Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Understanding the Union Interest in a Higher Minimum Wage as a Method to Coax Unionization of Fast-Food Workers.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth explains:
The SEIU and its affiliates, Fast Food Forward, also known as Fight for 15, called for $15 an hour wages and a union. Although the SEIU was trying to organize strikes, the fast food workers had not voted for the SEIU, or any other union, to represent them. The SEIU and Fast Food Forward were self-appointed and self-anointed. The SEIU was after not only the 2 percent to 4 percent dues payments, but also the $40 to $50 dollar initiation fees for joining the union.

The fast food industry is especially attractive to unions because it has rapid turnover, with three people filling each position per year as they cycle in and out of the industry. This means three sets of initiation fees for the union, which could add up to $150 a year in addition to the dues.

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