 continents will participate in protests over poverty wages, lack of full-time positions, poor working conditions and management retaliation. US workers will protest in over 160 cities throughout the country, the tenth and largest round of strikes since the first actions in NYC in November 2012. Fast-food workers participating in the "Fight for 15" include those in Alabama, the Carolinas and other states not known for their labor activism.
fiat justitia ...
Gee, Who'da thunk it?
More corp lies to perpetrate wage depression & enrich lazy do nothing execs/stockholders.
Will you unionize chippies?
Most UK ''chippies'' are small businesses, run by the owners and/or with part-time staff ! Will you start making sense with your somewhat random links ?!! Or - are you taking snooz strategy of trying to find random links about the UK, lol ?!!!
It was a nice piece tho' which I enjoyed reading because I know that University and city well & I excerpt from it .. ''Unions need to get smarter and more flexible in the way they organise in order to adapt to the constantly changing labour markets and laws that make organising workers difficult. It can be done, but it requires a fundamental shake-up of the way unions currently operate and the adoption of more innovative and tactical approaches to organising.'' I also append and recommend, fyi :
ad iudicium ...
Unions may be thin skinned, I suppose I might be quick to defense after decades of effective maligning/attacks by corp anti worker forces.
You criticized my link then said "It was a nice piece tho' which I enjoyed reading "
Maybe you just can't help bashing me, even when you like the substance?
Do you consider yourself as being a victim of ''bashing'' by me ?!!! Sowwy ;-) BUT unions DO need shaking up too I believe !! I did like your link because I had the wit to open it , hint hint lol ! Also ...
verum ex absurdo ...
Unions are irreplaceable in leveraging worker number advantage to fight corporations/management to improve the wages, conditions, & benefits.
Some union info:
"There is power in the Union!" BB
In the main - I strongly agree but some unions have become conservative and reactionary, ergo, again :
http://truth-out.org/news/item/24263-steve-early-on-labor-reporting-unions-can-be-thin-skinned-about-criticism & also consider :
''Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and Its Anti-Union Crusade ?'', by Jay Riestenberg and Mary Bottari : http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24146-who-is-behind-the-national-right-to-work-committee-and-its-anti-union-crusade +
minima maxima sunt ...
“The prevalence of low wage work extends well beyond the industries and occupations that may typically be perceived as low wage,” ... “The low wage work crisis and the crisis of wage inequality extends well into the health care and academic employment sectors.” - from your link and I think that you ought to see this link too :
fiat lux ...
The largely UN-recognized ( in official circles ) drain "on" & cancer "in" the economy. This cancer has metastasized - HUGELY - throughout the body of society - and is quickly compromising the body's ability to survive.
Fastfood protests Thurs!
Re. that Matt Taibbi item, I strongly recommend that ICH link to you & ditto re. your reply.
multum in parvo ...
Matt Taibbi always informative, and on the right page.
Global fastfood worker protests
Join the fight to change everything
Just shows how a few protesters can change the world.
A couple a more
And then there's this:
But I have hope because occupy has been part of this slow steady progress that still has only just begun.
''The Corporate Gods of America'', by Robert Fantina :
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/15/the-corporate-gods-of-america/ and once again ..
http://www.15now.org/ ; http://higherednotdebt.org/ & http://www.popularresistance.org/ !!!
Interesting links. Thanx & from slate.com - I quote ... ''For both sides, turnout is everything in this year’s elections. And if Democrats can discourage even a handful of Republicans, then they’ve won themselves an important boost.'' Probably true and also hmmmm too ;-)
multum in parvo ...
ALL citizens MUST vote. Mandatory!!!!
Democracy doesn't work properly otherwise.
There are many efforts the US to suppress the pathetic voter turnout we already suffer from.
If we support direct democracy (I do) we must agitate for mandatory voting!! We must identify & fight all voter suppression efforts.
Here's an interesting list of efforts:
Got any others.? Do you agree on all utilizing our precious right to vote?
EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE !!! But people should not think that that is all they should do !! They should look to empower themselves and maybe even try to inform, inspire, mobilise and organise, for The 99% !
However, if you give the slightest hoot about your country & for democracy in The US, then please watch the following video from Thom Hartmann in its entirety .. but especially the five very powerful minutes from minute 23 to 28 :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSp13JgajCo and an alternate link ...
http://rt.com/shows/big-picture/156576-us-supreme-court-corporations/ + see :
The US 99% need to believe that there's hope and that Turkeys need not keep voting for Thanksgiving !!!
Re. Voter Suppression see :
http://www.bradblog.com/ & http://www.gregpalast.com/ +
American Democracy - "Murder, Spies And Voting Lies" :
P 1/2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T32eRtxEiRw &
P 2/2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDbnzpXvTkQ !!
e tenebris, lux
I agree "people should not think that that is all they should do !! They should look to empower themselves and maybe even try to inform, inspire, mobilise and organise, for The 99%"
I agree "EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE". You say .."but" I say everyone MUST vote. No ifs, ands, or........ buts!
I agree "Turkeys need not keep voting for Thanksgiving" Of course. That literally goes without saying. Really. I haven't said or suggested that.
All turkeys MUST vote. And while I avoid telling people how to vote I hope the turkeys vote............ wait for it...............AGAINST thanksgiving.
And may I ask, do you disagree with that?
In most cases if I vote, I would vote for a third party candiate.
I like voting for the candidate who supports policies that benefit the 99%.
then protesting and fighting for that change.
Then knowing what we all know now, you couldn't support Obama if he were running again, or Hillary if she runs, could you?
Fastfood protest update
I could protest and fight for the policies that benefit the 99% in any case right.?
Like I am.
Who blocks min wage increases??
We ain't done with this fight yet!!
Current state of our efforts to get our money back from the corp oligrachs.
Alas, re. ''Thanksgiving'' far too many Turkeys HAVE been voting for exactly that !!! All the Televisual-Valium and MSM-BS hasn't exactly helped tho' !! So it DOES need saying, imho !
You can't mandate voting without changing the law - but I am myself in favour of mandated voting ... like in Australia inter alia. However, no one can be forced to vote FOR anyone and thus there must also be a 'non of the above' option and even a blank box provided for a popular 'write in' option !!
Democracy is far too precious not to keep working at it - ''do you disagree with that'' ?!!!
I would humbly implore all readers here to watch that moving and excellent video.
fiat lux ...
OMG. Of course a box for none ofthe above, or write in, or no vote, or protest vote.
And yes like Australia . They still don't have 100% turnout, but it is between 93-96%
no brainer, & expanding turnout is what the corp oligarchs fear the most,
And compulsory voting can facilitate the expansion of diverse opinions
A moment of near total agreement then !!! Maybe it's one that we can try to remember ?!! For posterity 'n all lol ! Also fyi :
''Heist'' by Thom Hartmann : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltNaDDQZ07k [22:20m] & see :
''McCutcheon Should Become A Rallying Cry for A Campaign to ‘End the Rule of Money’'', by K. Zeese & M. Flowers : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38198.htm
per ardua ad astra ...
I have now - ''Write-in candidates are not allowed in presidential, municipal, or primary elections.'' !!! Is that only just in Arkansas or does it apply everywhere in US ?!! Worrying ! Also fyi, perhaps also see :
fiat lux ...
Laws vary. Look up Ron Paul write in campaign, I remember something happening back then. I know that at least some states allow write-ins. There was a lot of talk about write ins and Paul, so there may be some information about it. We really do have to do something about ballot access laws.
''We really do have to do something about ballot access laws.'' - Emphatic Ditto & please consider :
''McCutcheon Should Become A Rallying Cry for A Campaign to ‘End the Rule of Money’'', by K. Zeese & M. Flowers : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38198.htm
''Heist'' by Thom Hartmann : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltNaDDQZ07k [22:20m]
Democracy HAS to be about more than ritualised selection between two pre-selected candidates - both usually beholden to Corporations and Banksters.
ad iudicium ...
"grassroots growing against greed"!
'''Paid-what-you’re-worth' Is a Dangerous Myth'', by Robert Reich :
''It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs. According to this same logic, CEOs of big companies are worth their giant compensation packages, now averaging 300 times pay of the typical American worker. They must be worth it or they wouldn’t be paid this much. Any attempt to limit their pay is fruitless because their pay will only take some other form.
"Paid-what-you’re-worth" is a dangerous myth.
''Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker got paid $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Today, America’s largest employer is Walmart, and the typical Walmart workers earns $8.80 an hour. ''
''The reason Wall Street bankers got fat paychecks plus a total of $26.7 billion in bonuses last year wasn’t because they worked so much harder or were so much more clever or insightful than most other Americans. They cleaned up because they happen to work in institutions — big Wall Street banks — that hold a privileged place in the American political economy.
''And why, exactly, do these institutions continue to have such privileges? Why hasn’t Congress used the antitrust laws to cut them down to size so they’re not too big to fail, or at least taxed away their hidden subsidy (which, after all, results from their taxpayer-financed bailout)?
''Perhaps it’s because Wall Street also accounts for a large proportion of campaign donations to major candidates for Congress and the presidency of both parties.''
Also consider : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/look-out-wall-street-the_b_5320215.html and :
''What A Destructive Wall Street Owes Young Americans'', by Ralph Nader : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37967.htm ;
''What the 1% Don't Want You to Know'', by Bill Moyers & Paul Krugman : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzQYA9Qjsi0 [24m30s & truly a 'must watch' video] ;
''An Indictment of the Invisible Hand'', by Jeffrey Madrick : http://truth-out.org/news/item/23178-an-indictment-of-the-invisible-hand ;
''Oligarchy USA'', by Karen Garcia : http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/23230-oligarchy-usa ;
http://higherednotdebt.org/ & ..
http://15now.org/ etc. !!!
fiat justitia ruat caelum ...
"Oops" the dupl post was an accident. Not an attempt to annoy you.
Ok dude(tte?), once is enough !!! I really do get it !! LOL ! From your nice link :
''Images on social media showed workers demonstrating in other places including Dublin and Sao Paulo.
''In New York City, a couple of hundred demonstrators beat drums, blew whistles and chanted in the rain outside a Domino’s for about a half-hour.
“Corporations are able to make money — millions and billions of dollars. We should be able to make a decent salary so we can take care of our families,” said Sheila Brown, a mother of four who works at a KFC restaurant.''
Therefore, I append in compliment :
fiat justitia ruat caelum ...
Pretty good coverage, & site.
Sit vis nobiscum
Good links above, tho' I've some questions about the ownership of vice.com !!! 'Force be with you too' !! Vote Jedi & beware the Sith - as per 1st link below but t'other 4 are Jedi linx !
per ardua ad astra ...
PETITION Show solidarity with our low income fellow 99%'rs!
Join the protest
Wolff: "Civil Disobedience and Occupying Restaurants"
Solidarity w/ low wage workers!
"Bumpup the volume"
This is happening now!!!
Proud (but disappointed) to be the1st to comment on this growing successful effort to make progress for the lowest paid 99%'rs.
A clear illustration of how a small protest in one fastfood store only 18mos ago can grow and improve the lives of our fellow hard working compatriots.
Starting a conversation is worth an extra effort to overcome seeming speechlessness.
We could add to this article by showing some tangible progresson this most important economic equality related issue. As such.:
Do you know of any such examples? Are you near one of the 150 cities taking part?
That is also a valuable addition you can make to this article.
Is there a list of cities other than the banner, if not we need to find one.
I'm sure there is.If you don't find one maybe I'll see one in my travels.
Meanwhile: isn't this outrageous?
A special place in the hell I don't believe in! right?
Agreed, it is rubbish, and just plays along side every other game they play. I like the starter job argument. I guess at one time fast food might have been a starter job, but now with the migration of manufacturing jobs, these fast food jobs have become career jobs. None of the arguments against raises plays very well if you look at what the top executives are making as well as the share holders. Personally I don't like minimum wage laws because I think they are short sighted. I prefer forcing companies to pay employees by a scale from lowest to highest paid. I think that the dividends paid to share holders should also be taken into consideration when determining that scale.
I kinda think we (thru a peoples gov.not this corp controlled oligarchy) gotta have strong wage laws ($20 min wage w/ cola?) because if not, single minded, profit only, greedy corporations will squeeze us.
As they are.
Heres an idea
Maybe corp/wealth tax to provide basic income?.
What about that?
Now don't misunderstand me, I'm not against minimum wage. I just don't think it's enough by itself. I think that a minimum should be set, call it x dollars per hour. The company would then be required to pay all of it's other employees based on a scale. So that an employee with 2 years at the company was paid 120% of x, and so forth. The CEO of that company would be paid 500% of x, and the maximum dividend check would be 10% of x per share. Those are just imaginary numbers to illustrate what sort of scale I am talking about. A system like that would insure that a company didn't just eliminate middle jobs to preserve it's high paid jobs and the money it was giving it's share holders. It might also make some jobs pay more than minimum wage to start if those companies wanted to pay their executives more, or their share holders more, they would have to raise their starting pay as well.
I like the wealth tax to provide a basic income. Like my idea, it has a lot of particulars that need to be worked out, but after all we are just fielding ideas at this point to try and pick the best ones to run with. We can work out the particulars later.
Oh sure, gotta push many different issues/approaches if we are to make a dent in the destructive inequity that greedy corporations have created by buying the peoples govt.
Here is another issue kinda related:
WTF!!!! enough with un paid work!!!!
Agitate against our corp overlords!!!
I hadn't thought about interns, that is pathetic. Then you have companies like Kimberly Clark that claim they pay one thing, but high all their low paid workers through temp agencies. If you look at what the average person earns there it is a totally different picture than the one they present on paper.
Couldn't find that criminal corp behavior. BASTARDS!!!
Only this recent Kimberly Clark news
Gotta link? Cause we compile this sorta stuff.
Now here is the real deal :
WHAAATTT!!!!!! That is a direct result of Occupy efforts, the new populism and the natural rejection of corporate centric trickle down economics.
Sorry, no link. One of my mechanics wife works for them through a temp agency.
Many examples of corp corruption. No worries.
Clearly the enemy of the 99% is corrupt corp oligarchs who have bought the peoples govt.
Here is the wrong approach on the min wage:
What is that about??
Libertarian influence in the Republican party I would guess. It is sad, that a lot of middle class folks support the Libertarians on the basis that they don't trust this government and would rather it do nothing, than do more to harm them. The truth of the matter is that most of the things Libertarians do hurts the very people who support them.
I agree completely, labels and those nice little boxes they put us in are one of the biggest impediments we face in presenting a unified front.
the 99% do not trust the govt because corrupt corp oligarchs have bought it & rigged the system against us.
I don't blame anyone who doesn't trust the govt. I blame corps & know we can & must take our govt back from corps.
But whatever label, or party is attached to this candidate on this issue they are shortsighted and WRONG on the issue.
The best thing for business is an increase in disposable income for the consumers who are currently barely keepin there heads above water.
And of course for those of us who care about people it is obviously the best thing for decent working class people.
labels & parties be damned. Until we get a new system of direct democracy we MUST fight the politicians who do not support our agenda and support those who do.
Raise the wage!
All over the world
Agitate for higher wage
Even in Texas!!
I will look for AR.
The obscenity laid bare
That's an issue
I'm still wondering how fast food has become such a large industry that this is happening to begin with.
We ain't done yet!!
In the street, & @ the poils. Increase the pressure
I think Reagan (right wingers) said we would create a "service economy" in the '80's to replace the union/manuf jobs he/they wanted to send offshore.
I think that was uttered more so in the 90s as the two big votes for offshoring was going on, but insidious yes.
A nation of servants.
A nations of serfs.
I agree the destructive move to service economy jobs & offshoring manufacturing jobs was uttered/continued in the 90's.
Can't agree "more so" and stand by my statement that the movement began in the '80's under Reagan.
Whoops there it is
The article says it started in the 70's?
Export/Import ration exploded in the 90s, but no doubt it was planned for many decades.
Art says "President Ronald Reagan used the term to describe the changes our nation was going through following the 70s."
"the changes" being union busting, offshoring, etc.
In fact, the term "service economy" was just a euphemism/marketing strategy that Reagan & his cronies fashioned to sell the acceleration of the changes his corp overlords demanded.
'90's just a continuation because the progressive left had been decimated & apathetic since the 70's.
Now we have instigated a revival of the progressive left and are poised to take back the peoples govt and reverse the right wing damage that Reagan accelerated.
Years of hard work lie ahead.
Protest, Vote. Repeat!
This is silly,If you make under 60k a year ,after a modest mortgage and two car payments you are almost in poverty these days.
Join the American patriot Movement.Operation American Spring.
Eu Banksters=Fed Reserve=Jp Morgan=Koch (repubs) and Soros (dems)=duped American citizens.
How will your group help our minimum wage fellow citizens?
Fast food protests get results
And the reason why the results benefit ALL!
Join your fellow workers in the 99%