Once again, the unions are stepping in to create a problem. They have been trying for many years now to destroy Walmart because they are a "non-union" shop. Now, they are going after the fast-food industry claiming the workers are not paid a "living wage."
Well, these types of part time jobs - gas station attendant, fast-food restaurant workers, box-boy, checker or stocking shelves at the local supermarket or hardware store - were never intended to be "careers". These positions were typically filled by high school students as their first jobs. Today, they are often filled by individuals who are trying to make ends meet, with even more being those who were in a career, but due to the failed economy which has yet to recover, find themselves unable to find work in their field and just want to bring in more money than unemployment provides.
These unions do not think about the consequences of what they demand. If these companies were to double the pay of all their workers, they would have to double the prices of the goods they sold. Are you going to pay $12.00 for a Big Mac Combo Meal when you can go to a restaurant and get a much better meal for that price? Of course not. And, that is the problem, meeting these demands would drive these business to close their doors as happened with Hostess or require a "government bailout" as happened with the auto industry.
Yes, I am tired of the unions. I have a couple stories that show their time of usefulness has come to an end.
First ... My Dad was a unionized trucker for most of his career. However, near the end of his career, his employer closed down some "unionized" locations including where my Dad was. He moved to a different location that was not unionized. He wound up having the same benefits with more take home pay since he was not having to pay union dues. Since he was the senior person at this new location, the union was constantly after him to "bring the union in" to the location. He told them, "why would I?"
Second ... I was sent by my company to resolve a critical issue at a phone company on the East Coast. When I arrived at the facility, I asked to have a couple of computers to use so I could investigate and resolve the critical issues they were seeing. I was told that I would have to wait for the "service person" because I was not allowed to "touch" the computers according to union rules. I waited for nearly two hours for this "service person" to arrive. Then, he sat there and watched me work. When it was his lunch time, I had to stop working. When I needed to reboot the system - push a button on the front of the computer, which I think was only twice that day, I had to ask him to do it. And, when his day was over, I had to stop working. I only got about 5 hours worth of work in that day. Thankfully, I was able to solve the issue in that time. However, what a waste of time for both me and the "service person" who was paid his full wages for pushing a button twice during his work day which was of NO benefit for his employer that day.
The need for unions is over!!!
Reference article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/29/fast-food-workers-plan-one-day-strike-for-monday/