I can’t imagine storming a business because I don’t like its owners, or disagree with some management decision. I just don’t get why anyone would think that scaring or inconveniencing a business’s employees and customers is a good way to win over their hearts and minds. Then again, I’m not a union goon. So I guess I’ll never understand why they go around storming businesses like Dunkin Donuts.
About 200 union protesters descended on the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts on High Street in Carlisle just before 12:30 p.m. today to call for increasing the federal minimum wage and to attack GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The members of Service Employees International Union picked Dunkin’ Donuts because the chain is partially owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Romney used to head.
Some of the protesters wearing Romney masks engaged in a pseudo counter-protest, based on what the union said is Romney’s opposition to increasing the federal minimum wage.
Um, if I were just starting out in life, I think I’d rather have a job that pays $7.50 per hour than no job at all. I’d prefer a booming economy where everyone who wants a job can find a job and work hard to earn raises and promotions. But that’s just me. Apparently, Mitt Romney agrees, and the SEIU doesn’t like that. But the Dunkin Donuts protest seems to be misplaced, since Romney was long-gone from Bain Capital by the time the investment firm became a partial owner of the company. The protest is misplaced even more when one considers that prior to Bain’s involvement, Dunkin Donuts was owned by foreigners.
Bain (along with a partnership including The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners) didn’t purchase Dunkin’ until 2006, long after Mitt was out the door by anyone’s standards of when he left.
Here’s the bonus part of the story… even if Romney had still somehow been involved, Bain and friends purchased Dunkin’ Donuts from its previous Frenchowners, Pernod Ricard. This shifted the flow of the successful breakfast chain’s profits (and the taxes paid on them) back to the good old U.S of A rather than going overseas to France.
But, hey… if you can get 200 people from a small town to show up in the rain, if nothing else that must mean there’s a pretty big grassroots movement against Romney, right? I mean, that’s a pretty big turnout given the size of the town.
Read the whole thing. Not to give it away, but there were buses involved in getting all of those protesters to show up.
I just have to wonder if this protest is more about unionizing Dunkin Donuts than it is about demonizing Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. Either way, they’re going about it all wrong, which is a good thing. I’d hate to see the price of my favorite bacon, egg and cheese on flatbread (that I occasionally stop for on my way to work) go up. If that were to happen I’d have to re-think whether it’s worth the price, and if enough of us were to do that there would be fewer customers, and therefore fewer employees.