When the Congressional Budget Office assessed the president’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 last year, it predicted 500,000 jobs could be lost. But a new study suggests that the fast-food industry could gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour without reducing their workforce or their profit. Continue reading
The largest fast-food employee protest is poised to happen across the nation today. Organizers, including fast-food workers from KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s and other convenience restaurants, are demanding a pay bump to $15 an hour and fervently pushing to unionize. Continue reading
Fast-food workers announced their intention Wednesday to launch an international strike across 33 countries for better working conditions and pay.
Over the past year, a small but growing chorus of fast food workers has pushed for "living wage" pay raises. A recent study found that more than 50 percent of fast food employees depend on public assistance. Kwame Holman reports on a recent national strike and examines why some experts argue against raising the minimum wage. Continue reading
In the age of pre-packaged food, author Michael Pollan says the most important thing about your diet is the act of actually cooking it. Jeffrey Brown talks to Pollan about his new book, "Cooked," which triumphs the gratification of home cooking and the importance of preserving it as a part of daily life. Continue reading
According to a new report from the CDC, Americans’ consumption of fast food has declined and kids are eating fewer calories, suggesting that efforts to fight fat may be working. Ray Suarez discusses the state of the obesity epidemic with Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat," and former CDC official Dr. William Dietz. Continue reading
A new study finds that obesity rates grew 37 percent from 1998 to 2008 and account for 10 percent of the nation’s health care spending. The author of the report speaks with Gwen Ifill about health concerns in the U.S. Continue reading