When organized labor went from asking for a fair wage to extorting the auto companies into bankruptcy, the industry cut costs with robots, and workers lost their jobs. As unions were driving big coal out of the rust belt, the industry introduced continuous miners and massive longwall machines to cut costs, and less workers were needed. This is now being re-created in the fast food industry, where a taxpayer funded group is in the process of shaking down fast food joints. Weasel Zippers has more…
Labor activists using tactics adopted from the Occupy Wall Street movement are crashing restaurants across the nation in an effort to raise wages for workers – and they’re getting taxpayer money to fund the effort.
Using a combination of federal grants and grants from left-leaning organizations, the Restaurant Opportunity Center, or ROC, is technically a charitable nonprofit and not a union. But their pro-worker messages, anti-employer protests and self-proclaimed goal of organizing service sector employees for the purposes of negotiating higher wages make ROC look and sound much like a labor union.
Some see their tactics as a deliberate attempt to skirt the nation’s labor laws. Only unions elected by a majority of a workplace can negotiate with employers on workers’ behalf, though ROC seems to be doing so in the absence of any election.
But others, including the head of the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group for dozens of labor unions, see ROC and groups like them as the new face of labor organizing in America.
ROC gets bankrolled with taxpayer cash
While the Restaurant Opportunity Center is working to increase wages for some workers, they are getting paid, in part, with federal tax dollars.
According to tax filings for ROC United, the parent organization that has launched the smaller chapters operating in many cities, the group got $180,000 in government grants during 2010 and another $60,000 in similar grants during 2011.
So, in other words, this organization collects taxpayer money, and does the bidding of Communist Unions in order to make the entire US look like Detroit. This is the same kind of communist temper tantrum that relays the following message…
That’s a nice restaurant you have there, be a shame if something were to happen to it.
Then, the next thing on the agenda is to force the workers to join a union, and more importantly, pay union dues, so the union bosses get to buy Democrat politicians.
No longer will they say, “He’s going to end up flipping burgers.” Because now, robots are taking even these ignobly esteemed jobs. Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it’ll produce “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.”
And while you fret over how many people you invited to the barbecue, Alpha churns out a painless 360 hamburgers per hour.
The article mentions that the machine pays for itself after one year. Once the capital investment is paid off, money can then be put into better ingredients. Truly, you can get true quality foods at fast food prices. And, it’s part of the process started by unreasonable union demands. By replacing people with machines, business can keep costs down, and quality high. It ends with fewer people working, and less opportunity. Eventually, it’s part of the process that happened to Detroit.
Asking ” do you want fries with that” is not a career opportunity, its a stepping stone. It’s a great first job for a young person, or someone just getting into the labor market. Liberals want to make it a career. The only problem is that, like the other examples I mentioned, the market will not support it. The profit margin for a fast food joint is low, and there is no wiggle room to vastly increase wages without increasing prices. Increasing prices means that less people will buy it, and that is the death spiral that leads to closed restaurants. So, industry will introduce robots, and if they don’t, they’ll just close. Go to the former coal mining and steel towns in the rust belt to see what happens when unions ruin a labor market. Go to Detroit, and see where this leads. Am I saying that unionizing McDonald’s will turn the US into a gigantic Detroit? No, but what I am saying is that the process of pushing business beyond the point that they can make a profit will destroy the market entirely. Since the leftists have never learned the lesson from history, they will do this with any market. And, like good little Marxists, they’ll blame someone else when their efforts cause massive unemployment and economic failure.