Posts tagged "minimum wage"

Obama Will Tell African Leaders: “I’m Not A Fan Of Discrimination”

President Obama will support gay rights on his upcoming tour of Africa, Venice is banning books that talk about non-traditional families, it’s possible to segregate the internet, and the Fight for $15 has moved to the campaign trail.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 24, 2015

James Franco Hopes To Save McDonald’s, Even If It Means Workers Get Paid Less

James Franco wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post today. With all the things going on the world right now, the manic pixie dream bro chose to focus on the topic of McDonald’s not doing so well these days.
The op-ed was titled “McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was.” The thesis,…

Robyn Pennacchia / May 7, 2015

McDonald’s CEO Promises Customers Better Service From Underpaid Employees

Steve Easterbrook wants to make McDonald’s a more “modern, progressive” burger company, without actually changing their labor practices.

Robyn Pennacchia / May 4, 2015

Fight For $15 Protests Are Taking Place In 230 Cities Nationwide Today

Fight for $15 protests are expanding today, with demonstrations taking place in 230 cities across the United States in support of raising the minimum wage.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 15, 2015

Elizabeth Warren: The Government Shouldn’t Profit Off Of Kids Trying To Get An Education

You know who is the greatest ever? Elizabeth Warren. I sometimes feel like I just want a tape of Elizabeth Warren talking and making all the sense, so that I can listen to it when I am having anxiety problems. It is honestly just very, very soothing.
Here she is on Conan, talking about how…

Robyn Pennacchia / April 8, 2015

Frisky Rant: If You Pay Your Employees Crap, Have The Decency To Stand By It

One of the big news items yesterday was the story of a woman who was fired from her job at a Days Inn after she spoke to the Washington Post about what it’s like living on minimum wage, despite the fact that it was her employer who told her to speak to the reporter in the…

Robyn Pennacchia / March 31, 2015

Worst Motel Owner Ever Tells Employee To Talk To A Reporter, Then Fires Her For Doing Exactly That

Last month, the Washington Post wrote a story about the debate over raising the minimum wage in America, focusing specifically on how, despite bold headlines on both sides of the cause, for the average worker the relief would be welcome, but it wouldn’t be life-changing. One such employee was Shanna Tippen, a Days Inn employee, who…

Beejoli Shah / March 30, 2015

Pope Francis: Trans* People Are “Opposing God’s Order Of Creation”

Pope Francis compared trans* people to nuclear weapons. How progressive. [Gay Star News]
A Native American activist is suing Facebook over its “real name” policy. [The Guardian]
The case against allowing adoption for same-sex parents is riddled with pseudo-science. [The Atlantic]
Hunter Moore, founder of revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp.com, has been sentenced to seve…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

A Supreme Court Case Could Protect Pregnant Workers

The Supreme Court is going to hear a case that could result in greater job protections for pregnant women who need leave but don’t have maternity benefits. [NY Times]
The Chicago City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour by 2018. [Salon]
Fast Company…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014

Voting Results On Ballot Measures Shows There’s Still Hope For This Country

So Republicans now control the House and the Senate, and they defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, Maine, Massachussetts, and (sigh) Illinois, and so control the majority of gubernatorial offices in the U.S. Don’t freak out too much; let’s be honest, politicians’ inability to care about their constituencies knows no political party. Ever listened to…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 5, 2014

Kristen Bell Is An Underpaid Mary Poppins

Hey, even Mary Poppins needs to pay the bills. Maybe if the federal minimum wage were just a little bit higher, she wouldn’t have to quit! Leave it to Kristen Bell to combine musical theater and social justice. Just a $3 increase can make a living wage! [Funny Or Die]…

Claire Hannum / July 24, 2014

Former Cheerleader Sues The Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Paying Below Minimum Wage

Yet another NFL team is being sued by a former cheerleader for allegedly paying pom-pom shakers less than minimum wage.

Manouchcar Pierre-Val, 25, filed a class action lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, claiming they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying her only $2 an hour between April 2012…

Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

The Soapbox: My American Dream — A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

When I think of the American Dream, I don’t just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work.

I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she’ll have enough…

Carmen Berkley / May 11, 2014

Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage.

The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team “exploited the women” by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practice…

Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Introducing The Minimum Wage Dress

My wallet thanks you, SheLikes.com. The British shopping website has created the MWD (Minimum Wage Dress) for all of those whose salaries are scraping the bottom of the barrel. The cut-out mini-shift goes for £3.68, the hourly minimum wage for teens in Britain. For us Americans, that totals about $5.68 – or a splurge at…

Alyson Penn / June 24, 2013

What Can You Really Make Working Retail?

The truth is out: Thanks to a little comparative research by our friends at Brokelyn, we found out what the rates and benefits are for working at some of the most popular retail spots. Anthropologie? Sales associates start at anywhere between $9 and $11 an hour and get 40-percent discounts on apparel, 25 percent o…

Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2011