[Marxism] Fwd: Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 8 07:05:33 MDT 2014

Most of the workers here make minimum wage, which is eight dollars an 
hour in New York City, and receive no benefits. Rosa Rivera, a 
grandmother of four who has worked at McDonald’s for fourteen years, 
makes eight dollars and fifty cents. Exacerbating the problem of low pay 
in an expensive city, nearly everyone is effectively part time, getting 
fewer than forty hours of work a week. And none of the employees seem to 
know, from week to week, when, exactly, they will work. The 
crew-scheduling software used by McDonald’s is reputed to be 
sophisticated, but to the workers it seems mindless and opaque. The 
coming week’s schedule is posted on Saturday evenings. Most of those 
who, like Rivera, have sided with the union movement—going out on 
one-day wildcat strikes, marching in midtown protests—suspect that they 
have been penalized by managers with reductions in their hours. But 
just-in-time scheduling is not easy to analyze.

full: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/dignity-4

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