If you’re into the whole fast food thing (for the record, I’m not), you should probably get your jollies in while you can; assuming the ongoing fast food employee agitation campaigns hold out, the price of a Big Mac might just go up:
Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.
More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15″ and “We Are Worth More,” the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together.
“People are just fed up,” said Cindy Enriquez, 20, of Phoenix.
The $8.25 an hour she makes working for McDonald’s is not enough to go to college and become a police officer and barely enough to pay her rent, Enriquez said.
I’ve written before about the misguided people who demand too much altruism and too much quality from fast food restaurants, and I’d say this certainly qualifies: if you’re asking an astonishing $15 per hour minimum wage for working at McDonald’s, then you don’t really know how McDonald’s works, or indeed how any fast food restaurant works. What’s more concerning, at any rate, is the terminology they use to describe their efforts: do these fast food employees have any idea what “civil disobedience” actually means? Whatever else it may be, this latest fast food strike is a persuasive indication that we’re failing to provide our students with a strong civics education.
In other countries, it’s not the employees that are causing fast food business headaches; it’s the supply chain:
Big Mac lovers who go to McDonald’s in China are asking one question today: “Hey,where’s the beef?”
The fast food chain’s staple items—hamburgers and chicken nuggets—are displayed prominently on menus at outlets in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. But in the wake of concerns over food safety, those who attempt ordering them are asked to try out other options, instead.
“You can still buy a hamburger, but it has fish inside,” a saleswoman at a McDonald’s outlet in Beijing said Monday.
It’s a pitiable McDonald’s attempt at surf and turf. So, to recap: in the United States, fast food workers are demanding astronomical wages for menial entry-level jobs, and in China they’re stuffing their beef burgers with seafood. What a fractious industry. It might be better if everyone just abjured fast food and ate at home a little more often. You can even make it a fun political act: if striking at fast food restaurants qualifies as “civil disobedience,” then avoiding them altogether must count as full-blown anarchy!