Private sector unions are dying. The attempt last week to unionize Wal-Mart did nothing to stop the death cycle. Now after the Waterloo at Wallyworld, McLabor os going after McJob,s from Salon:
At 6:30 this morning, New York City fast food workers walked off the job, launching a rare strike against a nearly union-free industry. Organizers expect workers at dozens of stores to join the one-day strike, a bold challenge to an industry whose low wages, limited hours and precarious employment typify a growing portion of the U.S. economy.
But employees were clear about their reasons for walking out. “They’re not paying us enough to survive,” McDonald’s worker Raymond Lopez told Salon in a pre-strike interview. Lopez said he decided to join today’s strike because “This company has enough money to pay us a reasonable amount for all that we do … they’re just not going to give it to us as long as they can get away with it. I think we need to be heard.”
Lopez, a 21-year-old who’s been at McDonald’s for two years, said he makes $8.75 an hour as a shift manager (organizers say this isn’t a supervisory position). He works at McDonald’s and at two other jobs – catering and doing leaf work – while paying off student loans, pursuing an acting career, and helping to support his family
So just how smart is this Raymond Lopez. He went to school, but learned no skill sufficient to earn him anything other than a minimum wage job. Lopez has saddled himself with both student loan debt and a family. Apparently Lopes did not study economics in his short stay in school.
Lopez as made a bunch of poor life decisions for which he thinks his salary should be doubled and your McLunch become too expensive to eat.