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At Fight for $15 Convention, A Call from Clinton but Little Talk of Union

E. Tammy Kim Aljazeera America
The still fledgling campaign focuses on organizing to raise wages and delays question of union structure. No one seems sure about the shape of a fast-food union. Many formations are possible. Since wages and other employment laws differ by city and state, one could envision local or regional contracts that establish a basic compensation structure, benefits and freedom from arbitrary firing. A more ambitious version would be national in scope: a framework agreement...

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Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

Liz Alderman and Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
True, a Big Mac here costs more — $5.60, compared with $4.80 in the United States. But that is a price Danes are willing to pay. “We Danes accept that a burger is expensive, but we also know that working conditions and wages are decent when we eat that burger,” said Soren Kaj Andersen, a University of Copenhagen professor who specializes in labor issues.

Fast Food Sit Down Strike-Nationwide Arrests

Jillian Berman; Terrance Heath; Low Pay is Not OK Huffington Post
Fast Food workers staged sit-down strikes in cities across the country today. In more than 150 cities nationwide, Fast Food workers and their allies demonstrated, picketed, and sat-in. Hundreds were arrested across the country, from ocean to ocean, and border to border.

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NLRB Says McDonald's is Responsible

Flavia Cabral; Steven Greenhouse New York Times
BREAKING NEWS: The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald's is jointly responsible for workers at its franchisees' restaurants, a decision that if upheld would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide.

Artisanal Union-Busting

Chris Lehmann In These Times
Whole Foods has attempted to crush anything resembling a union drive among its employees. In two Chicago stores, workers have staged wildcat strikes and walkouts to protest what they say are draconian attendance policies and unfair dismissals of workers.
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