By Liz Ryan Murray for Other Worlds - Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest playground. You and your neighbors, I bet, would demand full compensation from that corporation to pay for the clean-up and public health costs. You’d have a strong case. What about corporations that pollute communities not with chemicals, but with poverty wages? The impact can be every bit as toxic, and yet companies that pay low wages get off scot-free. In fact, their CEOs usually get bonuses.
By Giovanna Vitale and Jack Temple for #FightFor15. Fast-food workers announced Friday that an unprecedented wave of strikes and actions calling for $15 and union rights will hit this primary season to hammer home to candidates that the nearly 64 million Americans paid less than $15 an hour are a voting bloc that cannot be ignored. Workers will also continue to collect signatures on their Fight for $15 Voter Agenda, a five-point platform that launched late last year and calls for $15 and union rights, affordable child care, quality long-term care, racial justice and immigration reform—issues identified by underpaid workers as key factors in whether they will go to the polls for a candidate.
A union-supported activist group known as the Hedge Clippers disrupted a hedge fund conference in Manhattan on Monday to call out financial investors they say support poverty wages. The Hedge Clippers describe themselves as "working to expose the mechanisms hedge funds and billionaires use to influence government and politics in order to expand their wealth, influence and power." Roughly 20 protesters entered the main room of the Active-Passive Investor Summit, where a panel on shareholder activists was taking place, and marched in front of the stage for about 20 minutes, chanting, "Hedge fund billionaires, pay your fair share!" "Bill Ackman, show me $15!" the protesters shouted, referring to the billionaire founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital, who was not present during the panel.