Life as a Service Worker in New York City

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WORKING RIFFS (via City Limits) Jobs in New York City aren’t all in Silicon Alley. The people who make the city’s service economy run put up with pests, stress, lost toes and modest wages, all in a day’s work. Six of them tell their stories. Newsstand Clerk Salary: Less than $13,000…

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Fast Food Giants Gorge on Subsidies

Fast Food CEOs Rake in Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay

The fast food industry is notorious for handing out lean paychecks to their burger flippers and fat ones to their CEOs. What’s less well-known is that taxpayers are actually subsidizing fast food incomes at both the bottom — and top — of the industry. Take, for example, Yum Brands, which operates the Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut chains. Wages for the corporation’s nearly 380,000 U.S. workers are so low that many of them have to turn to taxpayer-funded anti-poverty programs just to get by. The National Employment Law Project estimates that Yum Brands’ workers draw nearly $650 million in Medicaid and […]

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