Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | A Public Affair
On Monday’s Labor Day edition of A Public Affair our host John Quinlan held a discussion about last week’s nationwide strike by fast food workers, and the issues underlying it. Quinlan’s guests included Patrick Hickey, director of the Madison-based Workers’ Rights Center, as well several different participants such as Megan Ford who was involved with the Dunkin’ Dounts demonstration, Jennifer Epps-Addison is the economic justice director with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Mike WIlder is the community coalition coordinator with Wisconsin Jobs Now.
Quinlan discussed with his guests the key issue that most of these strikes focus on and that’s minimum wage. The current $7.25 minimum wage that is paid to most fast food workers is not a living wage, but what actions should be taken to correct this inequity? Should we raise minimum wage? These were just a few of the various questions that were addressed on Monday’s show of APA.
See also http://www.waow.com/story/23295615/2013/08/29/fast-food-workers-protest-in-central-wisconsin and a Milwaukee angle http://bit.ly/19tkzqz and a LaCrosse-generated story about Madison http://bit.ly/171RXm1