Lynzie: 29; Olympia, WA, USA; cis woman; white; asexual and panromantic; extremely liberal; feminist.
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The term “McJob” has come to epitomize all that’s wrong with the low-wage service industry jobs that are growing part of the U.S economy. “It beats flipping burgers,” the cliché goes, because no matter what your job might be, it’s assumed to be better than working in a fast-food restaurant.
Today in New York City, though, hundreds of workers at dozens of fast-food chain stores are walking out on strike, demanding better of those jobs. At McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, and Domino’s Pizza locations, workers have been organizing, and today they launch their campaign. They want a raise, to $15-an-hour from their current near-minimum wage pay, and recognition for their independent union, the Fast Food Workers Committee.
Saavedra Jantuah, who works at a Burger King on 34th St. in Manhattan, explained that the $7.30 she makes per hour after two years on the job doesn’t pay her enough to support her son. “I’m doing it for him, I’m going on strike so I can bring my family together underneath one household,” she said. “A union can help us get to where we can make it in New York.”
Cannot even express how thrilled I am about this story. I’ll be on the picket lines with the workers in a couple of hours, with photos and more stories. Service jobs don’t have to be lousy jobs—respect and a decent wage would do a lot.
Food workers need this SO desperately.
This is awesome, but I can pretty much guarantee that the dude who owns the Domino’s franchise I work at would just fire us all rather than give us a raise. He literally gives the assistant managers a 25c raise over the rest of us. If they want more than that after a year they have to make a presentation to prove that they deserve it, and I have yet to hear of anyone succeeding at the presentation. To save on labor he tells us, if there are no deliveries, to send our opening driver home 10 minutes before the next driver comes in because orders don’t have to be clocked out until 15 minutes after they’re placed. 10 minutes at $8 an hour is worth that to him, apparently. He closed an entire store because his rent on it was raised slightly, putting ~20 people out of work. I could go on, but I think you get the picture - Domino’s is cheap, but he is significantly cheaper.
There’s a ton of misinformation going around Tumblr on this, so I’m going to post some actual facts on the situation before I go to bed.
Tammy Baldwin was one of 184 cosponsors of H.R. 2015, the trans-inclusive version of ENDA which was put before Congress in 2007. Unfortunately, Barney Frank — the bill’s originating sponsor — unilaterally withdrew H.R. 2015 from consideration and replaced it with H.R. 3685, a “gays only” version of ENDA. Frank argued that cutting trans rights out of ENDA was politically necessary because trans rights were an extremist position which would endanger moderate Democrats in swing states, whereas gay rights were “politically realistic”.
Tammy Baldwin not only refused to cosponsor H.R. 3685, but threw Frank’s betrayal of trans people in his face by introducing an amendment which would have reintroduced trans rights to ENDA while it was on the House floor, effectively reversing Frank’s replacement of H.R. 2015 with H.R. 3685. Barney Frank killed Baldwin’s amendment by cashing in favors with Democratic Party leaders, who told Baldwin that they would only let her introduce the floor amendment if she agreed to withdraw it before an actual vote was called. This way she would get ten minutes of floor debate time to make a public case for trans rights, but they would not under any circumstances permit a vote on the amendment.
It is neither accurate nor fair to call Tammy Baldwin a transphobe for not being powerful enough to single-handedly secure trans inclusion in ENDA against the entire fucking establishment of the Democratic Party. She stuck her neck way, way out to go to bat for trans people over ENDA, and that was an extremely courageous thing to do considering that she was a relative nobody in Congress explicitly going toe-to-toe with one of the most powerful men in Washington.
This chick fought tooth and nail for us and fuckers like Barney Frank kicked her legs out from under her.
So I for one am glad that Tammy Baldwin won.
As a trans woman.
reblogging this here because i got some feedback on announcing her win here, and this needs to be known
I had wanted to end my election blogging when I went to bed but it seems I re-blogged some serious mis-information, so reblogging for clarity.
Out-of-touch Republican presidential front-runner MITT ROMNEY, who earned $374,327.62 in speaker’s fees from February, 2010 to February, 2011 — an average of more than $41,000 per speech.
Only a dumbass One Percenter with six houses would call $374K “not very much.”
But remember, guys; OBAMA is the elitist here.