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Food Fast Workers United

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Over the last few months, we have seen the public acts of workers rising up against their unlivable wages and intolerable working conditions.  Here are links to two articles I wrote about their struggle:

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“Fast food workers are standing up and walking out” is the cover story for BlackCommentator.com where I am a editorial board member.  My banner is “A View from the Battlefront.” 

“Birth of an organizer” is my column in the award-winning St. Louis American and focuses on Chipotle worker Patrick Leeper.

Overstand what these fast food workers are going thru when you roll up to the counter or window of a fast food worker. The total order will probably be more than what that worker makes in an hour. At Micky D’s, a Big Mac, large fries and a big Coke is about $8.50 depending on what part of the country you’re in. Mickey D workers make the federal minimum wage–about $7.25.

 

Also keep in mind…

  • This is a $200B industry that consumers have helped to create.
  • Most of these foods are low in nutritional value, high in calories, salt and sugar content.
  • Most of these fast food dens are concentrated in poor communities.
  • Workers are often forced to work free (off the clock and don’t get paid overtime).
  • Workers don’t get paid sick days and other benefits like healthcare.

 

Sequestration: Balancing the budget on the backs of the majority

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Join me and Mark Thompson, host of Make It Plain,  for a discussion on sequestration Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm CST/ 8 pm EST. That’s  Sirius/XM Radio channel 127.

 

A View from the Battlefield, BlackCommentator

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In a best case scenario for a squeaking wheel getting the oil, we saw the coming together of media, the airline companies and the Congress itself. But the passage of the bill to ease the FAA’s pain happened so fast, you probably did not see it.

Last week the Congress wasted no time fixing one of the many budget cuts activated under sequestration: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cuts in air traffic personnel resulting in 1,000 daily flight delays. That’s because over 47,000 FAA employees have been forced into taking furlough days and 149 airport towers were closed.

According to an analysis of mainstream media by the Huffington Post, the sequestrations impact on FAA was mentioned far more often than the impacts on areas like Head Start or Medicare. Commerce was being stymied and the One Percenters’ mobility was definitely curtailed. The airline companies filed a suit in federal court. The rest is history. Read more