Fast-Food Workers Strike for 2nd Time in Week
The one-day walkouts continue today
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
Demonstrators protest in support of fast-food workers outside a McDonald's in New York on Monday.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – The one-day fast-food strikes that hit McDonald's, Burger King, and the like on Monday are showing no signs of stopping. With more underway today in Milwaukee, the New York Times is comparing the national campaign—aimed at mobilizing workers from hundreds of restaurants—to Occupy Wall Street. Some strikers are demanding $15 an hour—more than twice the minimum wage, and a big jump from the median industry pay of $9.05. "We’d be able to pay our living costs," says a Detroit McDonald's employee earning $7.40. "On what I’m earning right now you have to choose between paying your rent and eating the next day."

Though the Service Employees International Union is pouring millions into the campaign, a rep for the National Restaurant Association says the strikes don't hold much weight: "It is an effort to demonize the entire industry in order to make some organizing and political points." Experts, too, tell UPI the movement doesn't look promising; the high turnover rate of workers makes unionization near impossible. Over at the New York Communities for Change, however, the outcome looks a bit different. "Things are going phenomenally. Workers all over the country are taking action in an industry where there had literally been no action or traction a year ago," says a rep.

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Aug 3, 2013 6:26 PM CDT
We recently spent a few weeks in Australia and New Zealand where fast food and other unskilled workers make $ 12-15 a hour. Gasoline costs $ 6 / gallon, average homes sell for $ 450,000 UP with most 3+2's $ 500-900,000, basic cars start at $ 40,000, met a guy that had $ 90,000 in his Ford F-250, Big Macs were $ 8 with no refills on soda and charges for condiments, rent was 50-100% more than USA rates, clothes 50+% more, etc, etc, etc. We found NOTHING less expensive than in the good ole USA...BUT the workers in the ENTRY LEVEL JOBS were getting paid more! LOL
Aug 3, 2013 9:26 AM CDT
Where in the hell do you find scabs to cross the picket lines in this situation? Will the scabs get the benefit of going through accelerated versions of McDonald's and Burger King Universities? Will they make more or less money than the employees they are replacing?
Aug 2, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
Entry level jobs. If you're not at least an assistant manager after about a year at those jobs the problem is YOU.