fast food strikes http://www.kplu.org en Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-march-seatac-seattle-push-15-min-wage <p>Dozens of fast-food workers and activists took to the streets Thursday for a day-long march in support of $15 minimum wage.</p><p>The march began in SeaTac, where <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seatac-voters-ok-15-minimum-wage-opponents-request-recount">voters approved a $15 minimum wage</a> this year, and headed for Seattle City Hall as a symbolic push for Seattle to follow SeaTac’s suit and adopt the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:44:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 11436 at http://www.kplu.org Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/why-us-taxpayers-pay-7-billion-year-help-fast-food-workers If you hit the drive-through, chances are that the cashier who rings you up or the cook who prepared your food relies on public assistance to make ends meet.<p>A new analysis finds that 52 percent of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or more public assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).<p>That's right: With a median wage of $8.69 per hour for front-line fast-food jobs — cooks, cashiers and crew — workers are taking home a paycheck, but it's not enough to cover the basics, according to t Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:44:21 +0000 10503 at http://www.kplu.org Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle http://www.kplu.org/post/fast-food-worker-challenges-firing-faces-uphill-battle <p><em>&nbsp;(Update 9/25/13: Adds comment from Subway franchise owner Hasan Zeer.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A worker fired from a Subway sandwich shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has filed charges saying it was illegal retaliation for going on strike. But experts say&nbsp;fighting that kind of legal battle can take years.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:59:13 +0000 Ashley Gross 10122 at http://www.kplu.org Fast Food Worker Challenges Firing, but Faces Uphill Battle