Unions don’t give a tinkers dam about workers and unions related to retail businesses are the worst.
Today, if you live in a major metropolitan area in the US you may be treated to a fast food “strike”. This movement against the fast food industry started in New York and several unions and progressive politicians are pushing it all over the country. Here’s the LA Times on the strike.
NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union. About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage. The protesters plan to spread out to other stores throughout New York during the day. Protests are also expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and other cities.
Let’s look at some facts. Retail jobs, including jobs in fast food restaurants, are called “entry level” for a reason. They do not require any special education or training, that can be learned “on-the-job”. It’s a low skill position. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to jobs that are more responsible and jobs that pay more money. Retail/fast food entry level jobs were never designed to be a career.
With respect to “Can’t Survive on $7.25”, tough. Learn a trade. Find a job that requires some skill or some knowledge or both. You’ll make more money.
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