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13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 12:35:23 in Business

“Failures of the public education system are definitely a problem in our work force, IMO. Please research which individuals and organizations were responsible for setting up those appalling conditions. You will probably be shocked.

Exploitative practices by McDonald's and other predatory employers are another problem.

There are many reasons that a person might find themselves working for an exploitative employer at any stage of life, especially now that the corporate oligarchy has stripped away virtually all worker's rights, and they operate unconscionably criminal operations that are only "legal" because bought-out legislators made it so.

That includes you, James C. You are only one major illness or layoff from being the next victim. The number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. is unpaid medical bills, with over 50% of filings being directly related to that. Everyone gets injured or suffers from major illness at least once in their career, and in this country, it can be a career ender.

You are also liable to wind up working at a low wage exploitative employer for many other reasons, including: if your profession "outsources" your job overseas, declares bankruptcy to avoid paying for litigation and remediation against the company from criminal acts it committed, and lays you off, or they if they decide to hire underqualified, underpaid, younger employees to replace you, so that they can make higher profits while hiding them in overseas tax havens, instead of paying their share of taxes here in the U.S..”
Sonic And Chili's Announce No-Gun Policies

Sonic And Chili's Announce No-Gun Policies

Commented May 30, 2014 at 18:14:47 in Business

“Well done, Sonic and Chili's! My family, friends, and I refuse to frequent any business establishment at which people openly carry firearms (unless the business is in the business of selling firearms, or it is a firing range). There are always better places to go.”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 26, 2014 at 00:39:12 in Business

“I can see that you do not know how many college students, and recent graduates, must work at starvation wage-paying outfits, because of our crippled economy, and the corrupt corporations, legislators, and banks that caused it. Show some respect for these hard-working people. Your rude, ignorant comments are unconscionably denigrating.”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 26, 2014 at 00:35:21 in Business

“Do you have any idea about why $15 an hour constitutes a minimal living wage at this time in many U.S. locations, or are you simply a paid t.r.o.l.l.?

Do you know anything about how badly McDonald's, Walmart, and other corrupt corporations are ripping you, and every other taxpayer off by failing to pay a fair and appropriate wage to all employees? Do you know how much they have spent to buy off politicians to prevent the raise of the minimum wage for well over a decade, while prices for everything have risen steadily?

We all subsidize McDonald's, Walmart, and many other corporations' employees' health care, food stamps, low income housing, etc. with our taxes, because these and other robber barons fail to pay a living wage to most workers, and they hire too high a percentage of their workforce only as part-time employees to avoid paying any type of benefits to them, forcing many to work for multiple employers to survive. These employees must pay for everything they need out of a substandard paycheck.

These types of corporations also do not pay their share of taxes into the U.S. system.

There are other companies that do a much better job of compensating employees (including part-timers), and they hire a reasonable percentage of full-time employees. They make healthy profits, and they pay their CEO's a generous salary. Instead of denigrating these courageous, hard-working protesters, why don't you learn what this whole issue is about, and do something positive to help?”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 26, 2014 at 00:28:15 in Business

“And, you wouldn't be willing to sacrifice anything to improve working conditions and employee compensation, when the employment situation is inhumane and unethical? Too bad... you are an oligarch's dream.

Too bad that you (and the rest of us) are already subsidizing McDonald's, Walmart, and many other corporations' employees' health care, food stamps, low income housing, etc. with your taxes, because these and other robber barons fail to pay a living wage to most workers, and they hire too high a percentage of their workforce only as part-time employees, forcing many to work for multiple employers to survive. None of their other employers are likely to pay a living wage, or provide healthcare benefits, dental, or anything else.

These types of corporations also do not pay their share of taxes into the U.S. system.

There are other companies that do a much better job of compensating employees (including part-timers), and they hire a reasonable percentage of full-time employees. They are making healthy profits, and they pay their CEO's a generous, but not profligate salary. Instead of denigrating these courageous, hard-working, deeply sacrificing workers, why don't you learn more about what this whole issue is about, and do something positive yourself?

I bet you won't, because I bet that you are a paid t.r.o.l.l.”

jncsystems on May 30, 2014 at 21:32:05

“the only inhumane thing is that these people were promoted forward as kids and never learned basic skills or drive to better themselves. I have worked fast food - there is nothing inhumane about it . It made up a good learning experience and a stepping stone to better myself in the work force. If you are 40 in fast food, it is a choice you have made and you bear the brunt of that choice.”
Congressman Who Praised Duct Tape Oil Repairs Vows To Fix Three In His District

Congressman Who Praised Duct Tape Oil Repairs Vows To Fix Three In His District

Commented May 25, 2014 at 17:57:28 in Politics

“I have a GREAT idea! Let's park a 10,000 gallon tank full of BP tar sands oil on Vance McAllister's front lawn, and make sure that there are at least a couple dozen cheap, UV-deteriorated, cracked PVC outlets with joints of various types, located all over the thing.

Once they start (and they surely will), lets put duck tape on the leaks, and wait for the fun to begin! We could have a live action cam, and start a pool for $5 a guess about which pipe will start leaking first, second, etc., and how many gallons will leak per day, once it starts.

Just to keep it interesting, we could cover the fastest leaks with Ruffies 35 gallon black lawn bags, and run another pool for the dates and times that the bags would pop because they become full, or because they break down from UV deterioration, coupled with the reaction of the petrochemical goop filling them.

Proceeds from the pools could be given to the many LA. residents who lost their livelihoods from decades of large-scale industrial pollution, or who got cancer because of it.

Let's let Vance enjoy the many benefits of this "innovative" plan, right in his own home! He expects the rest of his constituents to do so.”
Congressman Who Praised Duct Tape Oil Repairs Vows To Fix Three In His District

Congressman Who Praised Duct Tape Oil Repairs Vows To Fix Three In His District

Commented May 24, 2014 at 18:14:55 in Politics

“I have a GREAT idea! Let's park a 10,000 gallon tank full of BP tar sands oil on Vance McAllister's front lawn, and make sure that there are at least a couple dozen cheap, UV-deteriorated, cracked PVC outlets with joints of various types, located all over the thing.

Once they start (and they surely will), lets put duck tape on the leaks, and wait for the fun to begin! We could have a live action cam, and start a pool for $5 a guess about which pipe will start leaking first, second, etc., and how many gallons will leak per day, once it starts.

Just to keep it interesting, we could cover the fastest leaks with Ruffies 35 gallon black lawn bags, and run another pool for the dates and times that the bags would pop because they become full, or because they break down from UV deterioration, coupled with the reaction of the petrochemical goop filling them.

Proceeds from the pools could be given to the many LA. residents who lost their livelihoods from decades of large-scale industrial pollution, or who got cancer because of it.

Let's let Vance enjoy the many benefits of this "innovative" plan, right in his own home! He expects the rest of his constituents to do so.”
Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Pro-Gun Group Backs Down After Chipotle Rally Backfires

Commented May 24, 2014 at 15:58:31 in Business

“Have you noticed that these "open carry" stunts are usually conducted by Caucasian males, during the day at Starbucks, chain restaurants, nicer city parks, and urban neighborhoods with predominately middle-to-upper-middle class Caucasian residents, and at “the mall”.

None of these folks are getting photographed at night (or even during the day) strutting with weapons through deeply impoverished ghettos, or in the middle of “red light” downtown districts, or down at the dockside warehouse districts.

These are the kinds of places where poor, but honorable citizens are a lot more likely to be assaulted by gangs, the mentally unstable, etc. People in these locations are also more likely to be victims of police brutality, illegal profiling by police, and to experience actual unlawful arrest and detention. These are places where these gun toting, "2nd Amendment defenders" should go to provide their version of "protection" against crime and corruption, right?

Why don’t we see these “2nd Amendment heroes” strutting their stuff in these locations?

Because they are a lot more likely to actually get the heck beat out of them, or get shot, for tromping around a dangerous location with openly-carried guns, among racially and culturally mixed populations who are likely to be armed and accustomed to using firearms for more than target practice, and for showing off in front of their friends’ cell phone cameras. That’s why.

I also don’t usually see these characters getting their pictures taken strutting their weapon-toting stuff in many rural locations, for the same reasons.”

Joseph Brabander on May 24, 2014 at 21:23:24

“You took the words right out of my mouth. I've always wondered the same thing. Looks like they are just looking to seem like tough guys carrying their weapons in areas were the need for them is minimal at best.”

chinacatsunflower on May 24, 2014 at 16:10:04

“great observation”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 23, 2014 at 15:53:57 in Business

“When you were 15, your wages at McDonald's were actually worth more than the wages McDonald's workers earn now, because there has been no significant raise in minimum wage for well over a decade.

Do you realize how many college students work at fast food and other major retail chain businesses? Apparently not. Do you realize that well over a million college graduates are working there, too? Apparently not.

Do you understood how much income is required to survive even at the poverty level in the U.S., and that includes rent, medical insurance, transportation, food, clothing, etc...? No human being should ever be denied a basic living wage if they work full-time for anyone, especially a profiteering megacorp that doesn't even pay its fair share of taxes into the nation's system.

No American citizen should be forced to pay extra to subsidize the lack of a living wage provided by greedy corporations who shirk their basic responsibilities as employers.

No corporation should be legally allowed to make most of its workers part-time to avoid paying for their insurance or other needs.

These are the kinds of things that the last great labor movement fixed, but the new robber barons and their bought-out legislators have stripped all of those good things away again.

There are many fast food outlets, sit-down restaurants, and other businesses that do a much better job of compensating workers, and they are flourishing. McDonald's employment practices should be illegal.”

jncsystems on May 23, 2014 at 16:53:28

“thank your incompetent President - maybe he can make up the pay difference with his constant fundraising.”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 23, 2014 at 15:51:20 in Business

“At great personal sacrifice, that's how. Carpooling, buses, etc. That is how important this issue is.”

Forrest Porter on May 23, 2014 at 17:39:14

“Great personal sacrifice like that would be better spent learning more valuable skills and getting a higher education that would net them more than $15 an hour.”

jncsystems on May 23, 2014 at 16:59:45

“yeah , dont have money to live but they are renting busses and taking time off form work and kids. This is a Union operation and a great opportunity to gain more money for their own agendas.”
13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

13 Powerful Photos Of McDonald's Workers Protesting For Better Pay

Commented May 23, 2014 at 15:50:11 in Business

“It would, if you actually understood how much income is required to survive even at the poverty level in the U.S., and that includes rent, medical insurance, transportation, food, clothing, etc... No human being should ever be denied a basic living wage if they work full-time for anyone, especially a profiteering megacorp that doesn't even pay its fair share of taxes into the nation's system.

No American citizen should be forced to pay extra to subsidize the lack of a living wage provided by greedy corporations who shirk their basic responsibilities as employers.

No corporation should be legally allowed to make most of its workers part-time to avoid paying for their insurance or other needs.

These are the kinds of things that the last great labor movement fixed, but the new robber barons and their bought-out legislators have stripped all of those good things away again.

Please take the time to study labor movements in the U.S. and Europe, and why they happened, before you make uninformed, generalized statements that have no substantiation.

There are many fast food outlets, sit-down restaurants, and other businesses that do a much better job of compensating workers, and they are flourishing. McDonald's employment practices should be illegal.”
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Reportedly Under Investigation, Denies Financial Wrongdoing

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Reportedly Under Investigation, Denies Financial Wrongdoing

Commented May 22, 2014 at 19:04:58 in Religion

“Just another crime among centuries' worth of them. The Catholic Church is one of the more corrupt, harmful institutions in the history of humankind. They have protected and hidden pedophiles throughout their clergy, and done all they can to avoid compensating victims. They denigrate people based on their sexual orientation, but homosexual behavior has been common among priests and nuns ever since the Church decided to end the practice of married clergy.

Catholic nuns and priests have physically, psychologically, and sexually abused millions of children and women in their global network of orphanages, poor people's work houses, and schools. Priests and nuns even kidnapped hundreds of thousands of newborns in Spain and other countries since the 1940's, sold them to more favored Catholic parents, and told the actual parents that their children had died at birth.

The Church conducted the largest genocide of European women, men, and children in the history of humanity, via the Holy Inquisition. They supported and sided in the invasion and genocide of indigenous peoples in the New World for centuries.

Church leaders throughout the world promote global impoverishment by speaking against birth control and comprehensive sex education, and encouraging people around the world to have as many babies as they can, even though they cannot support them, and the Roman Catholic Church won't do so, either.”
Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Commented May 19, 2014 at 11:38:59 in Business

“And, many of the residents of their own state. Arkansas is one of the poorest states in the nation, and the Waltons help to keep it that way. They deliberately scr*w over their own neighbors, and everyone around the world that they can.”
Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Judge's Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Judge's Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans

Commented May 17, 2014 at 00:07:06 in Politics

“They do so on a regular basis, when state law goes against Federal law.”
Portland Divests From Walmart

Portland Divests From Walmart

Commented May 17, 2014 at 00:05:40 in Business

“Why do you believe that Winco is not an alternative? Your posts make no sense, because you fail to substantiate your statements with any type of evidence.

Costco is another great alternative to Walmart or Sam's Club. Their employment practices are much better, their stores are cleaner, their employees are more engaged and informed about products, and their price points are comparable.”
Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:36:38 in Business

“I will gladly pay more per item to a better company that has better employment practices. With that said, all in all, Costco's price points are the same, lower, or slightly higher than Walmart, Target, Sam's Club, etc. It all depends on the item, and the week.

Costco's facilities are cleaner, more roomy, and better laid out than anything run by the Walton Empire, too. Costco has much better returns service, and their employees tend to be more knowledgeable and engaged with customers, IMO.”
Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:31:54 in Business

“Where did you locate the source for the statements you make here? I believe that they are incorrect.”

Sinister66 on May 17, 2014 at 22:26:24

“Most comes from their application.”
Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Why Costco Is Crushing Walmart-Owned Sam's Club

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:29:22 in Business

“Why doesn't this article even mention that many consumers moved to shopping at Costco, Winco, and other more ethical businesses that have better employment practices, etc.?

Did Walmart threaten to sue HuffPo if they did?”

Shouterguy on May 16, 2014 at 19:08:15

“It's true, too.

I will not patronize Walmart because of its labor practices.”
Veterans Affairs Chief Accepts Resignation Of Robert Petzel, Under Secretary For Health

Veterans Affairs Chief Accepts Resignation Of Robert Petzel, Under Secretary For Health

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:22:18 in Politics

“Great. An aging functionary who already planned to retire this year is retiring--this year.

Too bad it won't do a thing to improve veteran's services. Petzel will surely get his retirement money and benefits, though.”
Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Judge's Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Judge's Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:19:25 in Politics

“Great. The AR Supreme Court wastes more taxpayers' money in a move that will be negated by a Federal court ruling.”

Trevorxx on May 17, 2014 at 05:12:22

“They may be wasting money, but this is standard proceedings when a lower state court ruling is appealed to the state Supreme Court. It is not unusual at all to grant a stay of execution while the appeal is scheduled, heard and a final ruling delivered.
I am predicting that this will not make it into the federal courts, the state Supreme Court will uphold the lower court ruling when all is said and done.”

mpasmith on May 16, 2014 at 18:48:26

“Federal Court won't decide on state issues.”

Dina4242 on May 16, 2014 at 18:40:21

“they apparently have the money to spare. No one wanting for health care, food or jobs there...nope. smh”
Portland Divests From Walmart

Portland Divests From Walmart

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:16:34 in Business

“Winco.”

54Cheyenne on May 16, 2014 at 21:34:23

“A store but not an alternative. Do you suppose someone who drives a Kia should move up to an Accura or Lincoln simply because they are both cars?”
Portland Divests From Walmart

Portland Divests From Walmart

Commented May 16, 2014 at 18:15:03 in Business

“Well done, Portland! Invest in better companies that have ethical business practices, refuse to make the American taxpayer to subsidize their unconscionably underpaid employees, and who won't use sweatshop labor.

Walmart needs to be driven out of business as quickly as possible. It is a blight on the globe.”

A David Burdoin on May 17, 2014 at 08:22:21

“"Walmart needs to be driven out of business as quickly as possible. It is a blight on the globe."

You nailed it!”

Paul Denver on May 16, 2014 at 18:22:26

“Perfect, so those hundreds of thousands with crappy jobs can have no jobs instead.”
Dem Representative Picks His Ear, Then Eats It During House Committee Meeting

Dem Representative Picks His Ear, Then Eats It During House Committee Meeting

Commented May 13, 2014 at 16:49:09 in Politics

“If this is what passes for appropriate reportage here at HuffPo, then they need better management. Of all of the relevant issues that are in need of public reporting, this is most certainly NOT one of them.

You can do SO much better than this, especially since you have so much money to use to report on actual news.”
Christian Activists Rally Behind Benham Brothers Following Cancellation Of HGTV Show

Christian Activists Rally Behind Benham Brothers Following Cancellation Of HGTV Show

Commented May 13, 2014 at 12:03:29 in Religion

“Nope. Do a bit of research, and you will find it is not always an easy, inexpensive, or rapid process, and people's lives can be ruined in the interim.”
Christian Activists Rally Behind Benham Brothers Following Cancellation Of HGTV Show

Christian Activists Rally Behind Benham Brothers Following Cancellation Of HGTV Show

Commented May 11, 2014 at 21:49:02 in Religion

“Many states still do, regrettably. Louisiana has been in the news recently for doing that.”

marecek on May 12, 2014 at 19:12:12

“Really? That seems so surprising, as any decent lawyer would be able to get such a prosecution dismissed immediately.”
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