A Times Square protestor being arrested this morning (photo: Pete Nagy)

Dozens Of Arrests Made In Fast Food Wage Protests Around Country

As we mentioned earlier this week, supporters of higher wages for fast food workers staged protests in cities all over the country today. According to reports, a number of these demonstrations resulted arrests. [More]

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More Fast Food Strikes Expected For Thursday

Getting a Big Mac, Whopper, Baconator, Double Down, or Chalupa might be a bit of an inconvenience on Thursday, as supporters of the movement for higher pay and union membership for fast food workers say employees will strike in 150 cities. [More]

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Restaurants Can Deduct Credit Card Fees From Servers’ Tips, But Should They?

A few days ago, the minimum wage in Minnesota increased for the first time in years to $8/hour, putting it slightly above the federal minimum of $7.25. Some businesses are responding to the pay hike by tacking on “minimum wage” fees to customers or by taking credit card service charges out of servers’ tips. [More]

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McDonald’s Franchisee: Company Told Me To Pay Employees Less

McDonald’s, the largest fast food employer in the country, is at the center of the ongoing debate about minimum wage levels, and about the relationship between franchisees and their corporate overlords. One owner of a McDonald’s franchise in California says the folks at McDonald’s HQ have an answer for franchisees who complain about paper-thin profit margins on their food — pay employees less money. [More]

IKEA To Hike Minimum Wage To $10.76/Hour

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About half of IKEA’s 13,651 U.S. employees are going to get a modest raise in the new year, with the world’s largest furniture retailer announcing that it will raise its starting hourly wage from $9.17 to $10.76 starting in January. [More]

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Gap Workers Will Start Earning New Minimum Wage Of $9/Hour This Week

After Gap Inc. made a pledge back in February to raise its lowest wage tier to $10 per hour over the next few years, the company has made its first move toward that higher minimum wage: Some 65,000 workers will start earning a minimum wage of $9 per hour this week. [More]

San Francisco Voters To Consider $15/Hour Minimum Wage

San Francisco Voters To Consider $15/Hour Minimum Wage

In the wake of the Seattle City Council approving a plan to gradually increase the local minimum wage to $15/hour over the next three-to-seven years, the residents of San Francisco will be asked to decide on a 4-year schedule for raising pay in the city to the same level. [More]

Franchisees Will Go To Court To Stop Seattle’s $15/Hr Minimum Wage

Franchisees Will Go To Court To Stop Seattle’s $15/Hr Minimum Wage

Yesterday, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a plan that will raise the minimum wage for workers to $15/hour over the next three-to-seven years. But business-owners who run franchise operations in the city say they are being unfairly targeted, and it looks like this issue may end up in a courtroom. [More]

Seattle City Council Approves Plan To Increase Min. Wage To $15/Hour

Seattle City Council Approves Plan To Increase Min. Wage To $15/Hour

While federal lawmakers mull over the President’s call for a $10/hour minimum wage, the Seattle City Council has approved a phased-in wage increase that will eventually lift the city’s minimum hourly pay to $15 an hour, the highest rate in the entire country. [More]

On Second Day Of Protests, McDonald’s CEO Says “We Pay Fair Wages” To Workers

On Second Day Of Protests, McDonald’s CEO Says “We Pay Fair Wages” To Workers

While protesters seeking higher wages for fast food workers gathered for a second day near McDonald’s corporate headquarters outside of Chicago, the chain’s CEO told the company’s investors that there is nothing wrong with what McDonald’s employees are paid. [More]

McDonald’s HQ Tells Employees To Stay Home To Avoid Protests

McDonald’s HQ Tells Employees To Stay Home To Avoid Protests

As thousands of people, including hundreds of McDonald’s workers, staged a protest near McDonald’s corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburbs, the halls of those offices were apparently quite vacant, as the company told many of its 3,200 HQ employees to stay home today in order to avoid the scene. [More]

Fast Food Workers Protesting Around The World Today Seeking Higher Pay

Scenes from a NYC protest at Domino's this morning.

Fast food workers in 150 cities and 33 countries are participating in protests planned today in an ongoing effort to earn higher wages. The demonstrations are backed by unions trying to focus attention on the difficulties faced by low-wage workers, who are seeking a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour here in the United States. [More]

Will Fast Food Workers Around The World Strike On May 15?

Will Fast Food Workers Around The World Strike On May 15?

In an effort to raise awareness for their goal of higher wages for fast food workers, labor organizers announced today that May 15 will be a day full of walk-offs, with workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other eateries striking in 150 cities on six continents (sorry, Antarctica). [More]

Report: Subway Has Had The Most Wage Violations Of All Fast Food Companies

Report: Subway Has Had The Most Wage Violations Of All Fast Food Companies

While McDonald’s has been the name on many people’s lips when it comes to wage disputes and underpaid workers, a new report places Subway at the top of the pile of wage violation offenders. Though it’s worth nothing that with 26,000 U.S. locations, Subway has the most stores of all the companies, as well. [More]

Disney World Proposes Raising Starting Wages To $10/Hour

Disney World Proposes Raising Starting Wages To $10/Hour

While lawmakers in D.C. argue over whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage, Walt Disney Co. has made an offer to the unions representing thousands of employees at its Disney World park in Florida that would raise employees’ starting pay from $8.03 to $10 over the course of the next two years. [More]

Restaurant Industry Says Servers Don’t Need A Pay Raise

Restaurant Industry Says Servers Don’t Need A Pay Raise

Earlier today, a White House report called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for tipped employees for the first time since 1991. A trade group representing the restaurant industry fired back at the report, claiming that servers are already paid well enough. [More]

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White House Calls For Raising Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers

While the federal minimum wage for hourly workers has increased from $4.25/hour in 1991 to the present level of $7.25, the minimum wage for workers earning tips has remained at $2.13, meaning tipped workers have had to increasingly rely on tips because their base wage has not kept up with the rest of the workforce. This morning, the White House made the case that it’s time for tipped workers to get a pay raise. [More]

McDonald’s Employees In 3 States File Wage-Related Lawsuits

McDonald’s Employees In 3 States File Wage-Related Lawsuits

Over the last two days, McDonald’s employees in California, Michigan and New York have filed a total of seven class-action suits against the fast food giant and various franchise operators, alleging a range of violations, from failing to pay overtime, to making employees work undocumented hours. [More]