fast food industry

The War on Wages and the Fight for $15

April 5, 2016
PERI economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim debunks myths that raising the minimum wage will lead to job loss and higher prices for consumers

Industries Across the U.S. Are Stealing Wages From Their Lowest Paid Workers

March 19, 2014

Fast food worker Tenesha Green describes how she personally experienced wage theft on the job, while law expert Rebecca Smith explains the significance of the lawsuits against McDonald’s after New York forces McD’s owner to pay half a million dollars to employees for back pay

Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment

February 26, 2014

Robert Pollin: A Recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost due to a minimum wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers’ standard of living

More than Half of Fast Food Workers Rely on Welfare

October 15, 2013

Study reveals how taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to subsidize programs that go to fast food workers The fast food industry cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in public assistance to low-wage workers, according to a University of California-Berkeley study. “When you look at front-line fast food workers—the cashiers, the cooks, all the restaurant workers…