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Post by Addie » Wed May 07, 2014 8:35 am

[link]Salon,http://www.salon.com/2014/05/07/exclusi ... or_may_15/[/link]





Exclusive: Fast food strikes in 150 cities and protests in 30 countries planned for May 15





On May 15, fast food workers plan to mount one-day strikes in 150 U.S. cities, accompanied by protests in thirty countries, labor sources tell Salon. Organizers expect the walkouts to spread for the first time to cities including Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, and Sacramento, and to involve thousands of total workers, including hundreds each in cities including St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.





Abroad, May 15 fast food protests – many of them targeting McDonald’s in particular – are planned in cities including Karachi, Casablanca, London, Sao Paolo, Dublin, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Geneva, and San Salvador, as well as locations in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Japan. Activists plan to hold a teach-in outside McDonald’s head office in Auckland, New Zealand; to stage flash mobs at five McDonald’s locations in the Philippines, and to shut down a major McDonald’s during lunchtime in Belgium. The following day, fast food workers in Italy plan to mount their own strike, staging protests in Rome, Milan, and Venice and shutting down stores for the day.





The actions, which will be announced at a noon press event in Manhattan, were discussed this week in New York at an international gathering of union leaders and fast food workers from dozens of countries, called by the global union federation IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations). They mark the latest escalation in the showdown between an embattled U.S. labor movement and a fast food industry whose jobs are increasingly prevalent and representative of work in America’s post-crash economy. “I’m tired of trying to make ends meet and they’re not meeting…” Richmond, Virginia, Burger King employee Crystal Travis told Salon before joining a 100-city strike last December. “I don’t make enough to even have Christmas.”





As I’ve reported, the campaign’s demands are $15 per hour wages and the chance to freely form a union; its primary funder and director is the Service Employees International Union; and its tactics include a mix of media, legal, political, and workplace pressure on the industry. Like high-profile recent organizing efforts against non-union targets including Wal-Mart, the campaign has sought to use short-term strikes by small minorities of the workforce as anchors for broader campaigns to engage co-workers and embarrass management, even without generally shutting down places of business. Over the past two months, the campaign has hailed the filing of wage theft lawsuits against McDonald’s, the announcement of a mayor-backed plan to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 over the next decade, and the release of research showing a 543-to-1 fast food CEO-to-worker pay ratio in 2012.


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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:48 am

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Why the success of the $15 minimum wage movement has surprised its leaders

Nearly three years ago, a group of about 200 workers at McDonald's, Taco Bell and other New York City fast-food restaurants walked off the job and rallied for higher wages.

It was widely described as the largest series of demonstrations ever in the fast-food industry.

Fast-forward to Tuesday, and the so-called Fight for $15 movement seeking better pay for fast-food and other low-wage workers has spread to what organizers say are 270 cities across the U.S. All three Democratic presidential candidates weighed in with support on Twitter after rallies began. The governor of New York and the mayor of Pittsburgh issued orders Tuesday that will lead to a $15 minimum wage for all government workers.

How the once-fledgling campaign has captivated national political discourse is a testament to the uneasiness still felt by many Americans left out of the recovery from the Great Recession. Although jobs have continued to grow since the depths of the downturn, earnings for lower- and middle-income workers have not.

By galvanizing efforts around fast-food workers — people who many interact with on a daily basis — the movement's organizers, backed in part by the nation's second-largest labor union, have worked to change the public perception of low-wage work.


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:40 pm

The GOP's minimum-wage opposition makes total sense. And that's horrifying.

http://theweek.com/articles/588311/gops ... horrifying
Ben Carson in particular implied that the social importance of keeping people in the workforce trumps the importance of raising wages. Recalling his own youthful employment, Carson said, "I would not have gotten those jobs if someone had to pay me a large amount of money. But what I did gain from those jobs is a tremendous amount of experience, and how to operate in the world and how to relate to different people, and how to become a responsible individual."

Donald Trump, being Donald Trump, was even more blunt: "Taxes too high, wages too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is."

Now, Carson's social-importance-of-work argument isn't necessarily wrong, though it's a highly romanticized portrait of low-end employment in America. But even if you agree with it wholeheartedly, it doesn't change the fact that the GOP's two lead candidates both straight up said American workers — especially low-wage workers — are just going to have to put up with being poorer if they want to stay in the workforce.
See what I mean about making internal sense, but in a horrifying way?


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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:58 am

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Airport workers at major U.S. hubs to join Fight for $15 protests Tuesday

Cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants at major U.S. hubs will join thousands of other low-wage airport workers in a national day of protest Tuesday to demand better wages.

Authorities say the demonstrations, planned for airports in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and elsewhere will have minimal impacts on operations, but workers are hoping they will draw the attention of travelers returning from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Workers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are taking more serious steps and planning to strike.

This could be the largest demonstration of service industry workers as part of the growing labor movement known as the Fight for $15.

Organizers say their message to Washington, President-elect Trump and other elected officials is that they won’t stay quiet in regard to efforts to block wage increases, end healthcare options and deport immigrants.


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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:39 pm

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Dozens arrested during US protests for higher minimum wages

CHICAGO — Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections.

In Chicago, hundreds of protesters at O’Hare International Airport were outside terminals chanting “What do we want? $15! When do we want it? Now!” Police gated an area to allow travelers room to walk. As many as 500 workers at the airport planned to strike.

Thousands planned to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants, organizers said. The efforts are part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:28 am

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Seattle’s higher minimum wage is actually working just fine

Here's what's wrong with a University of Washington study that found it hurt low-wage workers.

When Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and workers in the Fight for $15 were negotiating an increase in Seattle’s minimum wage back in 2014, opponents of their effort warned — as minimum wage opponents often do — that paying low-wage workers too much too soon would have harmful economic consequences. Two years after Seattle began increasing its minimum wage (for most businesses with 500 or more employees, it’s headed to $15 an hour next year), Seattle’s economy is as strong as ever. The Seattle unemployment rate in April, for example, was 2.6 percent, the lowest it has been in nine years. Yet the release of a new study this week from a group of researchers at the University of Washington has brought opponents of minimum wage increases out of the woodwork again.

One would do well to dismiss these naysayers. The new study’s findings are out of step with a large body of research pertinent to Seattle’s minimum wage increase, and the study has important limitations. Another recent study without those limitations, from Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto and Anna Godoey at the University of California at Berkeley, is more consistent with other research and shows that Seattle’s minimum wage is having its intended effects. The Berkeley study also squares with the lived experiences of people across the country who overwhelmingly support making businesses provide fairer pay for a hard day’s work.

So what did the University of Washington team find, and why isn’t it a big deal?


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Post by Addie » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:31 am

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Republicans in several states are lowering the minimum wage — yes, you read that right

While journalists and political junkies are focused on the latest implosion of the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare and gut Medicaid, conservatives in several states have been working to decrease the minimum wage that businesses can pay to their workers.

In Missouri, Republicans just passed a law overturning a local measure passed by the city of St. Louis that had raised the minimum wage to $10 per hour.

The new law will prohibit counties and cities within Missouri from creating their own minimum wage laws. It will also roll back the St. Louis minimum hourly wage to the statewide floor of $7.70. ...

Missouri is not the only state where Republican elected officials have successfully targeted minimum wage laws. Until recently, such an action seemed like a conservative pipe dream. Thanks to a years-long hollowing out of the Democratic Party in rural and exurban areas, however, right-wing politicians have become able to pursue policies that were once impossible.

The GOP effort in Missouri came on the heels of an earlier success in March, when Iowa Republicans managed to roll back mandatory pay increases passed by local jurisdictions. It was the first time such a law had ever been passed, according to the National Employment Law Project, a liberal nonprofit group that supports higher minimum wage laws.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:06 pm

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Costco just became an even more appealing place to work after raising its minimum wage to $14 an hour ...

In a call with investors on Thursday, Costco's CFO, Richard Galanti, confirmed that the retailer would be raising its minimum wage from $13 to $14, effective June 11.

Warehouse employees will receive an increase of between $0.25 to $0.50 an hour, he said.

The wage increase comes in the wake of the GOP's corporate tax cuts, which has encouraged companies to raise wages and even hand out bonuses to employees.

Earlier this year, Walmart also announced that it would raise starting wages for its hourly employees from $9 to $11 and would offer a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to other employees who are not impacted by these increases.

More than 1 million employees would benefit from this, according to Walmart.


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Post by TollandRCR » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:52 pm

OK, so now i will drive to Enfield, almosr in MA, to shop. I wish CT had a few really dedicated liberals to attract CostCo
OTOH, i am glad of less competition from Democratic politicians for the prime steaks there.


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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:48 pm

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North Carolina becomes first state to adopt $15 minimum wage for state employees

North Carolina has become the first state to adopt a $15 minimum wage for most of its state employees, The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro reported.

The change was included in the state’s budget, which went into effect on Tuesday. State lawmakers had voted to overturn Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of the budget.

The new minimum wage means about 9,000 state workers will get a raise. The new minimum salary for full-time staffers clocks in at about $31,200 a year, the newspaper reported.

The change applies to most jobs in state agencies and in the University of North Carolina system, but does not apply to temporary workers, or public school or community college employees who make less than $15 an hour.

Robert Broome, the executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, told the Courier-Tribune that public school bus drivers, custodians and teaching assistants are largely excluded from the new minimum wage.


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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:13 pm

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Walt Disney World workers land deal for $15 minimum wage

Disney reached a deal with unions that would hike the minimum wage for Walt Disney World Resort workers to $15 an hour by 2021, signaling an end to contract negotiations that have dragged on for nearly a year.

The agreement, which covers thousands of park and resort employees, would increase starting wages by 50%. Workers would also get the $1,000 bonuses they were promised earlier this year.

Marathon negotiations carried into the early morning this week before a deal was reached late Friday night, according to a union official. It will be voted on by union members on September 5 and is expected to easily pass.

"I expect it to be a resounding 'yes,'" said Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here Local 362. "We've had excellent turnout. People feel so high ... I walked in this morning at 7 a.m. for a staff meeting and people were clapping and cheering, and they just really feel great." ...

Employees covered by the deal include food service, custodial, hotel and park workers. ...

Disney reached a deal in July to lift minimum hourly wages to $15 for Disneyland workers in Anaheim, California beginning next year. That agreement also ended a long battle with union representatives.


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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:23 pm

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Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for U.S. employees

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for its U.S. employees from next month, as it faces criticism for pay disparity from lawmakers and labor unions.

The move comes at a time when the “Fight for Fifteen” movement — a union-led push for a $15 minimum wage — has been gaining traction in cities across the country.

Amazon, which became the second company to cross $1 trillion market value last month, on average paid employees $28,446 last year. The company is led by Jeff Bezos, who is the world’s richest man with a net worth of $150 billion, according to Forbes.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” Bezos said. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”
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The Atlantic: Amazon's $15 Minimum Wage Is a Brilliant Business Strategy



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Post by ZekeB » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:07 pm

Hourly pay is only part of the formula. Assuming a single parent earns $30,000 a year ($15 an hour) and buys family plan health insurance, they are spending half of their income on health insurance. We need single payer health insurance AND a $15 minimum.


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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:21 pm

Indeedy, Zeke :thumbs:



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Post by DmitriNotPetra » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:53 pm

My favorite is the semi-skilled worker MAGA types who are like I BUSTED MAH TAIL TA MAKE 15 AN HOUR AN MAH JOB A LOT HARDER THAN FLIPPING BURGERS and you’re like well if it went through, your wages would probably go up then through simple metrics of paying more to keep skilled workers over higher paying, less intense jobs... then they call you a snowflake. I’m glad you’re broke, asshole.



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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:08 pm

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For Low-Wage Workers, the Fight For 15 Movement Has Been a Boon

The Fight for 15 movement to raise minimum wages directly led to a collective $68 billion raise for 22 million low-wage workers in both the public and private sectors. That’s the conclusion of new analysis published by the National Employment Law Center, which backs a higher minimum wage. “Of the $68 billion in additional income, the overwhelming share (70 percent, or $47 billion) is the result of $15 minimum wage laws that the Fight for $15 won in California, New York, Massachusetts, Flagstaff, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, the Twin Cities, Seattle, and SeaTac over the past few years,” NELP researchers reported. NELP further found that the $68 billion figure is “more than 14 times larger than the total raise under the last federal minimum wage increase, approved in 2007.”

Since Fight for 15 launched in 2012, the idea of a $15 minimum wage has become a popular cause for progressive activists, and an increasingly popular talking point for Democrats occupying or seeking elected office. The party’s official platform now includes a commitment to a $15 minimum wage and in 2017, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the party would introduce a bill reflecting that commitment if Democrats took back the House. They’re now poised to make good on that promise in January, though with Republicans in charge of the Senate and the White House, the federal minimum wage probably won’t budge for years.

At the state and city levels, however, voters have begun to take matters into their own hands. As NELP notes, a number of cities and states have already passed minimum wage increases – some to $15 an hour, some to $12 or lower. On November 6, voters in Missouri and Arkansas voted to raise their minimum wages to $12 by 2023 and $11 by 2021 respectively. But even when voters support minimum wage hikes, they can be less popular with their elected officials. The Washington, D.C. city council repealed a minimum wage increase for tipped workers even though voters resoundingly approved it at the ballot box; the city’s Democratic mayor, Muriel Bowser, even backed a challenger to Council member Elissa Silverman, who had opposed the repeal. In Michigan, the Detroit News reports, Republican state legislators have already moved to scale back a minimum wage increase, which the legislature passed in September in order to keep it off November’s ballot.

Opponents of minimum wage increases – like the D.C. restaurateurs who campaigned against higher wages for tipped workers – typically argue that extra expenses will force fire workers or even close, harming employers and employees alike. More research is necessary, but right now there’s no conclusive proof that a higher minimum wage leads to significant job losses. After Ontario, Canada passed a steep minimum wage hike, the state did initially lose jobs. But as Bloomberg News reported in February 2018, economists aren’t convinced that the losses are related to a higher minimum wage. Experts interviewed by the website pointed to market corrections as a possible factor, and noted that some low-wage industries affected by the hike actually added jobs, making the law’s impact difficult to gauge.



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