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A New Dawn for Labor Day (BeyondChron)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Annette Bernhardt considers the importance and significance of the August 29 fast food strikes. The growth of these strikes and other labor organizing shows a new hunger for worker representation on the job.
Economic Justice to the Fore (ACSblog)
Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network Senior Fellow for Equal Justice Erik Lampmann reflects on the March on Washington. He’s particularly excited by the energy that youth movements like Dream Defenders and the Black Youth Project bring to the modern fight for civil rights.
National Fast Food Strike Hits Dozens of Cities (MSNBC)
Ned Resnikoff reports on the importance of the fast food strikes’ growth into Southern cities. He quotes Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren, who says that the involvement of Southern workers is proof that this movement is truly national now.
Feminism’s Sticky Fast-Food Floor (The Daily Beast)
Sally Kohn thinks that as great as it is that some women are breaking through the glass ceiling, feminists can’t forget about the women stuck in low-wage jobs. Leaning in against economic inequality helps far more women then leaning in on Wall Street.
Why I’m on Strike Today: I Can’t Support Myself on $7.85 at Burger King (The Guardian)
Willietta Dukes writes that in her fifteen years of working in fast food, she’s never missed a shift or arrived late, until yesterday’s strike. Between low wages, limited hours, and erratic scheduling, she can’t pay for basic necessities – like her mortgage.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch says that technology isn’t eliminating more “abstract” intellectual jobs, but it is keeping people in low-wage low-skill work. That makes labor organizing essential to ensure those jobs retain dignity and fair pay.
Looking for something to read or watch this Labor Day weekend? The Roosevelt Institute staff and Fellows provide their suggestions for books, films, poems, and more with a compelling take on labor issues. Enjoy the holiday weekend!