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Got Minimum Wage Increase in 2017?

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Touch the Soil News #578 Arguments over minimum wage increases are the hottest in the food chain – particularly in the fast food industry. Workers say they can’t make a living and need more. Fast food operators say they can’t pay more and stay in business. The problem is both sides have truth in their positions. Top economists conclude that: The system cannot adequately afford both business and workers – so much for the American dream. Businesses in general can’t survive without consumers having purchasing power and businesses in general cannot afford to give workers sufficient purchasing power. Following is a listing of the states that in 2017 are making…

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Fast Food Workers and the $15 Wage Battle

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Touch the Soil News #350 Squaring off as perhaps the largest protest of Capitalistic inequality ever to take place in our lives is a global call for strike and protest on April 14, 2016. Energy is building for the global-scope strike that is anticipated to take place in over 300 cities in 40 countries on six continents. The movement began a few years ago when a small group of New York fast-food workers decided to strike and take action. Since that time, the movement has been growing by leaps and bounds, gaining momentum as it picks up home care, child care and education workers with similar sentiments. A couple of…

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America’s Food-Chain Workers – At the Forefront of Global Financial Change

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Touch the Soil News #258 On November 29, 2012 over 100 fast-food workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut walked off their jobs in New York in strike for better wages and working conditions. These strikes have increased in number and are snowballing to include child care, home healthcare and convenience store workers. The movement is now national and under the banner of Fight for $15 – that is $15 an hour minimum wage across the board. The whole issue of a $15 minimum wage has become a focus of the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections. Understandably, America’s food-chain workers are focused on…

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Fight for $15 – Food-Chain Struggle – There’s more to the Story

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If you go back to March 9, 2015 in the news archives, you’ll see a story we did on a movement called the Food Chain Avengers. The group published a comic book on food chain workers who became heroes in getting basic wage increases. (Photo courtesy of Fight for $15) I remember we talked to a woman about the $15 wage who had been a waitress for over 20 years. She said it would never happen and the owner of the restaurant she worked for would never consider it. We’ll, we’re not sure it is going to happen either, but recently the voices for $15 have become louder and with…

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