Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Low Pay is Not OK Report Release in ATLANTA, GA.

 Okay – we all know that fast food employees don’t make enough to get by.  But this, this will shock you.
A report came out today showing that 52% of fast food employees’ families are forced to rely on social safety net programs, like Food Stamps or Medicaid, because we're paid so little. And it costs taxpayers an unthinkable $7 BILLION each year.  In our state of Georgia, 61% of fast food employees' families rely on social safety net programs - this costs tax payers $297 milion per year.  Tax payers should not be subsidizing the irresponsibility of fast food corporations who refuse to pay their employees a decent wage.

Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King and the rest of the big fast food chains are reaping huge profits while taxpayers foot the bill for the unlivable wages they pay us.

Nearly $7 billion a year.  That means the average household forks over about $61 a year.  $61 a year so that McDonald’s can rake in $5.5 billion in profits.  $61 a year from every household so that the CEO of Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC) can make more than $14 million a year.  Unbelievable.  
We don’t want to rely on public assistance – we’d much rather receive an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s (hard!) work.  But we have kids to feed, families to support and we have no other choice. 
Raising two kids on the $8.25 an hour I make at McDonald’s in Chicago just isn’t possible.  And I’m lucky.  I get more hours than a lot of my co-workers – but still, over half of us who work 30 hours a week or more – who work full time – are forced to rely on public safety net programs. 

It’s not okay.  And I hope you’ll help us change it today. Tell the top eight fast food chains to pay us $15 an hour so we don’t have to rely on social safety net programs and so that taxpayers can stop handing over nearly $7 billion a year to the fast food industry.  Please spread the word about the hidden public costs of the fast food industry after you have. 

We’ll be in touch with what’s next,

Nancy Salgado
Low Pay is Not OK
Atlanta Jobs with Justice

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Labor at Atlanta Pride March.

The Atlanta Pride March will take place this Sunday.  Atlanta Jobs with Justice will join a number of our member organizations including - UNITE HERE Local 23,  the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America and Congregation Bet Haverim who will be marching in the parade.  The rights of LGBTQ workers in the workplace are workers' rights. LGBTQ rights are human rights. Many of our sisters and brothers within the movement identify as LGBTQ, and its important that the Atlanta labor community stands up strong for the rights of all workers, including those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and or Queer.  More info about the march can be found HERE.
We will gather:
In the lobby of the IBEW Building (501 Pulliam St. SW Atlanta, GA)
11:00 am
Sunday October 13th
*We will then all take MARTA together to the Civic Center MARTA station
*If anyone is interested, we will be making signs/banners at the UNITE HERE office a little bit earlier at 10:00 am on Sunday (Suite 514 at the IBEW Bldng).  Folks are welcome !


Monday, October 7, 2013

Publix Truth Tour Atlanta, GA.

Over 200 Atlanta community members stood with farm workers from Immokalee, FL on Thursday.  Publix continues to sustain poverty in the fields by refusing to meet basic standards that 11 other corporations have already agreed to including: Pay 1 penny more per pound of tomatoes picked and respect basic health and safety protections on the job.

Photo by Laura Emiko Soltis