- Working 18-20 Hour shifts without a break - Dangerous and deadly working conditions - No insurance, if injured on the job you lose your job - no days off for holidays, no vacations, sick days, no personal time, heck your're lucky if you even get a lunch or bathroom break - No paid overtime, employers can keep you working all day long for weeks straight if they wanted to - no minimum wage, lets see you try to buy groceries with your $0.15 an hour job - child labor, must be fun having your little sister or brother crawling through large machines - environmental laws, you must love the taste of water contaminated with oil, radiation and dangerous chemicals
and dont say the government provided these things, its the Unions that made the government provide these things. Unions are the only line of defense against the super-wealthy from legally coming into your home and selling you for slave wages in the name of capitalism.
You should stop drinking whatever flavor koolaid and conduct actual research. The conditions you mentioned have not existed wholesale in the US for decades. Current government regulation takes care of muh of this a local, state and federal levels. Today's unions focus more on higher wages and increased benefits for professionals, not on conditions for unskilled laborers.
rustyironmongerFeatured By OwnerDec 20, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
I would stop supporting ALL delis, restaurants and bars, just as I have decided to stop supporting Wal-Mart if they bow to the pressures of this outdated movement living on patriotism and memories of the Industrial Revolution.
SvenlerFeatured By OwnerDec 12, 2012Professional Photographer
1) Considering that fast food is a highly competitive market with low entry barriers, prices should remain the same in the short run. In the long run, however, price increases and/or lay-offs are likely.
4) Business owners might skimp on quality to keep prices the same, so we might be worse off.
1. How would Unionizing Fast Food Workers affect food prices?
Maybe not at all. It depends what union demands for their members are, and how employers respond.
Some portion control wouldn''t be such a bad idea. However, I think a price increase that discourages some from consuming so much fast food would probably be good for the society's overall health. Obesity is a major health issue in Western nations and those new nations becoming more westernised. Fast food is dangerous. It's saturated fats, salt and sugar contents should be legislated against in my opinion.
2. Will striking McDonalds and Burger King Workers force you to learn how to cook or eat at a fancier restaurant?
Maybe. Learning how to prepare food for oneself is a rather crucial skill for survival in any case, and nobody should hesitate to know how to make a burger. Grilling a pattie of meat, halving a bun, slicing some tomato, cheese and whatever else one adds to it is not a hard lesson and quickly learnt.
3. Who will be included in these unions
Whover is willing to believe that membership in that particular union would be a useful tool for negotiating with their employer.
4. Would we be better off eating food from people who are working at a higher wage than someone working at or below minimum wage?
The wage of the people making and serving food should have no relationship to the well-being of the comsumer.
1. They would increase operating costs, therefore customers either get smaller offerings or higher prices. Either way, each individual restaurant will likely see a diminished workforce as individual employee pay is increased to help offset union dues. I doubt the effect would be one-sided. 2. This is a side effect and should not be an intended consequence of protecting workers' rights. 3. You decide, since you came up with this insane idea. 4. Really? As I stated in #3, any intended consequence designed to bring about unrelated social change should never be the mission of collective bargaining within an industry.
And like minimum wage, the overwhelming consumers of minimum-wage services and products are minimum-wage earners. The price of cheese burgers goes up? You think the customers who patron restaurants with chefs and cooks making nice salaries will be feeling it?
Nope. The kid going to college that works a part-time job and only has $3 for lunch to begin with is going to feel it. And not just on his fast-food lunch. But every aspect of his life.
1. How would Unionizing Fast Food Workers affect food prices? Depends honestly. But if I had to guess, then employeers for fast food would just decrease the size of their staff (bad as you now cut out quite a few part time jobs that high school students or college students need/want which won't lead to good things in the economy as they tend to spend their money the quickest) or else not increase the wages to deal with the union fees. As for less chained restaurants, like Steak 'n Shake or Applebeese that run on less employees, there would probably be an increase in price. In terms of the damage, well, that depends on how well the economy is for a given area as well as possibly the location.
2. Will striking McDonalds and Burger King Workers force you to learn how to cook or eat at a fancier restaurant? I already know how to cook for myself and "fancier" restaurants are too expensive for me. No, this would just be more aggrievating for me when I need to make a once-in-a-blue-moon stop to eat something (then usually get back on the road.)
3. Who will be included in these unions, is it just people who work at McDonalds/Burger Kings etc, or will this include waitresses, waiters, baternders etc? Situation depending. But most likely, waiters, baternders, etc. would be unionized before employees at fast food restaurants.
4. Would we be better off eating food from people who are working at a higher wage than someone working at or below minimum wage? Honestly, if you aren't a douche bag in life then it makes little difference. Those in "low rung" jobs are more likely to do something stupid to your food, but that is a very unlikely situation.