400 Arrested at Fast-food Strike; Harvard Business: Income Inequality is Unsustainable; Unionized Macy's Worker Feels Job Security

Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Thursday, over 400 fast-food workers and activists were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience during a national day of action. Fast-food workers from across the country lead the one-day strikes in over 150 cities where workers called for $15 and a union.

Over 400 Arrested in National Fast-Food Workers’ Strike for Living Wage, Unionization - Democracy Now

Almost a week after another low-wage worker uprising, the Harvard Business School released a new study saying income inequality is "unsustainable," and that "thriving citizens become more productive employees, more willing consumers, and stronger supporters of pro-business policies."

Widening gap between US rich and poor is unsustainable, says study - The Guardian

When workers organize and form a union they are often times paid higher wages and are provided with benefits.
Debra Ryan works as a sales associate at Macy's in Manhattan, which is unionized. "There’s a sense of security," Debra said. She is a full-time employee, has guaranteed hours, can afford to pay rent and take a vacation once a year.

Some Retail Workers Find Better Deals With Unions - New York Times

Editorial Cartoon - Boston Globe

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