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Mobilize for Striking Fast Food Workers

Posted 11 years ago on April 4, 2013, 9:47 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: solidarity, labor, strike, nyc

Fast Food Workers Strike

via 99pickets.org:

Today, Thursday April 4 , over 400 fast food workers across NYC are starting a second wave of strikes for better wages and a union, marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Like the sanitation workers that Dr. King marched with in Memphis, these workers are standing up for dignity and respect for all workers.

Will you support these courageous workers by mobilizing your friends, family and colleagues to come out today and Friday?

1) Join a picket line starting at 11am. Key locations:

Wendy’s in midtown Manhattan, 259 34th St.
Burger King in Harlem, 154 E. 116 St.
Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn 425 Fulton St.

2) Come to the Fast Food Worker Justice rally at 5:30pm in Marcus Garvey Park (124th and Madison). RSVP here

3) On Friday April 5, walk the striking workers back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job. Sign up here; shifts are available throughout the day.

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[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

This is awesome! When workers like this fight for their rights, they are fighting for all workers rights. Courageous is not a strong enough word.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Support Chi fastfood workers!


FYI (& bump for this great post)

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Just left this protest for workers rights!



[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

Very nice.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

There are worker abuses, violations,exploitations,everywhere. It is never ending and the PTB do not fear protests cause they are still too small.

This one was still too small.

[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

Look at this fire in Waco. Makes you wonder about OSHA laws.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Waco police are handling it as a "crime scene",until they know it was not.

Disturbing in it's timing, Boston bombings, poison letters, Waco explosions, all during the gun vote, immigration intro.

I guess I'm looking for conspiracies. but it is disturbing.

[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

I agree. We need to march down a new path in this country. The one we're on is not good.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I wish more people can be persuaded sooner. I see our current efforts (on OUR opposing path) is educating/informing people to grow this movement.

I believe it will take years. That slow process is frustrating and the continued ignorance that keeps the country on that "not good" path is discouraging.

Gotta stay strong, & focused.

[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

We can never give up, as depressing as it seems at times.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Exactly. Just like the strike rallies with low turnout, Ga's seemingly smaller, loses on gun votes, SS cuts/austerity, & slow education/support from people we must stay on target.

Keep our eyes on the prize.

I focus on the many small victories,and the many, many, like minded groups growing and increasing their activism (because of Occupies example?)

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

Revolutions take a very long time, usually several decades. We are just planting the seeds for change now.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I agree, We might cut that decades time frame to 1 decade with the utilization of the internet.

We'll see. Gotta look sharp, stay frosty. & be strong.


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Seems plausible the French explosion as well as Waco might've been a planned attack.

I obviously don't know but I'm suspicious by nature.


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Horrible. Corps take shortcuts all the time to avoid costly safety regulations, but of course I have no knowledge what happened exactly.

Condolences & support to victims families & anyone affected.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Be a troublemaker!


They just left NY and are touring, so look for them in your town.

Or encourage your Portland friends to get schooled.

[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (23789) 11 years ago

I see they have a workshop called "Beating Apathy." Very nice.

[-] 4 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Nice effort don't you think.?

Activism 101. I luv it!

[-] 3 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

Solidarity with Fast Food Workers of The USA !!!

http://strikefastfood.org/ -and- http://15now.org/ !!

Their struggle is very important for The US 99% !

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Calculate the living wage where you live:


Thanks to economists at MIT. It shows how what seems complex can be made simple and in fact, even implemented.

[-] 5 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

http://livingwage.mit.edu/ is a very useful tool & could be applied globally too maybe. Meanwhile ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

"Nearly one in four US children lives in poverty, the highest level in 20 years, with a similar proportion not getting enough food to eat."

That is the statistic! With a Democratic President! What a joke! And, don't get me wrong, I am aware that it would likely be an even worse statistic with a Republican in office. But, wow. We need big change.

[-] 6 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

That Mittens Romoney would have been even worse for The 99% is probable ; that Obummer has been pathetic, is a certainty !!! Dr. Cornel West compared Romoney to a "catastrophe" and Oblahblah - to a "disaster"** for The 99% !! To be honest - I've had Obomber down as an agency asset & a 'Manchurian Candidate'^^, for quite a while now - lol & hmmm !

However, and much more directly pertinent to your point, I append and recommend the following ...

Finally, the ''big change'' that is needed, won't just come about without some 'traction via friction' ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Obama's done such a good job of letting down the 99% that finally they were out in the street across the nation last night protesting how poorly Mike Brown's death was handled from the moment he was asked to get off the street to the recent lack of indictment due to mishandling of the Grand Jury. Scandal really.

Geez, just saw the video of Tamir Rice getting killed by police. FFS, they thought the 12 year old was 20! Come on. This crap has to stop.

[-] 6 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

Obomber is a creature of The 0.01% !!! His father, mother & his step-dad .. all worked for organisations that were : affiliated to ; fronts for or paid by - The CIA !! 'Manchurian Candidate', imo ! + Re Tamir Rice :

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/video_of_tamir_rice_shooting_b.html#incart_most-read & also consider :

''According to one report cited by the Cato Institute, US cops and other law-enforcement officers killed over 5000 people between 9/11/2001 and November 6, 2013, making police a bigger threat to Americans than terrorists, including the ones accused of attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11.

''The ubiquity of cell phone cameras and video cams, which are finally documenting police killings, and the growing importance of social media, which allow for the unfiltered reporting of killings like that of Michael Brown, without any pro-cop bias inserted by biased or gutless editors and publishers, is shining a badly needed spotlight on this growing horror, but it will take a lot more anger among the public if this slaughter is to be finally halted.

''It speaks volumes that Officer Wilson can say he has a “clear conscience” about his slaying of a young man who was begging him not to shoot. Whether or not he really suffers no moral qualms or second thoughts alone at night about what he did, the fact that he feels he can say that in public means that he thinks he can get away with it and even win public support.

''At this point, one wonders how long will it be before Judas Iscariot gets praised as a hero by Americans for turning his mentor Jesus over to the Roman cops seeking him on a warrant for sedition?''

fiat lux ; fiat justitia ; fiat pax ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

I have heard this, that you just need to comply with the police, and then you won't get killed. LOL. It's so ridiculous. Eric Garner was just speaking to the police. What? We can't speak to the police. We must just succumb like in a fascist state?

Police killings by country in most recent year where data is available:

US 541, Germany 8, UK 0, Japan 0


[-] 4 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

Who do they ''protect and serve'' ?!!! At the height of OWS @ Zucotti, Mayor Bloomfuck and JPMorgan clearly thought that the police were their ''own private army'' !! NYPD = Not Your Police Dept.?! Further to your points & excellent link, I append and recommend :

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

"To ignore the fact that one of the oldest republics in the world was erected on a foundation of white supremacy, to pretend that the problems of a dual society are the same as the problems of unregulated capitalism, is to cover the sin of national plunder with the sin of national lying. The lie ignores the fact that reducing American poverty and ending white supremacy are not the same."

That's a hard truth to face, but a truth nonetheless. The net worth of your average white family is 13 times that of a black family.


Poverty and inequality are highly correlated to race. If we don't face that fact, we'll never solve either problem.

[-] 6 points by johannus (386) from Newburgh, NY 9 years ago

The plutocracy which has probably always been in existence did indeed build this country on white privilege ...inequities, and they even needed to promote discord, with physychological tactics in some cases, so that we remained docile, and distracted from their real agenda, and our real problems...

I understand the difference between "white supremacy," and "unregulated capitalism," but... This corrupt system has played itself out in nefarious different ways, on different people, and yes, it has been especially horrendous for the poor, and people of color for a far longer time too..... Still the facts remain, the perpetrators are the same, and we're next in line for the real shitty stuff. That's why we're here.

I don't think many people are pretending either. No one though can be totally sympathetic with the injustices that another people were forced to endure... unless they were there too. It's just now, we have to put our differences aside a bit; continue to learn from and understand each other, and admit our mistakes; and channel our energies in the same direction. EDIT: The first by-product will be 'trust.'

We will be a formidable adversary then, for our common foe.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Yes, groups have been pitted against one another in unending competition by our economic system for far too long. Racism is really an outlier of the realities of these deep roots of capitalism and it's need to exploit.

If we can manage to all come together we could change our economic system to one where all people benefit and where there is no need to compete with the "other."

[-] 4 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

If "financial assets, such as stocks, have recovered in value more quickly than housing since the recession ended. White households are much more likely than minority households to own stocks directly or indirectly through retirement accounts. Thus, they were in better position to benefit from the recovery in financial markets.

''All American households since the recovery have started to reduce their ownership of key assets, such as homes, stocks and business equity. But the decrease in asset ownership tended to be proportionally greater among minority households. For example, the homeownership rate for non-Hispanic white households fell from 75.3% in 2010 to 73.9% in 2013, a percentage drop of 2%. Meanwhile, the homeownership rate among minority households decreased from 50.6% in 2010 to 47.4% in 2013, a slippage of 6.5%.'' - from your 'Pew Research' link.

The major omission & other important thing to note here imo, is the lack of any real inherited wealth that trickles down generationally in many if not most African American families & also that other people from minority backgrounds, just have not been in the US long enough for real inherited, generational wealth to accumulate. I think many if not most white Americans are kind of blind to the truth of that and how they have very often been able to be helped by generationally accumulated and transferred wealth & capital.

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

Exactly right, Shadz. The generational legacy of slavery has an economic component as well as a racial component. And, the economic component may, in fact, be far more powerful.

[-] 2 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 9 years ago

"The generational legacy of slavery has an economic component" & sadly bw, that self same legacy now threatens to afflict a whole new generation and cross-racial cohort of people in Austerity U$A !!!

Further consider that - ''huge numbers of Americans are now wary of both major political parties and increasingly upset about prospects in the long term. Many are convinced that a few big interests control policy. They crave effective action to reverse long term economic decline and runaway economic inequality, but nothing on the scale required will be offered to them by either of America’s money-driven major parties. This is likely only to accelerate the disintegration of the political system evident in the 2014 congressional elections.'' from :

Solidarity & the best wishes of the season to you and yours and all who read here, in the hope of a New Tomorrow - for us all.

oremus ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 9 years ago

"We live in a world in which education, infrastructure, and national strategies are crucial to economic performance. Corporate leaders also reward themselves virtually without limit for average (not to mention less than average) economic performance that runs down their own firms over the long run. And, especially in the financial sector, they do this as they throw the costs of their mistakes on taxpayers and demand all sorts of subsidies as they finance campaigns for big budget cuts and against taxes. (A stunning case in point is the recent success of the big banks in muscling through a provision in the new spending bill that allows them to move many derivatives back into the parts of their operations insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, even as Congress trimmed government backstops for pension funds. )" From Burnham & Ferguson

And, sadly, most Americans are completely unaware of that new FDIC rule.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 9 years ago

as long as I get to keep my property


[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Fast food workers join Climate March


Taking more risks for a better more equal world.



[-] 3 points by veganpeace (3) 11 years ago

The food industry is akin to the infamous monkey trap. Gotta watch the video thru, it doesn't end how you think.


The trapper is the 1%, the monkey is the 99%, the bait is the illusion of modern food, the salt rocks are how this really tastes, and the water is true food.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Only saw this today. Can't get there in time today. But hopefully tomorrow. We need more timely warning.

But certainly Solidarity with all minimum wage workers.


[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Makes for an inspiring tweet -

Fast Food Strike: Detroit Walkouts, Protests Continue National Movement For Higher Wages, Union http://huff.to/179PJ9H via @HuffPostDetroit

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Detroit has suffered for so many years they absolutely deserve our support of living wage.

At the very least we can do that.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Detroit has taken a real beating - TRUTH - But everyone deserves a Living Wage. I am inspired to see them out on strike.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

They are just the next up. Chicago went a few weeks ago, NY was earlier. We need people to organize protests/boycotts everywhere.


[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Absolutely - Because the attack is National.

Excerpt: from http://inthesetimes.com/article/14957/gop_forcibly_making_working_families_flexible

The GOP has an app for that. It’s called the Working Families Flexibility Act. This legislation that the Republican majority in the U.S. House is expected to pass this week would force some old-time flexibility into 21st-century workers. The forced flexibility act would award bosses the power to “offer” compensatory time off instead of overtime pay. Bosses, not workers, would determine when the comp time could be taken. The proposal puts control in corporate hands, obliging wage earners to bend over backward for bosses exactly like their Gumby ancestors were compelled to.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Absolutely protest worthy. I think i signed a petition for that.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Yeah I have the petition on my post about over time.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago


[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Gots-ta get the word out. Tweeted also.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

That is one of our roles. and boycotting, demonstrating, joining/organizing w/ like minded/new supporters.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago


With all supporters - always nice to see new supporters.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Glad to see the newfound focus on organizing.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Nothing new found about it. been involved since early '70's as a child.

Sorry. Try again. Or don't! Perhaps you can comment on the substance of our efforts to support fast food workers, instead of commenting on me.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4203) 11 years ago

support all the way !!! though I don't eat fast food - I think people who don't work in these places need to get out and help mobilize other workers into unions - maybe online because they have no protection at this stage and are vulnerable they can get fired or harassed for trying to unionize - But if you look at the profits these major chains make in relation to what they pay for "the help" it is disgraceful - how many hours does it take to make rent on minimum wage ? in most states 80-120


Or we could always have rent control (but the one percent doesn't like that either) Everything is a market now


Real Estate for Ransom

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Anyone can make a difference in workers lives.


FYI & a bump to remind us of workers plight

[-] 2 points by anonimoLast (10) 11 years ago

Spanish version of the original article.

Movilizarse por los empleados de comida rapida que protestan mejores condiciones de trabajo.

Posted 1 week ago on April 4, 2013, 9:47 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt Tags: labor, nyc, solidarity, strike

via 99pickets.org:

Hoy, jueves 4 de abril, mas de 400 empleados de comida rapida en Nueva York estan comenzando la segunda ola de protestad por un mejor sueldo y una union que represente su lucha, marcando el 45th aniversario del asesinato de Artin Luther King Jr.

al igual que los trabajadores de sanidad quienes marcharon con el Dr. King en Memphis, los obreros estan parado para la dignidad y el respeto de todos los obreros.

ayudaras a estos valientes obreros a movilizar a tus amigos, familiares, y colegas para que vengan hoy y el viernes a marchar en solidaridad por mejores condiciones de trabajo?

1) unete al piquete comenzndo a las 11am. y sus locaciones claves:

Wendy’s por el centro Manhattan, 259 34th St. Burger King en Harlem, 154 E. 116 St. Wendy’s en el centro Brooklyn 425 Fulton St.

2) ven a la marcha a favor de la justicia de lxs obrerxs de comida rapida a las 5.30pm en Marcus Garvey Park (124th and Madison). RSVP aqui

3) El viernes 5 de Abril, camina conjunto a la protesta directo al trabajo. la Accion Colectiva esta protegida bajo la ley de la Labor Estadounidense, y lxs obrerxs estan preguntando a la comunidad a que los apoye con ellos en su lucha mientras van a su trabajo. Firma aqui, los turnos accesibles todo el dia.

coloca las fotos y videos de la manifestacion en Facebook o Twitter:



[-] 1 points by anonimoLast (10) 11 years ago

:) i just translated the original article into Spanish...


[-] 1 points by anonimoLast (10) 11 years ago

no worries, btw my translations are organic...:)


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago
[-] 2 points by magician (31) 11 years ago

Read about what you are really fighting for. Everything else is BS.


[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Workers should not be forced to submit to credit checks.



[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

City's contract offer infuriates unions A Bloomberg administration official says if unionized workers share in their health care costs and renounce retroactive raises, a new contract can be theirs. One union leader deems the public offer an “insult” and “a disgrace.”

By Annie Karni April 17, 2013 3:47 p.m. 0 inShare Share Related News

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken heat for leaving his successor with expired labor contracts for most of the city's unionized workers and no cash to pay for retroactive pay increases that could total a whopping $8 billion. But the mayor still has more than eight months in office, and a top aide revealed his terms Wednesday for any new deals.

Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway said the administration will sign contracts that lack retroactive salary increases, have workers contribute to their health care costs and include incentives for them to live a healthy lifestyle. Those incentives could include smoking cessation programs and participation in studies; employees who opt into the wellness portion of the plan would pay less. Mr. Holloway estimated wellness programs could save the city up to $400 million annually in health care costs.

About 95% of city workers currently do not contribute to their health insurance premiums. Mr. Holloway warned that without a change to the system, healthcare costs will balloon to $8.3 billion over the next five years—a 32% increase.

But the plan appears to be a non-starter.

"It's a total disgrace of negotiations," said Harry Nespoli, the chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee, which represents about 500,000 union employees through a coalition of 100 unions. Mr. Nespoli claimed making contributions to health care costs would likely leave his members with less take-home pay than they get now.

"It's an insult to labor and that's what this administration is down to right now," the labor leader said.

Union members still expect to receive retroactive raises, Mr. Nespoli said, adding, "Bloomberg is making it totally impossible for the next mayor to take over and to make things right with the unions. If [Mr. Holloway] wants to call that negotiation, he should go back to college and look up 'labor' and 'negotiation.' "

The President of the United Federation of Teachers, Michael Mulgrew—who has a contentious relationship with the mayor—also didn't see the proposal as a serious invitation to the bargaining table.

"Bringing up health care, as he is getting ready to walk out the door, is just cover for the fact that not a single union contract has been done," Mr. Mulgrew, who represents the largest unsettled union, said in a statement. "That's unprecedented."

City Comptroller John Liu also attacked the mayor’s plan. “In the 11th hour of his administration, the mayor has chosen to blame city employees for rising health care costs and ignore his own failure to secure a good health care deal for the City,” Mr. Liu said in a statement.

In fact, Mr. Bloomberg has for years been trying to tackle the issue of city employees receiving almost completely free health care, and has been calling for union members to pay a piece of their health care premiums. Unions for years have rejected the notion.

At a breakfast hosted by the Citizens Budget Commission, Mr. Holloway said retroactive pay raises were impossible, and the important thing was that the mayor did not implement massive layoffs.

"Many cities laid off police and firefighters" during the recession, Mr. Holloway said. Faced with the choice between axing thousands of workers and freezing pay, "the mayor made the only rational choice," he said. "This approach, rather than slash-and-burn tactics, is how the mayor has preserved key city services through the recession."

Many union workers, including teachers, still enjoyed pay increases thanks to seniority raises that continue even though their contracts expired. But base wages stayed flat.

"There is a premise that has to be undone in city labor right now, which is that you can do raises during the recession period," said Mr. Holloway. "You can't."

Retroactive raises would cost the city $8 billion, according to the deputy mayor. To put that in context, Mr. Holloway said, that's 41% of what the city expects to collect in property taxes next year, and the annual budget for the fire, corrections and sanitation departments combined.

Mr. Holloway said the city also plans to put out a request for proposals for a new provider for its $6 billion health care plan. The city has been renewing its contract with EmblemHealth since 2007. The city can move forward with its request for proposals without the union's cooperation and expects to unveil it by the end of the fiscal year in June.

"We have our attorneys looking at that idea," Mr. Nespoli said.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Fight for Worker rights


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Support labor

Watch testimony supporting workers rights


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Some print coverage, some local tv coverage. But I saw no natl coverage.


And we didn't have enough supporters with us in brooklyn. This important effort will have to continue & grow.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

More worker rights issues


Educate yourself and support labor!!

[-] 2 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

NY Communities For Change is another example of an altruistic group that has commom cause with OWS

All over the country alliances are being formed between different groups that are demanding change

Coincidentally April 5th, the Walk The Strikers Back To Work day is the 102nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire funeral procession which saw more than 300,000 people either in the procession or lining the streets of it

That tragedy inarguably was what it took to bring about a sea change, as it brought an end to the Gilded Age


[-] 5 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

And the fastfood strikers used the "I AM A MAN" signs the the sanitation strikers used on Apr 3/4 '68 when MLK was assassinated.

honoring the past fighters for worker rights. We can never forget.

[-] 1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

Agreed we should be "honoring" the people that fought for social justice

But it is not just "honoring" them, it's learning from them, and then using social media to enhance it even more, and that is exactly what is going on now proven by the recent classes in activism that are taking place in NY


[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

Corporate America is screwing pret' near everyone


[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Greedy selfish bastards

[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

That's another way to put it


[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I suppose I should say it better.

[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

Everyone has their own style here. Say it how you like


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

"Fight the powers that be" baby!

I went to last years training in Wash sq park! (& other training many years ago but I don't wanna give away my age)


[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

The training for direct actions and in doing outreach are invaluable for the majority of us who have not had it before

Anyway activism is catching on quick as people realize the political system is broken


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I just found this years training link in the email I get so I posted it.

Every monday through May.


It is catching on, and we must and will grow yet more.

[-] -3 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 11 years ago

Thanks, i had it


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I figured. Just wanted to get it on the thread.

And .......another bump.


[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 9 years ago

No more mass produced jobs...Abolish Chains!!!

Abolish chains and franchises...period. These are monopolies. We need laws that will open the markets to every citizen. Butcher, baker, candlestick, hat maker. Now one family can own 74 stores making 10 million dollars per day for 9 family members to split and at the swipe of a merger lay off 25000 people. For that matter, one family decides the lives of 25000 people/ employees and far more than that in consumers . ( i will use Market Basket of New England as my example)Why? This not only limits consumer choice it limits competition and not only price sets products, it price sets jobs. Imagine instead a country with every family owning their own store, employing their own employees...if they treat them bad or raise prices too high ...we all get a choice to go elsewhere. Chains steal choice and cause a system of control...they are tying the hands of the citizenry by changing our government to benefit themselves and they are destroying the balance of our democracy. The fallout is we are left begging for better wages...and the government turns a blind eye while the go running for the money produced from hording the market...more laws...more power...more control...chains are a giant wrecking ball to our democracy which trample on all of our rights and we are supposed to thank them for our cheap labor. This is forced reliance instead of self reliance.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 9 years ago

money people spend in the market flows towards those with resources

and does not circulate back

[-] 1 points by lucyming (3) 11 years ago

We need people to organize protests/boycotts everywhere.




[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Living wage now!

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

& boycott fast food until they pay living wage, provide healthy food, stop marketing unhealthy food to children.









[-] 0 points by walker13 (-1) 11 years ago

I have an idea. If you want better pay then get a REAL skill and/or an education. Those will aid in you getting a job that takes more than minimum education and/or minimum skill to do. Jobs like the ones at McDs should be only temporary. That means people do them while going to highschool, college, and/or until something better comes up. If you take a job at McDs and see it as a career that is your choice.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Really? C'mon you can't be serious.


[-] -1 points by walker13 (-1) 11 years ago

Yes I am serious. Why do you think a job that takes absolutely zero education and zero skill to do deserves to be paid $15? Don't give me the excuse of "liveable wage." If the person decided to make McDs/any place that pays like McDs, then that is the individual's responsbility. Not the employers', and not the consumers' who would be eating the pay hike. If you think employers are just going to eat a pay raise you're greatly mistaken. If people want better pay, then they need to get the education and/or REAL skill set that will aid them in getting a better paying job.

[-] -1 points by TiredofVictimMentality (-16) 11 years ago

It doesn't look like anybody responded to your very commonsense post. Assuming labor is 50% of the cost of a McDonald's meal, if wages are doubled from the current minimum wage to $15 then the price of any given meal would likely have to increase by 50% to maintain their profit margin; i.e. a $6.00 lunch would become $9.00.

Millions of poor people eat at McDonald's and they will bear the cost of unionizing McDonald's.

[-] -1 points by Jamblack21 (-5) 11 years ago

I'm sorry but do teenagers working for money just to blow really need a union.? If you're 35 or 40 working as a cashier at McDonald's how much do you really expect to make.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Large numbers of fast food workers are adults providing for a family. So yeah fast food workers need a union.

And domestic worker our support too.


[-] -2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

I still cant believe people think this is food.

[-] -3 points by whammy2 (-21) 11 years ago

Translation: Liberals demand that flipping burgers is a career, that should be as high as they go in life... therefore, they should be able to buy a house and car. In other words....Ignorant morons demand more money...because they too fucking stupid to do anything else. Liberals...LAZY is thy name.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

I thought conservatives told us we "would replace manufacturing" with the "service economy".

Liberals would rather keep good paying union manufacturing jobs. But if we must accept this conservative service economy then we should unionize and insist on $15/hr to start!!

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Fight to retain OT for the 99%


[-] -1 points by TiredofVictimMentality (-16) 11 years ago

Play nice! They won the election and they run the country now. The American Dream is dead so we better learn to live with it comrade.