How the National Restaurant Association Keeps Workers in Poverty

this is a must read if you are in the trenches, big long article by Steven Rosenfeld

http://www.alternet.org/labor/other-nra-how-insidiously-powerful-restaurant-lobby-makes-sure-fast-food-workers-get-poverty

“n June, the NRA  boasted that its lobbyists had stopped minimum wage increases in 27 out of 29 states in 2013. In Connecticut, which increased its state minimum wage, a raise in the base pay for tipped workers such as waitresses and bartenders vanished in the final bill. A similar scenario unfolded in New York State: It increased its minimum wage, but the NRA’s last-minute lobbying derailed raising the pre-tip wage at restaurants and bars. The deals came despite polls  showing 80 percent support for raising the minimum wage.

The NRA’s lobbying didn’t stop there. It also told members that it  blocked a dozen states this year from passing laws that would require earned paid sick leave, which is what  New York City and  Portland, Oregon adopted. Meanwhile, it boasted that six states, including Florida, passed NRA-backed laws that preemptively ban localities from granting earned and paid employee sick time.”

Steven Rosenfeld:

http://www.alternet.org/authors/steven-rosenfeld

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