EPI | Wage Theft Epidemic

THEFT IS COSTING WORKERSHUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OFDOLLARS A YEARAn Epidemic of Wage Theft is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year

EPI | September 2014

"Millions of Americans struggle to get by on low wages, often without any benefits such as paid sick leave, a pension, or even health insurance. Their difficult lives are made immeasurably harder when they do the work they have been hired to do, but their employers refuse to pay, pay for some hours but not others, or fail to pay overtime premiums when employees’ hours exceed 40 in a week."
Popular Democracy | Why It Will Take $15 to Raise Chicago

Why It Will Take $15 to Raise ChicagoNo Half Measures: Why It Will Take $15 to Raise Chicago

Center for Popular Democracy | 2014

"In March 2014, 86 percent of Chicago voters supported a non-binding referendum to raise the minimum wage to $15 in Chicago. The City Council responded by introducing the Raise Chicago ordinance in May, which covers all employees working for businesses in Chicago with over four employees. Corporations (including their subsidiaries and franchises) with annual gross revenues over $50 million would be mandated to raise their wages first; small and medium-sized businesses would phase in the increases in subsequent years. "
HRA | Fast Food Worker Safety

HRA - KEY FINDINGS FROM A SURVEY ON FAST FOOD WORKER SAFETYKey Findings from a Survey on Fast Food Worker Safety

HRA | March 2015

"The vast majority of fast food workers have been injured on the job—most of them seriously and repeatedly. Burn injuries are especially prevalent. Fully 87% of fast food workers have suffered some type of injury in the past year, including 78% who suffered multiple injuries. Four in five (79%) fast food workers have been burned on the job within the past year. Fully 73% of these burn victims (or 58% of all fast food employees) suffered multiple burns in the past year. Frequency of Workplace Injuries among Fast Food "
Demos | Fast Food Failure

Demos - Fast Food FailureFast Food Failure: How CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity Undermines the Industry and the Overall Economy

Demos | April 2014

"The link between income inequality and economic instability has drawn renewed attention from economists, policy makers, global financial institutions, media, and investors...Yet the gap between the highest and lowest earners in the US economy continues to grow, with consequences for the economy and firm performance. New analysis of the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio across industries shows that Accommodation and Food Services is the most unequal sector in the economy, and that this extreme pay disparity is primarily driven by one of the sector’s component industries: fast food."
IPS | Taxpayers' Double Burden

IPS - Taxpayers' Double BurdenRestaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers' Double Burden

Institute For Policy Studies | April 2014

"This report calculates the cost of CEO pay subsidies at the 20 largest corporate members of the National Restaurant Association, a lobby group that is leading the charge to block minimum wage increases. Specifically, we calculate the cost of a loophole that allows corporations to deduct unlimited amounts from their income taxes for the cost of executive compensation — as long as the pay is in the form of stock options and other so-called “performance pay.” This loophole serves as a massive subsidy for excessive executive compensation."
NELP | Super Sizing Public Costs

NELP-Supersizing-Public-CostsSuper Sizing Public Costs: How Low Wages at Top Fast-Food Chains Leave Taxpayers Footing the Bill

National Employment Law Project | October 2013
"The overwhelming share of jobs in the fast-food industry pay low wages that force millions of workers to rely on public assistance in order to afford health care, food, and other basic necessities. This report focuses on the 10 largest fast-food companies in the united States and estimates the substantial costs that these highly profitable companies’ low-wage, no-benefits business model imposes on taxpayers."
UC Berkeley | Fast Food, Poverty Wages

UC Berkeley - Fast Food, Poverty WagesFast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost Of Low-wage Jobs In The Fast-food Industry

UC Berkley Labor Center | October 2013

"Low wages paid by employers in the fast-food industry create especially acute problems for the families of workers in this industry. Median pay for core front-line fast-food jobs is $8.69 an hour, with many jobs paying at or near the minimum wage. Benefits are also scarce for front-line fast-food workers; an estimated 87 percent do not receive health benefits through their employer. The combination of low wages and benefits, often coupled with part-time employment, means that many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer-funded safety net programs to make ends meet."

NELP | Going Nowhere Fast

NELP-Going-Nowhere-FastGoing Nowhere Fast:

Limited Occupational Mobility in the Fast Food Industry

National Employment Law Project | July 2013

"In response to growing criticism, industry spokespersons have defended low wages for front-line fast food workers by arguing that these jobs serve as stepping stones to higher-paying managerial positions, as well as to opportunities to eventually own and operate a fast food franchise.

These claims, however, are not supported by the facts. Managerial positions account for only a tiny fraction of jobs in the fast food industry, and opportunities for franchise ownership are even fewer."

Stand Up! Chicago | Fight For The Future

Stand-Up-Chicago-Fight-For-The-Future-ReportThe Case for Raising Wages to Save Lives

Stand Up! Chicago | February 2013

"The analysis in this report demonstrates clearly that high levels of poverty and income inequality are strongly correlated with elevated levels of violence, and that raising wages for Chicago’s low- wage workers, along with other targeted anti-poverty and employment programs, is the most effective means of achieving safer streets and stronger communities across the city."

Stand Up/CTU | Fight For the Future

The-Fight-For-the-FutureFight For the Future: How Low Wages Are Failing Children in Chicago's Schools

Stand Up! Chicago/Chicago Teachers Union | December 2012

"This report, produced in partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), draws upon current academic research in the field of education policy to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between low wages and educational attainment for students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Our research reveals that raising wages for low-income families in Chicago would lead to higher test scores, graduation rates and college admission rates for CPS students, and would have a direct positive impact on school performance as a whole. "

A Case for $15

A-Case-for-15-ReportA Case for $15

A Low Wage Work Crisis

December 2012

"Since the Great Recession, the disappearance of middle class jobs has accelerated, and the bulk of new jobs created have been low wage jobs. This report looks specifically at low wage workers in Chicago’s retail and restaurant industries, examining the impact of a wage increase on the workers, their families, their communities, the companies where they are employed, and economic recovery as a whole."