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
On Thursday, the California State Assembly is expected to consider a law that could dramatically alter the shape of fast food and other franchised industries in the state. Senate Bill 610 (SB 610) would make it harder for franchisor companies such as the McDonald's Corporation to end licensing agreements with franchisees. The proposed law has become a flashpoint in organized labor's efforts to transform the franchising business model. read more
As a general rule of thumb, corporations are reluctant to assume responsibility for anyone liable to earn less than, say, $25,000 per year. Treating bottom-tier workers decently by providing them, for instance, health care and pensions, or allowing them to unionize, is expensive. But treating them indecently by denying them such things is cruel and often illegal, inviting lawsuits and bad publicity. Better to make them somebody else’s problem. read more
Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, is living on $77 for seven days as part of a campaign to raise the minimum wage. His wife Andrea. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are also participating in the challenge, which is being organized by 66 advocacy and research organizations and began last Thursday. read more