Sunday, September 19, 2010


As part of their continuing organizing efforts the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union are showing the film 'Eyes on the Fries' about working conditions in the fast food industry. Here's the promo.>>>

Jimmy John's Workers Union Film Showing of "Eyes on the Fries"
Twin Cities IWW

Time Thursday, September 30 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location West Bank, U of M, exact location TBA


More Info
Join us for a free showing of the 20-minute film "Eyes on the Fries", which offers a look into the current system of labor in the low-wage service sector. After the film, there will be a discussion/q&a session with a panel of Jimmy John's workers who have been active in the union organizing effort.

From the website

"Low wages, erratic schedules, no health care, work-school conflicts. This film looks beyond the stereotypes of carefree and undeserving youth to uncover a reality that millions of young working people know all too well: no matter how hard you work and how well you do in school, it can be difficult to stay afloat when you're coming of age in a "McJob" economy. But there are ways to improve things - and young people are taking the lead.

"Examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. Also features the successful struggle to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco, and the daily struggles of young workers from Oakland to New York."

Producer: Jeremy Blasi (Center for Labor Research and Education)
Director/Editor: Casey Peek

And from

"The union campaign at Jimmy Johns could hold deep implications for other companies in the fast food industry, a sector known for the lowest rates of unionization- and lowest wages- in the United States. Only 1.8% of food service workers were represented by a union in 2009, far below the nation-wide figure of 12.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The question of unionization of the food and service industries looms is assuming greater focus as employment in these non-union sectors increases, while manufacturing, the traditional stronghold of unionization, slides further into decline.

"The Jimmy Johns Workers Union, open to employees at the company nationwide, is affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World labor union. Gaining prominence in recent years for organizing Starbucks workers, the IWW is a global union founded over a century ago for all working people."


jjslanger5000 said...

My opinion of this so called union is an absolute slap in the face to all of the hard working managers and owners out there who bust there ass to make a buck or two. It seems as though this union is targeting spoiled brats who don't know what its like to hold down a steady job. Working "short shifts" and "not getting free food" are some of the ridiculous complaints. Seriously, I bet the percentage of all these whiny radicals are probably white upper class spoiled rotten brats who never had to get on there knees and scrub a mop guard. My point is JJs and other fast food restaurants employ millions of kids who pass through these jobs as a stepping stone. Its the employers who struggle to keep honest employees. Turnover rates are high and labor is always a consistent battle. If these kids are unionizing against an establishment that succeeds in rocking out food to Led Zeppelin and servicing customers who depend on speed then what do we they have to bitch about? A couple rules and scheduling? My advice to all you hippies who joined this ridiculous union is to follow the rules and pick up shifts, or go get a job in Mexico!!

mollymew said...

Well, now that you got that off your chest I hope you feel better. It's hard to know where to begin, but let's say that the characterization of the "spoiled brats" is obviously wrong as they do indeed know how to use a mop. That is what they are doing at the job.This is quite unlike the so-called "hard working" managers (who almost always have never had to mop) and the owners (who definitely have never had to do that).
Let me also remind you that the job market is quite different today than it was when we were young. Unless you are in some mindless American right wing time warp I have to assume that your anachronistic use of the word "hippy" means that you are of my generation. For a large proportion of young university graduates these sort of 'McJobs' are all they will have to look forward to.
I do wonder about both your grammer or your mental coherance. What on Earth is "scrubbing a mop guard" ? I can gather what "rocking out food to Led Zeppelin" is, but this once more dates you. More importantly the sentence that contains this little hint about your age (or some bizarre right wing subculture in the USA) is totally incoherant. I wonder if you have risen the world based on your "literacy". Taken at face value it means-literally-that neither you nor I (we) shouldn't complain about the kids unionizing.
I will have more to say later, but my advise to you is to go and get a "real job" as a North Korean peasant where you won't have to be bothered by the fact that some others are trying to get ahead in this world via independent unions.