Monique Goodman. “End this strike and let these advocates keep helping people like me!”
Community voices rally. Legal services workers help folks who can’t afford lawyers
Currently what it sounds like in McDonald’s #fastfoodfwd
Edwin Guzman already lost his job once for union-organizing. But today, he and several hundred fast food workers across New York City are on strike anyway.
A few weeks ago, an organizer with the Fast Food Forward campaign, begun by New York Communities for Change (NYCC) and supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other labor and community groups walked into the Burger King in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where Guzman works. He had a petition with him, calling for a raise to $15-an-hour and union recognition for the workers. Guzman and some of his colleagues signed.
Not long afterward, he had to take a couple of days off for a court date—he was being evicted from his apartment, in part because of his steadily decreasing hours and low pay at his job. Like most of the city’s fast food workers, he makes just $7.25 an hour and struggles with irregular scheduling. When he returned to work, his supervisor called him in to talk.
“He told me he had to let me go,” Guzman explained. “He felt like I disrespected him. He felt violated that I signed the petition.”
When Guzman told the organizers what had happened, they explained to him that firing workers for union activity is illegal, and that they’d support him if he wanted to fight back. With the help of City Councilman Brad Lander, after a meeting with the boss, Guzman and one of his other coworkers were reinstated. That cemented his commitment to the union campaign.
Today is the second citywide day of strikes in New York’s fast food industry. On November 29, 2012, some 200 workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, and Domino’s Pizza locations across multiple boroughs struck in what Jonathan Westin, executive director of NYCC, called “their coming out party.” Before that, Westin explained, the workers had been organizing behind the scenes, keeping their plans quiet. Now, he said, even in the face of intimidation from their bosses, the workers have been able to grow their movement.
“We’ll have double the number of strikers, four or five hundred workers on strike, and double the locations too,” Westin said. “We will have several stores where it will not just be minority strikes like it was last time, we will have the majority of workers at several stores out on strikes, making it hard for them to do business on this day.”
At least three fast food restaurants couldn’t open today because a majority of their workers were out on strike. Minimum wage increase is coming for NY, but the fast food workers aren’t waiting.
— bell hooks, “Rethinking the Nature of Work” in Feminist Theory From Margin To Center. Relevant. (via differentclasswar)
racebend -> the avengers
- Lenny Kravitz as Tony Stark
- Michael Ealy as Steve Rogers
- Naveen Andrews as Bruce Banner
- Jason Momoa as Thor
- Dichen Lachman as Natasha Romanoff
- Shemar Moore as Clint Barton
- Ken Watanabe as Nick Fury
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Phil Coulson
- Mark Dacascos as Loki
- Lucy Liu as Maria Hill
This needs to be a thing.
LENNY KRAVITZ AS TONY STARK. YES YES AND YESSSSSS. OHHH THIS IS FUCKING PERFECT CASTING KEN WATANABE AS NICK FURY??!?!?!?!!? CHIWETEL AS PHI COULSON!!!! JASON AS THOR!!!!!!!! PERFECTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. HOOOOO SHIT MARK DACASCOS AS LOKI???? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Okay, Lenny as Tony? WHERE CAN I GET THIS NOW.
I will take Jason Momoa as Thor any day.
gotta say I would flip this and have Lucy Liu as Black Widow and Dichen Lachman as Maria Hill. BUT YOU KNOW.
“I used to like when people made me mad.”
It’s true. Check the mastheads. You can only imagine what the staffs of Dissent and Reason get up to on the Nation cruise every year.
Feminism: accusing a woman reporter of only getting published because of who she fucks, then threatening to “investigate her.”
Y’all can miss me with that.
TLC - Baby-Baby-Baby (by TLCVEVO)
I turned to this song (and video) to cheer me up after a particularly depressing workday. I love everything about this. And them.
“opposition to compulsory virtue.” Love it.
Mijin Cha makes a great point here that people who follow me are probably already aware of. But looking at it laid out like this raises the question: if raising the minimum wage would actually increase spending and demand, why are business groups so dead-set against it?
Ideology is a helluva drug. The anger at the (working) poor that comes out whenever I write about the minimum wage or the people who are paid it never ceases to surprise me. I get less hate tweets for writing about abortion.
To reiterate: $9 an hour is still too low, particularly for workers where I live in New York. (Gov. Cuomo is calling for a state minimum of $9.80; currently New York is at the federal minimum.) But a raise of $1.75 an hour would still make a difference in the lives of people like Naquasia LeGrand, who told me she’d gotten her first raise in a year and five months after striking her job at KFC—a whole twenty cents an hour.
And here it comes. Cuomo’s got the excuse he wanted not to have to raise the minimum wage after all: Obama’s call for a federal minimum wage hike of $9/hour and indexed to inflation.
We all saw it coming—as Blake Zeff wrote, Cuomo has a history of pushing progressive social issues like marriage equality, that don’t “upend the economic status quo.” Thus his recent loud push for the Reproductive Health Act, as featured in the New York Times this weekend and as I reported on in-depth for RH Reality Check, fits perfectly into this framework.
Raising the wage, of course, does not.
If he can drop the minimum wage hike from his budget proposal, he’ll please his big-money donors and he can claim that because Obama’s plan is better than the one he was proposing ($9 an hour plus inflation as opposed to $8.75) he’s actually still progressive.
Never mind that getting a $9 an hour indexed minimum wage through this Congress is about as likely as a Tupac/Biggie Smalls joint tour.
There’s absolutely no reason for Cuomo not to push a minimum wage hike in New York; it’s the most expensive state in the country and it’s full of low-wage workers who would see a real material benefit in their lives from even a dollar an hour more.
The Times-Union also points out, “State law gives the governor a strong hand in negotiations by limiting changes legislators can make to budget bills; if Cuomo left language in, he could essentially dare legislators to pass it into law along with the rest of the budget or shut down state government if they refuse.”
So this is in Cuomo’s hands once again. A group of state legislators is calling for the state to embrace Obama’s proposal and make it law here first, where the cost of living is much higher than most other states. The governor could make this state a leader not just on marriage or abortion rights, but on economic justice too.
We’ll see if he wants to. I’m betting the answer is no.
Today the main barriers to further progress toward gender equity no longer lie in people’s personal attitudes and relationships. Instead, structural impediments prevent people from acting on their egalitarian values, forcing men and women into personal accommodations and rationalizations that do not reflect their preferences. The gender revolution is not in a stall. It has hit a wall.
In today’s political climate, it’s startling to remember that 80 years ago, in 1933, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to establish a 30-hour workweek. The bill failed in the House, but five years later the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 gave Americans a statutory 40-hour workweek. By the 1960s, American workers spent less time on the job than their counterparts in Europe and Japan.
Read this. That is all.