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

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Photo courtesy of http://www.capitalbay.com

 

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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Kellogg’s and Wilmar Sign Commitments to Stop Deforesting Rainforests

From SumOfUs.org

From SumOfUs.org

 

I’d like to share with you some wonderful progress being made by activists. Below is part of an email I received recently from SumOfUs.org, an organization that uses petitions to put pressure on governments and corporations to achieve reform, and which I support by passing on petitions I get from them:

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Tell Google to Cease All Funding to Climate Change Deniers! (petition)

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From SumofUs.org:

Earlier this month, Google hosted a $2,500-a-plate fundraiser for one of the world’s most powerful climate change deniers, Senator Jim Inhofe.

And just two weeks before that, Google poured $50,000 into the coffers of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank that is also funded by the likes of the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil to put out faux “studies” that are used by policy-makers to deny climate change exists.

Simply put, Google is actively helping to fund the re-election of a senator who dismisses climate change as a “hoax”, and who even goes to far as to say that global warming, should it exist, is actually good because it adds to our economy.

Google’s support of CEI is just as harmful; the institute once ran ads saying that carbon dioxide is a positive factor in the environment and is best known for arguing that global warming is not a concern. CEI also launched multiple lawsuits aimed at discrediting the science behind climate change.

This is ridiculous! Almost all scientists agree that global warming/climate change is real and is happening as we speak. There is an enormous amount of data supporting global warming, and more being amassed daily. So why is Google doing this? Maybe to secure kickbacks from the ultra-wealthy, be they climate deniers or not. Either way, what they’re doing will have a detrimental impact on the environment. Let’s tell them that we know it’s wrong.

Tell Google: Stop funding climate change deniers. Sign the petition at action.sumofus.org.

McDonald’s: Stop forcing employees to use fee-laden debit cards to cash their checks (petition)

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Photo courtesy of dave_mcmt at Flickr.com

 

According to ABC News:

“A former McDonald’s worker in Pennsylvania is suing a franchise owner saying she was required to receive her wages through a debit card that charged fees, resulting in some hourly employees receiving less than minimum wage.

Natalie Gunshannon, a single mother, 27, said she and other workers were paid through a JPMorgan Chase Payroll Card, which has a $1.50 fee for ATM withdrawals, a $10 inactivity fee after 90 days, and a 75 cent online payment fee per transaction and other fees.

‘It’s a violation of the law,’ said Gunshannon’s attorney, Michael Cefalo.

From the action.sumofus.org petition:

“The practice of replacing checks with expensive cards is gaining ground with employers around the country. It’s employee abuse, pure and simple telling workers that they have no choice but to accept unfair charges or go hungry.

But employers are forcing this upon their workers because they think they can get away with it. If consumers band together to punish businesses that engage in this horrendous practice, we can help stop it before it steals wages from more workers.”

Tell McDonald’s to ban the practice of forcing employees into fee-riddled debit cards.”

McDonald’s is rich enough- why are they being stingy with their workers’ already low salaries? It’s unjust.

To sign the petition, go to action.sumofus.org.