Tomorrow, April 15th, join fast food workers across the globe who will strike to stand up for a living wage and the right to form a union. They are asking for $15 an hour, which has already been passed as the future minimum wage in San Francisco and Seattle.
You can also find links to a plethora of articles related to the fight, such as a Washington Post article displacing 5 common myths about fast food workers. One of these myths is that "Employees can work their way up and eventually even own a franchise," when in fact a mere 2.2 percent of jobs in the fast-food industry are “managerial, professional, and technical occupations.”
This fight for income equality comes at an important time, when income disparity is growing larger and larger in the US.
As social economist Gar Alperovitz states, “The top 400 people in the United States…have more capital than the bottom 180 million taken together. It is not possible to have a democratic society if that continues—that's a medieval number. I mean that technically. I don't mean that rhetorically. Four hundred people have more wealth than the bottom 180 million taken together. Extraordinary and unusual.”
Hear more about how we can democratize wealth and take a stand for income equality from political economist Gar Alperovitz and social entrepreneur Ted Howard in the radio show below.