The title of the article refers to my dining plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner in light of the “fast-food” strike set for tomorrow in San Diego and elsewhere. I will be showing solidarity with the workers of those establishments who choose to show up and provide the generally good service we have come to expect in all American businesses. I predict that I will have no trouble getting my meals, as the “strike” is an astroturf operation of the SEIU. If the strike by San Diego’s roughly 8,000 fast food employees was otherwise, why would the strikers only gather at a single establishment downtown? For the publicity and the photo op, of course. I just feel sorry for the jurors who won’t be able to hit the Wendy’s on their break from duty. Other than that, this will be a great big fizzle. To my astroturf point, the AP is reporting:
Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which is providing the fast-food strikes with financial support and training. . .
The strike is stupid for other reasons. If the strikers were successful, then eventually fast food outlets would employ vastly more automation to make their meals, reducing the number of employees. Further, it would harm the nation’s economy by not providing entry level positions that allow young people to learn the life skills necessary for success at work. How is that fast food workers would get paid $15 an hour when my son only gets minimum wage in his union job at the grocer? McDonald’s spokesperson Ofelia Casillas:
“Our history is full of examples of individuals who worked their first job with McDonald’s and went on to successful careers both within and outside of McDonald’s,”
Exactly. The call for higher wages not supported by skills hurts job creation. I think employers should fire workers who miss their shift to strike tomorrow, but I could understand wanting to play it low key. McDonald’s is doing so:
Casillas said in an email that McDonald’s did not plan to take any action against employees who participate in the strike.
In trying to explain why the strike is needed the SEIU set up this young man:
Diego Rios, 18, who works at a downtown San Diego McDonald’s as a crew trainer, said he struggles to make his monthly rent of $1,150 on his $8-an-hour wage. While he’s nervous about leaving his job to participate in the strike, he feels strongly about pressing for higher wages.
“We’re on our feet all day long, eight hours a day,” said Rios, who does everything from making fries to operating the drive-through window. He’s been working at McDonald’s for the last year and a half. “It’s very hard work, and for people like me who have families to take care of and bills to pay, $8 an hour is not enough.”
A few questions. What life choices led Diego to be supporting a family at age 18. Since he apparently lacks the skills to do much else, how is he gong to make a living when he is unemployed because McDonald’s could no longer afford him? What is Diego doing to get some salable skills that will allow him to earn more?
So join me tomorrow at a fast food joint, this could be a boon for the industry, and it will help reduce youth unemployment.