California Workers Strike for FAST Act

It’s been months since there was any movement on the FAST Recovery Act in California, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all’s well. In fact, this week fast food restaurant workers in California walked off the job for one day to protest wages, hours and working conditions and also advocate for passage of AB 257, the…

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McD’s Raises Pay, Braces for Strike

SEIU-backed Fight for $15 is again organizing a strike amongst QSR workers – mostly McDonald’s employees – in 15 selected cities around the country for next Wednesday, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Again, SEIU is seeking to generate sufficient pressure on the Golden Arches to get the company to pay a…

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Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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Good News, Bad News

Workers at a Long Island, New York location of the retail giant Target rejected unionizing a couple of weeks ago by an overwhelming vote of 118 – 39! The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union has tried on a number of occasions to unionize Target workers, but has failed in each instance. New York…

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Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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NYC Council Hears “Fair Workweek” Legislation

Last week, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held a public hearing on a package of bills geared toward restricting the flexibility that employers have in dealing with their own employees. The council is entertaining a “Fair Workweek” package of 6 bills, which include a ban on “clopenings” (an employee…

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NY Health Care Industry Concerns on Wages

In the wake of Governor Cuomo mandating a wage windfall for fast food workers with his $15 per hour requirement, New York health care groups and organizations are concerned that the out-of-whack wage scale for fast food workers will drain the labor pool for entry level health care jobs.  The concerns were expressed by representatives…

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NY Governor Cuomo Boosts Fast Food Wage Outlook

A week ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the table for increased labor costs in the fast food industry with his edict (published as a NY Times Op-ED) instructing a state Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the state minimum wage for fast food workers.  This week, we were served the first course…

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SEIU Sleight of Hand In Poll Results

Although it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently released a poll they commissioned through their National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that purported to show that some 79% of fast food kitchen workers had been burned on the job!  Certainly headline-grabbing to this point, but…

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