The True Cost of Cheap Eats: Fast Food Workers in Wisconsin Strike

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Fast food workers in Wisconsin took part in a national strike today to rally for higher wages. Strikes took place in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau, and other Wisconsin cities. Workers are advocating for a wage floor of $15 an hour.

Wages in the fast food industry are low, and benefits are scarce. A typical front-line worker in a fast food restaurant earns $8.69 an hour, and only 13% of workers receive health benefits through their employer. In Wisconsin, 28,000 people work in front-line fast food service.

 

VIDEO: #FastFoodGlobal Rally in Austin, Texas

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 7:53 am

A handful of fast food workers walked off their jobs in Austin, Texas yesterday, the closest thing our city had to a true May Day celebration in the streets. It happened as part of a global one-day strike led by the Fight For 15 movement. Dozens gathered outside a Popeye’s Kitchen on the east side of town, along a strip of fast food restaurants that cluster near the intersection of Martin Luther King, JR Boulevard and Airport Boulevard. This strip of strip mall purgatory could be any arterial street in America, reeking of fry grease and automotive exhaust.

Late Night: Wage Slavery

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 8:00 pm

I find it so laughable to hear conservatives wax lyrical about the “opportunity” fast food workers have to climb the ladder of success, albeit from the “bottom rung.”  What other rungs are there?   Serving dreadful food to people nearly as poor as you are in a loud, tacky, degrading environment offers as little possibility for personal growth if you’re 18 or 48, and despite repeated assertions otherwise, most are closer to the latter than the former.

Fast Food Strikes Taking Place Throughout America

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 11:22 am

Today workers in over one hundred American cities are protesting for higher wages. The wage target for the protesters is $15 but the protests are also contributing to the national conversation on raising the federal minimum wage.

Fast-Food Wage Strikes Planned in Over 100 Cities

By: Monday December 2, 2013 11:54 am

Workers are deciding to fight for living wages now that they know nothing better is coming around the corner. The fight continues this Thursday in over a hundred cities where workers will go on strike for a $15-an-hour wage.

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 6:07 pm

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages. For the first time, this mega-sector that grosses $200 billion a year is under serious scrutiny, as increasingly emboldened employees across the country demand a living wage from immensely profitable corporations sensitive to their public image.

While the focus on fast food workers’ paltry wages is well deserved, there’s another issue that demands attention: the rampant violation of labor laws by fast food giants.

American Fast Food Workers Organize Nationwide Strike Over Wages

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 8:30 am

Today fast food workers from across the country will strike to demand higher wages. The poorly compensated workers want to form unions in order to collectively bargain for benefits they can live on.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Saru Jayaraman, Behind The Kitchen Door

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 1:59 pm

You’ve probably heard this statistic before: food service is one of the fastest-growing areas of our economy, and food service work one of the fastest-expanding job fields.

Did you know, though, that only 20 percent of restaurant jobs pay a livable wage?

Farmworkers Fight Wendy’s, the ‘Last Holdout’ on Fair Food

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 5:45 am

While rain pattered gently on the concrete steps of Manhattan’s Union Square last Saturday, a group of workers were giving the assembled crowd a tour of the sun-scorched fields of Florida’s tomato farms. The performers had turned the urban square into a stage for a street theater performance, depicting backbreaking labor and tussles with industry goons emblazoned with corporate food brand logos.

By dramatizing a farm scene amid the bustle of Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the surrounding neighborhoods, the activists of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers highlighted the connection between farmworkers’ daily struggles and the villain of the drama: Wendy’s restaurants, which are the primary target of the group’s Fair Food campaign for decent labor standards in an industry built on modern-day serfdom.

Fast Food Workers in New York City Stage Wildcat Strike

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 6:43 am

I guess worker-led revolts are catching. After a successful set of Black Friday protests at Walmart stores nationwide, New York City will see walkouts at dozens of fast-food restaurants today, part of a more explicit effort to unionize the sector with the slogan Fast Food Forward.

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