Restaurant CEOs now make 721 times as much as the minimum-wage workers who comprise most of their workforce. That’s up from 609 times as much in 2006. And this is the normal minimum wage — in restaurants where workers depend on tips to survive, the minimum is much less and has remained so for decades. So … do these CEOs deserve that much more?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-number-721-and-what-it-means-to-restaurant-ceos
McD’s just announced a makeover for Ronald McDonald. But as some brand experts have stated, the move seems “desperate.” Perhaps it’s an attempt to deflect the attention it’s getting for things like you see in this short clip? Clue: It’s not working, Ronald!
Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-1-most-hated-company-in-america-is-about-to-get-some-more-grief
Enjoy your Labor Day BBQs and back-to-school shopping sales and just be glad you aren’t a child working 11-hour days, seven days a week in a New Jersey silk mill in 1835. That sounds miserable.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/do-you-remember-why-labor-day-is-called-labor-day
All of the fluff that gets passed off as news about “those people” taking our jobs melts away like so much ice cream when you start to pass around stuff like this. Yummy!
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Something very basic needs to change before we can start to see real improvements to our economy. It’s a no-brainer, it’s long overdue, and it will bring millions of people out of poverty.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/heres-a-simple-idea-that-will-make-a-huge-difference-in-the-lives-of-millions-will-anybody-listen
As momentum grows and people begin to realize the raw deal they’re getting every day they head off to work, I see the beginnings of a movement that is likely to grow much bigger. Here’s how far the fast food strikes have spread in less than one year. Word.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-happens-when-a-really-powerful-idea-takes-off-fast-food-strikes-go-viral
There have been several incidents just this year of factory fires and building collapses in countries where almost all clothing is made for companies like Gap and Walmart. The big secret? These companies don’t want to sign an agreement — one that has already been signed by many other companies like them — to establish basics on fire and safety standards.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/why-that-new-shirt-from-gap-is-unbelievably-priceless
You can’t “buy local” for some things — rice, coffee, and more — so here’s a great alternative that ships nonperishable goods to you every three months. These ethically sourced items help sustain jobs in the countries where they’re produced. And we get to avoid big-box stores that generally don’t pay attention to such details. Win-win-win, right?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/psst-wanna-buy-some-stuff-right-from-the-people-who-make-it-6
This is an amazingly fun and clever video that underscores the idea that if we work together, we can get what we need on the job. Oh, and pasty old white men shouldn’t be dancing in these kinds of clothes. Ever.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-the-boss-said-dance-for-your-day-off-he-didnt-expect-to-be-handed-his-lunch-5
Some professions that have been traditionally male (and white male, at that) are changing right in front of us. Here’s a woman who loves what she does every day as a Massachusetts ironworker.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/just-a-reminder-that-theres-no-such-thing-as-mens-work-and-womens-work-5