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July 31, 2013 - 12:01 pm

So I guess going to a New York McDonald’s isn’t a good idea right now.

Videographer and conservative blogger Adam Sharp of SharpElbows.net attended one such demonstration and interviewed an SEIU member, easily identifiable as such by his purple shirt.

When asked whether the union member supported the $15 per hour wage increase the McDonald’s workers were demanding, he admitted, “I’m not sure.”

He also said he was there to show his support for the workers rather than the company and expressed a fear that, “if they’re [the McDonald’s employees] pissed off, they could be doing something to that food.”

“So that’s your main concern, is that if they don’t get what they want, they might contaminate the food?”

The SEIU member shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”

Video at the link.

I’m not one who hates on McDonald’s. You go there, you get what you want at a reasonable price and the product is consistent from coast to coast. Overseas, McDonald’s adjusts to its environment, so in Tokyo you can get a teriyaki burger (and they’re awesome). You can’t beat their price for ice cream sundaes.

The strike for $15/hour to flip burgers is stupid. Working the line at McDonald’s was never intended to be a full-time career. It’s an entry-level job at low wages to gain experience to help advance to the next, better, job. Obama’s wretched economy is forcing many Americans into underemployment, though, where benefits are scarce and wages are low. Obamacare, which the SEIU and other unions happily supported, is wrecking the 40-hour work week and causing many employers to reconsider offering benefits to their employees at all. So unions are trying to get out of the law that they supported.

The strike is really about, on the one hand, attacking an American corporation that the left loves to hate on, and on the other hand, unionizing part-time workers at said corporation by whatever means become necessary. While it’s a dumb strike, it has exposed the total gullibility and even tendency to aid fraud on the left from the Huffington Post to “Think” Progress.

If the fraud and strike succeed, you’ll end up paying more for your burger and fries, so you’ll buy less of them, and some McDonald’s workers will lose their jobs. If it doesn’t, well, let’s hope the SEIU man’s fears aren’t realized, or the little strike may end up destroying a massively successful American company and thousands of people’s livelihood along with it.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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SEIU is pushing for this raise so they can go to the employers elsewhere and say, "Hey, shouldn't our members who work for you make more than those unskilled high-school dropouts at McDonald's?"

It's a variation on their periodic minimum-wage-hike ploy; if it succeeds, avoiding McDonald's won't help because prices will be skyrocketing across the board.
51 weeks ago
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As the article says, this is an entry level job. If the people working at McDonald's don't think they're making enough, go somewhere else. But first increase your skill set to make yourself desirable to hire for that better wage rate. This was never meant to be a career. It involves no thiinking at all and leately I've noticed that it doesn't even involve grasp of the English language. Raising minimum wage rates for completely unskilled workers has never worked, ever! It reduces profits and lowers the number of people the employer can hire and still make a profit.
51 weeks ago
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If those strikers get what they want, we may just have to replace them with automated burger-making-and-vending machines. Apart from the occasional malfunction, machines rarely miss your order and never spit in your food.
51 weeks ago
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This thug should be facing charges for making terroristic threats, and if any food IS tampered with all of SEIU should be RICOd into oblivion. These thugs do this kind of thing because they're allowed to get away with it.
51 weeks ago
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I don't eat at McDonald's anyway, not since I got food poisoning from one as a child and nearly ended up in the hospital and probably should have been. After this threat, if even one person gets sick from one of those restaurants, all fast food brands will see a drop off in customers. Some might franchises might even have to close down. But if any are linked to an SEIU member, don't expect action from the regime.

I also guess they haven't noticed fast food prices are going up in the last few years. Orders that used to be under $5 are now closer to $10. Add in in the costs of the $15 per hour wage hike and it will spike even more. That will cost sales and that will cost jobs.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
The first MacDonald's food-poisoning lawsuit that's directed against SEIU instead of MacDonald's will end this ridiculous crusade.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why not put up a tip jar and let the customers decide how much the workers are worth?
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
The food at McD's isn't that good, even by fast-food standards; in fact, it's just a couple of notches above garbage. So if a $15/hour wage increase adds to the price, as it inevitably would, I sure wouldn't continue to patronize the McD's franchises, and I doubt anyone else would, either.

Soon, we're going to start seeing uncontrollable inflation, anyway, thanks to the Fed's QE crap, so nobody will be eating fast food and these morons will be out of a job.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sure, go ahead, raise the fast food worker's pay to $15. A standard daytime shift employs 12-16 people, so for 12 hours of coverage that's about an extra (16 people * $7 pay bump * 12 hours) $1344 per day, or almost half a million in extra wages annually.
Everyone believes that McDonald's franchises are gold mines, but go to a small business owner and tell him he has to increase his labor costs by half a million annually. Don't you think you'd find some significant incentive to cut employee hours and go with more mechanization. Those 12-16 people become 7-9, forget any teenager getting a $15 per hour gig, you punch in your order on a screen and swipe your card, and you make your own darn coffee.
Oh, and the SEIU guy in the purple shirt? Mechanization can take over your job, too., smarty pants.
51 weeks ago
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If the "strike" were to succeed (by what measure, I don't know), I will simply never go to McD's ever again. Even if the deal reached with striking workers was much les than $15/hr, I would boycott the franchise, as well as any other franchise now under attack by these "strikers."

Thing is though, most McD stores are franchisees, and amybe that's true with Burger King and Wendy's. How does a bargain agreement work then?

The most concrete reason to boycott would be if these fast-food places go union.
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