12 tweets McLovin' and McHatin' the East Bay's #FastFoodStrike

East Bay fast food workers strike outside of a McDonald's and Taco Bell.
Image courtesy of Wendy Bloom, @RebelNurse

Workers from about 30 fast food restaurants in the East Bay rallied for higher pay yesterday, demanding $15 an hour, nearly twice as much as California's $8 an hour minimum wage. For reference, Burger King Chief Executive Officer Bernardo Hees makes $4,015,619 with salary and investments, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants David C. Novak (KFC Corporation/Pizza Hut are a part of Yum!) makes $14,168,355, and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's Corp Donald Thompson makes $13,751,919 with his salaries and investments, according to figures from Forbes and BusinessWeek.

It would take 1,771,044 fast food workers paid at California's minimum wage, $8 an hour, one year to equal what Novak takes home annually.

Here are some tweets and other "touts" from the strike, which was part of a national movement.

Tout video via Jane Tyska, @Tyska on Twitter.

Twitter Hate

Twitter Love

Gettin' Sassy

Striking in Oakland

Tout video via Jane Tyska, @Tyska on Twitter.



Posted by Guest on Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

And what value do add to society again?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

probably very close to being replaceable with a vending machine.

I'd pay them $5 an hour, cash in hand, no benefits and expect them to thank me for giving them the opportunity.

Posted by anon on Aug. 30, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

In Chicago 100,000 gang age, minority males (out of 200,000) are in street gangs -- presumably because they wont go to work for a minimum wage that is now $3.50 an hour (inflation adjusted) below the 1968 federal minimum -- especially when per capita income has doubled in the meantime.

Political scientist Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, from UC Berkeley -- who spent nine years in five poor New York and Los Angeles neighborhoods (and ten years before that researching street gangs) -- explains in his 2008 book Cracks in the Pavement that ghetto schools don't work mostly because students (and teachers!) don't expect anything decently remunerative waiting for them in the labor market, so think it hopeless to make the effort.

Posted by Denis Drew on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 8:24 am

That's a weird, perverse notion. Plenty of poor people do not commit crimes.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 9:02 am

Pure free market and no bleeding heart: The 70 million (half) of our workforce who take 88% of overall income are not about to say to the 70 million who get 12% -- that they wont need what they produce anymore should 4% of overall income slide in their direction.

Obama's median wage -- right in the middle of the 140 million -- is in the neighborhood of $15/hr (you get different figures).

The 4% represents raising the minimum wage to $15/hr: 70 million X $8,000/yr average raise (half way between $15,000/yr and $30,000/yr) = $560 billion = 3.6% of our $15.8 trillion economy.

Posted by Denis Drew on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 8:25 am

According to a New York Times article: average hourly pay for fast food workers today is $9 an hour, up from $8.66 in 2009.

I checked the Bureau of Labor standard's online inflation calculator which uses the most commonly accepted inflation gauge (CPI-U) -- and $8.66 in 2009 dollars equates to $9.43 in 2013 -- a loss of almost fifty cents an hour in four years!

Posted by Denis Drew on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 8:27 am

They do not get paid more than that because anyone can do that job, and there are many who would happily work for that.

Nobody willingly overpays for anything.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 9:03 am

They are not getting paid as much as they could potentially extract from the labor market if they were able to withhold their labor -- through a union or a minimum wage -- to bargain for a better price. All you are talking about is the typical race to the bottom when there is no way to bargain.

A $15 an hour minimum wage -- which is today's median wage -- would take 4% of overall income and slide it to the bottom half of our workforce. That 4% would come from the top half who now get 88% of overall income. Think about it: are the top 70 million no longer going to want what the bottom 70 million produce if they have to pay a little more?

Think about this too if you want to know how warped our labor market has gotten: today's minimum wage is $3.50 an hour below LBJ's 1968 minimum of $10.75 -- almost double the average income later.

Posted by Denis Drew on Sep. 01, 2013 @ 9:17 am

large pool of other people willing to work for $9 an hour, which there is.

Where there is no such pool of available labor, perhaps in some very expensive and exclusive locations, then a higher rate may be needed.

Pay is local but never higher than it needs to be. And there is no political support for doubling the minimum wage, nor the money to pay for it, not the appetite for all the inflation that would cause.

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