Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Fast-Food Workers are Going on Strike Thursday
Fast-food workers are ready to strike this Thursday in 100 cities across the country. With the median age being 29, and over one-fourth are parents, workers are striking for higher wages so they can support their families. Read more about the planned strikes in this New York Times article:
Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets - New York Times
Meet Eduardo Shoy, he is 58 and earns minimum wage in New York City. Mr. Shoy is employed at KFC and Pizza Hut, working 70 hours a week to support his wife and two children. Read this New York Times article of Mr. Shoy explaining how hard it is to live paycheck-to-paycheck:
Life on $7.25 an Hour - New York Times
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Black Friday: 1,500 Wal-Mart Actions Nationwide
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Low-wage Workers Deserve Federal Government Backing; Over 50 Civil Arrests at Los Angeles Wal-Mart Protest; OSHA Proposes Electronic Filings for Better Transparency
The current national minimum wage has people living in poverty. Votes are still being tallied, but SeaTac, Washington stepped up and lead the nation by voting on a ballot measure that would create a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The New York Times Editorial Board said, "Fast-food workers, Wal-Mart employees and staff of federal contractors have all been agitating recently for higher pay from profitable employers. They deserve raises, and they deserve to have the federal government behind them.
Redefining the Minimum Wage - The New York Times
Just South of Washington State, 54 people were arrested last Thursday in downtown Los Angeles after blocking streets marking the largest single act of civil disobedience in Wal-Mart history. The demonstrators acted in solidarity for the twenty Wal-Mart workers that were fired after joining a walkout in June.
OSHA has proposed to make injury and illness reporting more transparent by having large companies file reports electronically. The electronic reports would be posted online and made available to the public. Eric Frumin, health and safety director at the Change to Win, said the new process creates little burden on employers that are “simply providing additional details that they are already collecting on the causes of these injuries and ways to prevent them.”
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Bangladesh Garment Workers Receive Minimum Wage Increase; Washington State City Gets $15 Minimum Wage; New York Elects First Democrat in 20 Years
The Bangladesh garment industry has drawn global attention for its unsafe working conditions causing hundreds of deaths in the last several months. To make matters worse, the garment industry has the lowest paid workers in the world. On Monday, a government panel voted to raise monthly wages for garment workers to 5,300 taka, which is about $68-a-month minimum wage.
Bangladesh Takes Step to Increase Lowest Pay - New York Times
Garment workers in Bangladesh are paid poorly, even with a raise, but they aren't the only workers that made progress this week. In SeaTac, residents voted on a ballot measure that created a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The approval of SeaTac Proposition 1 sent a clear message that workers can't survive off even the highest minimum wage in the country —minimum wage in Washington State is $9.19 -an-hour. "This means that the people who put fuel in jets may actually be able to buy a ticket on one,” said David Rolf, vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
On another good note, New York City's newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio is the first Democrat to be elected in 20 years. “Tackling inequality isn’t easy. It never has been, and it never will be,” de Blasio said at a victory speech. Among many challenges, Mayor de Blasio will have to negotiate several city labor contracts that are due for renewal.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Bad Jobs Report Leading up to Government Shutdown; CEO Pay Ratio Rule Shines Light into Income Inequality; 80 Wal-Mart Employees Walked Off
The September employment report painted a disappointing economic picture of what is to come in the next month's report, which includes the economically damaging government shutdown. Luis Chiliquinga, who earns $8.35 an hour at the McDonald's inside the Air & Space Museum was locked out of his job during the shutdown. “Workers like me, we were already living day to day and paycheck to paycheck,” he said.
Delayed Jobs Report Finds U.S. Adding Only 148,000 Jobs - New York Times
Corporate management doesn't want to admit it, but the CEO pay ratio rule -- recently proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission -- will help investors change corporate environment for the better. And, more importantly, create greater public awareness surrounding America's income inequality issue.
Last week, about 80 workers walked off their jobs at a Miami- area Wal-Mart to protest their cutback hours. Wal-Mart's human resource representative asked to meet with each unhappy employee individually, but the crowd of protestors answered back "all of us or none of us."
Walmart Workers Strike At Miami-Area Store - Huffington Post