Filed under: Politics, Economy, Health Care, Freedom, Democrat Corruption, Capitalism, Law | Tags: Service Employees International Union, SEIU Meets ObamaCare, It's a Part-Time World
Members of the Service Employees International Union local 1 (Chicago) have gone on strike over recent cuts in employees hours at a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance. Here’s another union who were big Obama supporters who are suddenly confronted with the realities of ObamaCare.
Tyler French, Local 1′s organizing director, said the company claimed it had to cut its employees hours due to ObamaCare mandates. Mr. French does not believe that explanation, He’s sure it’s the latest excuse in a long line of many that we’ve seen from corporate America.”
SEIU enthusiastically backed ObamaCare when it passed, and is sending unionized health professionals out to promote the law in 30 cities over coming months. How interesting that they seem completely unaware of what the new law is doing to employment all over the country. I guess it’s hard to give up your illusions.
The Unions are being screwed. I wonder if we will see more strikes?
Filed under: Politics, Economy, Media Bias, Health Care, Liberalism, Democrat Corruption, Capitalism | Tags: Service Employees International Union, Behind the Strike, Dead-End Job or Middle Class Career?
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is trying to unionize the fast-food industry. Fast food workers (augmented by hired strikers) are striking restaurants in major cities, to demand that employers should hike their wages to $15 an hour. Because they want more money.
“On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25.” Workers are targeting a whole industry. They want more pay, and they want to unionize because SEIU is telling them that if they strike they can get $15 an hour for the same work the are doing now. SEIU is not telling them about the jobs that would be lost, nor is SEIU telling them that there is now a robot hamburger maker that can make better hamburgers faster and cheaper. They can be replaced. Permanently.
Unions in general are a little fuzzy about the laws of supply and demand. Union interest is in acquiring more union members and more union dues because that gives them more political power. Unions portray the fast food industry as ruthless and exploitative. Phil Hickey, who started out washing dishes in a Big Boy restaurant and now owns nine of his own restaurants, and is chairman of the National Restaurant Association, writes in the Wall Street Journal:
Consider the facts about the minimum wage. The majority of workers who earn a minimum wage in the United States work outside of the restaurant industry. In reality, only 5% of the 10 million restaurant employees earn the minimum wage. Those who do are predominantly teenagers working part-time jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71% of minimum-wage employees in the restaurant industry are under the age of 25; 47% are teenagers.
Striking fast-food workers seem not to have noticed that our economy is in the tank, that people are being laid off full-time jobs, and the only real job growth is in part-time jobs specifically because of ObamaCare regulations.Many fear that we are becoming a part-time nation. The best performing business in the current economy is the temporary-worker industry. Small businesses are closing their doors at an alarming rate, and the unemployment rate is as low as it is because of the huge increase in part-time work.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour simply eliminates entry-level positions, for employers will hire only experienced workers. A “living wage” is a nice turn of phrase, but meaningless. Why $15? Why not $25, or $50? Do workers expect to stay in that entry-level position, or do they intend to advance? How does a worker go from washing dishes to owning nine restaurants? Is that a potential career open to all those people now protesting?
Looking at Google Image pictures of striking fast-food workers, I was struck by the absence of the young people I encounter at fast food restaurants. The visible older “strikers” seemed to be the same strikers last seen in purple SEIU tee shirts. Doesn’t lend much credibility to their protest.