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Low-Wage Employers Have Fought Hard to Keep Their Workers Poor. Now Workers Are Fighting Back.


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Carrie
- 326 days ago - rawstory.com
After decades of seeing their incomes shrink, those at the bottom of the economic ladder are starting to band together and fight back -- and it's one of the most important economic stories of our time.



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Gloria picchetti (287)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:11 pm
Shared.
 

Marie H. (166)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:29 pm
Same old story I'm afraid, working class that work hard are poor and higher class that don't do anything and are rich.
Just sucks and beats me.

Thanks for posting Carrie.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:45 pm
Thank you for the important news! We have to support workers and create the change we want to see in this nation.
 

Bill and Katie Dresbach (79)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:39 pm
We need to help these people help theirselves!! Bringing their Wages up is a Start and Now they are Standing up and Speaking out, they never knew they had any kind of rights on the Job! Well they do!!!
Many our out on Strike right now support them by Stopping and talking to them, giving them encouragement, letting them know you support them. They all have families and maybe have been there for years with hardly any raises. Getting stuck in a Job like this! some Restaurant worker's who receive tips only make $2.33 per hour and that's only 29% of minimum wage.
They are looking for a better life!!
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:04 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:20 pm
noted, thanks
 

TomCat S. (286)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 1:57 am
Kudos to the workers. Republican vulture capitalism was obsolete 50 years ago.
 

David C. (25)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:08 am
Namasté to all who FIGHT monetary-ism, exploitation+cannibalization ...

" Who fights may loose, who doesn't fight has lost already "

humans *have* to stop worshipping Mammon and Moloch (as a matter of survival). The F.rich may keep subduing the 99(.9)% ... but only at the price of exterminating themselves, too



 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 5:50 am
Thank for posting Carrie, it's time for workers to stand up and demand a fair minimum wage and for those that earn more, to support them, even if it is only because it is in their own interest too.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 11:41 am
Noted. Keep up the fight!! “The way that this movement has intertwined itself with community organizing has really helped it spread like wildfire,” says Greg Basta, deputy director of New York Communities for Change. “People are realizing that these low-wage jobs, at companies like McDonald’s, are doing serious damage to their community and to their local economy,” he said.
Thanks Carrie.
 

edward jagusiak (22)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 1:00 pm
Noted,the only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor. Frederick Douglas.
 

SJ J. (116)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:06 pm
Done, thanks Carrie
 

Colleen L. (2)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:37 pm
Glad to see that they are standing tall against all of these low paying companies. I don't eat at places like McDonald's but maybe everyone should boycott them and other companies that pay these employees such low pay. This evening on my local news, they were mentioning that McDonalds was considering raising their $1.00 menu items and testing ones that they will charge up to $5.00 for. Hope they feel the pinch, not their employees. Thanks Carrie
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday September 6, 2013, 4:16 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday September 6, 2013, 2:32 pm
Kudos to the workers, painful lingering death to the greedheads that run the virtual sweatshops.
 

Anne P. (245)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:22 am
Thanks for posting, Carrie. My hat is off to all these brave workers who are striking for higher wages and better working conditions. I remember how the restaurants and other service industries screeched when Santa Fe raised its minimum wage to $10.29 an hour - the highest in the nation back in 2011. Many local restaurants passed the increased cost of wages to their customers by raising menu prices, or cut workers' hours to make sure they didn't lose a dime. I boycotted all those businesses in protest, just as I have long boycotted Walmart (for a variety of reasons), Target and the fast food chains. We have to hit them where it counts - their bottom line. Money and profit are the only thing that matters to these corporate vultures - so REFUSE to shop there, and let them know why!
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:21 am
I'm not able to help the fast food workers much other than by signing petitions (and of course not eating there, but with my food allergies I wouldn't anyway), but I have singed a lot of petitions. OK, probably not quite a gazillion, but I'm sure I'm not through yet.
 
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