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McDonald’s on Woo’s Greenwood Street/Rt 20 is where I get a daily cup of coffee …

By Rosalie Tirella

… I support InCity Times’ small businesses, but I drink the McDonald’s java once a day cuz it’s Newman’s own! Which means it is Fair Trade, organic and possibly even shade-grown coffee. And the profits Newman’s make all go to the late Paul Newman’s charity, the Hole in the Wall Gang camps for kids with cancer. Plus the coffee is delicious and cheap. Up until a week ago, a LARGE cup cost just $1. It is now around $1.25. Still a great bargain for an excellent, socially responsible product.

My neighborhood McDonald’s is also where I see my favorite coffee guy in the drive-through window (see his photo below!). This kid is lovely! Beautiful smile – I mean a smile as dazzling as our President’s! He is also: Neat, hard working, polite … . AND He is always so accommodating – no matter how high maintenance I get (“Oops! too much cream! Almost black but not quite! Just a smidgen of cream! Let me taste it before I drive off.  Did you add sugar? I asked for no sugar, right? Do you think you could put the coffee in my travel mug? I am trying to shrink my carbon foot print to zero … . This is fair trade coffee, right? May I have extra napkins? May I have more extra napkins?”) This guy never gets annoyed with me – it is comforting to see his face in the midst of the usual crazy InCity Times rocket ride!

Doesn’t a great worker like this guy deserve to earn more than $8 or so bucks an hour? Doesn’t a young man who excels at his job deserve to be making $10 or $11 or #12 at it? So if he is living at home, he can move out and begin an independent life of his own and his parents can enjoy their middle age? Most of the jobs being created in this country are in the food service industry – fast food. This speaks volumes about America (depressing). And those jobs are held (contrary to myth) by adults who have apartments, families, etc. And young people who may have the job for several years and, like adults, have their own dreams. Like living in your own pad, with your own car and having a life of your own.

Why must we oppress so many good people with depressed wages? Part time work with no benefits? Work places that TELL THEIR workers to take advantage of govt benefits like food stamps, medicaid, etc? Why can’t we treat people fairly?

I sometimes go INSIDE the  McDonald’s for my coffee. Boy oh boy do the workers there hustle! The McD’s of yesteryear is gone. Now there are about 100 menu items! Desserts! Salads! Ice cream! Oatmeal. Pancakes. Even breakfast breads. Fancy coffee house drinks, too! Ones that require whipped cream and mint flavoring. The workers need to fill every fancy request as fast as they did when there were only burgers and drinks on the menu. A fast-paced, stressful work environment does not begin to describe the present-day McDonalds. Or any fast food joint.

Here are some great pieces on the national movement to raise the wages of the men and women who work in the fast food industry:

click here!

and here!

and here!

Here is my coffee guy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday protests come to Northboro and Worcester Walmarts

On Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year – labor and community allies will descend on the Walmart locations in Northborough and Worcester as part of a nationwide mobilization of community support for striking Walmart workers. The local actions, set to begin at 11:00am and 12:00pm, respectively, will educate customers about Walmart Associates’ fight for respect in the workplace.

 Employees of the world’s largest retailer have taken action at warehouses and retail stores across the country in recent weeks, walking off the job to protest low wages, unsafe working conditions, and the company’s continued attempts to silence workers’ voices on the job. From hour reductions to outright termination, Walmart has retaliated against the workers, prompting a formal federal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Black Friday protests come on the heels of statewide actions just a month ago, where delegations of concerned customers and community leaders fanned out to Massachusetts Walmart locations to demand an end to the retail giant’s retaliation against its employees. Walmart has yet to respond to the public outcry, inciting Black Friday protests nationwide.

Walmart workers from across the country have come together to form the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). OUR Walmart members are demanding basic rights on the job – including fair wages and benefits, safe working conditions and the right to organize. In Massachusetts, support for this effort is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Stands Up to Walmart campaign – a coalition of workers, community organizations, and faith and labor leaders that led the successful effort to halt Walmart’s planned expansion into the Greater Boston Area.


WHAT: Nationwide Black Friday protests come to area Walmarts


WHO: Local Walmart customers, labor and community leaders


WHERE/WHEN:     

Walmart Northborough (200 Otis Street)

Friday, November 23 @ 11:00am

Walmart Worcester (25 Tobias Boland Way)

Friday, November 23 @ 12:00pm

More than 1,000 Black Friday protests are planned at Walmart retail locations across the country. A searchable list of actions can be found here. 

Black Friday protests (over low wages/unsafe working conditions) to descend on Massachusetts/Worcester County Walmarts

Standing in solidarity with striking Walmart workers, community allies poised to gather at all 48 retail stores across the state!

In a mass mobilization of community support for striking Walmart workers, hundreds of labor and community allies will descend on Massachusetts Walmart locations on Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year. Employees of the world’s largest retailer have walked off the job in a rolling series of workplace actions in recent weeks, protesting unfair labor practices that have included the firing of workers who have dared to speak out.

Since October, Walmart employees have taken action at warehouses and retail stores across the country, speaking out about low wages, unsafe working conditions, and the company’s continued attempts to silence workers’ voices on the job. Strikes have taken place in California, Washington and Texas, and continue to spread to new locations every day. From hour reductions to outright termination, Walmart has retaliated against the workers – even going so far as to file a frivolous complaint with the National Labor Relations Board regarding the legally protected actions of their employees.

The Black Friday actions come on the heels of statewide actions just a month ago, where delegations of concerned customers and community leaders fanned out to Massachusetts Walmart locations to demand an end to the retail giant’s retaliation against its employees. Walmart has yet to respond to the public outcry, prompting Black Friday protests nationwide.

Walmart workers from across the country have come together in recent months to form the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). OUR Walmart members are demanding basic rights on the job – including fair wages and benefits, safe working conditions and the right to organize. In Massachusetts, support for this effort is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Stands Up to Walmart campaign – a coalition of workers, community organizations, and faith and labor leaders that led the successful effort to halt Walmart’s planned expansion into the Greater Boston Area.

Details on several local Black Friday protests follow. For additional information, please contact Russ Davis at Massachusetts Jobs with Justice: (617) 413-0713 or russdavis@comcast.net.

WALMART FALL RIVER

Friday, November 23 @ 11:00am

374 William S Canning Blvd, Fall River

WALMART FRAMINGHAM*

Friday, November 23 @ 12:01am

121 Worcester Road, Framingham

*This event will include a light display at a nearby overpass/intersection

WALMART LYNN

Friday, November 23 @ 10:00am

780 Lynnway, Lynn

 

WALMART METHUEN

Friday, November 23 @ 9:00am

70 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen

WALMART NORTHAMPTON

Friday, November 23 @ 10:00am

180 North King Street, Northampton

WALMART NORTHBOROUGH

Friday, November 23 @ 11:00am

200 Otis Street, Northborough

WALMART ORANGE

Friday, November 23 @ 1:00pm

555 East Main Street, Orange

WALMART QUINCY*

Thursday, November 22 @ 11:45pm

301 Falls Blvd, Quincy

*This event will include a light display at the store

WALMART SALEM

Friday, November 23 @ 10:00am

450 Highland Avenue, Salem

WALMART SEEKONK

Friday, November 23 @ 1:00pm

1180 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk

WALMART SPRINGFIELD

Friday, November 23 @ 10:00am

1105 Boston Road, Springfield

WALMART WALPOLE

Friday, November 23 @ 10:00am

550 Providence Highway, Walpole

WALMART WORCESTER

Friday, November 23 @ 12:00pm

25 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester