Progressives exploiting low wage workers with 'fast food strike' today

Left wingers are willing to sacrifice the actual interests of the poor in service to their aspirations of political power.  A perennial dream of the American progressives is to organize fast food workers into a union, a move that would be an absolute disaster for the intended beneficiaries. Today, a purported 150 cities will see fast food strikes, as MSNBC approvingly reports:

Thousands of fast food workers across the United States were walking off the job Thursday morning, affecting restaurants in about 150 cities nationwide.

It was just the latest in a series of coordinated strikes that have taken place since November 2012....

Thuggery is not being ruled out, of course:

Organizers would not confirm on the record whether civil disobedience and arrests would take place in any of the cities affected by the strikes, but fast food workers have repeatedly vowed to take whatever measures are necessary in order to win a $15 hourly wage and union rights.

The results of “success are fully predictable, as The Earl of Taint illustrates:

Oddly enough for people supposedly unable to exist on the wages they receive, there was a purported fast food convention last July that supposedly drew 1,300 people to complain about their low wages. How they managed to travel to a suburban Chicago hotel and pay the freight for a convention is not addressed by MSNBC, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize this is all a Potemkin movement, being funded and organized by people who are using fast food workers as political cannon fodder.

The fact is that fast food work offers an opportunity for advancement to those who embrace hard work and are willing to learn. McDonald’s boasts of the substantial portion of their franchisees who began as entry level workers. And In-N-Out promotes from within, and pays its store managers, virtually all of whom began as entry level workers, richly. Restaurant industry gossip suggests well into six figures, in fact.

But for workers who are indifferent to opportunity and live by the maxim of doing the least possible in return for what they call a “decent living,” fast food work is a low wage trap. That doesn’t strike me as particularly unjust. But if somehow they are able to be organized by the left to demand high wages, the  result will be no wages at all. Ask the steelworkers and autoworkers how unionized high wages worked out for their employment numbers.

Left wingers are willing to sacrifice the actual interests of the poor in service to their aspirations of political power.  A perennial dream of the American progressives is to organize fast food workers into a union, a move that would be an absolute disaster for the intended beneficiaries. Today, a purported 150 cities will see fast food strikes, as MSNBC approvingly reports:

Thousands of fast food workers across the United States were walking off the job Thursday morning, affecting restaurants in about 150 cities nationwide.

It was just the latest in a series of coordinated strikes that have taken place since November 2012....

Thuggery is not being ruled out, of course:

Organizers would not confirm on the record whether civil disobedience and arrests would take place in any of the cities affected by the strikes, but fast food workers have repeatedly vowed to take whatever measures are necessary in order to win a $15 hourly wage and union rights.

The results of “success are fully predictable, as The Earl of Taint illustrates:

Oddly enough for people supposedly unable to exist on the wages they receive, there was a purported fast food convention last July that supposedly drew 1,300 people to complain about their low wages. How they managed to travel to a suburban Chicago hotel and pay the freight for a convention is not addressed by MSNBC, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize this is all a Potemkin movement, being funded and organized by people who are using fast food workers as political cannon fodder.

The fact is that fast food work offers an opportunity for advancement to those who embrace hard work and are willing to learn. McDonald’s boasts of the substantial portion of their franchisees who began as entry level workers. And In-N-Out promotes from within, and pays its store managers, virtually all of whom began as entry level workers, richly. Restaurant industry gossip suggests well into six figures, in fact.

But for workers who are indifferent to opportunity and live by the maxim of doing the least possible in return for what they call a “decent living,” fast food work is a low wage trap. That doesn’t strike me as particularly unjust. But if somehow they are able to be organized by the left to demand high wages, the  result will be no wages at all. Ask the steelworkers and autoworkers how unionized high wages worked out for their employment numbers.