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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Robert Reich, Inequality for All, Labor Day, petition campaign, McDonalds, Walmart, fair wage, living wage )

- 1693 days ago -
"Inequality for All," shares a Labor Day message about how we can do better by workers. In the video, he announces a petition campaign to pressure McDonald's' and Walmart's CEOs to pay their workers a fair wage of $15/hour.

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Sheryl G (363)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:02 pm

Please Consider Signing for the workers this Labor Day.
McDonalds and Walmart Please Pay Your Employees a Decent Wage

Animae C (514)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:33 pm
Thanks for signing!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:37 pm
Noted. Signed. Happy Labor Day!
#economicjustice #livingwage #workersrights #raiseminimumwage #unions #solidarity

James Merit (144)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:53 pm

Mary T (358)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 7:39 pm
Signed & Noted and sharing the petition & video on Facebook- thank you Dandelion

Carole K (195)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 7:43 pm
Noted & signed. TY, Dandelion! Boycott/ buycott until it happens! The entire nation would be better w/o these 2 giant corporate deadbeats.

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
absolutely signed!!!
The govt is too greedy to those things he listed..they must be forced too....
we must stand together

Mike S (86)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 8:05 pm
SS&N. Thank you Dandelion.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 8:07 pm
And don't we all wish we could have him back as Secretary of Labor today!

Laurie H (817)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 8:23 pm
More than glad to sign & share!!! Thanks so much Sheryl~~~

Tamara Hayes (185)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 8:57 pm
Noted, signed with comment below, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Sheryl!

It is a disgrace that in this day and age, people have become secondary to your bottom line. Without your workers, you would cease to exist. You need them and you should start recognizing this fact. And you can start by paying them a decent wage so that they aren't scraping by but actually making a living that allows them to care for their families without having to sacrifice just the basic necessities of life.

Susanne R (234)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:24 am
So to whom should we listen? The 1% --or a brilliant political economist, professor, author, and political commentator who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997? I choose the latter.

Noted, and petition signed. Great post, Dandelion!

J. J. (30)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:57 am
Petition Signed. Have a happy and safe holiday if you're celebrating! Our Labor Day here is actually on May 1st:D

Frances Darcy (143)
Monday September 2, 2013, 3:14 am
Petition signed ...HAPPY LABOR DAY to all USA and CANADIAN members

Aileen P (40)
Monday September 2, 2013, 3:44 am
Noted and signed. Happy Labor Day to all USA and Canadian members!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 4:13 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday September 2, 2013, 5:01 am

Past Member (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 5:15 am
Treasure our labours for their contribution

Mike M (43)
Monday September 2, 2013, 5:18 am

Roseann d (178)
Monday September 2, 2013, 6:02 am
We should have at least got to tar and feather the Kochs and corporate lobbyists, and put Congress in the dunk tank.

. (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 6:48 am
Video watched, petition signed and article noted. Happy Labor Day to you too, Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 6:53 am
Signed and shared the petition. There is also a C2 petition for fast food workers...sorry can't make it live
thanks Dandelion

Terrie W (798)
Monday September 2, 2013, 7:23 am
Thanks for signing!
Signed, shared and noted. Happy Labor Day, peeps.

Ben O (171)
Monday September 2, 2013, 7:36 am
Right on! $15 an hour, for a start...that's what I've been preaching for a long time...

Ann Welton (230)
Monday September 2, 2013, 8:29 am
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you Dandelion for posting. Also wish to thank Olivia for sharing the Care2 petition, signed and forwarded that petition as well. Happy Labor Day!!

Jason R (67)
Monday September 2, 2013, 10:02 am
Ah yes. The day republicans celebrate corporations.


Lisa N (206)
Monday September 2, 2013, 10:41 am
Signed, thanks Dandelion.

Patricia E G (53)
Monday September 2, 2013, 10:51 am
"Labor Day use to be a time of Celebration". he said.
I have watched this video (twice) and it is NOT a pretty picture.
I agree with Robert Reich and I have signed the petition to increase the minimum wage to $15. an hour
for everyone. Robert's 6 steps are methodically and fundamentally correct however, they are complicated
to achieve in a country where "unions" is still a dirty word in some parts. It would take a long time to see any
positive results. For those who are unemployed, the 7.4%, this is another day on the dole. No funds towards
savings, 401Ks, retirements, vacation time, holidays, benefits or insurance. Few opportunities, few prospects, few job interviews. Not a good day at all. For those who are securely employed, Enjoy your paid
Day Off !!!... Hang on to your job tightly.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday September 2, 2013, 1:44 pm
I agree Patricia, if someone has a living wage job with benefits such as a paid vacation, pension, and health care insurance, that is becoming more a rarity today than a given. Indeed if one has this type of situation you are truly fortunate.

The live link to the C2 Petition that Olivia mentions is below
Stand With Fast Food Workers

Diane O (194)
Monday September 2, 2013, 3:28 pm
It's a shame for our country that Barack Obama killed the jobs in our country. Liberals never seem to want to walk that documented Obama path analyzing why the job market has not rebounded as it has so many times in the past. 53% of Americans work for small businesses. Obama, in early 2009 made a choice....he could've immediately turned to the small businesses and lifted them up with 0% government backed business loans, tax reductions to extend out 6 years, incentives for hiring and growing their businesses....I'm sure you are getting the point I'm trying to make....but that is not what he did. He threw a few "comfort bones" at our small businesses just like he did Cash for Clunkers and it tanked. It was his incompetent attempt to placate the small business community but it was a job killer. He decided to turn immediately to his legacy healthcare bill, The Affordable Care Act, which has been a total and complete disaster meanwhile he raised taxes (and then his sequestration hit....his exchange for the tax hike and then the liberals had the audacity to blame the republicans for Obama's deal in order to get the tax hike) and the small businesses (and large corporations) got hit with a "penalty tax" if they didn't provide healthcare for their employees. Hell, even the UNIONS don't want the Affordable Care Act and we all know how Obama was in bed with the unions! Now they want nothing to do with Obamacare....figure that one out. Shouldn't take you but a few minutes.

When you factor in a franchise, a McDonald's let us say, who is selling a $2.00 hamburger and their employees expect major benefits what do you think that will do to the bottom line profit of the person who paid $200,000 for the franchise? Do you actually believe these people go into this type of franchise ownership to lose money?

The key here is that this type of job was never meant for the college graduate, the person who made the right decisions to pay for four years of college and perhaps grad school so that they could chart a future in America to take care of their families. Working at a fast food establishment was never meant to fund a family, a house, two cars, children in school and a nice nest egg for retirement. It's right up there with dipping ice cream, folks. It's the cost of the product that generates the hourly pay rate.

It always comes down to personal choices. You may not like to absorb that fact but it is, indeed, a fact.

So, this chain of events has brought us to the fast food community who wants $15.00 an hour for putting burgers and fries in a bag. These jobs, IMO, were never designed to pay enough to raise a family. These jobs were meant to supplement incomes, hire those in school who needed to work after school, and also give opportunity to the retired community who needed to supplement their social security. These jobs were never meant to pay enough to raise a family. It's the same type of job as dipping ice cream in the local ice cream parlor. We have low wage paying jobs in our country and they were meant to attract certain kinds of employees.

I can tell you now that in many large cities an employee working 40 hours a week earning $15.00 an hour will still not support a family. And, oh, my the way, getting the $15.00 an hour wage will simply double the cost of the hamburger and the French fries or the waffles and chicken or the spaghetti and meatballs. These jobs aren't going to offer 401k's but many of them did offer healthcare until Obamacare hit the scene. Now employers in order to avoid the penalty tax have a watchful eye on their profit margin and have figured out that to reduce full time employees from 40 hours down to 29 hours a week will keep them from paying Obama's penalty tax.

Liberals seem to want to blame everyone but Obama. This is all about Obama.

Let's face it....and let's be real. If you go to work for McDonald's you are doing so for different reasons. You are either retired, in school, supplementing your income, or you have a bad history in a work environment, didn't go to college or finish high school and didn't go to school to learn a trade and you can't get a job anywhere else. Most of the people working at fast food establishments today are from Mexico or at least that's been my observation, or they are high school students or retirees supplementing social security.

As much as I would like to see everyone in our country at least earn $15.00 an hour I am a realist and I'm also a past business owner. People who go into business for themselves don't do it to break even. They do it because they need to earn a living.


Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 2, 2013, 6:05 pm
Noted w/thanks for this excellent video, Dandelion. All petitions gladly signed. Have also been signing petitions for mandatory sick leave w/pay for all workers. Maybe some should think about those workers who are so ill that they have fevers, vomiting, diarrhea....and they're serving you food. That is, if you're so heartless that you don't believe everyone deserves a "living wage" with sick pay. For the past several years, so many jobs have been lost that most people are struggling to keep their homes and feed their families. Sequestration has only made things so much worse! The minimum wage is a cruel joke right now, and needs to be raised---let's ask for $20.00 an hr., because I'm sure that heartless Republicans will want to "negotiate."

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 6:57 am
As an Independent, you know, it gets rather tiring of seeing the same terms being bashed about Republican, Obama, and Liberals. If I recalled all are Americans. The average American isn't the enemy here but with this constant rhetoric being laid out into the airways one would think they were. After all since the Patriot Act and the NDAA that both a Republican Administration has supported and the Democratic one, we've all been turned into terrorist.

I don't mind the truths being laid out with comments but when it is only half truths then that is all that is being placed out half truths. I suggest that everyone look deeply into BOTH Parties that have failed the American people. That most of the Elected work only for a FEW with lots of $$$ and influence and it doesn't all lay squarely at the feet of one man's feet but at many feet.

There were job bills placed out there by Obama but the Republicans shot it down. I've given these links before to the same person that refuses to either read them or it goes against the well indoctrinated Republican lines she is so use to always throwing out there.

You know it's not a crime nor a sin to look at your own Parties ills and warts. This is what keeps us in these messes, is many Democrats don't want to look at their failed policy but also many of the Republicans fail to also look at their own. Both placing out there the half truths of their own Parties and pointing out the wrongs of the other. Sad really, for by doing this it really doesn't help to get anything straightened out.

Another reminder: ON JOBS FOR VETERANS

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after Senate Republicans killed her Veterans Jobs Corps Act which would have provided a $1 billion investment to help veterans find work as police officers, firefighters, and in other jobs serving their communities.

Despite the fact that Veterans Jobs Corps Act was fully paid for, Senate Republicans raised a procedural point of order in order to kill the bill which would have required 60 votes to waive. The final vote on the point of order was 58-40.
Republicans Kill Jobs Bill For Veterans


Maria S (95)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:19 am
Noted & signed. Thanks Dandelion!

Thanks for signing!

Diane K (134)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 5:58 pm
Noted & signed. thx Dandelion!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:43 pm
cannot sign US only

. (1)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:15 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Dandelion.

christine s (340)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 6:20 pm
noted ---unable to sign though.

S J (130)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:10 pm
All you ve sent done, thank you very much Dandelion. In solidarity (I haven't written the word for a long time!)

Kathy Javens (104)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:37 pm
Loved everything he said. A lot of truth in a little video. Thank you for sharing.
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