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McDonalds Workers Stage Walkout, Demand $15 an Hour in Pay

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Apple! McDonalds will not close because Employees strike. You will not see a 'Fast Food Union' develop, because the training for such positions are so streamlined you can literally take the dumbest student in a high school Junior class and teach him how to make a cheeseburger.

If you want the Free Market to succeed in shutting down McDonalds, then saying "workers should protest until it happens" is truly a weak approach because it is cutting the CONSUMER entirely out of the equation. Free Market demands RESPONSIBLE CONSUMERS. You think McDonalds should shut down? Then don't eat it, encourage everyone you know not to eat it, explain your reasons as more than just 'the food is nasty' but include reasons like 'they treat their workers poorly', organize a protest at your local McDonalds, contact farms selling their meats and eggs to local M.D.s, etc.

I'm sorry, but I feel it's a bit pathetic to say 'YEA, LOOK AT THOSE WORKERS STICKING IT TO THE MAN!' and actually feeling like you're supporting them.

"I'm here to ax corporate for a handout, we know they got it"

What a joke.

Meanwhile he seems to have a nice brand new hat, and earrings. Also, don't have kids if you can't support them.

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Curiously, no employee free food benefit request.

Here is a song written & played in support building strong unions of hardscrabble Kentucky mine workers. Powerful caricatures, posters & photographs in support.

[Victrola: Which Side Are You On? - Almanac Singers, 1931]

Song written by Florence Reece in 1931. She was the wife of Sam Reece, a union organizer for the United Mine Workers in Harlan County, Kentucky.

In 1931, the miners of that region were locked in a bitter and violent struggle with the mine owners. In an attempt to intimidate the Reece family, Sheriff J. H. Blair and his men (hired by the mining company) illegally entered the Reece family home in search of Sam Reece. Sam had been warned in advance and escaped, but Florence and their children were terrorized in his place. That night, after the men had gone, Florence wrote the lyrics to "Which Side Are You On?" on a calendar that hung in the kitchen of her home.

Note: Don't know if any of this material will relate to McD workers.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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LMAO ! Noticed right on !

LMAO ! Noticed right on !

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Good post.

Unions are now demonized, but they started for a reason and were effective and so infiltrated and turned into yet another way to screw workers. People who think "right to work" is a good thing ought to come try to find a job in Idaho that pays a living wage.

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I'm in Idaho too,

that is no joke. Most of the people I know that make a decent wage hop over to Spokane Washington to work. It's pretty rough here.

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Unions have always been bad.

Unions were started because of envy and jealosy and a desire to take what doesn't belong to them. I have been in two unions and was a steward and contract negotiator for the National Maritime Union back in the 70's. It's a nasty business with force and intimidation as it's primary motive force with not a noble ideal anywhere in sight.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Source for your assertion, please?

Your Union experience was entirely during the time that the Unions were taken over, but your history of how unions started seems a little off. Well, a lot off.

"The first local trade unions of men in the United States formed in the late 18th century, and women began organizing in the 1820s.[3] However, the movement came into its own after the Civil War, when the short-lived National Labor Union (NLU) became the first federation of American unions.

Women working under sweat shop conditions organized the first union in the early 19th century. According to the book American Labor, in 1834–1836 women worked 16–17 hours a day to earn $1.25 to $2.00 a week. A girl weaver in a non-union mill would receive $4.20 a week versus $12.00 for the same work in a union mill. The workers had to buy their own needles and thread from the proprietor. They were fined for being a few minutes late for work. Women carried their own foot treadle machines or were held in the shops until the entire shop had completed an immediate delivery order. Their pay was often shorted, but a protest might result in immediate dismissal. Sometimes whole families worked from sun up to midnight. Pulmonary ailments were common due to dust accumulation on the floors and tables. Some shops had leaks or openings in the roofs, and workers worked in inclement weather."

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Please. A hardscabble job is not for me.

I did spend time prospecting in Nevada & California. Here is a sample of what I found: [Open snuff box]

    Tuolumne, California: In that one little corner of California is found a species of mining which is seldom or never mentioned in print. It is called "pocket-mining," and I am not aware that any of it is done outside of that little corner. The gold is not evenly distributed through the surface dirt, as in ordinary placer-mines, but is collected in little spots, and they are very wide apart and exceedingly hard to find, but when you do find one you reap a rich and sudden harvest. There are not now more than twenty pocket-miners in that entire little region. I think I know every one of them personally. I have known one of them to hunt patiently about the hillsides every day for eight months without finding gold enough to make a snuff-box - his grocery bill running up relentlessly all the time - and then find a pocket and take out of it two thousand dollars in two dips of his shovel. I have known him to take out three thousand dollars in two hours, and go and pay up every cent of his indebtedness, then enter on a dazzling spree that finished the last of his treasure before the night was gone. And the next day he bought his groceries on credit as usual, and shouldered his pan and shovel and went off to the hills hunting pockets again happy and content. This is the most fascinating of all the different kinds of mining, and furnishes a very handsome percentage of victims to the lunatic asylum. http://nevada-outback-gems.com/Mark_Twain/Pocket_Mining.htm

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Soon they will be replaced

Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds

Then they will turn to Big Gov to take care of them.

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That's a cool machine!

The fast food place by me has 15 people altogether, with 5 doing nothing, five people working, 2 people talking and 3 people handling screwed up orders.

I don't have a lot of hope for the human worker. Technology just keeps making them more and more disposable.

As a manager I dream of replacing employees with a nice gleaming stainless steel machine that isn't late and doesn't pick it's nose

I think the McDonald's strike is coming at a really inopportune time.
The burger machine could replace a half a million burger flippers.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

These employees are valued less than the meat they serve.

Their employer views them as a commodity; to be bought and sold like squealing swine at auction.

McDonald's would prefer to turn them into pepperoni and sausage than to have them walk off the job.

If only they were pigs and not people it would have already happened this way.


When you are employed,

your employer is trading his money for your labor, or making an investment with his money for your time, so yes, employees can be thought of as commodities. Just like the employee trading his/her time for money (which used to be a commodity, but is now fiat.)

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

Yes but good employers recognize that we are people.

And treat us as such.

I have worked for both kinds.