October 30, 2013 |
Craving a burger off a fast-food dollar menu? Chances are that it now costs more than a buck. Customers are still reeling from McDonald's move last week to update its Dollar Menu, which for more than a decade offered burgers, fries and other items for less than a dollar apiece. The menu accounts for as much as 14% of the chain's overall U.S. sales. But soon, the list will morph into what's being called the Dollar Menu & More, which mixes the standard $1 items in with $2 goods and $5 shareable family meals designed to, as McDonald's puts it, "fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences.
October 15, 2013 |
More than half of families of fast food workers receive some sort of public assistance, costing the nation $7 billion a year, according to a new report distributed by a group that has been pushing for union representation and higher wages for fast food workers. Fast food workers earn an average of $8.69 an hour, and often work fewer than 40 hours a week, qualifying them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits, according to the report, written by economists at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
September 26, 2013
Re "Burger King launches low-fat French fries," Sept. 25 Burger King's new Satisfries won't reduce waistlines. These lower-calorie fries are part of a marketing ploy to convince Americans that fast food can be healthy. Burger King benefits from Americans being obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of adults and 17% of children in America are obese. As a nursing student, I see the long-term effects of obesity on a regular basis. These are serious problems that can only be helped with major lifestyle changes to lower weight and improve overall health.
September 12, 2013
Re "Getting worked up over low wage," Column One, Sept. 10 Thank you for reminding readers that fast-food workers are pitifully underpaid. KFC employee and union activist Naquasia LeGrand's story is inspirational. Her struggle for fairness is the struggle of many hardworking people who are not getting a fair deal. I am sure there are millions like me who think nothing of popping into a fast-food restaurant for a quick, cheap meal. It's good to be reminded of one of the reasons the meal is so cheap: The workers are paid so little.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 |
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had thousands of union activists on their feet, applauding his utopian ideal. "People who work deserve to make enough to live and enjoy the good life," Trumka told the crowd in his speech Monday at the labor federation's convention in Los Angeles. We ought to value work, not wealth, he said. "No matter what your education level, you should have the opportunity to grow and retire comfortably. " His speech offered an inspiring vision of shared prosperity.
September 6, 2013
Re "Stepping up from flipping burgers," Editorial, Sept. 2 I thank fast-food workers for raising an important issue. Wages have been stagnant for too long. But there are many other jobs that require more training and responsibility that are underpaid. Here are some examples I found in L.A. County alone: An entry-level cardiac electrodiagnostic technician earns about $13.70 an hour, and an entry-level mental health advocate makes about $12 an hour. Granted, these people get benefits, but that doesn't necessarily translate into good take-home pay that covers the rent or buys food.