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McDonald’s Tells Full-Time Employee to Apply for Welfare Benefits

  • Low-wage employers are in turn keeping the cost of their products artificially low by socializing a chunk of their labor expenses. And while we may be enjoy a cheap burger, we end up paying more for it when taxes are pulled out of our paychecks.
  • She's Worked At McDonald's For 10 Years. She Asked Its President A Simple Question. Then Cops Came.
  • Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance

Joshua Holland, Bill Moyers & Company

October 24, 2013 | The video below, released this week by the service employees’ union, shows a concrete example of how private corporations that pay poverty wages profit by imposing part of their labor costs on the rest of us.

In it, you’ll hear an audio recording of a woman who’s worked full-time for McDonald’s for ten years calling the “McResources helpline,” where a helpful operator encourages her to apply for foodstamps and Medicaid for herself and her two children.

Joshua Holland is a senior digital producer for BillMoyers.com. He’s the author of The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy (and Everything Else the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America) (Wiley: 2010), and host of Politics and Reality Radio

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She's Worked At McDonald's For 10 Years. She Asked Its President A Simple Question. Then Cops Came. Nancy Salgado, Fight for 15

  • She's a leader in one of the movements trying to get a raise in the minimum wage, and she caused quite the disruption at this meeting where the president of McDonald's was speaking. And yes, she went to jail for asking a simple question.
  • Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance.

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Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance, Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

  • Like Walmart, McDonald's and Taco Bell and Domino's are profiting directly off of government programs for low-income people. Taxpayers are subsidizing wages at these immensely profitable companies, while Republicans in Congress block the minimum wage increase that would raise many fast food workers out of poverty.
  • The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers
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The Long History of Privatization Failures

  • We need to own up to is that privatization experiments, based on ideology rather than evidence, have created disruption, neglect, and harm to vital public services and infrastructure - and those effects have undermined the private sector which depends on high quality public services. We seem to have forgotten that the public sector has long created the environment and resources necessary for businesses to prosper.
  • 8 Ways Privatization has Failed America
  • Privatizing Services Can Be Costly to Workers and Government
  • Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration

Ellen Dannin, Portside

October 23, 2013 | Many goods and services are provided by the private sector, but there is a long history of privatization failures in the United States. Moshe Adler's research on privatization in the 19th Century shows a pattern of corruption, poor quality, and failure to provide services the public had paid for. Says Adler, of his study on street cleaning, "in the sixty years before New York City discarded it, the cost of contracting out was about half the cost of governmental production. It was discarded not because it wasn't cheap, but because it wasn't good." 

More recently, studies on the privatization of Indianapolis' services and infrastructure, in Ingrid Ritchie and Sheila Suess Kennedy's 2001 book, "To Market, To Market: Reinventing Indianapolis," show a consistent pattern of neglect leading to damage and loss of the public's investment - and no way to hold the contractors accountable.

Ellen Dannin is the author of a number of studies on privatization, including Privatizing Government Services in the Era of ALEC and the Great Recession (2012) and Crumbling Infrastructure - Crumbling Democracy: Infrastructure Privatization Contracts and Their Effects on State and Local Governance (2011). 

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8 Ways Privatization has Failed America, Paul Buchheit, Nation of Change

  • In order to stay afloat as a nation we need each other, not savvy business people who presume to tell us all how to be rich; We can’t all be rich, we just want to keep from drowning.
  • Radical Remaking of the Economy is Taking Root

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Privatizing Services Can Be Costly to Workers and Government, Mike Hall, AFL-CIO Now

  • They claim the move is to save money, but as the New York Times points out, “taxpayers can end up paying for the cuts in indirect ways” and studies show that outsourced, privatized government operations often end up costing more to operate than the government-run operations.
  • A Hidden Toll as States Shift to Contract Workers

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Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration, Jaisal Nolor, Real News <>

  • New campaign exposes the companies that profit off prisoners   
  • Prisoners of Profit
  • Watch the new documentary "No Justice, No Peace"

Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration

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  • New campaign exposes the companies that profit off prisoners   
  • Prisoners of Profit
  • Watch the new documentary "No Justice, No Peace"

Jaisal Nolor, Real News

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October 23, 2013 | A new campaign has been launched called Prison Profiteers that exposes the corporations that profit from the nation's incarceration system, including medical companies, bail companies, phone companies, and even police departments.

Now joining us to discuss this is Jesse Lava. He's the campaign director at Brave New Films, where he runs the Beyond Bars campaign, which launched this new project.

Thank you so much for joining us, Jesse.

Jesse Lava's career is about transforming hearts and minds to promote social justice. He got his bachelor's from Wesleyan University and a master's in public policy from Harvard University.

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Prisoners of Profit, Huffington Post

10/22/2013 | Private Prison Empire Rises Despite Startling Record Of Juvenile Abuse

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Watch the new documentary "No Justice, No Peace" Liberation News, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

'No Justice, No Peace - California's Battle Against Police Brutality and Racist Violence' is an original Liberation News documentary about the growth of a new, dynamic people's movement against police brutality. 

She's Worked At McDonald's For 10 Years. She Asked Its President A Simple Question. Then Cops Came.

  • She's a leader in one of the movements trying to get a raise in the minimum wage, and she caused quite the disruption at this meeting where the president of McDonald's was speaking. And yes, she went to jail for asking a simple question.
  • Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance.

Nancy Salgado, Fight for 15

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Oct 9, 2013 | Dozens of McDonald's workers, supported by fellow members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago convened today at the Union League Club to speak out against McDonald's claims of providing competitive wages and opportunities for career advancement during McDonald's President Jeff Stratton keynote talk "Fries with That?" for the First Friday Club of Chicago.

As Mr. Jeff Stratton was beginning his talk, Nancy Salgado, a single mother of two young children and a McDonald's employee of ten years, poignantly asked, "I'm a Catholic woman and a single mother of two, I believe as my church has taught me that we should be treated with respect. It's really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day to put meals on the table. Do you really think it's fair that I have a to go through this? Do you think it's fair that I have to be living on a poverty wage? Do you think it's fair that I am making $8.25 while I've worked for McDonald's for 10 years? Do you think it's fair? My two kids are struggling because you cant' raise our minimum wage. I don't believe that's fair. What do you have to say?"

Nancy Salgado, a single mother of two young children, is a McDonald's employee of ten years.

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Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance, Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

  • Like Walmart, McDonald's and Taco Bell and Domino's are profiting directly off of government programs for low-income people. Taxpayers are subsidizing wages at these immensely profitable companies, while Republicans in Congress block the minimum wage increase that would raise many fast food workers out of poverty.
  • The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers
 
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Union-made Halloween Candy Shopping List

AFL-CIO, Progressive Review

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Workers at biggest fast food companies need billions in public assistance

  • Like Walmart, McDonald's and Taco Bell and Domino's are profiting directly off of government programs for low-income people. Taxpayers are subsidizing wages at these immensely profitable companies, while Republicans in Congress block the minimum wage increase that would raise many fast food workers out of poverty.
  • The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

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Public Assistance Share of Workers by IndustryOct 15, 2013 | Walmart isn't the only corporate giant relying on government assistance to make up for the low, low wages it pays its workers. According to a new report from the University of California-Berkeley Labor Center, 52 percent of front-line fast food workers are on some form of public assistance, at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year. And the 10 largest fast food companies account for $3.8 billion of that, the National Employment Law Project estimates.

The UC-Berkeley study only looks at participation in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; if it included all government programs, such as child-care subsidies and reduced price school lunches, the total would be higher. That's because fast food restaurants pay wages so low that even the families of full-time fast food workers rely on public programs—the median income for people working more than 10 hours a week 27 or more weeks per year in nonmanagerial fast food jobs is $8.69 an hour.

Gilded raised fistLaura Clawson has been a Daily Kos contributing editor since December 2006 and Labor editor since 2011.

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The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers, Isaac William Martin, Salon 

  • When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here's why it always works
  • Detroit Is the Front Line

 

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5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store

Avoiding genetically modified ingredients in the U.S. takes someone seriously dedicated to keeping themselves and their family as healthy as possible; it also takes a bit of work, though it will become easier.

Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

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October 6th, 2013 | A conscientious shopper always reads labels when shopping for groceries. But if you are in the U.S., those labels won’t tell you if there are genetically modified ingredients inside. Instead, you have to be a bit of a food detective, digging for the information yourself because the government and food producers alike don’t think you have a right to know. So how can one health-conscious consumer find out if their food contains GMOs?

Here you will see 5 tips on how to avoid GMO foods in the grocery store.

Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer based out of North Carolina.

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Monsanto and Big Food Pull Out the Big Guns, Katherine Paul & Zack Kaldveer, Organic Consumers Association

  • Winning Our Hearts and Minds?
  • Stop the pesticides that are killing bees 

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