Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday

The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week.

Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW) , Wendy's and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands (YUM).

The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Nancy Salgado, a 27 year old single mother of a 3 year old boy and an 8 year old girl, plans to strike.

Salgado works at a McDonald's in the Logan Square area of Chicago earning $8.25 an hour, or about $600 a month take home pay.

After splitting rent and utilities with 3 roommates, and paying for child care, she's left with a little over $100 a month for food and everything else.

"If I have a dollar at the end of the month it's a miracle," Salgado said.

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Currently, the median pay for fast-food workers is just over $9 an hour, or about $18,500 a year. That's roughly $4,500 lower than the Census Bureau's poverty threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four.

Thursday's action would come more than a month after the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel ruled that McDonald's is a joint employer that exerts substantial power over working conditions at its franchisees. The ruling, if upheld, means McDonald's could be held liable for labor violations at its more than 12,000 franchisee-owned restaurants.

McDonald's has contended that franchisees operate as independent businesses and that, therefore, it's not liable.

In March, McDonald's workers filed seven class-action lawsuits in New York, California and Michigan over wage theft violations. The suits allege that McDonald's has forced employees to work off the clock, not paid them overtime and struck hours off their time cards.

McDonald's did not respond to a request for comment on the status of the class action suits or the preliminary ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Union organizers say the movement has elevated the debate about inequality in the U.S. and helped raise the minimum wage in some states, including Connecticut and New Jersey.

Public policy group Demos says CEO compensation in the industry since 2000 quadrupled to $24 million, while the average fast-food worker's wage only increased 0.3%. Fast-food CEOs make 1,000 times more than the average worker in the industry, according to Demos.

U.S. census data show that the face of the fast-food worker has changed dramatically over the years. Workers over the age of 20 now make up 70% of the workforce and nearly 40% have children. A third of them have spent some time in college.

Salgado, who didn't finish high school, said she'll do whatever she has to to win the fight for a $15 minimum wage and a union.

"My 8 year old daughter tells me 'Everything is OK mommy,' and I tell her, 'yes,'" said Salgado. "But when she goes to sleep I know it's not OK."

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/01/news/companies/fast-food-worker-strike/index.html

Maybe they ought to use that energy to find a job that pays a higher wage.


"If I have a dollar at the end of the month it's a miracle," Salgado said.

What's a miracle is that there are people that think it's a good idea to have kids and try to raise them by working at a fast food joint.

 

 

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"If I have a dollar at the end of the month it's a miracle," Salgado said.



What's a miracle is that there are people that think it's a good idea to have kids and try to raise them by working at a fast food joint.



 



 

She didn't even finish high school. Phone Post 3.0

What is the ticker symbol for the company that makes the automated burger machines and ordering kiosks?

I am gonna park some cash there. These people are sealing their own fate with this crap.

Mark Phone Post 3.0

This women sounds like she dug up her own hole.

Didn't finish high school
Probably not going after child support from the father of the kids.

I'm fairly positive if she at least tried, she can rectify her dilemma. I know for a fact welfare or unemployment offer those free job skills courses in order to find better employment opportunities.

Mark1 - What is the ticker symbol for the company that makes the automated burger machines and ordering kiosks?

I am gonna park some cash there. These people are sealing their own fate with this crap.

Mark Phone Post 3.0


great idea

"Salgado, who didn't finish high school"

 

and that's why you don't make any money...fucking moron.

 

Is there a list of the cities anywhere? Would love to know if there is one near me so I can drive by and harass them for being losers muahahaha

Cheat day isn't until Saturday. Do your worst, minimum wage workers! Phone Post 3.0

And she doesn't even work 40 hours a week

SoCalMutt - Title should read " Fast food workers savings lives" Phone Post 3.0


I'm going to vote you up for that one

fast food wants 15/hr? If they pay that much half of your jobs will disappear Phone Post 3.0

The level of thinking that got them their jobs is also going to be the reason they lose them.

cfv - fast food wants 15/hr? If they pay that much half of your jobs will disappear Phone Post 3.0


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Mark1 - What is the ticker symbol for the company that makes the automated burger machines and ordering kiosks?

I am gonna park some cash there. These people are sealing their own fate with this crap.

Mark Phone Post 3.0


Still private, VC/PE owned.



http://momentummachines.com/

Maybe Diebold for the POS machines?

Mark Phone Post 3.0

If they could get my order right I might support them getting $10 an hour. Truth is, the world needs failures. Not everybody is going to be a football or basketball star. Not everybody is going to be a doctor or lawyer. Somebody has to make the burgers & mcnuggets. Somebody has to give lap dances. Shit, I like them both! Fresh out of prison I got a job for $8.25 an hour that was dirty & hot. I busted my ass & now have a great, secure job & going to make between $85-$90k this year.

To these people....get your shit together, sacrifice & work hard. Don't fucking expect it because it's hot working the grill while you flip burgers Phone Post 3.0

This part I like the most:
"Public policy group Demos says CEO compensation in the industry since 2000 quadrupled to $24 million, while the average fast-food worker's wage only increased 0.3%. Fast-food CEOs make 1,000 times more than the average worker in the industry, according to Demos."


Yes, and their job is 1000 times more important. You flip burgers or empty fry baskets. Phone Post 3.0

baby-silverback - If they could get my order right I might support them getting $10 an hour. Truth is, the world needs failures. Not everybody is going to be a football or basketball star. Not everybody is going to be a doctor or lawyer. Somebody has to make the burgers & mcnuggets. Somebody has to give lap dances. Shit, I like them both! Fresh out of prison I got a job for $8.25 an hour that was dirty & hot. I busted my ass & now have a great, secure job & going to make between $85-$90k this year.

To these people....get your shit together, sacrifice & work hard. Don't fucking expect it because it's hot working the grill while you flip burgers Phone Post 3.0


This.



In the last two years, I've been to China and Europe where I didn't speak the language and they didn't fuck up my order. Shit, I probably understood them better.



 I used one of those ordering kiosks in Paris and cannot wait  to get them here.

Good, let them, its a start to get this country healthy again

kanotoa - I try to be patient with low paid workers be ause I have empathy for their situation and respect them for working.

If they are being paid $15hr I think ill expect more Phone Post 3.0

I seen some fast food joints in the city and just in 'urban' areas and it is night and day compared to ones in the burbs and shit.

Some i could see making 15 an hour, others? fuck no.