McJobs Should Pay, Too: It’s Time for Fast-Food Workers To Get Living Wages
By Sarah Jaffe
As low-wage service jobs become the new normal for millions of families, it’s time to rethink the balance of power between fast-food workers and their corporations
The term “McJob” has come to epitomize all that’s wrong with the low-wage service industry jobs that are growing part of the U.S economy. “It beats flipping burgers,” the cliché goes, because no matter what your job might be, it’s assumed to be better than working in a fast-food restaurant.
Today in New York City, though, hundreds of workers at dozens of fast-food chain stores are walking out on strike, demanding better of those jobs. At McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, and Domino’s Pizza locations, workers have been organizing, and today they launch their campaign. They want a raise, to $15-an-hour from their current near-minimum wage pay, and recognition for their independent union, the Fast Food Workers Committee.
Saavedra Jantuah, who works at a Burger King on 34th St. in Manhattan, explained that the $7.30 she makes per hour after two years on the job doesn’t pay her enough to support her son. “I’m doing it for him, I’m going on strike so I can bring my family together underneath one household,” she said. “A union can help us get to where we can make it in New York.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that seven out of 10 growth occupations over the next decade will be low-wage fields. And these jobs are not being done by teenagers. Across the country, the median age of fast-food workers is over 28, and women — who make up two-thirds of the industry — are over 32, according to the BLS.
Fast food weathered the recession, and the biggest names are seeing big profits. Yum! Brands, which runs Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, saw profits up 45 percent over the last four fiscal years, and McDonald’s saw them up 130 percent. (After Walmart, Yum! Brands and McDonald’s are the second and third-largest low-wage employers in the nation.)
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In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk out
After a Black Friday action at Wal-Mart, NYC fast-food workers walk out, challenging a nearly union-free industry
By Josh Eidelson
At 6:30 this morning, New York City fast food workers walked off the job, launching a rare strike against a nearly union-free industry. Organizers expect workers at dozens of stores to join the one-day strike, a bold challenge to an industry whose low wages, limited hours and precarious employment typify a growing portion of the U.S. economy.
New York City workers are organizing at McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s. Organizers expect today’s strike to include workers from almost all of those chains, with the largest group coming from McDonald’s; the company did not respond to a request for comment.
But employees were clear about their reasons for walking out. “They’re not paying us enough to survive,”
Hundreds of New York City fast food workers are staging a one-day strike against many of the biggest fast food chains, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Domino’s, Papa John’s. The attempt to organize dozens of fast food restaurants within a single city is something new, a big step beyond efforts to go restaurant by restaurant, and Steven Greenhouse reports that the campaign has 40 full-time organizers.
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fight for 15 spreads to ny http://fightfor15.org/2012/11/30/nyc-workers-join-the-fight-for-15/
¡La lucha por $15 dólares la hora se está expandiendo más allá de Chicago! Ayer, el Comité de trabajadores de Comida Rápida marcharon para exigir un salario digno. En alianza con Comunidades para el Cambio de New York, los trabajadores de los restaurantes McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s se están organizando. Lee todo sobre la protesta que realizaron nuestros compañeros y compañeras trabajadores de New York en este articulo de expansion.com aquí: “Empleados de cadenas de comida rápida reclaman salarios dignos en Nueva York” (Expansion.com | 29 Nov, 2012)