Following on the heels of similar strikes in recent weeks in New York and Chicago, hundreds of St. Louis area fast food restaurant employees walked off the job May 9, which affected more than 30 area businesses including a number of fast food franchise businesses. The strikes spread to Detroit on May 10. These employees joined a growing wave of protests over wages and other terms and conditions of employment in what is one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. labor market. You may even remember similar actions by Wal-Mart employees on Black Friday in 2012. Although strikes are often associated with labor unions, the workers involved in these impromptu strikes are not unionized. Instead, the efforts are being supported by a coalition of organizations, including labor groups, nominally coined “alt-labor,” that are not legally unions. But this does not mean that their activities are not protected by U.S. labor laws, specifically the National Labor Relations Act … [Read more...] about Fast Food Restaurant Strikes Spread To St. Louis, Detroit
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In August 2013, employees at more than 1,000 fast-food restaurants in over 50 cities staged work stoppages. Employees took to the streets demanding a wage increase to at least 15 dollars an hour, twice the federal minimum wage. These protests were supported by organized labor as well as community groups such as Justice at Work, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to support and encourage organization of low-wage immigrant workers. Even though UNITE HERE has traditionally been seen as the main union representing food service workers, it was the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than two million workers in health care, janitorial and other industries, that provided financial support and training for local organizers across the country in preparation for the strikes.While the protesters represented a tiny fraction of the fast-food workforce and an even smaller fraction of the overall food service industry, various forces are at work … [Read more...] about Are Unions the Newest Item on the Menu? A Look at the Restaurant Unionization Movement
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The proverbial "second set of books" cat and mouse game with taxing authorities now reflects the fact that most point-of-sale, or POS, bookkeeping is done electronically. Michigan recently joined numerous other jurisdictions by enacting tax enforcement spawned legislation making the sale, purchase, installation, transfer or mere possession of any "zapper" software subject to a felony. Zappers are also known as automated sales suppression devices. Michigan's statute contains a mandatory minimum of one year incarceration and severe monetary sanctions. See MCLA § 750.411w. The statute defines a zapper as a software program, however accessed or possessed, that "falsifies the electronics records of electronic cash registers and other point-of-sale systems, including, but not limited to transaction data and transaction reports." MCLA § 750.411w(4)(a). In essence it creates a second set of books, albeit electronic. While the sole purpose of … [Read more...] about Michigan Zaps Zappers – Cash Business Owners Beware!
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday passed bills that would delay a minimum wage hike and scale back paid sick leave requirements, an unprecedented lame-duck strategy that was endorsed legally by the state's conservative attorney general despite criticism that it is unconstitutional.The fast-tracked legislation, which drew protesters to the Capitol, was pushed through on largely 60-48 and 26-12 party-line votes. Changes were made at the request of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who stayed mum on whether he will sign the measures despite Senate leaders saying they expect him to do so.To prevent minimum wage and paid sick time ballot initiatives from going to the electorate last month, after which they would have been much harder to change if voters had passed them, GOP legislators — at the behest of business groups — preemptively approved them in September so that they could alter them after the election with simple majority votes in each … [Read more...] about Michigan Legislature OKs gutting wage, paid sick time laws