Thursday, October 2, 2014

Low-Wage Economy Exposed: Atlanta Workers Speakout!

October 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm
First Iconium Baptist Church: 542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Contact: | 404-913-9595

In Atlanta, we workers will gather to speak out about the low-wages, the tough working conditions, and the lack of respect at our jobs, but also our dreams, our hopes, and our vision for a better future.

We invite all with under paying jobs to join us. We will come together from different community groups, workplaces, and unions to fight together to change our economy and our communities.


Low-wage jobs have become the norm in Atlanta and across our nation. As our economy rebuilds after the economic collapse in 2008 caused by the big banks, low-wage service sector jobs are the majority of jobs being created with more Americans relying on these jobs to make a living. Its getting harder and harder to get by working these jobs due to their low-wages, lack of benefits, poor job security, short hours, and irregular schedules.

Every that goes by we workers in low-wage jobs are struggling to put food on the table, pay rent, afford transportation, and access healthcare. Our people are losing their homes, their cars, their health, and even in some extreme cases their lives, working on starvation wages. All while our corporate bosses of companies like Walmart, McDonalds, Gap, Target, Starbucks, and several others reap billions of dollars in profits and bonuses on the backs of we workers plus our families and our communities.

Enough is enough, we are worth more and we demand more! Corporate America needs to be held accountable and we the workers are the only ones who can make them. Make them pay for the exploitation and inhuman treatment that has caused us much stress and suffering all for their limitless quest for greed and profit. We are standing up fighting for a fair economy with jobs with justice for all. We won't stop fighting until our rights are respected, we are treated with dignity, and we are paid a decent living wage.



Friday, September 12, 2014

McDonald's Can No Longer Hide From Its Workers! Fight For $15 AJC Op-Ed

By: Neil Sardana, Atlanta Jobs with Justice Organizer

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel found McDonald’s Corp. to be a “joint-employer” alongside its franchisees. This legal decision could allow the corporation to be held responsible for the treatment and conditions of its franchisees’ workers and let workers unionize nationally across all stores.

It is common sense that McDonald’s should be held responsible for treatment of its workers. This is a victory for the fast-food workers movement that is fighting for a decent wage of $15 an hour, fair working conditions and the right to organize unions.

McDonald’s continues to challenge the notion it is responsible for its workers and plans to appeal the NLRB decision. However, McDonald’s and other fast-food franchisers understand the franchise model is designed to create a false barrier between the corporate entity and its workers. This allows the corporation to pay minimal wages while shifting the blame and responsibility for workers to franchisees.

Franchisers including McDonald’s have invested billions of dollars to build brands, structure franchise models, promote and sell products and establish customers across the world.

Given this, it would be ridiculous to believe corporations do not have direct control, or at least compelling influence, over the structure and operations of its franchisees. This control is needed by the corporation to protect and maintain a consistent brand and sell the same Big Mac coast to coast. This franchise model is a “godfatheresque” management style, where the corporations have all the money and power but utilize those lower on the chain (the franchise owners) to do the dirty work of keeping workers underpaid and under control.

The recent NLRB finding challenges this structure. It places accountability where it belongs, right at the top. Workers should be able to negotiate with, and hold accountable, corporations that are the ultimate beneficiaries of their labor. In this case, they are responsible for pay inequity at rates over 1,000 to 1 of compensation for CEOs vs. fast-food workers.

The franchise model hurts workers because it allows corporations to squeeze them dry while denying any responsibility. However, it also puts small franchise owners at a disadvantage and leaves them with little control over their own stores and livelihoods. Franchisees are squeezed out of their profits to pay rent, advertising and marketing costs and other mandatory franchise fees to the corporation.

Some franchise owners have spoken out against the bottom-barrel wages and absolute control McDonald’s exerts over its franchisees.

Kathryn Slater-Carter, owner of a McDonald’s franchise in Daly City, Calif., challenged the inability to offer health insurance and the low wages she was pressured by McDonald’s to pay. She worked with the California Legislature to pass a bill enabling greater rights of independent franchise owners, allowing them to control certain elements in their businesses without fear of corporate headquarters threatening to suspend their franchise.

In the “Fight For $15,” we are absolutely clear that fast-food corporations are determining how their franchisees operate. The corporations are responsible for the extremely low wages and the utilization of public welfare benefits to subsidize their work forces. This is why, from the outset, corporations and not franchisees have been the clear target for fast-food workers’ demands of $15 an hour and the right to form a union.

We celebrate this decision by the NLRB as a step in the right direction. The struggle for fair wages and respect for fast-food workers and all underpaid workers moves forward. Join us at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 660 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, for the next ATL #FightFor15 worker rally.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ATL to #StrikeFastFood on Thur Sept 4 @ 11:30 AM!

Fast food workers in the ATL & nationwide are going ON STRIKE Thursday, September 4.
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ATL #StrikeFastFood Rally
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at:
Join the Early Morning Rally at:

Workers across the country are standing up this week and saying: We deserve more. Our bosses pay us poverty pages, while we work hard everyday to make them millions. It’s not right. If you’re with us, spread the message by sharing this image on Facebook and Twitter right now.
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We know that we have momentum on our side. We know that people like you have our backs. And over the summer, we committed to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

This is our moment.

Fast food workers across the country are starting to experience what it feels like to fight for better pay and better treatment – and it’s amazing to see.

We all hope that you’ll be standing right there with us on Thursday.

Show us – show the world – that you’re with us by sharing our strike announcement over Email, Facebook, or Twitter right now.

It’s good to know we can count on you,
Workers of ATL Raise Up

Monday, May 12, 2014

MAY 15 GLOBAL STRIKE to RAI$E UP: ATL Low Wage Workers & Moral Monday UNITE!

Join Moral Monday GA & Atlanta Jobs with Justice to stand with low-wage workers in ATL + 33 nations worldwide for a GLOBAL STRIKE for $15/hr & a Union!

5:30 AM - Ponce de Leon Ave & Boulevard
10 AM -
 Moreland Ave & Glenwood Ave
1 PM - Cleopas Johnson Park: Northside Dr & Fair St
Map of all Locations + Parking

5:30 AM - Grace United Methodist: 458 Ponce de Leon Ave
10 AM -
Martha Brown United Methodist: 468 Moreland Ave
1 PM - Cleopas Johnson Park Parking Lot

Call 404-913-9595 for more info
On May 15th, fast food workers everywhere, not just the U.S. but on every continent where McDonald's operates will be standing up for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without intimidation.
Yeah. Global. Everywhere. Are you with us?
We know that profitable fast-food companies can afford to give workers a decent wage, avoid stealing from employees' paychecks, and respect our right to form a union. And with workers worldwide adding their voices, nothing can stop us.
It's time for the fast-food giants to treat the people who make and serve their food with the same respect everywhere. Spread the word and join the worldwide movement for fair wages and respect.

Follow the May 15th Strike Online @MoralMondayGA

Preview of May 15: STRIKE TO RAI$E UP! Moral Monday & Low-Wage Workers UNITE!

See a short preview of the MAY 15: STRIKE to Rai$e Up! Moral Monday & Low Wage Workers UNITE!: McDonalds Employee Connie speaks out against billion dollar fast food companies paying starvation wages at Moral Monday GA Rally for Workers' Rights and Economic Justice.