Post Tagged with: "minimum wage"

Jimmy John’s Workers Launch Internet Campaign for Paid Sick Days

MINNEAPOLIS –Three years ago, the Jimmy John’s fast food chain fired six Minneapolis sandwich workers for putting up over 3,000 posters publicizing a grisly truth: Company policy and low pay routinely forced them to come to work and make sandwiches while they’re sick.

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Fast Food Workers Walk Out Nationwide

Fast food workers walked out on Sept. 4, leaving jobs at McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Domino’s and Wendy’s restaurants in more than 150 cities. They demand a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to organize without employer interference, firing, harassment and labor law-breaking. In some cities, home health care workers joined them.

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Citizen-Labor Coalition Cheers San Diego Minimum-Wage Hike/Paid Sick Days Ordinance

SAN DIEGO –A coalition of San Diego citizens and unionists cheered a 6-3 City Council vote on August 19 overriding the Republican mayor’s veto of a city-wide minimum-wage increase and paid sick days ordinance. The ordinance would allow a worker up to 40 hours of paid sick leave yearly, starting next July 1.  And it covers all workers, not just […]

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Fast Food Workers Take Next Step, Create National Union

VILLA PARK, Ill.–Fast food workers nationwide, realizing their 1-day strikes did not convince employers to yield on giving them a living wage, are taking the next step: Creating a national union, uniting their local campaigns for living wages and the right to organize. The 1,300-1,500 delegates from fast food chains around the country set that goal in their meeting in late July in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park – near the Elmhurst corporate headquarters of the largest fast food chain, McDonald’s.

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CWA’s Cohen: ‘Connect the Dots’ Between Congressional Rules, Blocked Issues

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Unions and their allies must “connect the dots” between gummed-up congressional rules and the lack of legislation that helps workers, voters, women and their allies, Communications Workers President Larry Cohen says.

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Unions Hail Seattle Minimum Wage Hike to $15/Hour

State and national union leaders hailed the unanimous Seattle City Council vote to raise the minimum wage there to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. As might be expected, a Right Wing business lobby promised a court challenge.

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DOL: Take Me Out To the Ball Game…And While You’re At It, Pay Me, Too

“Take Me Out To The Ballgame” may be a favorite baseball anthem for fans, but hundreds of the workers in the sport are singing a different tune, thanks to the Labor Department: “And while you’re at it, pay me, too.”

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‘Wal-Mart Moms’ Challenge Wal-Mart Chairman

BENTONVILLE, Ark. –Opening a new front in their long campaign to improve Wal-Mart, the “Wal-Mart moms,” members of the employee group Our Wal-Mart, are taking on the company’s chairman and namesake, Rob Walton. And their demands, including a shareholder resolution by the Teamsters calling for an independent chairman at the monster retailer, have enthusiastic backing of the nation’s unions. The […]

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Michigan House OKs More Road Money, But Prevailing Wage Repeal Lurks

By Marty Mulcahy, Editor, The Building Tradesman LANSING, Mich. –More money to improve Michigan’s crumbling roads and repair its bridges seems to be on the way, as the state House on May 12 adopted a 10-bill package that adds $450 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation budget. But lurking behind that positive action is yet another GOP anti-worker scheme: […]

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Fast Food Workers “Fight For Fifteen”

Fast food workers from New York to Rome, disgusted by low wages, lack of health insurance and employer wage theft, staged worldwide walkouts on May 15 from McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s, Yum! chain restaurants and other employers. Walkouts occurred in 150 U.S. cities and 33 abroad.  Unions, including the Service Employees and the AFL-CIO, enthusiastically backed the walkouts.  The […]

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