Fast-Food Strike Likely to Strike Out

Another high-publicity, low-participation walkout won't win unions more members or higher wages.
If you want higher wages with that, you're doing it wrong.

The Service Employees International Union is stepping up its attempts to unionize fast-food franchises with a day of demonstrations and "civil disobedience" planned for Thursday. Last year's walkout resulted in a lot of nonsense being talked about minimum wages, but very little other real impact that I'm able to see. The SEIU apparently hopes that by bringing in civil disobedience -- and some home health-care workers who would also like to make $15 an hour -- they'll be able to raise the stakes and make a real dent in a difficult problem: trying to mass-organize a highly fragmented, extremely competitive industry.

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