“They saw the earlier strikes by some of the fast food workers in other cities, and they wanted to replicate that and get involved in the campaign. This is an organic campaign that is being driven primarily by the desire of the workers to earn a living wage and exercise their freedom to form a union.” –Peter Feng, Service Employees Union International
Mr. Feng is pretty skimpy with details of prior strikes of “earlier strikes … in other cities…” It’s cute, in a way, that he uses the term of this “strike” being “an organic campaign” being driven by the desire of The Workers to “earn a living wage…” etc, since he’s speaking on behalf of the Service Employees International Union, a group that has more access to the White House than me or you or anyone we know. Read it all – I’ve not interest in misquoting him.
McDonald’s is the posterboy-target of this bullshit, though many fast-food restaurants are affected by this. The logic goes that, well, a teenager who gets a job at McDonald’s can’t raise a family of four on the minimum wage – in America, I think that’s $7.50, but in Australia it’s $8ish (Rush Limbaugh touched on this fallacy today, but I’m only aware of the general numbers – correct me if I’m really off here), so there’s that – and then anyone who works for a living outside the government, anyone who literally does anything outside the realm of government or government union or service union for money asks this simple question: Why does a teenager need a living wage? Why do the people who employ teenagers – omitting lazy people with lawns but including fast-food chains – have to pay them $15/hour? Why not $5? Why not $40?
What does a “living wage” actually mean? I long for an American that is full of teenagers who are trying to get jobs at fast food restaurants, because that is how an ethic of work (fancytalk for ‘work ethic’”) is formed. For that matter, I though Liberals hated McDonald’s – why are they so interested in how the people who work there are paid?
In short – duh – they’re not. SEIU and its kindred are Marxists front groups, nothing more and nothing less. Their desire is position the people who do the lowest-level work against the people who’ve spent years to get where they are, while building animosity between the two. That is the goal. That’s all they want. For a motivated kid, adult or retired person, McDonald’s (and so many other such companies) offer the chance to go to work, be part of the team, earn a check, deliver a service, and … nothing else. That’s what they do, and there’s not a goddamn thing wrong with that.
Those elderly folk who are greeters at Wal-Mart and other such stores, the ones who say hello to you when you enter the building, you think they’r'e there at gunpoint? Well, if the SEIU had it’s way, they wouldn’t exist, or if they did, they’d have a right-proper stool to sit on while ignoring you as you entered the building.
McDonald’s, more than any other company in America that I know of, has an executive committee – those capitalist pigs we hear about so often, if we pay attention – that is populated by people who started out frying burgers for the same company. They advertise this shit – it’s not a secret – all over any given McDonald’s store are leaflets and flyers trying to get people to work for them, and those pieces of paper advertise the guys and girls that started out frying burgers or working the register who now make strategic decisions at one of the most recognizable brands on Earth