In The USA, Tipping Is Not Optional. You Read That Right.

Restaurants have made it so that we are paying most of the salaries of their servers … via tips. So there’s that, but it doesn’t change the fact that the $2.13/hour minimum wage for tipped workers hasn’t been raised in 22 years. That’s obscene.

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Listen To These People Talk About Living On The Edge And Then Tell Me Why We Can't Change Things

Aren’t minimum-wage jobs usually transitional and mostly taken by teenagers? Not anymore. Single mothers, single fathers, married couples with kids, older folks who can’t find a job with their skill set … those are the folks working at these jobs nowadays. Here are some of their stories.

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How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?

Ever wonder how people manage to get by on minimum wage? Oftentimes, they don’t…

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Hey Broke People: This Statistic Will Piss You Off

In Roz-dreamland, there are fields of glorious, glittery, magical money for everyone struggling to hustle on minimum wage. It’s a bloody beautiful place.

But don’t just let this statistic piss you off. It’s a reminder that we have to keep fighting for economic fairness for those who deserve it.

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The Number 721 And What It Means To Restaurant CEOs

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?

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The #1 Most Hated Company In America Is About To Get Some More Grief

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!

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Do You Remember Why Labor Day Is Called Labor Day?

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.

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My 'English Only!' Father-In-Law Is Going To Hate Me For Finding This One

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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Here’s A Simple Idea That Will Make A Huge Difference In The Lives Of Millions. Will Anybody Listen?

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.

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What Happens When A Really Powerful Idea Takes Off: Some Companies Are Getting Nervous…

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.

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