Hundreds of employees from stores such as McDonald’s Corp., Macy’s Inc. and Victoria’s Secret walked off the job Wednesday in Chicago for higher wages, three weeks after a similar strike by fast-food workers in New York.
Hundreds of fast-food employees in Detroit walked off the job on Friday, temporarily shuttering a handful of outlets as part of a growing U.S. worker movement that is demanding higher wages for flipping burgers and operating fryers.
TORONTO — Laid off retail workers, including more than 17,000 hit by Target’s decision to pull out of Canada, face grim job prospects as they dust off their resumes and start looking for work, according to labour experts.
“I suspect they are feeling some anger and some very genuine fear,” said Brock University labour expert Kendra Coulter, noting that many retail sector staff work only part-time hours.
“Many of them will not be eligible for employment insurance and are facing a very scary future.”
President Obama, the unions, and Democrats in general are attempting to force Wal-Mart to raise its minimum wage.
In Seattle, there is an absurd push by activists to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for fast food workers, retail clerks, baristas and other minimum wage workers.
June 13 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has in recent months been only hiring temporary workers at many of its U.S. stores, the first time the world's largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season.
NEW YORK — Fast-food workers staged strikes at McDonald’s and Burger Kings and demonstrated at other stores in sixty U.S. cities on Thursday in their latest action in a nearly year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.
The strikes spread quickly across the country and have shut down restaurants in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh and Seattle, according to organizers.
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) opponents warned it would happen, but now there's mounting proof that full-time employees are being replaced with part-timers, at least in the retail industry where Walmart is focused on keeping the majority of workers to part-time hours only. A new hiring policy uncovered by Reuters shows that nearly half of its stores are only hiring part-time employees, thus avoiding the mandate to provide health care or pay a fine. A Reuters survey of 52 stores run by the largest U.S. private employer in the past month, including one in every U.S.
(WASHINGTON) — Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. About half the jump reflected higher gas prices, but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent. The report Wednesday from the Commerce Department showed that Americans kept spending last month despite higher Social Security taxes that took effect this year. The retail sales report is the government’s first look each month at consumer spending, which drives about 70 percent of economic activity.