Check out this study out of University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, showing that the Fast Food industry can pay a $15 an hour minimum wage and not lose any profits:
Restaurants will be able to save money in hiring and training costs because their workers will stick around now that they are earning a higher minimum wage. The authors base this on a number of case studies, including a look at the impact of higher minimum wages on the staff at the airport in San Francisco. (Source).
Take a look at the complete article here!
Photo source: Don Treeger / The Republican
Check out this article from The Boston Globe’s Katie Johnston, where she describes #WageAction and the #Fightfor15’s renewed struggle to win a real living wage and dignity for all workers in 2015, with actions on the 15th of every month.
“It’s a community thing. The same way I know $15 an hour will help my household, I’m sure it will help the airport workers as well. I don’t work at the airport, but I know we have similar struggles.” – Frankie Cook, home care worker
The 15th in 2015 actions will be starting this Thursday at Logan Airport, where workers from transportation, homecare and fast food will be demanding #JusticeforJose. Last December, Logan Airport workers held a protest to demand that the airlines hold ReadyJet accountable for its egregious health & safety record and for systematically terminating pro-union workers. Soon after, Jose Candelario was fired. Join us at Logan Airport at 8:00am to demand $15, a union and no retaliation against workers.
Logan Airport Chapel, Terminal C, to the right of Baggage Claim.
Thursday, January 15th at 8:00am
To demand #JusticeforJose & all ReadyJet Employees.
As of today, the minimum wage will increase by $1 to $9 an hour and then go up $1 per year until 2017, eventually reaching $11 an hour.
However, there is much more work to be done. While this increase is a step forward, our struggle for a real living wage continues. As the cost of living is on the rise and legislation is slowly enacted, we will continue to advocate in the streets, at the bargaining table and in our communities to win $15 and a union.
NOTE: if you are a minimum wage worker and do not receive this wage increase starting January 1st, 2015, please should call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at 617-727-3465 and file a wage complaint form through the Attorney General’s website. And as always, join the #WageAction movement.
Boston Workers Support Nationwide Fast Food Strikes
This past Friday, December 4th, fast food workers in 190 cities across the country went on strike, demanding $15 and a union without fear of reprisal. Look at this nation-wide recap!
Here in Boston, adjuncts professors, homecare and transportation workers also turned out in Support of the call for a $15 an hour wage. Watch Alicia, an agency homecare worker, voice her support for the Fight for $15 inside the Park Street Burger King!
The day after the strike, The Boston Globe profiled Latiana Holmes, whose story of working three part time jobs exemplifies the need to Fight for $15. Take a look – and join the movement.
Massachusetts saw a series of Black Friday protests on November 28th, 2014 – including WalMart workers striking in solidarity with their coworkers across the country doing the same. Take a look at this article on Boston.com detailing the day’s events, including a special mention of #WageAction Coalition member Jobs With Justice!
Image via Boston.com.