Union bosses are lovin’ $15-an hour fast-food protests

Demonstrators hold signs during demonstrations asking for higher wages in Manhattan, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Labor bosses collect some super-sized paychecks, and they’re in no mood to order off the dollar menu.

Officials with six-figure salaries led “Fight for $15″ strikes across the country Wednesday. They want fast-food workers to unionize, so they can keep filling up while union membership rates in other industries run dry.

Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry, who was paid $276,439 in worker dues in 2014, joined union activists at a McDonald’s protest in San Francisco…

h/t Marvin

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  • Surele Surele

    The first step to cut the rates of employment. Fast food jobs were never meant to sustain families. Would I pay $5 for fries at Mc? Never.

    • BillyHW

      I might try it if they fried in beef tallow again, but the vegetarians ruined that one for us too.

      • Surele Surele

        Funny you should say that. The other day (in the office) I was explaining about the Mc fries of yore, gloriously unhealthy and heavenly delicious. People just don’t know their history ,heh ;).

        • BillyHW

          Tallow isn’t unhealthy. That’s another lie the vegetarian socialists foisted upon us. As for the potatoes, everything in moderation.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I remember being a sixteen year old dishwasher and having to clean the deep fryer.
          I loved the smell of new beef tallow as it melted.
          They used to make potato chips with it, too.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …mmm…grampa’s lard sandwiches…

    • Waffle

      Somebody’s got to pay for those additives. Why not you? 😉

      http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/there-are-19-ingredients-in-your-mcdonalds-french-fries-736343

      • Surele Surele

        Now I know why they are so good. 😉

        • Waffle

          Here’s a little experiment — cleanse your system from food additives by going without processed or fast foods for 7-10 days and drink lots of water. You will be truly amazed.

          • Surele Surele

            That would be too boring… but seriously; I eat healthy food 99% of the time. Cook everything from scratch and even make my own, sourdough bread – it’s fantastic. Fast food is a treat (can’t deny that I do love it) every so often. No more than once in a few months.

          • Waffle

            Me too — but my occasional treat is an A&W Teen Burger. My only beef (pardon the pun) is that they don’t taste like they used to back in the old days. Can’t stand MacDonalds.
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          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I like the occasional Mama Burger but I find the meat sometimes tastes gamey.
            I tried Five Guys once and it was awful.

          • Waffle

            No more Mama Burgers — I was there a couple of weeks ago. But really good home made burgers at a little place just south of Eglinton and a couple of blocks east of Avenue Road. It’s called the Burger Shack and it’s on Oriole Pkwy. Highly recommended. Would you happen to know where I could get a good old-fashioned hot Hamburg sandwich? You know, with the gravy, the fries and the peas?

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          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Do you mean Salisbury Steak?

          • Waffle

            Nope — that sounds like hospital food. I sometimes crave greasy, old-fashioned diner fare.
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          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I have never had a hot Hamburg samich.
            But, it’s got peas, I had a sneak on Joojle Images.
            I love peas.
            Used to eat them frozen out of a cup with soya sauce and melted butter.

          • Waffle

            Here are some samples: https://www.google.ca/search?q=hot+hamburger+sandwich&biw=731&bih=386&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=HTYzVZaeM6zHsQSyyID4Dw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ
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          • Raymond Hietapakka

            Try making a Green Pea Smoothie.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Reply again:
            Salisbury Steak is great.
            It’s like a hamburger patty smothered in gravy and fried onions.
            With mashed potatoes or fries.
            And if you really want to get fancy add some mushrooms.
            I love it.

          • Waffle

            Similar, but the hot hambug comes with at least one slice of bread and always fries, never mash. I’ve never had one with mushrooms, but sometimes it comes with fried onions.
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          • Raymond Hietapakka

            …when I used to hit the bush every May 1, my health would go 2x…forced to prepare my own grub and drink the spring water…

          • Waffle

            That works!!

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  • andycanuck

    Alot of their members have wages based on e.g. 1.5x the minimum wage; so the minimum wage going up also means a pay hike for their members. (And an uptick in the amount of union dues brought in.)

    • BillyHW

      It’s a racket.

  • The only people to benefit from this are not only union bosses (short-term, anyway) but the repairman who fixes the automated kiosks that will replace fast-food workers.

  • kkruger71

    Yeah, I am a fast food junkie and even I have already cut way down on the amount of fast food the last few years as prices have increased significantly. I can only imagine how much they would go up if the staff were making $15 or more. The number of customers would continue to drop, and the the only ones making money (and staying in business) would be the ones that can afford to automate even more. So by pushing for this they will be putting more unskilled people out of work, and ensuring the big corporations they hate(McDonalds, etc) will have less competition. Way to think it through SJWs 😉

  • BillyHW

    But she needs all that money to stand up for the little people.

  • Concerned Canadian

    That is not the issue. A rise in the minimum wage will result in upward pressure for all wages. It is nothing less than a new scheme for wealth redistribution.

  • jayme

    Think who is pushing this its the unions and why are they pushing it they know massive money can be made.