Opposition to the minimum wage is crumbling, and Tuesday’s election results provide further proof.Sure, Democrats – who have championed increasing the minimum wage – might have lost the Senate. But across both red and blue states and regardless of party affiliation, this year voters made raising wages – not Republicans – the real winner of the midterm elections. read more
On paper, things seem to be looking up for the U.S. economy. The private sector has recovered the number of private-sector jobs that were lost after the financial crisis. Unemployment fell to 5.9% last month, down from 7.9% at the same time in 2012. Economists point to the U.S. as one of the few bright spots in a global environment of disappointing economic growth. read more
Who would have thought it? In an interview last week, the soon-to-be-named chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF), Container Store CEO Kip Tindell, pledged to try and push the retail store trade group to change its stance against raising the minimum wage.“I’m working, frankly, to get the NRF to maybe moderate its view on that,” he told Bloomberg BNA. read more
Last week, hundreds of fast food workers across the country went on strike, demanding better wages and working conditions. It’s not hard to see why: nearly half of all restaurant workers—including fast food workers—live in or near poverty. read more
Fast Food workers are welcoming a new and compelling partner to the Fight for $15. Today, hundreds of home care workers joined thousands of striking workers, elected officials and supporters in the streets of five cities, adding their voices to the call to hike wages. read more
Thousands of fast food workers across the United States will once again go on strike this Thursday, representatives of the Fight For 15 movement announced on Monday night. This new strike will likely be comparable in size to the last one, which occurred in mid-May and affected fast food restaurants in 150 U.S. cities. But unlike the previous work stoppage, Thursday's strike is likely to include acts of civil disobedience in various cities. read more
The “fissured workplace” took another hit on Aug. 27 with the unsealing of two federal appellate decisions disputing FedEx’s contention that its drivers in California and Oregon are properly classified as independent contractors. read more
Burger King is only nominally an American company now. It was bought in 2010 by 3G Capital, a Brazilian-owned private equity firm with offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro; among its four principals is Jorge Paulo Lemann, who ranks 28th on the Forbes 400 list and is probably Brazil’s richest citizen. read more
Feeding America's 2014 Hunger in America report estimates that roughly 10% of its 46.5 million adult clients are currently students, including about two million people who are attending school full-time. Nearly one-third of those surveyed—30.5%—report that they've had to choose between paying for food and covering educational expenses at some point in the last year.
You can learn an awful lot about a country by looking at its migratory patterns. The New York Times this week published some striking interactive charts showing where the people in each of the 50 U.S. states were born and how that changed between 1900 and the present. read more
Editors for the long-running reality TV show 'Survivor' have been granted union recognition and are now negotiating a contract, just days after they walked out on strike. The editors, who will be affiliated with the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), were demanding pensions and health care in addition to union recognition.
California's legislature may have just drastically changed the way franchises are able to do business in the state. On Friday, the State Assembly approved a law making it harder for franchisor companies like the McDonald's Corporation to terminate franchising agreements with the smaller business owners who run their franchises. The proposed law, SB 610, had already been approved by the State Senate last year. read more
If Obama gets the minimum-wage increase, he’ll improve the lives of low-wage workers. And if President Obama doesn’t get the increase? That will be a misfortune for those 28 million workers. But it will be an electoral boon for Obama and the Democrats come November, because (according to a recent CNN poll) 71% of all Americans favor increasing the minimum wage. read more