Tag Archives: Living wage

Fast-food workers uniting to strike on Aug. 29

By Jonathan Berr McDonald’s, Burger King , Wendy’s and their rivals can sell food inexpensively because they pay their workers low wages. That unpleasant economic reality will confront diners in eight cities later this month during a work stoppage organized by a … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Do Something When a Corporation Like WalMart Won’t Pay a Living Wage: Or Else We All Pay

By Thom Hartmann Last week, thousands of fast food workers from across the country walked off their jobs to demand a living wage of $15 an hour. Ever since, the Republican talking point machine has been running on all cylinders. … Continue reading

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US fast-food workers in vanguard of growing protests at ‘starvation’ wages

By Edward Helmore McDonald’s in New York’s Times Square, in midsummer. The fast food store heaves with native New Yorkers and tourists, including a table of Filipino nuns and a troupe of burlesque actors. The staff, remarkably unstressed, offer only … Continue reading

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Court ruling could doom living-wage law

By Andrew J. Hawkins A judge’s decision to strike down the city’s prevailing-wage law provides the Bloomberg administration an opening to get rid of another City Council statute it doesn’t like: the 2012 living-wage law. The administration’s lawyers believe that … Continue reading

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McDonald’s to Employees: Get a (Second) Job

By Tom Philpott Since I last knocked heads with The Atlantic’s David Freedman over Big Food and its potential to “end obesity”—see his piece, my response, his #odd# response to my response, our joint appearance on a Minnesota Public Radio … Continue reading

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Being In The Minority Can Cost You And Your Company

By Shankar Vedantam The racial wage gap in the United States — the gap in salary between whites and blacks with similar levels of education and experience — is shaped by geography, according to new social science research. The larger … Continue reading

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8 Stark Realities of America’s Dysfunctional New Economy

By Steven Rosenfeld There’s a new normal in the American economy for vast slices of society and it’s discouragingly tough, despite all the cheerleading from the White House and economists that the country is in a slow but steady recovery. … Continue reading

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Who makes minimum wage?

By Pew Research Center The controversy over Washington, D.C.’s “living wage” ordinance, which may prompt Wal-Mart to pull out of as many as six new stores planned for the city, has drawn new attention to those near the bottom of … Continue reading

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Being Legal Doesn’t End Poverty

By Jennifer Medina Those pressing for change in the country’s immigration system like to say that creating a path to citizenship will bring the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows.” It is taken as a given that … Continue reading

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Understand how being unemployed can endanger not just yourself but those you love. Understand how we need to raise the minimum wage. Living on a $9.00 the minimum wage  would still be extremely hard for families to survive but it … Continue reading

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