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Must read links for 12/6/13

by on December 6, 2013

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Fast Food Workers Strike

What they need is to start organizing, contacting upper management and propose starting a works council at the local levels and co-determination boards at the executive level, which you can read about here.

“To put it in perspective, yesterday I got paid, today I have not a dollar in my pocket,” said Akilarose Thompson, 24. She was on strike from the McDonalds in Chicago’s West Town – the scene of Thursday morning’s protest that kicked off actions around the city.

Thompson has worked at McDonalds for almost a year, serving customers on the cash register or on the drive-thru window. She got a pay rise in June and now earns $8.28 an hour – three cents above Illinois’s minimum wage of $8.25. Thompson works a second job too, at Red Lobster, but still has to go to food banks to support her and her 15-month-old daughter.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/05/fast-food-workers-strike-minimum-wage

The effect of Food Stamps on Obesity

“Specifically, access to food stamps in childhood leads to a significant reduction in the incidence of “metabolic syndrome” (obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes) and, for women, an increase in economic self-sufficiency. Overall, our results suggest substantial internal and external benefits of the safety net that have not previously been quantified.”

http://angrybearblog.com/2013/12/food-stamps-obesity-and-dependency.html

1 in 3 Bank Tellers receive welfare

“Researchers say taxpayers are doling out nearly $900 million a year to supplement the wages of bank tellers, which amounts to a public subsidy for multibillion-dollar banks. The workers collect $105 million in food stamps, $250 million through the earned income tax credit and $534 million by way of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center.”

http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/more-welfare-for-wall-street-one-in-three-bank-tellers-need-public-assistance-to-get-by/

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