Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Free Newsweekly, Sept. 8, 2014 TOO MUCH ONLINE

McDonald’s. Wendy’s. Burger King. Taco Bell. Pizza Hut. KFC. Workers from them all took to the streets last Thursday — in over 150 U.S. cities — to protest the extravagantly unequal rewards of America's fast-food sector. In New York, workers sat down at rush-hour on Times Square. In L.A., protesters linked arms to block a McDonald’s. In Detroit, demonstrators shut down drive-thrus.

Fast-food industry execs, predictably, went apoplectic. National Council of Chain Restaurants chief Rob Green called the sit-ins an “irresponsible” move orchestrated by unions “desperate for new membership dues.” Union leaders, charged the International Franchise Association's Steve Caldeira, are exploiting fast-food workers “to enrich themselves.”

Executives in the fast food industry know a thing or two about exploitation for self-enrichment. Top restaurant industry CEOs averaged $10.9 million each in 2013, 721 times the take-home of a minimum-wage fast-food worker.

Seven years ago, these execs only averaged 609 times the minimum wage. More in this week’s Too Much on their greed — and their America. 

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