Press
22 Apr

FAST FOOD FAILURE: HOW CEO-TO-WORKER PAY DISPARITY UNDERMINES THE INDUSTRY AND THE OVERALL ECONOMY

The link between income inequality and economic instability has drawn renewed attention from economists, policy makers, global financial institutions, media, and investors. more
22 Apr

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY PAY: TAXPAYERS' DOUBLE BURDEN

This report calculates the cost of CEO pay subsidies at the 20 largest corporate members of the National Restaurant Association, a lobby group that is leading the charge to block minimum wage increases. more
14 Apr

The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back

At 24, Patrick is a fast food veteran. Over the past eight years, he has worked at seven different franchises. more
18 Mar

Local fast-food workers protest at McDonalds

Some local McDonald's workers are joining in on a nationwide fast-food protest. Tuesday's protests supported a series of class action lawsuits that claim McDonald's is illegally taking employee wages. more
26 Oct

Unhappy meal: Fast-food workers want unions, like their elders

Olivia Roffle was only a teenager when she first thought about what it would mean to be in a union. more
15 Oct

UC BERKELEY | FAST FOOD, POVERTY WAGES

Low wages paid by employers in the fast-food industry create especially acute problems for the families of workers in this industry. more
1 Oct

NELP | SUPER SIZING PUBLIC COSTS

The overwhelming share of jobs in the fast-food industry pay low wages that force millions of workers to rely on public assistance in order to afford health care, food, and other basic necessities. more
29 Aug

KMOV Local News: Fast-food workers stage strike in St. Louis, several other cities

Franchisees also pay significant amounts to the central corporation. McDonald’s, for instance, charges franchise owners 4 percent of gross sales as well as rent. more
1 Jul

NELP | GOING NOWHERE FAST

In response to growing criticism, industry spokespersons have defended low wages for front-line fast food workers by arguing that these jobs serve as stepping stones to higher-paying managerial positions, as well as to opportunities to eventually own and operate a fast food franchise. more
19 Jun

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay

Olivia Roffle has worked at Papa John’s Pizza in St. Louis, Mo., for three years and she hates it. “It’s just not an enjoyable place to work,” she says. more
10 May

Fast-food worker wage protests spread to St Louis and Detroit

Similar demonstrations aimed at raising fast-food workers' wages took place earlier in the year in Chicago and New York. more
9 May

Day Two Of Fast Food Worker's Strike; Protests Move Through Area

According to organizers with STL Can’t Survive on $7.35, the Self-sufficiency Standard in St. Louis County requires a wage of $14.85. Many workers say they are making minimum wage or a little more. more
9 May

St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial: Fast food and the future of the working class

It can be argued — and conservatives are happy to do it — that at least some of this is their own fault. If one’s ambition does not extend past the fry station, $7.35 an hour is about as much as one should expect. more
8 May

Fast Food Workers Strike in St. Louis

Fast food and retail workers in St. Louis, Missouri, walked off the job Wednesday in the third major strike of its kind in recent weeks. more