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Mobilize for Striking Fast Food Workers

Posted 1 year 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.

Post your photos and videos to Facebook and Twitter:
#fastfoodfwd

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year 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

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

At the very least we can do that.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

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

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

Solidarity

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year 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.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

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

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Excellent.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Gots-ta get the word out. Tweeted also.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34832) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep

With all supporters - always nice to see new supporters.

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

Glad to see the newfound focus on organizing.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 3 points by elf3 (2240) 1 year 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

http://billmoyers.com/2012/04/02/making-the-rent-on-minimum-wage/

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL3n59wC8kk

Real Estate for Ransom

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Anyone can make a difference in workers lives.

www.upworthy.com/the-most-beautiful-way-to-stop-a-bully-ive-ever-seen?c=upw1

FYI & a bump to remind us of workers plight

[-] 3 points by veganpeace (3) 1 year ago

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

http://stealthismeme.wordpress.com/

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 beautifulworld (21481) 1 year 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.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Just left this protest for workers rights!

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2013/04/union-pols-plan-protest-at-arias-park-slope/

Solidarity!!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year ago

Very nice.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year ago

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

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year 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) 1 year 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.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year ago

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

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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?)

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year ago

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

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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 ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

why? why planned attack? al Qaeda prefers mass human casualties when they hit pieces of infrastructure.

IF not al Qaeda then who? Domestic terrorists? Those intent on blowing shit up usually are intent on mass casualties as well.

WSmith posted this just a bit ago:

If this explosion is the result of deliberation, then one must ask, what does this do, how does it fit, and what does it mean?

I've been saying for some time that accidental engineering isn't just for elections anymore - it's a killer

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Be a troublemaker!

http://www.labornotes.org/events/2013/portland-troublemakers-school

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

Or encourage your Portland friends to get schooled.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21481) 1 year ago

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

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Nice effort don't you think.?

Activism 101. I luv it!

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Support Chi fastfood workers!

http://fightfor15.org/en/?source=NYCC&utm_source=NYCC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FF15

FYI (& bump for this great post)

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[-] 3 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year 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

~Odin~

[-] 5 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

[-] 2 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year 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

~Odin~

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

Corporate America is screwing pret' near everyone

~Odin~

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Greedy selfish bastards

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

That's another way to put it

~Odin~

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

I suppose I should say it better.

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

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

~Odin~

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Thanks.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/occupy-wall-street-spring_n_1428325.html

[-] 0 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year 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

~Odin~

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

Every monday through May.

https://www.facebook.com/events/155173811310724/?ref=3

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

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

Thanks, i had it

~Odin~

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

And .......another bump.

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[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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.

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[-] 2 points by anonimoLast (10) 1 year 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:

fastfoodfwd

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

TRANSLATION:

Today, Thursday April 4, more than 400 employees in New York fast food are starting the second wave of protestad for better wages and a union representing its struggle, marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Artin Luther King Jr.

like sanitation workers who marched with Dr. King in Memphis, workers are standing for dignity and respect for all workers.

you help these courageous workers to mobilize your friends, family, and colleagues to come today and Friday to march in solidarity for better working conditions?

1) Join the picket comenzndo at 11am. and key locations:

Wendy's at the Manhattan Center, 259 34th St. Burger King in Harlem, 154 E. 116 St. Wendy's in downtown Brooklyn 425 Fulton St.

2) are to march for justice obrerxs vegan fast food at 5.30pm in Marcus Garvey Park (124th and Madison). RSVP here

3) On Friday, April 5, walks to the protest set straight to work. Collective action is protected under the law of American Labor, and vegan obrerxs are asking the community to support them in their fight with them while they go to work. Sign here, shifts available all day.

places the photos and videos of the event in Facebook or Twitter:

fastfoodfwd

.

not dissin' anyone - just tryin' to keep up

[-] 1 points by anonimoLast (10) 1 year ago

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

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

see how far behind I am?

; )

[-] 1 points by anonimoLast (10) 1 year ago

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

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Not me - I cheated. I used google. I live on the northern border, and can barely count to three in french.

[-] 2 points by magician (31) 1 year ago

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

http://reality-bytes.hubpages.com/hub/The-Corporation-Of-The-United-States-Of-America

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Workers should not be forced to submit to credit checks.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/now_pols_want_to_ban_worker_credit_HXISmYY1qMbBuiDv6e6uqI

Agreed?

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year 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) 1 year ago

Fight for Worker rights

http://nysaflcio.org/shieldourfields/

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Support labor

Watch testimony supporting workers rights

http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=326283

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-usa-fastfood-wages-idUSBRE9330C720130404

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

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

More worker rights issues

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15400-judicial-amendments-and-the-attack-on-worker-rights

Educate yourself and support labor!!

[-] 1 points by lucyming (3) 1 year ago

We need people to organize protests/boycotts everywhere.


http://www.mmobf.com/

http://www.mmobf.com/aion-kinah-566/

http://www.mmobf.com/Guild-Wars-2/

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Living wage now!

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

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

http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/momsnotlovinit

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[-] 3 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

spammers should be shot

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[-] 0 points by walker13 (-1) 1 year 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) 1 year ago

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

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[-] -1 points by walker13 (-1) 1 year 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) 1 year 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 OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

I still cant believe people think this is food.

[-] -1 points by Jamblack21 (-5) 1 year 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) 1 year 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.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/15489-time-for-domestic-workers-to-enjoy-equal-rights-and-recognition

[-] -3 points by whammy2 (-21) 1 year 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) 1 year 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!!

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Fight to retain OT for the 99%

http://nysaflcio.org/overtime/

[-] -1 points by TiredofVictimMentality (-16) 1 year 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.