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Good NYT Piece on Strikes in Fast Food Industry

Thursday, 01 August 2013 04:58

NYT had a good piece highlighting the wave of strikes taking place in fast-food restaurants across the country. One item could use some clarification.

At one point the piece notes that some labor leaders scoff at the idea that these workers could be unionized based on the fact that their turnover rate is 75 percent. If fast-food workers were paid a minimum of $15 an hour, the central demand of the strikes, then it is likely their turnover would be considerably lower.

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written by Kat, August 01, 2013 7:14
Sheesh. I did a double take when I read that. I assumed the statement came from the mouths of officials from (the other bad) NRA. These are our labor leaders?
written by Last Mover, August 01, 2013 8:42

This is obviously a conspiracy by the commie slow food movement to storm the entry barriers and gain market share as they kill the economic recovery of more mcjobs with socialist unions.
Forced Busing and White Flight...
written by david helveticka, August 01, 2013 9:31
The main element in the destruction of old ethnic neighborhoods in America's cities was forced busing. I guess I am old enough to remember when American cities were composed of little neighborhood of African-American, Poles, Czechs, Ukranians, Italians...and then we had forced busing, where parents who got upset about their kis being bused across town to someone else's school were called "racists" by rich white liberals like Ted Kennedy---whose kids went to private schools. So we had "white flight", where parents moved to the suburbs, where their kid could attend the neighborhood schools.

Minneapolis, Baltimore, New York, Boston---all of the cities I know followed this pattern. The cities were abandoned to the old, the poor and the blacks...

Now the old ethnic neighborhoods are shells of their former selfs, the old businesses, ironically the "diversity" that rich white liberals like to rant about--while they are rich enough to live in neighborhoods were their kids don't have to put up with the inevitable problems of "diversity"...

For instance the example of Detroit, versus Oakland County...see links:



But I guess us working folks are just "racist" for wanting our kids to attend safe schools in their own neighborhoods where we know each other, and we know the parents of the kids they go to school with.
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written by crosspalms, August 01, 2013 1:08
Then the managers, too, are underpaid. I passed some of the protesters on my way to work this morning. They weren't picketing Joe's diner; they were picketing Wendy's, a major national chain. Last I heard, McDonald's was not a business living hand to mouth. I'm guessing all of these chains would rather raise prices a bit than invest in robots if faced with a $15 minimum wage. And I just don't know what to make of the phrase "lesser quality fast food."
written by http://www.showbizworldwide.com/my_profile/blog-view/blog_89395.htm, August 05, 2013 10:45

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