Most of the people who walked off their job in fast food restaurants do not seem to have a firm grasp on reality …
- Your employer operates a “convenience store” that is non-essential in the normal scheme of things as people have been preparing food at home since the dawn of time. In addition, there are any number of other “convenience” stores and pre-packaged food outlets.
- Your employer has an abundant source of labor with each graduating class of seniors and the laws of supply and demand control the value of your job.
- In all likelihood, your job was designed for an entry-level employee or part-time student or senior citizen. The only worthwhile jobs are managerial in nature, not preparing or serving food or maintaining the facility.
- This is a transparent ploy by the unions to unionize low-skilled workers. It is not that the union actually cares for its members, it cares about dues, managing large healthcare and retirement funds, and the political power to corrupt politicians and coerce employers. This strike is a clear example of the union trying to flex their muscle.
- And, while I feel sorry for your current economic situation, I did not tell you to have multiple children out of wedlock with multiple men who refuse to financially and emotionally support their progeny. Likewise, I did not curb your education and your opportunity to get a better paying skilled position – the teachers’ unions produced decades of functional illiterates that have no place to turn.
- If you want to rise above your current situation, there are any number of government grants available, but you will have to work doubly hard to overcome what choices you have made.
- I do not understand why you believe that I should pay more for my “Happy Meal” to support your poor choices and disadvantage myself or my family. This is not a socialist society where “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is the operative guideline. And, I believe wealth distribution is charity at gunpoint and that a significant portion of any forced funding goes to the politicians and their special interests as “administrative fees.”
- We pay enough for job training and college programs – some complete with babysitters and paid living expenses.
From the progressive media …
Why I'm on Strike Today: I Can't Support Myself on $7.85 at Burger King -- 'I know what it feels like to be afraid of having your children go to bed hungry or being evicted. But today is not scary; it's empowering.'
I've worked at fast-food restaurants in North Carolina for the past 15 years. I've spent more hours at Church's Chicken, McDonald's and now Burger King than I can remember. I work hard – I never miss a shift and always arrive on time. But today, I'm going on strike.
I make $7.85 at Burger King as a guest ambassador and team leader, where I train new employees on restaurant regulations and perform the manager's duties in their absence. Before Burger King, I worked at Church's for 12 years, starting at $6.30 and ending at just a little more than $8 an hour.
I've never walked off a job before. I don't consider myself an activist, and I've never been involved with politics. I'm a mother with two sons, and like any mom knows, raising two teenage boys is tough. Raising them as a single mother, on less than $8 an hour, is nearly impossible, though.
My boys, Tramaine and Russell Jr are now 20 and 21 years old. When they were in middle and high school, I had to work two fast-food jobs to make ends meet. Most days, I would put them on the bus at 6:30am before working a 9 to 4 shift at one restaurant, then a 5-close shift at another. If I had a day off, I was at their schools, checking in with their teachers and making sure they were keeping up with their education. I wanted them, when they were grown-up, to not have to work two jobs.
My hours, like many of my coworkers, were cut this year, and I now work only 25 to 28 hours each week. I can't afford to pay my bills working part time and making $7.85, and last month, I lost my house. Now, I go back and forth between staying with Russell Jr and Tramaine. I never imagined my life would be like this at this point. I successfully raised two boys, and now I'm forced to live out of their spare bedrooms. That's why I'm on strike today.
Bottom line …
While the single mother mentioned above is to be congratulated for actually desiring to work instead of asking for government assistance, she might have noticed that she might do far better on government assistance than working. All because of government interference in the marketplace and the democrat desire to create perpetual political power through a permanent underclass.
In the story above, the worker proved the fallacy of a living wage as she successfully raised two children to adulthood on even lower wages. Of course, living expenses were not as highly inflated by government interference in the free market system.
I am sorry that you she is apparently a senior citizen and forced to live with your sons. But families have been forced to come together by the dire economic policies of the government. And,, there are only two things to blame for a person’s present circumstances – you and your past choices; and the democrats in government who have wasted billions and nothing was changed. Likewise, many employers are cutting hours and turning full-time positions into part-time positions due to the anticipation of that train wreck known as Obamacare – riddled with massive mistakes and implementation impossibilities.
The answer cannot be found within parasitic unions who produce nothing in return for stealing and mismanaging your money. And certainly the answer cannot be found within a corrupt government that cares not about people, but their self-interests and those of the special interests that keep them in power.
Look out for yourself and your family – the unions and progressive socialist democrats be damned – for what they have done in the past and for what they are about to do.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
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“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS