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28 May 2008 @ 11:19 am
Oh, and another good thing from yesterday  
I've been wanting to try Burger King's new Loaded Steakhouse burger, but have been avoiding BK because they were not only (a) not signing onto a contract to pay a nearly-living wage* to some of the workers who provide their product, but also (b) attempting to get other fast-foodies who'd already agreed to the new contract to withdraw from it.

However, yesterday they signed on, and so I stopped in. I ordered, and the cashier got a slightly funny look on her face. My first thought was that they were out of some vital component and people had been hassling her, so I asked. "You're looking at me funny," I said, smiling, "is something wrong?"

"Do you remember R, who used to work at the lawyer's office?"

"Why, yes, I do. . . "

"I'm her daughter J. I thought I recognized you, and then I saw your nametag, and knew it had to be you." (I wear my IAAP nametag every day, since a previous chapter president suggested it as a way to increase visibility.)

I haven't seen R in more than 15 years. She'd moved out of state and we'd lost touch. So I gave J my card and asked her to pass it on. I hope to hear from R soon!


ETA *From what I've been able to determine, a picker can fill about 120-130 buckets in a typical workday. An additional penny per bucket translates to approximately $2,500 a year.
 
 
 
amaebiamaebi on May 28th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, tangentially, thanks for the news about BK!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 28th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 28th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
The world is very small.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 28th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
And it's folded so many times! :-)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 28th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Like origami!
Made me think of the "fortune tellers" made in school, that fit over your fingers and lift flaps to tell the future... can't remember what they are really called!
fatcook: ?????fatcook on May 28th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
How was the burger? I've been afraid to try it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 28th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
It was okay; about the same plane as other BK burgers. I did like the fried onions but wasn't impressed with the BBQ sauce.
(Anonymous) on May 29th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hey Janet! I was reading the write up on the BK/CIW deal, and I really want to know just how much of an effect that 1 cent per pound can make in wages earned. It sounds like me getting an extra penny an hour as a raise.
I am glad the aggrement was reached, it just doesn't look like much of a diffrence.

Younger Brother
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on June 1st, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
From what I've been able to determine, a picker can fill about 120-130 buckets in a typical workday. Thus, an additional penny per bucket translates to approximately $2,500 a year.