Retail

Fight For $15/Hour

November 3, 2015
By Stephanie West

A U.S. District judge accused McDonald’s of “playing games” in an attempt to delay the federal government’s joint employer case against the fast-food giant, ruling Friday that the company has 30 days to turn over emails subpoenaed by the Labor Board’s General Counsel.

Dismissing claims by McDonald’s lawyers that complying with the subpoena would prove burdensome for the $5 billion company, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon insisted, “You're not even close to proving that the burden on McDonald's would outweigh the relevance" of the documents.Mountain View, Calif. – Workers in Mountain View won a pay raise to $15/hour this week, making the Bay Area city the latest to move toward raising pay to $15/hour, following San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto.U.S. Senate Race in Pa.– Katie McGinty, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, endorsed raising the minimum wage to $15/hour this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday. Fellow Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman also supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, insisting that “you can't support yourself or your family in a dignified manner with anything less.

”Dulles and Reagan National Airports – The “push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the lowest-paid airport workers across the United States has landed in Washington,” the Washington Post wrote Monday. Facing pay as low as $6.75/hour, workers at Reagan National and Dulles airports protested this week for $15/hour and union rights as the Fight for $15 continues to expand across the low-wage service sector. Sacramento, Calif. – As Sacramento voted to raised its minimum wage to $12.50/hour this week, former Sacramento Kings star Doug Christie cheered workers fighting for $15/hour throughout Sacramento, joining workers and holding up a sign reading, “Fair Wages for Sacramento Workers – Fight for $15.”Olympia, Wa. – Members of the Olympia City Council introduced a proposal Tuesday to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour, which would boost pay for 1-in-3 workers in the city.Pasadena, Calif.

– 74% of voters in Pasadena say they support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, reports the Pasadena Star-News. The City Council is currently considering measures to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Reuters reported this week that Yum! Brands CEO David Novak’s current retirement fund is worth $234 million, higher than any other Fortune 500 chief executive. Most fast food workers do not earn enough to retire with any pension. Solo Littlejohn, a cook at KFC, one of the fast-food chains owned by Yum! Brands, told the Guardian Wednesday October 28th, “It is a huge amount of money, and proves that they can afford to pay us $15 an hour. I can’t imagine that much money. I don’t expect to make a huge amount, but I expect to be able to make a decent living wage to take care of my family.”

November 2, 2015

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