May 30, 2013 Ygriega commented on Ballard Taco Bell Workers Walk Out as Nationwide Fast Food Strike Hits Seattle.
Just answering a few comments: for me it is a stepping stone to a better place. I'm trying to finish my degree at UW so I can be a teacher (not glamorous but always something I've wanted to do). It would be nice to e able to pay rent, feed myself, and save up something for school and I know a lot of others in my store would like the same. I'm sure we could all live without fast food. And no I don't believe in my job, I believe in the people who I work with, there's a difference. They are all good people with good intentions and I would rather work for this company then another if I'm going to be in the fast food industry. This industry really is a labor industry. No it doesn't take any sort of skill level and I could teach anyone to do it but we do work really hard and put it long hours. A lot of people I work with are actually trying to move on and make better lives for themselves and this is a good stepping stone. Just a few weeks ago I had a 65 year old man who was a Chemical Engineer for over 30 years apply because he literally can't find work anywhere else. Is that his fault that he's poor then and has to take a low paying job in the shitty fast food industry? And we didn't close early because 1 person walked out, we closed 1 hour early because there were 50 people surrounding us on the sidewalks chanting and harassing the people in the Drive-Thru so we couldn't hear anything and most people were leaving anyway. We just decided it would be better for the employees who stayed to close the store so they didn't have to try to work in such a stressful situation. And there are 2 Mexican people who work at my store and both have green cards and have lives in the US more than 10 years, just FYI. Lastly, I know e're part of the Pepsi Co corporation and not an independent business, that was my point. If corporate would not demand so much just to be a part of Taco Bell, we might be able to better provide for our employees if we were more independent.
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May 30, 2013 Ygriega commented on Ballard Taco Bell Workers Walk Out as Nationwide Fast Food Strike Hits Seattle.
@18 I bust my butt everyday actually, and people sure do get pissed off when no one is there to fill those cardboard shells with insufficient amounts of beef flavored soy don't they? I'm not saying we should make $15 an hour, that's a little ridiculous, but it would be nice for my employees to be able to make a living and support their families. Sorry that we're not good enough for you to be allowed at least that much
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May 30, 2013 Ygriega commented on Ballard Taco Bell Workers Walk Out as Nationwide Fast Food Strike Hits Seattle.
I was there tonight and no krityan is not trying to downplay it. The other employees were given the option to walk out and unanimously decided they were against it. I'm a manager there and I support my employee's right to strike or not. It was just sad for those who did decide to stay because they got punished for it by having to deal with the yelling the chanting while just trying to get through their work day. And we are indeed a franchise. This franchise has a lot of good people leading it and they really do try to take care of their employees but they have limits as all businesses do. I think something like 20% of our profits are automatically paid to Corporate Taco Bell as royalties and with the rest we have to run the stores, buy the food, and pay the employees. This is a great cause and I support it 100% but things definitely need to change at the corporate level in order for our owners to better be able to take care of us. And this is just my opinion, I'm not trying to get a raise or promotion. There are good people in this company who I enjoy working for and believe in. I wouldn't be here if I didn't. I could go work at any crappy old Taco Bell and get paid the same and treated worse by people who don't have standards and don't care about their employees. I can't definitely say that is not the case with this company and it saddens me that Caroline feels that way.
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