Joe Bialek 1 
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Re: “Cleveland City Council to Introduce $15/Hour Minimum Wage Legislation

I recall when I was in high school that it was time to seek my first job
opportunity and so {following in the footsteps of my brother and sisters}
decided to apply at McDonalds. The first time I applied the store manager
asked me the proverbial question: "why should I hire you?" My response:
"because I need the money." Wrong answer. The following year I applied to
the same place and this time when asked the same question answered "because
I can get the job done." Result: hired. I only worked for this particular
franchise for one summer because another store {closer to home} was opening
and it was owned by the franchise owners who had employed my siblings.
With the small amount of experience I had attained {at the previous store} I
was actually able to take charge of the rookie grill team and pull order out
of chaos. This eventually resulted in my promotion to "swing" manager when
I transitioned from high school to college {1981}. A "swing" manager is
essentially someone who will manage any shift {often times with little or no
notice}. Exploitation of my services was the furthest thing from my mind as
the goal was to earn enough money to pay for college. My coworkers were
all my age with the exception of the "day ladies" who worked the morning
shift. The commonly accepted idea was that this was a temporary stepping
stone to better career opportunities once you graduated from college. I
would certainly agree however that my experience at McDonalds allowed me to
utilize some of the talents and abilities I possessed by exercising various
skills in particular situations. In other words; it wasn't all just about
"flipping hamburgers." One time the owner of the franchise put his hands
on my shoulders {while I was seated} and stated "I want this man paid $4.00
per hour." It never happened and I spent the remainder of my time there
earning just a smidgen above what the crew earned.

Today we recognize the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred in
the fast-food industry {over the last 30 years} with most positions being
filled by adults rather than their teen-age counterparts. Consequently the
industry has transformed from being a "temporary stepping stone" to a full
time career opportunity that still pays very little relative to the profits
posted by McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy's {now comically referred to as
the new "Big Three"}. One could argue that there is very little
opportunity in our economy for someone with a high school diploma {or
perhaps no diploma at all}. It could be further argued that economic
opportunity has been so slimmed down that these types of retail jobs are the
only ones available and it will {in all likelihood} be that way for a long
time to come. In the meantime people employed by these companies still
qualify for public assistance because of the low pay and lack of medical
benefits. We also read daily of the failure to teach people to read and
write upon graduating college not to mention high school. If this whole
situation doesn't smack of a deliberate and carefully planned booby-trap
then I don't know what does. Accordingly I am in favor of increasing the
minimum wage to $15.00 per hour at restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger
King and Wendy's as well as the provision of medical benefits. There is no
evidence that doing so will cripple these major chains in any form
whatsoever. It may reduce the amount of money flowing into the top of these
companies but it is doubtful that it would alter their lifestyles. Of
course there are those who will argue that the price of the food served will
increase and result in less business and therefore less employment. But
this is the accepted thinking of a outdated paradigm. Even Henry Ford was
wise enough to pay his workers more so they could afford to buy his cars
although {in this case} a diet consisting primarily of fast food has been
proven to be unhealthy. No the major chains can "afford" to increase the
pay of it's employees without having to increase the price of it's food. So
let this be written so let this be done.

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 05/12/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Cleveland 2021: Artist Loren Naji Christens Second Time Capsule After Henry Senyak Destroys First

keep up the good work Henry...somebody has to

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 03/02/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Loren Naji Redux? More Ohio City Businesses Targeted for Code Violations

give 'em hell Henry...

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 03/01/2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Loren Naji Redux? More Ohio City Businesses Targeted for Code Violations

Ohio City is like a box of Granola...full of fruits, flakes and especially NUTS !!!

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 03/01/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Scene Podcast: The Brelo Verdict and the Weekend Protests

This letter is in response to the coverage of the court decision concerning Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo.

I listened to Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell read his decision and found his thought process reasonable given the series of events he was required to describe. Whether or not you agree with his decision is immaterial given that the Law has spoken. And certainly people can protest peacefully and
work to improve the system that produced such a catastrophe. Still, there are no innocent parties here. Certainly Mr. Russell should have obeyed the order of a Police Officer to stop. What other lives were placed in harms way because he chose to continue fleeing? But why does it require so many police cruisers to join in a high-speed chase? Given the length of the travel why couldn't some sort of blockade been set up to stop the person fleeing? Mr. Russell and Ms. Williams did not have to die because the ultimate cause of their death could have been prevented. And what does this say about a potential diversionary tactic that could be
employed by domestic/foreign terrorists on American soil?

For those of you in the African-American community who are tempted to be filled with rage and hatred at every white police officer I can only say that I had a member of my family {Patrolman Hilary Cudnik believed to be the distant cousin of my Uncle Boley Cudnik} who was killed in the act of performing his duty. But he was killed by a African-American. Because of the influence handed down to me from my Paternal Grandfather {Dziadzia} Albert Joseph Bialek and my mother {Eileen Moran Bialek} I did not react to Hilary's murder like most people did. I never believed that looting and burning down businesses would solve anything and would certainly not bring him back. My African-American brothers and sisters please refrain from
engaging in violence as it will only exacerbate the situation. But rather let our two communities come together in reconciliation and love to make Cleveland once again the best location in the nation if for no other reason than to have achieved racial harmony once and for all.

Joe Bialek
Cleveland, OH

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted wasonce eccentric." Bertrand Russel

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 05/30/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Merrick (Rocks the) House Benefit Concert

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 I noticed a advertisement in Scene for the annual
Merrick {Rocks the} House to be held at the House of Blues on Euclid Avenue
in Cleveland, Ohio. Spotting a opportunity to continue my “love
tour” {looking for a wife} by attending various fundraisers in the hopes of
{as my sister often told me} meeting nice people where nice people gather.
I've never been to a “rock the house” party not to mention one being used to
raise money so I decided to make the scene.

I arrived on or about 9:00 PM and expected only to stay two hours.
Approaching the front entrance I encountered members of the volunteer
sign-in group. All were very friendly and warm {tempered by a charitable attitude}.
Determined then to consume some liquid courage I proceeded to the bar.

Upon entering the stage venue I got a immediate sense of positive energy and
well being generated by those who were attending as well as those operating all
the displays, entertainment, food, etcetera. Everyone was nice and very
accepting. You had the sense you were among friends even though the only
person I knew who was not present was Bill Wintour; a former co-worker of
mine and long time supporter of the cause.

All in all I would say this event was a success and I look forward to
attending in 2016 and beyond. The Merrick House crew demonstrated that in the best
essence of the cliché this settlement house empower individuals,
families and neighborhoods and will continue to so long as
this loving group of people gather for such a worthy cause.
Take care and see you in 2016. I’m Joe Bialek and I approve this message.

Joe Bialek

PS: Feel free to use this letter in any way you see fit in order to promote
this event in the future.

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was
once eccentric." Bertrand Russell

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 05/21/2015 at 8:43 PM

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