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Demonstrators prepare signs supporting the raising of the federal minimum wage during May Day demonstrations in New York, N.Y., on May 1, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Opposition to raising the minimum wage is crumbling

10/14/14 09:54AM

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

Demonstrators sit down in the middle of the road during a protest at a McDonald's restaurant In Chicago, Ill., Sept. 4, 2014.

Home care workers join the 'Fight for $15'

09/04/14 06:55PM

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

Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014.

Fast food workers plan nationwide strike on Thursday

09/01/14 06:47PM

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

Exterior of a Burger King restaurant.

Burger King's supremely American habit

08/26/14 07:41PM

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

The hunger crisis in America's universities

08/18/14 12:33AM

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. read more

A map of the United States.

Migrants are misrepresented in the immigration debate

08/17/14 01:53PM

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

"Survivor: One World" contestants react during a live reunion show in New York.

Editors for the show Survivor enter union negotiations

08/17/14 08:28AM

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. read more

Pedestrians walk by a KFC and a Taco Bell restaurant on July 2, 2014 in San Rafael, California.

California legislature deals blow to major fast food chains

08/14/14 06:40PM

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

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on July 31, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Why the minimum wage issue is a win-win for Obama

08/14/14 06:26PM

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

Protesters march outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California, December 5, 2013.

Labor and small businesses team up on California franchising law

08/12/14 06:55PM

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