Striking Against the Wrong People

by Dave Schuler on November 29, 2012

My immediate reaction when I read this article about fast food workers wanting to unionize and striking against the stores that employ them was “I wonder if they realize that they’re striking against the wrong people?” Most McDonalds stores are franchises, owned and operated by the franchisees. Here’s a typical income statement for an average McDonalds store, compiled by Janney Montgomery Scott restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski:

As you can see it’s a high volume/low margins business. If the workers are striking for just a 10%, an $.80 an hour, raise, that’s a third of the present operating income. $1.60 would be two-thirds. Obviously, the only way for the franchises to raise wages is to raise prices, too, which in turn means that the volume will probably go down. Since fairness seems to be the watchword these days, what’s fair?

The people making money are the McDonalds Corporation and, probably, the landlords.

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Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 5:41 am

I’ve lined up Michael and Katherine’s next series — Galactic Cowgirl.

Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 5:42 am

It should be a doozy.

Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 5:47 am

A YA riff off “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” from Tom Robbins. In fact, they might need to speak with him first, so as to not be sued.

Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 5:54 am

The Infiniti was really fun to drive, but the seat needs a lambswool cover or something. The seats have ridges parallel to the thigh, and my slender buttocks were about beaten raw.

I’m taking ibuprofen, too.

Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

The damned camel saddle was more comfortable.

Janis Gore December 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

James, I have not only lost my husband, but I have been mentally assaulted by my stepsons, deprived of my work and income, and forced to deal with apathy, indifference and ineptitude at the highest corporate levels. My mind and my emotions are utterly shot.

However, I am now ensconced with one of my favorite people and her fun husband and will be treated like a queen for a couple of days, in a cozy Texas cottage in the countryside.

Sunday we will attend a Christmas party thrown by the last sapient aunt and uncle from either side of the family. I’ll see my nurse SIL there and THAT brother (there are five) and cousins I like but haven’t seen in decades.

My mind may not be irreparably lost after all.

steve December 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

OT- Any thoughts on the Unz article?

Steve

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

Yeppers. It looks pretty inane to me.

Duh. People are pissed off because they aren’t getting any respect for their dignity or their labor.

Wonder where I heard that before?

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

My BIL has a Sig Sauer 229.

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Mothers of all kinds and temperaments have noticed a generational glitch that puzzles us.

I was talking to a dog rescue worker in Wylie, TX yesterday. Just two days ago her husband told his two daughters, 26 and 31, that the dogs at the rescue center treated his wife better than they do.

Nearly everyone I know has at least one, step or natural. It’s nuts. These people do not honor a moral code. Now why their ages roughly coincide with the Reagan era, I do not know.

My elder is something of outlier. A genuine son of a bitch. I should know, because I’m the bitch.

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

Maybe not. He was born in 1967, turning 20 in ’87. Pretty damn close, hunh/ The generation of which I write has an extraordinary sense of entitlement to wealth and privilege, and wouldn’t have a pot to piss in but for mama and daddy. Mr. Ryan, anyone?

Of course, that boy has his pretty blonde wife, too.

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

That would be your current managerial class.

steve December 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My Sig is a 220.

Steve

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Now then, Michael, the title of the first volume in the series is “Escape from the Tropic of Cancer” co-written by ghost writer Henrietta Miller.

TastyBits December 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

@Janis Gore

Many parents want to be friends with their children, and they treat the parents like their friends. Respect is earned, but you need to want to be respected. Many of these children have never been told “no”.

This is also a problem throughout society. At the workplace, managers do not want to be the “bad guy”, and it is the same for politics. I find many people who have never been told “no”. I guess most people make-up some excuse rather than say “no thank you”. The look of confusion is the tell-tale sign. I try to be firm but polite.

I have a Sig P220, but I prefer the Ruger SP101 (.357).

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

@TB

Oh, I think people are quick enough with the “nos”. They have a much harder time with “that’s morally wrong.”

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Tell me a little more about that Ruger.

Janis Gore December 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Cousin L was at the party. She has a near 40 year old male “beast”, and lost her lovely, good-hearted Downs daughter about 15 years ago to heart problems.

steve December 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Wow! The Ruger is my favorite. I am really a wheel gunner at heart, though my eyesight is kind of going and my groupings are so-so now. With less time, shoot pretty infrequently and bad habits come back. Also have a little Buckmark for plinking. No long guns now.

Steve

TastyBits December 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

@Janis Gore

The Ruger is a five shot snub nose .357 revolver (model 5720). It has fixed sights and no hammer spur. It can only be fired double action, but if you practice, you can get it to the cocked position before firing. I got it for personal protection, and the spur can get caught when you are pulling it out. I can put it into my back pocket, and you would never know I had it.

Andy December 3, 2012 at 6:02 am

I have a Ruger as well a .357 stainless with a 6″ heavy barrel. Not very practical, but fun for the range. Haven’t gone in ages though. My only other gun is another Ruger – a 10/22.

Janis Gore December 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

What an informative site you keep, Mr. Schuler!

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