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Fast Food Wages

Burger King Co-Founder Claims Higher Wages Could Kill Dollar Menu

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business

Tens of thousands of workers and activists staged protests at fast food outlets across the country on April 15, Tax Day, to demand increases in the mi...

Shake Shack IPO Proves It's Possible To Make Money And Pay Your Workers Well

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business

Here's proof that it’s possible for a burger joint to both pay its workers well and still make money. Shake Shack on Monday declared its intenti...

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Dave Jamieson

Subway Franchisee Has Inventive Scheme To Avoid Paying Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A former Subway sandwich maker in Washington claims his employer used an inventive scheme to avoid paying him overtime: Creating fiction...

McDonald's Is America's Least Favorite Major Fast Food Chain

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

There may be no restaurant in the world as American as McDonald's, but that doesn't mean Americans like it all that much. In fact, McDonald's is th...

Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Is Still Far From What It Should Be

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business

Seattle just passed the highest minimum wage in the nation: $15 an hour, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Yet, as progressive and mon...

Fighting Wage Theft in the Fast Food Industry

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business
Eric T. Schneiderman

Minimum-wage workers devastated by the economic crash of 2008 have continued to languish in poverty while the subsequent recovery has sent executive compensation soaring. Nowhere is the disparity starker than in the fast-food industry, which a recent report called the most unequal sector in the U.S. economy.

Even These People Think It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage, Pt. 2

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

As Republicans in Congress continue to block each and every effort to raise the minimum wage, more and more powerful people have come out in support o...

Dairy Queen CEO: 'People Need To Be Paid A Fair Wage'

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

Another fast-food executive just said something shockingly reasonable about the minimum wage. Dairy Queen CEO John Gainor, in an interview with CN...

Dave Jamieson

Domino's Franchisees Admit They've Been Shorting Workers On Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

The owners of 23 Domino's Pizza locations in New York agreed Thursday to pay workers nearly half a million dollars to settle a wage-theft investigatio...

A Reason To Eat At Shake Shack That Has Zero To Do With Food

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business

Fast-food companies are often accused of paying poverty wages. But that stereotype doesn't ring so true at one quickly-growing burger joint. Shake ...

Dave Jamieson

Lawsuits: McDonald's Systematically Stealing Worker Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business

Workers in California, Michigan and New York this week filed six new lawsuits against McDonald's claiming they were systematically shorted on pay by t...

McDonald's Can Afford To Pay More

Bloomberg | Christopher Flavelle | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Bloomberg View: The restaurant industry, which employs one in 10 Americans, many of them earning low wages, says it can't afford an increase in the...

Kim Bellware

Sub Shop Fires All Its Employees Via Email Just Before Christmas

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.24.2013 | Chicago

[Updated 3:50 p.m. with comment from Snarf's head of marketing.] With just days until Christmas, a Chicago sandwich shop abruptly fired all 20 of i...

It Takes A McDonald's Worker 4 Months To Earn What The CEO Earns In An Hour

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business

A McDonald's employee working overtime for nearly four months straight would make as much as the company's former CEO earned in just 60 minutes, accor...

Fast Food Workers Expected To Walk Off The Job In 100 Cities Today

AP | By CANDICE CHOI and SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for highe...

The Fast-Food Chains Costing Taxpayers The Most Money

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: The fast-food industry is one of the nation’s largest employers of low and minimum wage workers. According to one group, often the in...

Emily Cohn

McDonald's Tells Worker She Should Sign Up For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Cohn | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

McDonald's workers struggling to get by on poverty wages should apply for food stamps and Medicaid. That's the advice one activist McDonald's worke...

WATCH: The Dirty Little Secret That Fast-Food Companies Don't Want You To Know

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.20.2013 | Business

With all of this talk in Washington about cutting back on spending, you'd think they would get to work raising the minimum wage so that fast-food work...

Jillian Berman

Study: McDonald's Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Billion Per Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

The fast food industry’s low wages are costing us all, new research finds. Taxpayers are shelling out $1.2 billion a year to help pay workers at ...

Why One Fast Food Restaurant Is Paying Workers 2x Minimum Wage

upworthy.com | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

A new burger joint is joining In-N-Out Burger in the small but wonderful world of cheap food that isn't being sold to you by cheapskate billionaires. ...

This Burger Joint Is Raising Its Starting Salary To $15 Per Hour

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business

There’s at least one burger joint listening to fast food protesters’ demands. Moo Cluck Moo, the Detroit-area fast food eatery that already ga...

From a Moment to a Movement

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A happy Labor Day to all -- a day for a last summer outing to the beach, a three-day weekend to shop the sales, or maybe just a day to stay home and get ready for the school year. And, oh yeah, a day to honor working people. As Labor Day weekend approached, fast food workers in at least 50 cities went on one-day strikes to demand a living wage. One double-edged analogy that comes to mind is the Occupy movement. It created a venue to confront the chasms of inequality in American society and the power of Wall Street. But what Occupy did not do was to translate into a durable politics that led to real reform. That's what the fast food movement needs to do.

How The Low-Wage Recovery Is Fueling Fast Food Strikes

AP | CANDICE CHOI and JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — American fast-food workers often earn about $7.25 an hour to make the $3 chicken sandwiches and 99-cent tacos that generate billions ...

Why the Strike Is Back

Camille Rivera | Posted 10.05.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

The purchasing power of minimum wage workers is 26 percent lower than it was in 1970, and low-wage jobs are the fastest-growing occupations in New York City, with the number of workers being paid minimum wage increasing ten-fold over the past six years.