McDonald’s icon busted for wage theft

first_imgWW photo: Anne PrudenNew York — A large group of fast-food workers and their supporters held a flash protest on March 18 in a midtown Manhattan McDonald’s and shut it down. Workers joined members of the community and immigrant rights activists to fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and union rights for fast-food workers.As they went in, the protesters shouted: “We came, we saw! What you did is against the law!” — referring to McDonald’s withholding overtime pay. It soon was impossible to sit down or order anything. The bosses quickly panicked and began shutting down the lines to the counters, and then demanded that everyone leave — saying that McDonald’s was closed.“Ronald McDonald” — it looked like him — appeared. As the protesters were being kicked out of the store, they handcuffed and “arrested” him. The number of media reporters and police quickly grew. The group’s chants against the bosses grew louder: “Every nickel, every dime! We deserve that overtime!”A handcuffed Ronald McDonald looked down at his shoes in front of the store as media representatives covered the damning testimony being given by the mostly Black and Latino/a fast-food workers. The workers exposed the company’s wage theft — extra exploitation stemming from no overtime pay, altered pay records, and denial of meal and rest breaks.The workers are also fighting to be reimbursed for the cost of cleaning their uniforms — which is the bosses’ responsibility, according to both state and federal law in New York.Public Advocate Letitia James came to witness the sidewalk hearing for Ronald McDonald and to speak of her plan to push the city government to create an anonymous wage-theft hotline. Her action came a day after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the owner of seven Manhattan McDonald’s will have to pay 1,600 cheated workers nearly $500,000.At least seven newspapers and several television stations covered Ronald McDonald’s guilty verdict. More working-class people are determined to stop racist superexploitation. This victory will inspire more marching and fighting for workers’ rights.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Aqueous Shares Full-Show, Pro-Shot Video From Stanley Hotel Performance [Watch]

first_imgAqueous has shared the pro-shot, full-show video from their recent performance at Estes Park, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel back on February 16th. The performance that evening was the second of five Colorado shows (and seventh show overall) as part of the rock quartet’s ongoing winter tour alongside BIG Something.Related: Aqueous’s Mike Gantzer Recaps 2018 Highlights, Prepares For All-Improv SetThe night’s performance began with the band grooving into “Weight of the Word”, an original tune off their 2018 Color Wheel LP. The opening song of the night heard Dave Loss hammering away on his keyboard while Mike Gantzer eased into the tune on guitar before starting into the vocals. The set continued with a funk-filled “Origami” followed by “The Median”, showcasing some excellent guitar work from both Loss and Gantzer on the latter. The band then went into “Random Company”, a hard-hitting but spacey tune from their 2016 Best In Show EP, which continued right into a cover of Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” with Loss on vocals. To add to the band’s rendition of the Gorillaz hit, the Aqueous fellas welcomed BIG Something’s Nick MacDaniels to the stage to perform the song’s rap verse in fine fashion before returning to “Random Company”.The show continued with a high-energy performance of “Aldehyde” before closing out with “Half In, Half Out”. Fans can watch the video below to relive that night’s entire performance in full.Aqueous – Stanley Hotel – 2/16/2019[Video: Aqueous]Aqueous continues their run of winter shows with the next performance scheduled for Friday, March 15th, at Anthology in Rochester, NY. The performance will see the band playing three full sets, including one comprised of complete group improvisation for the first time ever. Fans can head to the tour page on Aqueous’ website for tickets and info to upcoming shows.Setlist: Aqueous | Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO | 2/16/2019Set: Weight of the Word, Origami, The Median, Random Company > Clint Eastwood* (Gorillaz cover) > Random Company, Aldehyde, Half In, Half Out^* w/ Nick MacDaniels of Big Something on vocals^ “Enter Sandman” (Metallica) teaselast_img read more

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Don’t let coronavirus deliver a knockout blow to your strategic plan

first_imgBoxing legend Mike Tyson once famously said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Sound familiar for your community bank or credit union strategic plan?For most credit unions and community banks, this thought is extremely poignant when thinking about your strategic plan as it existed pre-coronavirus. More than likely, you had what you thought was a functional strategic plan that was serving your goals at some level until earlier this year when it took a vicious right uppercut from the coronavirus.So, there lies your community bank or credit union strategic plan, flat on the mat with the ref working into his ten-count. What are you going to do?Think like another great boxer (albeit from the world of fiction). Rocky Balboa remarked “… it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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