Holiday Grab Bag

By: Friday December 27, 2013 4:57 pm

From Jay Rosen’s excellent PressThink blog, a first look at NewCo, the collaboration between Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar. Rosen is an advisor to what is to be called First Look Media, so is in an excellent position to share insights…


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.

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.

McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 5:15 pm

McDonald’s has taken some heat for its Practical Money Skills Budget Journal, a financial planning guide for its low-wage workers that suggests monthly spending on a variety of expenses. That’s pretty ironic since heat was one of the things McDonald’s failed to anticipate in the guide’s first iteration—it was later included in the sample budget in response to public pressure.

McJobs: Bad and Getting Worse

By: Monday April 15, 2013 6:30 pm

A couple of years ago, you might remember that McDonalds got a lot of publicity out of a one day hiring binge. I wrote about it here with a follow-up about the Washington Post noticing that it was a “McJobs” economic recovery a couple of weeks later. So here we are, two years later and where exactly are we?

At best, we are treading water. At best.

FL: McDonalds Customer Sues After Worker Unloads With Anti-Gay Rant and Assault

By: Friday July 13, 2012 7:12 pm

There were no happy meals for the folks driving up to this Orlando, Florida McDonalds. The behavior in this incident is so egregious McDonald’s attendant Kristy Perez, in responding to customer Ryan Snyder’s query at the drive-thru that they weren’t given a receipt or change — responded by going homophobic-ballistic against her co-worker.

ALEC’s Minions Call for the Waaambulance

By: Friday April 13, 2012 7:32 am

The more mainstream businesses that leave ALEC, the higher the concentration of those businesses known to be run by right-wing activists, such as Koch Industries, and the harder it is for ALEC to pretend that they aren’t a right-wing outfit.

More Corporate Entities Drop ALEC

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 5:00 pm

A coalition trying to induce corporations to disassociate from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing group responsible for modeling and writing a substantial portion of the bills that come through the Republican side of state legislatures, has succeeded in getting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and McDonalds to stop funding ALEC.

FDL Movie Night: Hot Coffee

By: Monday December 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Hot Coffee, the fast-paced, info-packed exploration of tort reform exposes the real story behind Stella Liebeck, who sued McDonalds after being badly burned by spilled coffee, an incident which wrongly entered the collective consciousness as a prime example of a “frivolous” lawsuit. First time director Susan Saladoff, a civil litigator with 25 years of experience, uses the McDonalds coffee case as the starting point and from there builds a strong case that tort reform, binding arbitration and non-economic damage caps subvert justice and benefit big business.

Unemployment Tap Dance Shows Beltway Fantasy Land in Operation

By: Friday April 29, 2011 2:00 pm

It is almost impossible for me to freshly describe the ongoing disconnect between what we see and hear coming out of the mouths of people in and around the Beltway Village and the facts on the ground for the rest of the country. I won’t say that they must be on drugs because I’ve used drugs and I never was as far away from reality as the Beltway Village Idiots Pundits, Politicians, and Courtiers. They just live inside a fantasy bubble. It might be acceptable if the decisions they make each day didn’t have such negative consequences for the rest of us.

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