2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers

  
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2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers
“Today, we live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But tens of millions of workers don't know that, because they're working longer hours for low wages,” Sanders said during the town hall. “Does anybody think that that is moral, or that is right?”

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Multiple Democratic presidential candidates expressed solidarity with striking McDonald’s workers and attended events with them around the country,  according  to ABC News.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov.  Jay Inslee  and New York City Mayor  Bill de Blasio  joined striking employees around the country, while Sen.  Bernie Sanders who had to remain in Washington, D.C., to vote for a disaster relief bill, addressed the striking workers via a live town hall and pledged to sign legislation as president to raise the minimum wage and strengthen worker protections.






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Honored to stand with @ McDonalds workers in Des Moines today in their # FightFor15 . Working people deserve to be paid fair wages for their labor, period.

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“Today, we live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But tens of millions of workers don't know that, because they're working longer hours for low wages,” Sanders said during the town hall. “Does anybody think that that is moral, or that is right?”

Castro, meanwhile, joined striking workers in Durham, N.C., Wednesday. "We’re here today to tell McDonald’s that it’s not acceptable to pay your workers a wage you can’t live on,” Castro said, according to ABC. Both Castro's and Sanders’s campaigns are unionized.

Inslee appeared with striking workers in Chicago Thursday, tweeting, “Today, I'm proud to be on the strike line with McDonald's workers in Chicago as they demand the right to a union, safe working conditions, and fair pay. Because that's what every one of us deserves.”

De Blasio, meanwhile, joined workers in Des Moines, Iowa, and tweeted, “Working people deserve to be paid fair wages for their labor, period."

South Bend, Ind., Mayor  Pete Buttigieg and Sen.  Kirsten Gillibrand also expressed solidarity with workers at the fast-food giant. Buttigieg posted a video supporting striking workers on Twitter.

Gillibrand, in an editorial in the Dallas Morning News,  wrote , “We must ensure that workers' voices and concerns are heard in boardrooms across America. Unions make us stronger, and they don't just raise wages for their members — they help raise wages for all working Americans.”

McDonald’s cooks and cashiers are striking in major cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, demanding the company respect their right to form a union and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The company is also  facing  a spate of sexual harassment complaints, filed against both franchise and corporate-owned locations in 20 cities. Protesters assembled Tuesday outside the company’s Chicago headquarters to call for action on the issue.




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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 months ago

They belong on the picket line with the strikers. This is the root of the modern Democratic Party. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
1.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago
They belong on the picket line with the strikers. This is the root of the modern Democratic Party

Yeah a bunch of rich white liberal elites really fit in.

I remember when Democrats tried to hang out at occupy wallstreet. They were told that they were being protested too.

When rich crony capitalists try to portray themselves as social justice warriors.

Funny stuff

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

The need for unions has long since passed. But of course these photo ops are not to be missed.

The problem is that most of these stores are franchises, and McDonald's doesn't control them.

It's up to the operator to set prices and make hiring and firing decisions, and the profit margins are not all that great.

Increasing wages will very likely lead to less staff and fewer hours.

https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/04/03/what-percentage-of-mcdonalds-restaurants-are-owned.aspx

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2  Freedom Warrior    4 months ago

Not here they aren't.  They're killing our business and costing us more all time with mandatory wage hikes of nearly 50% over 6 years. Of course we'll have to cut labor as a result and the Dems are just fine with that result.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2    4 months ago

Why should people work longer hours for low wages without trying to do something about it? Labor action is the history of this country. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    4 months ago
Why should people work longer hours for low wages without trying to do something about it?

It's called self respect.   They've been hired to do a job and they knew the future prospects of that job BEFORE they took it.

Of course, they should also consider one salient FACT.   The positions they hold are tenuous at best.   Automated kiosks are replacing low skill people all over all the time.  Push too hard and your job will be the next replaced.

As a friend who is a great salesman once told me.  "When I'm negotiating the sales price, I always consider the actual cost of getting the product on the street then some profit margin and commission.  My commission is least valuable to the company but paramount to me, and I'm realistic enough to understand that 5% of something is much better than 100% of nothing."

Let them price themselves out of a job.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
2.1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.1    4 months ago

Automatic kiosks are coming regardless of what the workers earn.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.2    4 months ago
Automatic kiosks are coming regardless of what the workers earn.

Great.  Then fire them now and use the wage savings to pay for the loan for the kiosks.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2.1.4  Freedom Warrior  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    4 months ago

Doing something about it is what I and just about every aspirational person has been doing since we began working. 

 
 
 
Jack_TX
2.1.5  Jack_TX  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    4 months ago
Why should people work longer hours for low wages without trying to do something about it?

They shouldn't.  They should look for better jobs.  

 
 
 
Snuffy
2.2  Snuffy  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2    4 months ago

Where is here?   I would love to hear some first-hand accounts of areas that have increased the min wage and how the changes have impacted the local economy, people's lives, etc.  I sometimes see stories in main-stream media but I do not trust MSM so it's rather difficult to get good info.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2.2.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Snuffy @2.2    4 months ago

From 2017 to 2023 CA minimum wage increases from $10 / hour to $15 / hour.   As a result we among others are now forced to increase our prices and in many restaurants we have added a 5% surcharge to the check.   Some locations are closing down or reducing hours during certain meal periods in order to reduce labor.  We are reducing staff where possible.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
3  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    4 months ago

I'm glad 2020 Democrat candidates finally found a place they are qualified to work at.

I'd suggest keeping the cowfart thing to themselves. That won't go over well with their team leader.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4  XDm9mm    4 months ago

Hot damn....  the Democrats have found something I can support.

Get all those McDonalds workers unionized and the FRANCHISEES that own those McDonalds stores nationwide can improve service by installing an automated KIOSK to take my order, get it right and eliminate all those ungrateful unionized workers.  No more trying to use sign language with a clerk that can't speak English.   And let's not forget that the kiosk won't be an arrogant self absorbed shithead that thinks he/she is doing me a favor by taking the order that they were hired to take.

AUTOMATE MCDONALDS NOW!!!!!

 
 
 
Ronin2
5  Ronin2    4 months ago

They can strike their way right out of a job. They might get their $15 an hour; but they will also get replaced by Kiosks. Just ask the McDonald's workers in Seattle.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/11/29/thanks-to-fight-for-15-minimum-wage-mcdonalds-unveils-job-replacing-self-service-kiosks-nationwide/#1644e9734fbc

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced the nationwide roll-out of touchscreen self-service kiosks. In a  video the company released to showcase the new customer experience , it’s striking to see employees who once would have managed a cash register now reduced to monitoring a customer’s choices at an iPad-style kiosk.

It’s not just McDonald’s that has embraced job-replacing technology. Numerous restaurant chains (both quick service and full service) have looked to computer tablets as a solution for rising labor costs that won't adversely impact the customer’s experience. Eatsa, a fully-automated restaurant concept, now has five locations—all in cities or states that have embraced a $15 minimum wage. And in a scene stolen from The Jetsons , the Starship delivery robot is now navigating the streets of San Francisco with groceries and other consumer goods. The company’s founder pointed to a rising minimum wage as a key factor driving the growth of his automated delivery business.

 
 
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