Friday, May 10, 2013

Fast food strike expands

Millions of Americans of all economic classes fear working in the fast food industry. Let me be frank: Working in fast food is one of the most hated jobs out there - if not the most hated. It's hard work for low pay, and there's almost no opportunity for advancement.

But the fact is, it doesn't have to be this way. Fast food companies can improve job conditions if they want to, but they've chosen not to.

Now fast food workers have decided not to sell themselves short. Good for them! Recently, fast food employees went on strike in New York City. Now the strike has spread to Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit. This is particularly remarkable because hardly any fast food workers in America today are unionized.

So how's that "right-to-work" law working out for the Michigan GOP now? Few things render "right-to-work" a toothless pod faster than strikes like this.

I've learned in life not to sell myself short. So this strike has my backing. If the strike comes to Cincinnati, and I see a picket line, I will not cross it.

The strike has had an effect. Some fast food restaurants have been forced to shut down because the workers walked out. But others have illegally called in scabs.

Manufacturing jobs were horrendous a century ago. But workers fought hard for better pay and safer jobs. Before long, the dangers of old became a distant memory for most American factory workers. If the fast food strike continues, the same can happen in the fast food biz. Also, if fast food jobs keep replacing manufacturing jobs (a trend that the right-wing media gloats about), it's only fair that fast food jobs should pay as well as the jobs they replace.

I hope this strike goes nationwide. Unfortunately, The Media won't cover it. The right-wing hacks at ABC, for example, are too busy kowtowing to congressional Republicans by "investigating" the Benghazi "cover-up" - even though absolutely zero mainstream voters give a shit about the nakedly partisan Benghazi hearings. So we must work harder to cover the strike. If this potential labor revolution expands further, I plan to keep you posted.

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