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February 5: Fighting for Low-Wage Workers

Beth Shulman, a vice-president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and chair of the National Employment Law Project, died at 60 on this date in 2010. Shulman was the author of The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans (2003) and a leading advocate for a new social contract […]

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OpEdge: Mr. Potato Head and Cannibal Capitalism

by Marc Jampole ABOUT EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago, Frito-Lay introduced a TV ad in which animated versions of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head eat potato chips, knowing full well that they are indulging in cannibalism but reveling in the sin. In the original spot, Mr. Potato Head gets home from work and can’t find his wife […]

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O My America: Coffee and a Donut

by Lawrence Bush The Aftermath. After three minutes of sitting and eating. A paper bag, a paper receipt, a paper napkin, a crumpled tissue paper, a plastic cup, a plastic cup cover, a plastic straw, a paper straw wrapper, all bound for the garbage can and, eventually, the ocean. Never again, my Beloved Planet. Never […]

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Automation and the Minimum Wage

The Future of Eating Out: Microwaved Frozen Food Served by Robots by Marc Jampole The dining experience of most Americans is beginning to resemble how the agricultural industry prefers to raise cattle and chickens: an impersonal, industrialized process. Unbeknownst to many, most of the food eaten in casual dining restaurants comes to the restaurant already […]

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Fast Food and the Minimum Wage

by Marc Jampole The Big Mac and Baconator aren’t as cheap as people think they are. In fact, every time someone bites into a burger or other fast food concoction, the federal government subsidizes the meal—and the profit made by the fast food company. That’s because more than one half of low-wage workers employed by […]

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June 10: Dough-Nut

William Rosenberg, an eighth-grade drop-out who founded Dunkin’ Donuts and helped to pioneer the franchise system of business ownership, was born on this date in 1916, the son of grocers in Dorchester, Boston. After working for a number of years in food distribution and sales (and, during World War II, for the Hingham Shipyard, where […]

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