Worldwide Fast Food Worker’s Strike Today (May 15th)!

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On Thursday, May 15th, fast food workers and activists are rallying across the world in 150 cities and more than 30 countries to demand “$15 and a union!”

Stand in solidarity with low-wage workers and sign the petition. We’ll share your support at the fast food rally in NYC on Thursday!

Sign here! Thank you!

Economic Consequences of Fast Food Industry’s CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity

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If you thought that the low wages fast food workers are paid only affect workers, this article and the accompanying study shows that the issue of fair wages is one we must all take notice of.

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Massive, Global May 15th Strike Planned: Fast Food Workers For Fair Wages

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I received some news in my email today from the activist group SumOfUs.org saying that the fast food industry is still paying their workers only minimum wage, despite outcry from workers and those who support them. Any fast food worker will tell you that in most cities, minimum wage is barely enough for rent/mortgage, food, clothing, and the day-to-day expenses that come up for all of us. As I’ve discussed in previous posts about this issue, many of these workers need welfare assistance to survive, which is a crying shame in a nation of plenty.

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TO FAST FOOD CEOS: YOUR WORKERS SHOULDN’T NEED FOOD STAMPS (petition)

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I know I’ve posted quite a few petitions about fast food workers and the minimum wage. I do so because I think it’s so important that people who work hard get treated with respect and dignity. If we as a society allow the current worker conditions to continue, we are allowing these ultra-wealthy CEO’s to be greedy. We are telling them that we condone their behavior and that their cruelty is okay with us.

Let’s be active and demand that fast food workers get treated better. Show the government we demand change!

From CredoMobilize.com:

TO: THE CEOs OF WENDY’S, MCDONALD’S, PIZZA HUT, DOMINO’S, KFC, TACO BELL, AND BURGER KING

Fast food workers in New York City barely make enough to get by. Many of us make minimum wage — just $7.25 an hour, or as little as $11,000 a year. Meanwhile, the Goliath corporations we work for, like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, are part of a $200 billion industry. These corporations reap huge profits and shower CEOs with exorbitant compensation while most of their employees qualify for food stamps.

Fast food workers are parents building a better future for our kids, seniors who can’t afford retirement, hardworking young people dreaming of college, faithful members of your congregation, and your community-minded neighbors.

We are New Yorkers. We’re united in the fight for a higher wage, so we can afford the food, clothing, and housing our families need and deserve. Boosting pay for our jobs will allow us to put more money into the economy.

Join us.

To sign the petition, go to CredoMobilize.com.

Help Fast Food Workers Get Better Wages! (petition)

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From CredoMobilize.com:

TO: MCDONALD’S, WENDY’S, BURGER KING, TACO BELL, KFC, PIZZA HUT, DOMINO’S, PAPA JOHN’S:

Last year your combined profits were $7.35 billion. Yet you still paid most of your workers less than $11,200 a year – poverty wages. It’s shameful. And outrageous.

On August 29, thousands of workers in cities across the country – from Los Angeles, to Peoria, Hartford, Tampa and many more – went on a National Strike against low pay.

By now, everyone knows that fast food employees can’t make ends meet on $7.25 an hour or barely more. They know how incredibly profitable, and out of touch, the corporations we work for are. They know – you know – that something has to change. Starting now.

To sign the petition, go to credomobilize.com.


			

5 Things the U.S. is Leading the World In (None of Them Are Good)

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1) Obesity– Experts say that fast food; drinks with way too much sugar, such as sodas; processed food; candy and other sugary snacks; and overly large portion sizes are to blame.

2) Health Care costs- Care2 states, “The main reason for the high cost of American health care is that most medical services, materials, technologies and drugs are more expensive than in other industrialized countries. Governments in many other countries play a much stronger role in financing health care services and their citizens are obliged to help pay for it through taxes. In return, all are usually covered by national health insurance.”

3) Cost of giving birth- The United States is the most expensive place in the world to have a baby.  So what do mothers get for their money? If you thought the answer was better care, you’re wrong. In fact, America has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal death among industrialized countries.

4) Energy use per person- The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Americans account for nearly 19 percent of the world’s total primary energy consumption. Of the many reasons for this is the cost of heating and cooling increasingly large homes, as well as electricity used to power home electronics.

5) Defense spending- According to Care2, “The U.S. government actually spent about $718 billion on defense and international security assistance in 2011, compared to 2% that it spent on education. That includes all of the Pentagon’s underlying costs as well as the price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to $159 billion in 2011.”

To read more about each, go to care2.com.