Fighters For Fifteen

The fast food strikers were out again yesterday:

With support from union groups such as the Service Employees International Union, the fast-food protests have dramatically grown over the course of the last year. The early protests in New York City in November grew to thousands of protesters waging actions in seven other cities during the summer. An August strike spread to more than fifty cities, including areas in the South that have historically been hostile to union actions.
Mary Coleman, known to her co-workers as Ms. Mary, works at a Popeye’s in Milwaukee for $7.25 an hour. Coleman, 59, lives with her daughter, who has a heart condition, and her two grandchildren. She also relies on food stamps to make ends meet and says she would gladly trade in her Qwest card for higher wages.
Coleman says she is inspired by the organizing of low-wage workers in other states.
“I’m very excited about it, and it lets me know people can come together and do what’s right,” she says.
Danielle, 23, is a fast food worker at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits in Charleston who will be going on strike.
She walks five miles every day to work, and because she’s on her own, says she has trouble paying her bills on time. Sometimes she receives her paycheck and sees it isn’t even enough to cover rent.
“It makes me feel good because people are opening their mouths and going on strike, and saying we want a raise. We’ve been busting out butts and we finally want a raise. I’m glad to be one of the people going on strike because this is ridiculous,” she says.
Danielle adds she doesn’t fear retaliation from her employers for going on strike.
“I know my rights as a manager. They can’t fire me for opening my mouth. I earned [my paycheck], I’m a hard worker.”

I was following the strike yesterday on Twitter, and they were putting out photos.

Here’s Mary Coleman, from the story:





In Soviet New York, mayor bribe you

I think Galtians, as a group, are too politically tone deaf to take direct control of our government, but when they want to try, their ability to bribe people helps them a lot (via):

In the old days, and in every other city in the world most days, favor-seekers bribe politicians — with cash in envelopes, with legal contributions, or with political support. In Mike Bloomberg’s New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors — a legal payment here, a medical procedure there — and charitable contributions.

Open Thread: The First Teahadist?

Nice catch by Corey (The Reactionary Mind) Robin:

Throughout his career, [Edmund] Burke’s financial state had been precarious. Much to his embarrassment, he was periodically forced to rely upon well timed gifts and loans from his wealthier friends and patrons…

Thanks to the interventions of his well connected friends, Burke secured from Pitt in August 1795 two annuities that would wipe out his debts and a pension that, along with an additional pension and the income from his estate, would enable him and his wife to live in comfort into their old age.

Three months later, when Burke took up his pen against a proposal for the government to subsidize the wages of farm laborers during bad harvest years (so that they could sustain themselves and their families), he wrote, “To provide for us in our necessities is not in the power of government.”

(Belated thanks to commentor Ranchandsyrup for the link.)

Leeches on the Public Dole


Via valued commenter Litlebritdifrnt, word of a study that shows who the REAL welfare queens are; summarized as follows at Gawker:

The ongoing movement to raise the wages of fast food workers got a boost today from two new reports that attempt to quantify just how much those low wages cost society as a whole. It’s a lot.

The first report, out of UC-Berkeley’s Labor Center, attempts to calculate the total amount of public benefits that taxpayers provide to low-wage fast food workers, who are not paid enough to cover their basic needs. The findings:

More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole.

The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year.

Even those lucky enough to get full time hours are not immune: “The families of more than half of the fast-food workers employed 40 or more hours per week are enrolled in public assistance programs.”

Shorter, more profane study: The greedy fucks who are reaping enormous profits by selling us diabetes-causing crap are too fucking stingy to pay their employees a living wage, so the rest of us have to pay the freight on the back end instead of shelling out a nickel more on a Happy Meal.

I say it’s time for those shiftless, Cadillac-driving, t-bone-steak-eating bucks in the board rooms to get their goddamn feedstraws outta our wallets.

Maher- 1, Glibertarians- 0

Poor Matt Welch, he tries so hard, but sometimes your wingnut talking points leave you unprepared:

Loathesome. And remember, Welch wasn’t always pissed off about big one-sized fits all systems.