Federal Contract Fast-Food Workers Ask the President for a Living Wage and Better Working Conditions

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The President said last week, "I’m going to keep pushing until we get a higher minimum wage for hard-working Americans across the entire country." But Congress isn't working together, and Americans making very little money cannot continue to live in poverty, while their employers can afford to pay them better wages. The President has the power to take action for people working under federal contracts. Read the White House press secretary Jay Carney's response to reporters about the minimum wage issue.

White House sidesteps talk of raising minimum wage with executive order - The Hill

The conversation is changing after a series of strikes in Washington D.C. and across the country. Last week, the President said he wants Congress to raise the minimum wage, but it's unlikely Congress will work together and vote on an increase. There is another option, something he can do for people being paid poverty wages under federal contracts.

How low-wage strikes helped change the conversation in Washington - MSNBC

Fast-food companies should be forced to answer, "how can workers live off what they're being paid?" The NOW Panel with Gabriel Snyder, Jamal Simons, Jack Temple, Glenn Thrush and Keith Ellison discuss the fast-food protests that took place nationwide last Thursday.

Fast-food workers set out on massive strike Now with Alex Wagner  

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