• Fast-Food Workers Challenge Stereotypes, Globalize Question of Fairness

    By Jeffrey Nall, Truthout | News Analysis

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    Over the last two years, fast-food protests have grown in size, expanded in participation and spread around the United States, and more recently, the globe. Workers' demands include a "living wage" of $15 an hour and freedom to organize. The campaign for $15 an hour was ignited when about 200 fast-food employees from multiple chains went on strike in New York City in November 2012. Subsequent protests spread to cities around the United States, including Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Kansas City, and have pushed the plight of fast-food laborers into the public spotlight.

    Fast-food workers are disrupting slick corporate ad campaigns by challenging consumers to do something more revolutionary than "think outside the bun": to "think outside of the self" - about the economic conditions and lives of the people behind the logos, catchy slogans and dollar-menu selections.

  • Seafood Produced by "Modern Slaves" Leaves a Bad Taste

    Seafood Produced by "Modern Slaves" Leaves a Bad Taste

    By Jeffrey R McCord, Truthout | Op-Ed

    According to one NGO report, "the recruiting and working conditions of many fishers and seafood industry employees are so egregious that these human and labor rights abuses have been referred to as 'modern slavery.'" US seafood producers are competing already with at least some imports caught, farmed or processed by slaves. So why is the Obama administration pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which will exacerbate the existing situation?

  • Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address "Appearance of Corruption"

    Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address "Appearance of Corruption"

    By John Nichols, The Nation | News Analysis

    Environmental groups feared proposed changes to Wisconsin mining regulations would pose serious risks to the state's natural resources, yet Gov. Scott Walker supported it. Now newly released documents show a mining firm secretly steered $700,000 into "independent" efforts to provide political cover for the embattled governor.