Egged on by SEIU, non-union fast food workers strike in New York

After last week’s rousing success with Walmart strikes, fast food workers across New York City are feeling lucky. Hundreds of fast food workers are striking today for $15-an-hour wages as well as recognition for their independent union, the Fast Food Workers Committee. Naturally, the SEIU couldn’t be happier:

Fast food workers in New York City barely make enough to get by. Many of us make minimum wage — just $7.25 an hour, or as little as $11,000 a year. Meanwhile, the Goliath corporations we work for, like McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, are part of a $200 billion industry. These corporations reap huge profits and shower CEOs with exorbitant compensation while most of their employees qualify for food stamps.

Damn those greedy corporations that employ people! Good thing workers and strike advocates are giving those corporations what for. How better to lobby for more money for all the work you’re doing than by ceasing to work?

Nothin’ gets the toes tappin’ like a strike, baby!

Unfortunately, doubling the minimum wage, as these workers are demanding, would put a strain on their employers and make hiring workers more difficult. Oh, and don’t forget about the chunk reserved for the Fast Food Workers Committee union dues. But, gee, that chant’s catchy!

Unfortunately for the strikers, it looks like their nemeses are a few steps ahead when it comes to winning the social media game:


  • Thanatos144

    shocker unions acting like communist tools.

  • Steve Bacher

    Fire ALL their asses. There are plenty of others to take the jobs.
    Minimum wage and they probably all have cell phones, big screen TVs, etc.
    If NY is too expensive, move somewhere cheaper.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Are they aware that “fast food worker” isn’t a career, and as such, you’re not meant to do more than “get by?” Also, when I order a Baconator with only mustard on it and it comes out as a hamburger with bacon and mustard on it EVERY TIME (and not without bacon. It has. Somehow.), THEN we’ll talk.

  • Josephine (D)

    I’m applying for a job at Taco Bell. I don’t have a job, and I’m desperate for anything. I need to be able to go to at least community college.

    Working is a gift, and these arses are nothing but a bunch of greedy ingrates.

    • Joseph Phillips

      Good for you, Josephine. These jobs are stepping stones to help you along the way. Working hard, a good attitude, and a desire to better yourself is an example for many to follow! Best to you!

    • Gallatin

      You will succeed Josephine because you don’t mind doing what is necessary to get ahead. I worked as a busboy, dishwasher, and grill cook through all 4 years of college and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

    • Penmar

      Good luck, Josephine.

  • Tabitha Taylor

    I’m sorry but I hope they FIRE THEM ALL!! Fifteen bucks an hour for totally unskilled labor is ridiculous! Give me a break! Are you worth more than min wage when the job is one that any putz can walk in, get hired / trained & start work right off the street? Some companies are gonna have to lay down the line & fire these people to make an example of them or live at the mercy of the corrupt unions & let them run you right out of business ala Hostess!

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Christine C. Quinn
    “I support fast food restaurant workers’ rights to organize and fight for decent wages”

    Well Christine, I support management’s right to terminate any employee who is not satisfied with the COMPENSATION they receive in return for their VOLUNTARY employment…………..

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sarah Jaffe
    “Hey hey, ho ho, minimum wage has got to go!”

    You’re absolutely right Sarah, minimum wage DOES have to go………..and instead be replaced with a wage determined by the free market……… don’t like the wage, don’t take the job.

    • Joseph Phillips

      Exactly! It’s not like the wage was a surprise when they got their first check.

      • TomJB

        Though I bet a few of them had a youtube-able moment when they first met FICA.

  • t jack

    Serving fries is not a career!

  • Steve_J

    Close the stores and let the twits find other jobs.

  • Steve_J

    Maybe they could get jobs working for the unions, they pay less than minimum wage.

  • Sakemoto

    How many want to pay $12.00 for a Big Mac? Raise your hand! Oh. No takers on that. I guess we’ll have to close McDonald’s cause we can’t pay $15.00 an hour unless we raise our prices so high that nobody will buy our product.

    • Matthew T. Mason

      Common sense. Something these tards lack in.

    • Penmar

      They ought to close them anyway and just tell all those workers to go jump off the fiscal cliff.

  • Thanatos144

    Did hostess teach these idiots nothing?

    • TugboatPhil

      Quite possibly so, because “nothing” is all they seem to know.

  • David Busch

    I’m curious about this just as I was curious about the “walkouts” at Walmart last Friday. These people DO realize they’re not unionized now, right? They can be fired with no recourse, and replaced with minimum wage earners happy to have a job at all.

  • Mike Horve

    I feel for these workers wanting better pay. I’v been there and done that, but if you want more, work more. Oh I forgot, these people voted for BHO and that made working more bad for the employer. Just hope for a promotion. If you Don’t like it then u should have voted for the Romney and u could have had a good job just about anywhere.

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    My friend Lady Liberty 1885 has a post at BsCN that blows the lid off of who all is really behind this craziness. Call it occupy 2.0! Get all the deets here:

  • walterc

    Thanks to their votes for The Won, now they can only work 29 hours. Maybe they should go apply at Hostess. Oh wait. The employers should just fire them. From what I saw on the Walmart tweets, there’s plenty of people that would be happy to take those jobs.

  • Joseph Phillips

    Let’s just make the minimum wage $100 per hour. Or $200 per hour! The cost of goods and services will just rise in proportion. The real argument though isn’t about minimum wage, it’s about unskilled and uneducated people demanding more than what they deserve.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Hey hey, ho ho if dey unionize I ain’t gonna eat at da fast food restaurant no mo!


    Screw all Unions, period. When the war comes , attack the unions first.

  • TwitWit

    It’ll be weird seeing Small Fries, Double Cheeseburgers, and Two Apple Pies on the new * TEN DOLLAR MENU*

    • nc

      Dang those pesky unintended consequences.

  • lainer51

    SLACKERS !!!!!!!!!!

  • medicinewomantwo

    You’re fired. Next job applicant.

  • snowball

    Fire them all!!

  • Emily B

    My husband supports a family of five making barely more than that. And he does it through HARD WORK and NO government assistance. How ’bout that?

  • sjd

    Here’s your problem, the job is entry level, high school, students, part timers, retired. It requires very very little skill or training…That’s why it pays entry level…it is NOT worth $15 an hour and never will be. Unions can promise anything, employees can demand anything, bottom line if the store does not make money…say good by…like American Motors, American Steel, Hostess and on and on. Yes I worked fast food…50 years ago…$1.00 an hour…stayed in school…been a manager for 40 years …life is good…if you work it.

    • TexSizzle

      36 years ago for me at minimum wage – $2.10. Turnover so high that after 2 weeks I was night manager; 56-hour weeks without overtime. When I started, I told them it was just for the summer, that I was returning to college in the fall. The experience did me good and the hard work didn’t do me any harm. I also went on to bigger & better things.

  • Gallatin

    “Fast food workers in New York City barely make enough to get by. Many of
    us make minimum wage — just $7.25 an hour, or as little as $11,000 a

    If you don’t like what they are paying you at these evil companies then go work somewhere else, what is so difficult about that logic?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    These are the idiots who voted for Obama, their brains can’t comprehend reason and logic. And most of them are probably high. It wouldn’t surprise me if they ate at whatever fast food establishment they were protesting in front of. $15 an hour…hehe. They must be high.

  • Adela Wagner

    If this actually came to be, there would be a tremendous hole cut into teenagers garnering their first job, college educated people who cannot find a job,older unskilled workers, and part time jobs for those who need flexibility. Not to mention the fact that at around 8.00 they will have to charge for a burger, fast food restaurants may end up a thing of the past. You kooks need to read about a company that was around a long time and did something we all thought would never happen, they were called “Hostess”…

  • scalzo

    So a job at McDonalds serving burger and fries is now a career? What’s next the boys that cut lawns in the summer? The hooter girls serving food? I thought fast food jobs where for teenagers?

  • mommasaurus009

    Do ppl even understand why we have Minimum Wage?Its the minimum pay for entry-level,unskilled work-exactly what a fast-food job is.Canada’s Fast food workers may b unionized,but I seriously doubt they offer a “Dollar Menu” or “Value Menu”.U can’t go to Subway and get a $5 Footlong..theirs is $8 So,if McD’s has 2 pay more for labor,poor ppl will take the biggest hit cuz they would no longer b able to afford low prices offered by fast food restaurants

  • Thomas Collins

    I need to support my family on a busboy’s salary.

  • jerry

    Fire anyone who strikes…..plenty to take their place.

  • jerry

    Again, the union fools act like the little toddler at Walmart whose mother won’t buy him the shiney new toy the kid spied while going down the aisle: WAAAAAH, WAAAAH, WAAAAAH!!

  • John Thomas Ward III

    WHERE”S MY JOB?!? I’ve worked in Restaurants, fast-food, Fancy, Diners and so on, and there’s always problems, Like Rubber Paychecks (#MangoTreeCocoaBeach), etc. THE UNIONS WILL CAUSE PRICES TO GO UP SIGNIFICANTLY, CUSTOMERS WILL STOP PATRONIZING THEM, AND THEY WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS! And all this, while Union Bosses collect Lucrative salaries, Perks, etc. When the Fast food industry dies, who will they try to control next? Jawamax 8<{D}