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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Julie Gutman Dickinson 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Sarah Jaffe 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?
|By: Michelle Chen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday August 1, 2012 7:20 pm|
There was a huge colon-clogging, gizzard glutting eat-in at Chick-fil-A on Sunset and Highland Wednesday for the Mike Huckabee-called, frothy Rick Santorum-embraced, Sarah Palin-endorsed, Rush Limbuagh-hyped “National
Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-hAte Appreciation Day.” Two lines of cars snaked into the drive through ordering stations, backing up traffic onto Sunset Boulevard, and the parking lot was full. I wish I had been able to take a snapshot of the woman in a nose job bandage eating a frozen dessert cone as she drove out. Very L.A.