Fast-food restaurant employees protested in New York City on Thursday, demanding higher pay and the right to form a union - the latest attempt by lower-wage workers in the United States to increase their compensation.
The campaign, called “Fast Food Forward,” seeks to roughly double hourly pay to $15 an hour and is being billed as the largest attempt to unionize U.S. fast-food workers.
Leading the effort is New York Communities for Change, a group that has helped unionize low-wage carwash and grocery workers in New York.
Strikes were scheduled at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and Domino’s restaurants around the city throughout the day.
Scrubbing the bathroom got a whole new meaning in the Saudi Arabian Ikea catalog. The Swedish home and furnishings retailer faced criticism after reports surfaced that Ikea digitally erased women from pictures in the Saudi version of the catalog.
In one picture of a family in a bathroom, the mother standing at the sink with her son was removed. Even one of the retailer’s own designers, Clara Gausch, was erased from a photo featuring four of the brand’s designers.
US unemployment rate falls to 8.1% in August
U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1%, from 8.3%, but only because more people gave up looking for work, The Associated Press reports.
Photo: Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair in Los Angeles, California, on May 31, 2012. (David Mcnew / Reuters)
it’s going to be this crazy combo of news and social media, where the organization is constantly in communication with all of their readers, incredibly in-tune to their readership, creating commentary and allowing a space for readers to create commentary of their own. news itself is becoming interactive: everybody has the ability to make some; so create a newspaper where that’s what everyone does.
and people will just throw money at it I don’t know
Since Facebook’s IPO, many are wondering if the social media giant, an almost ubiquitous part of modern life, is as stable as it seems. Adding fuel to the fire after a not so stellar IPO, is the recent news of co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, cashing in on their shares. Moskovitz sold 450,000 shares to profit him a around $9 million, while Thiel sold 20 million shares for a total of $396 million. The social networking site’s stock value has slumped since it’s initial public offering last May. With the first big investor cashing out, is Facebook really going down?
Web analysts are saying: No.
Facebook, despite having problems at the stock market, remains to be challenged by a competitor which can deliver all of its services and then some. Unfortunately, no other social networking site can offer such an individualized and convenient service as Facebook, and competition like Google Plus haven’t really kept up. Twitter, the popular microblogging site, has merely complemented Zuckerberg’s invention. Facebook appeals to wide demographic which other social media platforms offer only as a specialty. If you want games, go to Friendster but Facebook has that too. If you want to market your business, there is Multiply but Facebook has Business Pages too.
Even those hard-pressed to create online accounts admit to Facebook’s maneuvering to becoming a crucial component of our communications lives. So despite the faltering Facebook stock value (which, most people only see as a minor hiccup), the site will continue having all of us liking and sharing posts, uploading our drunk photos, and ranting away at midnight.
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The City College of San Francisco, the largest college in California with 90,000 students, appears to be on the brink of closing. California’s Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges put it on probation and gave it just eight months to demonstrate why it should stay in business. Without accreditation, City College will be ineligible for public funding, which provides the bulk of revenues for the college’s $190 million annual budget.
» via Minding the Campus
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Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network’s initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network’s expected asking price is too high.
» via Yahoo! News
Ladies, gentlemen, and distinguished guests:
I present to you, the beginning of an end of an era.