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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fast Food Strike Spreads to Chicago

Posted by on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

First New York, now Chicago. Will Seattle be next?

Demanding a hefty raise and a fair chance to form a union, workers in Chicago’s growing fast food and retail sectors plan to walk off the job Wednesday morning. The one-day walkout begins at 5:30 a.m. Central Time, and organizers expect 500 workers from a dozen chains to participate. The work stoppage follows similar strikes by New York City fast food workers and by Wal-Mart retail employees across the country, and marks the latest escalation in the struggle between an embattled labor movement and two industries that increasingly dominate and define the new economy.

“At the end of the day,” Macy’s employee Krystal Maxie-Collins told Salon, “it feels like I’ve done all of this to help everyone else, to help the store, help the managers, help the customers, but it doesn’t feel like anyone is looking out for me.”

In this day and age, with the law and the media stacked against them, the idea that low-wage fast food and retail workers might actually organize a union is so ambitious it borders on the realm of science fiction. Given labor's trajectory this past half century, I'm just having trouble imagining this sort of alternative future. But it's uplifting to try.


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Peteykins 1
I'm afraid I cannot feel sympathy for anybody who uses the phrase "at the end of the day."
Posted by Peteykins on April 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
I wish the delivery boys who leave 18 menus on my apartment door every day would go on strike.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Why walk off the job from a street food RV? If you wait around long enough, it will leave you.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
That's one thing that I'll never see in Denver. The illegals here are so happy to have their fast food jobs they'd never go on strike.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
I like how Louis C.K. put it...

Of course slavery is the worst thing ever. Of COURSE it is.

But maybe, maybe, all of humanity's greatest accomplishments have only been possible by treating other people like shit.

We can either have candles and horses and treat people a little kinder... or we can let some worker in a sweatshop slave away in a factory in China in order to leave a mean comment on youtube from an iphone while taking a shit.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
@5 - and yet another fantastic example of why people who take comedian's bits out of context in order to justify their shitty attitudes come off as ridiculous and utterly divorced from reality.

But hey, let's not let this distract ourselves from the utter race to the bottom currently in place.
Posted by johnjjeeves on April 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Wow, some ignorant, mean-spirited comments on here. These courageous workers deserve our admiration, respect and support. Keep on rockin' it to make it a freer world!
Posted by bogart14 on April 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Wow, quite the mean-spirited, ignorant comments on here! These brave workers deserve our respect, admiration and support, not racist snark. Keep on rockin' it to make it a freer world, Chicago!
Posted by bogart14 on April 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
You do realize it's satire, right?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
@9 Just because it's satire doesn't mean that it's okay. By saying things like that you are only hurting, not helping. This is something that should be taken seriously
Posted by futuremrsjoebiden on April 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM · Report this
Yes, now that you mention it #10, I'll have some large fries with that strike. But I'm running late for my apodment/bike share design meeting with Mayor McGinn, so could you put a rush on that? Thanks!
Posted by Unbrainwashed on April 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 12
Oh no how will the world cope without its burger flippers.

It is going to be really hard to find replacements for such skilled laborers.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on April 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM · Report this
damn you trolls
Posted by futuremrsjoebiden on April 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 14
Um, that's the point of satire. To point out, in sarcastic humor, how humanity fails to react appropriately to things that should obviously be taken more seriously than they currently are... So that people realize how blind they are. I mean, christ... that's the whole reason satire exists.

Doesn't anyone here read The Onion? This kind of shit is their bread and butter.

Whatever. It's been wasted. Forget it and just cue sad trombone. Or is that too disrespectful? Jeebus.... I quit.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM · Report this
#14, always remember that you're in Seattle, the land that humor forgot. This place is as grim as it gets, especially with the brittle, scared, frightfully insecure liberal types.
Posted by Unbrainwashed on April 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM · Report this

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