Saturday, February 21, 2009

Forcing Burger King to Backtrack on Employee Free Choice

Reposted from Open Left
by ZP Heller

All week long, Brave New Films, SEIU and many progressive bloggers have been holding Burger King's feet to the deep fryer. Together we exposed Burger King's horrendous working conditions; launched a contest asking people to Have It Their Way with Goldman Sachs (Burger King's top shareholder) for squandering $6.5 billion of the bailout on bonuses while average BK workers earn less than the federal poverty line; and staged peaceful demonstrations at Burger Kings across the country protesting the fast-food chain's low wages, lack of healthcare, and lobbying against unionization legislation. So what was Burger King's response? They served up this flamebroiled pile of garbage yesterday: "Burger King Corp. (BKC) believes unions serve a purpose in some workplaces and a number of its guests, vendors and franchisees have positive union membership experiences. BKC is not anti-union. BKC and its franchisees serve a diverse consumer base and, therefore, aim to remain neutral on political issues."
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1 Comments:

Blogger LazySusan said...

I am hoping now that Hilda Solis is in office things will change quickly. I have been thinking and talking a lot about worker's rights recently, inspired by the book Thinking Big and the essay on Building Shared Prosperity. The four ideas addressed in the essay are what I'd like to see Solis address: 1. Addressing Key Roots of Economic Insecurity – healthcare and retirement. 2. Investing in Competitiveness – infrastructure as a way to improve economy. 3. Reconnecting Pay and Productivity – unions, labor dept. should raise min. wage and 4. Boosting Trade and Prosperity: Home and Abroad – job training at home, stop giving tax breaks to corporations that do business abroad. There's also a podcast coming March 5th called Connecting Opportunity and Prosperity featuring Alan Jenkins (Director, Opportunity Agenda) and Nancy Cleeland (Director of External Affairs, Economic Policy Institute).

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