Both Terrance Wise and his fiancee each work two jobs. But the income from the four gigs is not enough for the 34-year-old Wise and his family to actually pay for their own home. And so Wise (pictured at right, at the microphone) considers himself "homeless" as his household floats between homes owned by friends... Read More »
By Emily Jane Fox
From Part-Time To Full-Time:
Krystal Maxi-Collins, 29, worked at the Macy's department store off and on for two years, and was frustrated that she wasn't made a full-time employee. Her pay wasn't enough to support her family of four, so she worked a second job. When she asked her manager for... Read More »
By Stephanie Sanders
A lot of people have been asking me why I went on strike. I have a simple answer: Because I'm not a teen anymore.
I work at McDonald's, and I hear a lot of people talk about how fast-food jobs are for teenagers. Well, I'm not a teenager. I'm 33 years old. And I work with a lot of people... Read More »
As a cook for Pizza Hut in Milwaukee, DeAngelo Coleman would never want to jeopardize his job. "I love the work I do," says the 28-year-old. But there he was, risking his $8-an-hour job on the picket line Wednesday as he protested along with some 200 other Milwaukee fast-food workers. The goal: To raise the... Read More »
If you want to understand why 400 fast food workers protested in Detroit on Friday, even though they risked being fired, just ask Jamal Harris. The 21-year-old Detroit man (pictured at right) works three jobs at three fast-food restaurants: Burger King, Long John Silver's and Checkers. Logging more than 80 hours... Read More »
What's it like to be a fast-food worker in America? The working conditions in the fast food industry have recently been under harsh criticism, thanks to workers' walkouts and protests in New York and most recently in Chicago on Wednesday. Workers are demanding a pay raise to $15 per hour, a significant increase... Read More »
It's hard to be cheery when you're earning minimum wage, but McDonald's is "pushing franchisees" to improve service after complaints about rude employees, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reports that McDonald's execs held a webcast with its franchise owners last month, and noted that more... Read More »
Early Thursday, Alterique Hall should have been inside a Midtown Manhattan McDonald's, making burgers. Instead, he stood outside chanting, "We can't survive on $7.25." A McDonald's server for three years, the 24-year-old Hall is participating in a city-wide strike of fast food workers. The chief demand: To raise... Read More »
In a stirring Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Leslie Patton tells the story of one McDonald's employee. His name is Tyree Johnson. The 44-year-old has worked at the fast food chain for two decades, yet still makes just $8.25 an hour, and doesn't get 40 hours a week of work. So Johnson has jobs at two Chicago... Read More »
While the Black Friday Walmart strike grabbed media attention this month, an army of full-time organizers labored quietly to launch another historic labor action. A lead organizer claimed that "hundreds" of fast food workers across New York City were walking off the job on Thursday, in what some experts called... Read More »
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -- A South Carolina county's deputies say a McDonald's employee spit in two customers' cups of iced tea after the drinks were returned because they weren't sweet enough.
Authorities say 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with malicious tampering with food. Read More »