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Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:48 AM

Fast food strikes hit 150 US cities

Source: MSNBC

By Ned Resnikoff

Thousands of fast food workers across the United States were walking off the job Thursday morning, affecting restaurants in about 150 cities nationwide.

It was just the latest in a series of coordinated strikes that have taken place since November 2012, although Thursday’s strike may be the first such action to include large-scale civil disobedience.

Organizers would not confirm on the record whether civil disobedience and arrests would take place in any of the cities affected by the strikes, but fast food workers have repeatedly vowed to take whatever measures are necessary in order to win a $15 hourly wage and union rights.

Thursday’s strike is the first to take place since the fast food workers held their national convention in July in the suburbs of Chicago. At the convention, some 1,300 fast food workers agreed to a resolution vowing that they would do “whatever it takes” to achieve their goals. Workers who had been arrested in May at a protest in front of the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois – the movement’s first major act of civil disobedience – spoke to the audience about the experience of getting arrested, and encouraged other workers to take part in civil disobedience if necessary.

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Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally on May 15, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty


Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/fast-food-strikes-hit-150-us-cities



“At McDonald’s we respect everyone’s rights to peacefully protest. See picture below.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025487186



Scott Olson / Getty Images

Police guard the entrance of McDonald's corporate campus as about 2,000 fast-food workers and activists seeking higher wages march toward the Oak Brook, Ill., complex in May.

What is McDonald's afraid of?

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Omaha Steve Sep 2014 OP
Feral Child Sep 2014 #1
riversedge Sep 2014 #2
mdbl Sep 2014 #3
merrily Sep 2014 #4
Omaha Steve Sep 2014 #5
truthisfreedom Sep 2014 #6
marble falls Sep 2014 #7
Sun Devil Dave Sep 2014 #42
demigoddess Sep 2014 #43
7wo7rees Sep 2014 #8
riqster Sep 2014 #9
Sunlei Sep 2014 #10
olegramps Sep 2014 #13
Sunlei Sep 2014 #17
Jack Rabbit Sep 2014 #23
demigoddess Sep 2014 #44
Half-Century Man Sep 2014 #11
malthaussen Sep 2014 #12
Omaha Steve Sep 2014 #14
Enthusiast Sep 2014 #22
freshwest Sep 2014 #39
marions ghost Sep 2014 #15
Loki Sep 2014 #16
mountain grammy Sep 2014 #18
littlemissmartypants Sep 2014 #19
geardaddy Sep 2014 #20
fNord Sep 2014 #21
Pennie109 Sep 2014 #24
gwheezie Sep 2014 #25
Joe Shlabotnik Sep 2014 #26
jtuck004 Sep 2014 #27
ymetca Sep 2014 #28
KansDem Sep 2014 #29
deafskeptic Sep 2014 #37
yallerdawg Sep 2014 #30
gwheezie Sep 2014 #31
Omaha Steve Sep 2014 #33
Earth_First Sep 2014 #32
Cha Sep 2014 #34
47of74 Sep 2014 #35
TBF Sep 2014 #36
Starry Messenger Sep 2014 #38
ReRe Sep 2014 #40
Denver Progressive Sep 2014 #41
Kalidurga Sep 2014 #45
AnalystInParadise Sep 2014 #46

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:50 AM

1. Respect & support. Rec. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:50 AM

2. I hope all stay safe. In solidarity

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:54 AM

3. I support them

It takes a lot of courage to make a stand like that.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:03 AM

4. If you can, join a picket line, even if on your lunch hour or on the way home from work.

Even better if you have a sign indicating that you are a customer.

Solidarity.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:05 AM

5. Arrests began early Thursday morning outside a busy McDonald's in New York City




(Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/04/fast-food-restaurants-strike-mcdonalds-wendys-burger-king-taco-bell/15058943/

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Arrests began early Thursday morning outside a busy McDonald's in New York City as thousands of emboldened fast-food workers coast-to-coast put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs in a national strike that included civil disobedience as the workers rally for $15 minimum wages and the right to form a union.

Strikers began to gather in more than 100 cities early Thursday, impacting major chains from McDonald's to Wendy's to Burger King. Shortly after 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, police reportedly arrested 19 workers who sat down in the street -- and refused to move -- outside the bustling McDonald's at New York's Times Square. The are unconfirmed reports of some striking fast-food worker arrests in Detroit, as well.

For workers, it's about pushing the major fast-food companies to meet their demands for $15-an-hour minimum wages and the right to form a union. For the fast food giants, it's about trying to keep costs -- including labor costs -- under control in a highly competitive market.

"There has to be civil disobedience because workers don't see any other way to get $15 an hour and a union," says Kendall Fells, organizing director of the organizing group Fast Food Forward, which is financially backed by the Service Employees International Union. "There's a long history of this, from the civil rights movement to the farm workers movement."

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:17 AM

6. Sounds like fun!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:23 AM

7. Been boycotting McDonalds since '89. Now I am boycotting all fast food until $15.00 is the wage.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 5, 2014, 12:36 AM

42. Your waistline will thank you for it...

I would hold out and stop eating fast food altogether. Save it for a real restaurant and real food.

Or, if you can't wait,...go have a big mac at McDonald's and slip the cashier a five. That would go a lot further than you not going to Micky D's, cause honestly, there are enough morbidly obese gluttons out there who don't care and will eat the food effectively nullifying your boycott; even if the workers were making a penny an hour.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 5, 2014, 01:59 PM

43. same here.

eom

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:41 AM

8. Howard Zinn is smiling. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:44 AM

9. Kick!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:46 AM

10. I support and thank these workers!

Congress raise the minimum wage!

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:14 AM

13. This is directly attributable to Republican obstructionism.

It is impossible for me to accept that Boehner and his fellow
Republicans claim to be Christians. They have more in common with the radical Islamic fanatics than with the teaching of Jesus. The are more than willing to starve children, refuse to help those they are responsible for outsourcing their jobs, along with denying health care to people desperately needing remedial care. They have demonstrated their absolute hatred of those they consider as nothing more than free loaders rather than fellow citizens needing a hand up.

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Response to olegramps (Reply #13)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:33 AM

17. Worse Congress in history.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 11:15 AM

23. How can we fix Congress?

We can send the Koch addicts to rehab.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #23)

Fri Sep 5, 2014, 02:00 PM

44. or we can vote in a Democratic woman

they hold the line better than most men. And don't answer with a reply about Hillary's pro business apostasy.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:53 AM

11. Power to the people

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:00 AM

12. Solidarity. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:25 AM

14. Be sure to take the minimum wage poll over in GD

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:57 AM

22. Done

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:37 PM

39. Done. Disappointed at the thinking it's not good enough because it's not $22. It'd be better...

But 'Politics is the hobby of the Leisure Class.'

Those who are hard put to survive on less than $15 now, some making half that much, can't be into politics as they are living hand to mouth.

Their family life and their Future is being hurt in the Now.

When political dogma is willing to wait for a day that may never come, especially if those making less than $15 a hour Now can't get the freedom of that wage, I see that as a product of the Leisure Class.

I want my neighbors to get ahead Now, because life is lived in the Now, not the Future.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:25 AM

15. Following

low wage workers

Together it can be done

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:28 AM

16. Solidarity!

Yes!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:02 AM

18. Solidarity with the workers.

The corporate Nazi SS there, wow! Just what are they afraid of, indeed!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:09 AM

19. Kicking. Thank you.



Peace, Love and the Righteous Fight.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:37 AM

20. Solidarity!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:53 AM

21. Solidarity Brothers and sisters!!!

is it too much to ask that the employees of "Mc Burger Chain" can afford to eat there?

I have a Bachelors degree, as do many fast food employes.

I work as a server.

We, by and large, make $2.15 an hour..... but I also make tips. My paycheck is about $0.0 every two weeks, but in tips, I make enough to pay my bills, enjoy a social life, and support a healthy alcohol habit.

The employs of a fast food chain do not make tips, and are typically capped at a 30 hr work week. Even with some creative w4 marks, your only looking at $192 a week.
Could you pay your rent on $768 a month? Buy food? Pay for the subway? Daycare?


I have the day off, so i believe I may go join this peaceful protest

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 02:13 PM

24. Wow!

in Charleston, SC striking fast food workers closed down a major street, causing major problems with traffic.

Hooray for them in this "right to work" state.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 02:34 PM

25. Mechancsville tpk outside Richmond closed down

I just came back from there. They are sitting in the street. Big t storms coming through with lightening. Stay safe people. I admire their courage.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 02:51 PM

26. K&R n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:02 PM

27. And thousands of people live a day longer because they didn't eat at these garbage dumps today.

 

win win.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:17 PM

28. Watching the Ed Show on MSNBC

Even supposed pro-labor Ed Schultz wants to know whether these fast food quasi-strikes are being organized by unions, or spontaneously erupting from disgruntled workers themselves..

..to which I respond, why does it matter? Is there some reason why the SEIU or the AFL-CIO shouldn't organize these protests?

Why is it okay for corporations to spend billions advertising a constant stream of lies on TV, spy on their workers, steal their wages, demand constant kick-backs and tax breaks, etc., etc., etc., but it's somehow unseemly for labor unions to coordinate with their non-union brothers and sisters?

My, how far we have fallen as a free people..

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:36 PM

29. That photo sickens me

So that's what it's come down to? Corporate elites protected from angry workers by militarized police?

I never thought I'd see the day...

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Response to KansDem (Reply #29)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:21 PM

37. Not the first time either. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:45 PM

30. The Ed Show...

also reminded me of one of the surest expectations of an Obama administration with Labor Secretary Solis, so long ago now.

EFCA and card check.

Organizing and membership with teeth might have made a real difference over last 6 years. Instead, workers remain at the mercy of the bosses. Republicans won't consider. Democrats gave up the fight.

The people are on their own.







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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 05:27 PM

31. Is there a way to help pay their legal bills

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Response to gwheezie (Reply #31)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:01 PM

33. I'm going to see what I can find out

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 06:46 PM

32. Fucking thugs!



But hey! They've got their union...

...Fuck everyone else!

SOLIDARITY with the FF workers!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:09 PM

34. Thanks Steve

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:39 PM

35. I was in a waiting room with Fox "News" on this afternoon

 

And the Fox "News" blow hards and their guests were busy complaining about it, busily spewing horseshit denigrating the union and the strikers. I finally had enough at that point and turned the damn thing off.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:21 PM

36. Solidarity! K&R nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:35 PM

38. k&r

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 09:54 PM

40. K&R

Riot Police are so un-called for. Those people aren't going to storm the McDonald's and tear it to the ground, for God's sake. If they only knew how stupid they look. I'm not the least bit impressed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:18 PM

41. Solidarity and love! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Sep 6, 2014, 07:11 PM

45. TPTB are having a bad year

Protests in Ferguson over the militarization of LE and murdering people for breathing while black. And now this people who have jobs want to be paid enough to live on.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Sep 6, 2014, 07:36 PM

46. Looks like

 

a bunch of Americans are taking their lunch to work this week. This is playing with fire. Corporations will start using these instead of raising wages. http://www.gizmag.com/hamburger-machine/25159/

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