Monday, April 27, 2015

Not just fast food: Full-service restaurant chains pay poverty wages, too

[Remember my mantra - the corporations want to own your ass. ---Bozo]
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Rss@dailykos.com (laura Clawson) · Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:22 pm
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Fast food isn't the only part of the restaurant industry where workers are seriously underpaid. A recent report from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United shows that many workers in full-service restaurants are also paid so little that they need and get nearly $9.5 billion in public assistance each year. And as in fast food, we're talking about large, profitable chains: Darden, the parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, and more; Dine Equity, the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's; Bloomin' Brands, the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Carraba's Italian Grill, and more; Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's; and Cracker Barrel. Workers at these five chains need an estimated $1.4 billion from programs including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and heating and housing assistance.
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These five companies spend millions on lobbying-with one key priority being to keep the tipped worker minimum wage at $2.13 an hour, where it's been stuck for decades. Meanwhile:
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The ROC report frames public assistance to workers at these restaurant chains as taxpayer subsidies for the chains' low wages; it's a powerful argument, but one that the respected economist Arindrajit Dube is arguing doesn't hold up as applied to programs that aren't tied to labor force participation or hours worked.
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I'm not sure I'm 100 percent on board with Dube's argument, but in any case we don't need the taxpayer subsidy argument to see the hundreds of millions of dollars in public assistance needed by workers at these profitable chains as an indictment of their wages and labor practices. It's as simple as this: If a profitable company is paying its workers hundreds of millions of dollars a year less than they need for the most basic medical care, food, and housing, that company is a driving force in the low-wage economy. You don't need to believe that the public assistance going to their underpaid workers is a direct subsidy to the companies to see something wrong with that.
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$70,000 minimum pay turns out to be good for business

Rss@dailykos.com (laura Clawson) · Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:22 pm
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Remember Dan Price, the CEO who cut his own pay to raise the minimum annual pay at his company to $70,000? Turns out, that wasn't just a morally good thing to do, and Price doesn't have to wait for the longer-term payoff of increased productivity and reduced staff turnover-he's seeing an immediate payoff for Gravity Systems, his credit card processing company:
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Price said the news has brought in dozens of new clients, making it the best week for new business in the company's 11-year history.
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The firm has about 15,000 clients and handles about $10 billion in payments every year.
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If the burst of new clients continues, it could create new jobs-new good jobs-and let other businesses know that treating workers well can pay off. But it's important to remember that workers shouldn't have to get lucky with an amazingly good boss to make a decent living and be treated well. Good bosses go viral, but for more workers, this is the reality:
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While Price is cutting his own pay, most chief executives are continuing to see hefty compensation hikes. CEO pay rose more quickly in 2014 than in other recent years, with median compensation rising 6.9 percent to $12.2 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Meanwhile, American workers have been suffering from stagnating and, in some cases, declining wages.
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That's a reality we need to fight to change.
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Warren says President Obama, not her, is wrong on TPP. There's an easy way to find out who's right

[If there's nothing secret and dangerous in there, Mr. President, then why won't you let the public see it? Secrecy breeds distrust.]
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Rss@dailykos.com (meteor Blades) · Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 2:41 pm
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Bad news, but how bad can't be determined until we see the treaty.
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A day after President Obama said in a Hardball interview that Elizabeth Warren is wrong in her views about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Massachusetts senator fired back with a blog post on her campaign website that gets right to the heart of the matter:
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The Administration says I'm wrong-that there's nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises-but people like you can't see the actual deal.
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For more than two years now, giant corporations have had an enormous amount of access to see the parts of the deal that might affect them and to give their views as negotiations progressed. But the doors stayed locked for the regular people whose jobs are on the line.
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Here's Obama in his Tuesday interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews:
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"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues. But she's wrong on this," he said.
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"I would not be doing this trade deal if I did not think it was good for the middle class," Obama added. "And when you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts, they are wrong."

Somebody is definitely wrong. And that being the case, the rush to approve this treaty, this pig in a poke, is obscene.
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Re-post of an OBG (Leaders - there are a FEW around)


Re-post of an OBG (Have the women in your life capitulated to their men)


Re-post of an OBG (Winning the battles, but not winning the war)


Is it God causing that tornado because of sin? Or is it Satan?


Read your Bible - Penn Jillette


Hate gays but eat shellfish? Hate transgenders, blacks, or immigrants but let your women wear pants? Read your Holy Book!


Science is more beautiful than religion


Man is an insane species


Shooting report to call attention to the need for gun control.






Accidental shootings - they are not so much "accidental" as serious mistakes caused by lack of proper training.






Obama gets put in his place

Liberal humor is always funnier than conservative humor because good humor requires an element of truth and truth isn't something conservatives are conversant with.

Conservatroll


Of a like mind (Sorry for the Hitler reference)


Republican priorities - I will NEVER understand them.


Do you think reality will EVER strike Republicans?


Boehner's jobs programs


Ignorace - if fuels conservative values.


Since we're talking about restrictions...


It's good to know the facts.


Them is so proud!


We live in a nation with others who have strange, very strange, values systems


Delusional Republicans - Carly Fiorina edition


The hypocrisy is so inbred with the GOP, they don't even know when they're doing it.


Obama responds to the Christian Right with a little sarcasm


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Minnesota House passes minimum wage cut for tipped workers - including 8,000 women over 30

[I've said it repeatedly - the rich and the GOP want to OWN your sorry ass, and thye won't be happy until you're working for slave wages. ---Bozo]
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David Edwards
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The Minnesota state House this week passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for thousands of restaurant workers who receive tips.
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The Star Tribune reported that the measure passed by GOP-controlled state House on Wednesday was packed with rollbacks to appease the hospitality industry.
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If the bill is signed into law, it would create a two-tiered minimum wage that critics referred to as a "tip penalty." Restaurant owners would be able to pay employees a lower wage if they made at least $4 an hour in tips.
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Republican lawmakers said that they wanted to pass the law before the minimum wage rose to $9.50 an hour in 2016, arguing that it would force restaurants out of business.
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But state Rep. Tim Mahoney (D) suggested that the measure was an attack on 8,000 women over 30 who had children and worked for tips.
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Americans believe their health system is the world's best, but they're measuring it wrong

Ezra Klein · Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1:10 pm
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Americans like to think their health-care system is number one. But a 2014 report from the Commonwealth Fund compared it to 10 other developed nations and found it's...number 11.
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America spends vastly more than any other nation but, uniquely, leaves tens of millions uninsured. Patient satisfaction is low and the rate of medical errors is high. Infant mortality is worse in the United States than in its competitors, and so is life expectancy. America's reputation for efficiency is also shattered: both American patients and American doctors report spending unusually large amounts of time on paperwork.
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Koch brothers to Jeb Bush: Dance, monkey, dance

[Looks like the Koch's and Sheldon Adelson are fighting it out for control of the GOP. ---Bozo]
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The Koch brothers kept their billions out of the Republican presidential primary in 2012, then regretted Mitt Romney. So they're thinking about endorsing a 2016 candidate and using not just their money but their massive political organization to boost him. The question: Who'll be their guy? Being the answer to that question will be worth a lot to any candidate, which means the Koch brothers can demand a lot of ring kissing and campaign promises. That seems to be exactly what they're gearing up to do:

Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz debated at the Koch network's winter seminar in January, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a separate appearance. Those were the candidates who appeared to have a chance at the Koch blessing, and attendees said Rubio seemed to win that round.
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But those four - plus Jeb - will be invited to the Kochs' summer conference, the aide said. Bush is getting a second look because so many Koch supporters think he looks like a winner. Other candidates, perhaps Rick Perry or Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, may also get invitations.
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On Monday, David Koch seemed to indicate support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but then released a statement insisting he wasn't endorsing anyone. Yet. Instead, the plan, according to Politico's Mike Allen, is to wait until the primary heats up, candidates have a chance to have their "oops" moments in the debates, and polling starts to show which candidates might have a real chance-especially with a couple more billionaires behind them, billionaires planning to direct hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2016 election cycle.
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The invitation to Jeb Bush could be another indication that, while the far-right faithful of Iowa aren't (yet) excited about him, his behind-the-scenes strategy of appealing to influential conservatives may be working to line up the kind of high-level support that will ultimately help him win over their followers. But he's definitely not getting a Koch endorsement without dancing for it.
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Re-post of an OBG (Gaining control of the masses)


Re-post of an OBG (The forfeiture of rights)


Re-post of an OBG (GOP confused on who actually hates America)


Re-post of an OBG (The GOP is recruiting closeted homosexuals)


Love vs. religion


The Bible - it's a conflicted story.


Jesus executes his plan.


If only we could educate people.


God's methoids were pretty primative


Today's CRIMINAL shooting report - ready for gun controls yet?


Oooh - haven 't seen one of these in quite a while...




Had enough of the shootings already? Gun control.


Gun control requested - today's posting of news on accidental shootings