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We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jesse Kudler (Philadelphia)

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Julie Blust (Wilmington)

215-713-6777, JBlust@seiu32bj.org

Laura Brandon (National)

202-641-8477, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com

We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest
Prayer and speak-out in Philadelphia and “Ronald McDonald” to face “arrest” in Wilmington as outrage grows over new poll shows stealing from employees

Philadelphia and Wilmington – Fast-food workers and faith leader Pastor Larry Patrick will protest Thursday in Philadelphia against systemic and illegal wage theft in the industry—just days after the first-ever national poll of fast-food workers showed companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees.  Workers will share their stories of wage theft and struggles trying to get by on low wages, and the pastor will offer a prayer in support of fast food workers.

The action comes as two former McDonald’s managers speak out for the first time about how they were forced to steal from workers’ checks. In a video made public Tuesday, the managers talk about how they shaved time off of workers schedules, among other practices, so they wouldn’t “blow labor,” or spend more than they were supposed to, on workers.

Last month, class-action lawsuits filed in California, Michigan and New York alleged McDonald’s is systematically robbing employees by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other practices. The suits demand McDonald’s, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers’ pay.

Philadelphia fast food workers have recently joined the national movement for $15/hr and the right to form a union, kicking off their campaign on March 18 with a march and rally.

In Wilmington, DE at 1pm, fast food workers and community leaders will hold a protest against wage theft in front of the McDonald’s in downtown Wilmington culminating in the mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald.”

Concern over fast food low wages and wage theft has reached a fever pitch in Delaware. Last week, New Castle County Council passed a resolution in support of local fast food workers who are organizing for better wages and a union.

Philadelphia:

WHO:

Fast-food workers, including victims of wage theft; Pastor Larry Patrick of Redeemer Church

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 4:30pm

WHERE:

McDonald’s, Broad and Allegheny

VISUAL:

Fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

Wilmington:

WHO:

Fast-food workers; Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker; Reverend Donald Morton; Darlene Battle from Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement; Jenna Fenstermacher of the Delaware Chapter of Americans for Democratic action; Councilman Michael Brown; Sam Lathem, DE AFL-CIO President

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 1:00pm

WHERE:

In front of McDonald’s, 700 W 4th St, Wilmington, DE 19801

VISUAL:

Mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald, fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

 

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

 

DE Fast Food Forward is a movement of DE fast food workers, and supporters from faith, labor and community groups, who are fighting to raise wages and gain rights at work. It is part of the national movement of low-wage workers fighting for a better future.

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PCAPS to launch education election campaign with rally and canvass

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ron Whitehorne

215-779-2672, ronw292@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 PCAPS to launch education election campaign with rally and canvass
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and supporters will kick-off canvass to pledge 25,000 voters to support the education Pennsylvania’s children deserve

Saturday, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) will hold a rally to kick off an intensive seven-month campaign to make this year’s gubernatorial election a referendum on fully funded, quality schools for all children.   The coalition will announce a program to gather the signatures of 25,000 registered Philadelphia voters on a five-point pledge for candidates to fully support Philadelphia and PA education.  Saturday’s events will include a rally with State Sen. James Roebuck, Parents United Co-Founder Helen Gym, and student speakers.  Over 100 expected volunteers will then canvass Philadelphia voters.

Student speakers will represent Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Student Union, and Boat People SOS.  A parent from Action United will also address the crowd.  Following the rally, students from YUC and other PCAPS organizers will lead a canvass training session. 

Canvassers will then head into Philadelphia neighborhoods to begin gathering signatures on the education pledge.

The five-point education pledge asks voters to support candidates who:

1.       Support a fair funding formula that will distribute state dollars based on student needs and the local district’s ability to pay, not political fights.

2.       Provide more revenue for education and human services by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing natural gas production, and cancelling prison expansion.

3.       Hold charter schools accountable and give local districts the power to monitor them,

4.       Shut down the school to prison pipeline.  Replace harsh, zero-tolerance policies that criminalize students for minor offenses with restorative justice.

5.       Abolish the School Reform Commission and return our schools to local control.

 

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, students, canvassers, State Sen. James Roebuck, Parents United Co-founder Helen Gym, YUC, PSU, BPSOS

WHAT:

PCAPS canvass rally and kick-off

WHEN:

Saturday, March 29, 11am

WHERE:

Media Mobilizing Project, 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, speakers, pledge cards

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PCAPS is a coalition of students, parents, and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system. Members of the coalition include ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change.

http://www.wearepcaps.org

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PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability

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For Immediate Release

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and elected officials will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of Pennsylvania charter schools

Philadelphia, PA – Parents, activists, and elected officials will rally at City Hall Friday at noon in advance of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s 1pm hearing on Charter School accountability and oversight in Pennsylvania.  Ralliers will call for more oversight of Pennsylvania’s and Philadelphia’s charter schools and demand accountability for schools that spend public education dollars.  PCAPS will also release a report, “Restoring the Public Trust: Public Accountability for Pennsylvania Charter Schools,” that calls for commonsense regulation and oversight of PA charter schools to guarantee they are committed to properly educating students.

The report calls for curbs on profiteering and draining money from public schools, transparent and representative governance, rigorous oversight, and open access to a diverse student population.  The report also calls for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, supports for excellent and experienced teachers, an end to fights for facilities with public schools, and an end to the cyberschool boondoggle.  It offers specific steps and policies in services of these goals and the best features of charters.

Read the report: http://wearepcaps.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/pcaps_publictrust_hires.pdf

Speakers will include public and charter school parents, State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and a retired teacher and PFT member.  Speakers will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of charters to guarantee quality education with public money and that charters fulfil their mission to innovate and contribute to educational opportunities. Ralliers will also highlight the many allegations of fraud and abuse at Philadelphia charter schools.

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, , State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

WHAT:

Rally for charter school accountability and oversight

WHEN:

Friday, March 14, 2014, noon

WHERE:

Northeast corner of City Hall

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, graphics of charter school abuse

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PCAPS is a coalition of students, parents, and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system. Members of the coalition include ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change.

 

http://www.wearepcaps.org

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Thurs, 10:30am: Fight for Philly and airport worker to join state Sens. Leach and Stack to call for increase in state minimum wage

Advisory: Stack, Leach to Call for Wage Reform for Restaurant Workers

 

 

PHILADELPHIA –March 11, 2014 – -Against the backdrop of chain restaurants on Roosevelt Boulevard, state Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Stack will hold a news conference Thursday to call for sweeping changes in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage laws, including adjusting the current minimum wage for inflation, and elimination of the dated and abused second-tier rate for workers who accept tips. Philadelphia International Airport wheelchair attendant John Stewart will be a featured speaking, talking about the difficulty of surviving on $5.25/hr plus tips. 

The senators will be joined by local restaurant employees, worker advocates and labor leaders.

 

Minimum Wage News Conference

Thursday, March 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Roosevelt Boulevard and Goodnaw Sts.

Philadelphia, PA 19115

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PCAPS to protest Bill Green’s first SRC meeting

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to protest Bill Green’s first SRC meeting
Protesters will call for Green to listen to community, not corporate-backed “reformers”

Philadelphia, PA –Parents, teachers, students, and activists with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) will rally on Thursday at the first School Reform Commission meeting since Bill Green was confirmed as chair.  Protesters will demand that Green heed community calls for full education funding, a fair contract for teachers, and real oversight of charter school growth.

Rather than fighting for more funding, restoring programs, or pushing for local control of schools, Bill Green announced this week that his first priority for schools is weakening teacher protections by changing their contract.  Green wants to pick a fight with educators rather than ally with them.

Green was nominated by Gov. Corbett and confirmed by the state Senate as SRC chair with no testimony from parents, teachers, or students.

Protesters will chant, hold signs, and turn their backs on Green to demand he listen to parents, teachers, and students.

Previous PCAPS statement on Bill Green’s appointment:
“Our biggest priority is to support neighborhood public schools and to make sure our schools get the resources they need from Harrisburg. We don’t think appointing Bill Green to head the SRC is a step in the right direction. Bill Green has a history of supporting vouchers and charter schools, which divert resources from our neighborhood schools. Ultimately, our goal is to replace the SRC, which has been flawed from the beginning and has plunged the district into debt and dysfunction, with local control. Our message to Bill Green: Don’t give up your day job.”

 

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, students

WHAT:

PCAPS and parents tell Bill Green where we stand!

WHEN:

Thursday, February 20, 4:30pm

WHERE:

School District Headquarters,  440 N. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

 

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PCAPS is a coalition of students, parents, and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system. Members of the coalition include ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change.

 

http://www.wearepcaps.org

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Activists to rally at Rep. Kampf’s office to protest education cuts, attack on working families

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Activists to rally at Rep. Kampf’s office to protest education cuts, attack on working families

Families will urge a vote against HB 1507, which makes it harder for PA workers to fight for their rights

Philadelphia, PA – Dozens of activists will rally Thursday outside the office of Rep. Warren Kampf, urging him not to support the toxic HB 1507, which outlaws public workers like nurses and teachers from having their union dues and political contributions automatically deducted from their pay, even though it costs almost nothing and has been done for years.  HB 1507 is the beginning of a broader attack on working families in the state, supported by money from outside billionaires like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like ALEC.  It is part of Gov. Corbett’s attack on families, which includes massive cuts to education.

At a time when schools across the state lack proper funding, healthcare access is being denied to thousands of people, and our state desperately needs more good jobs, legislators are seriously considering making things even harder for working people.  HB 1507 is a politically-motivated attack on the very people that fight for the middle class across the state.

Activists will rally outside Representative Kampf’s office with signs, banners, and chants. 


WHO:

Working families, union members

WHAT:

Rally to tell Rep. Kampf not to support HB1507

WHEN:

Thursday, February 20, 11am

WHERE:

Office of Representative Warren Kampf, 42 East Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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Fight for Philly to rally at Toomey’s office in support of minimum wage increase

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to rally at Toomey’s office in support of minimum wage increase
Protesters will call for Toomey to support plan to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10 as part of national week of action

Philadelphia, PA – Thursday afternoon, a group of Fight for Philly protesters will rally, chant, and carry signs to demand Sen. Pat Toomey join the majority of Americans in supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) have introduced bills to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and provide automatic annual increases indexed to inflation.

The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009. It’s stuck at $7.25, which amounts to only $15,080 a year – far below the federal poverty line for a family of four. Meanwhile, CEO pay has risen 725% over the last 30 years, and 80% of all real income growth has gone to the richest 1 percent of Americans. If the federal minimum wage had kept up with inflation since 1968, the current minimum wage would actually be $10.71.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today, 73% of the public favors raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, including 53% of of Republicans.  The Economic Policy Institute has found that “an increase to $10.10 would either directly or indirectly raise the wages of 27.8 million workers, who would receive about $35 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period.  GDP would grow by about $22 billion, resulting in the creation of roughly 85,000 net new jobs over that period.”

Protesters will chant, carry signs, and rally outside Sen. Toomey’s Philadelphia office to demand he support raising the federal minimum wage for the good of his state, workers, and the national economy.

WHO:

Fight for Philly, minimum wage workers

WHAT:

Demand Sen. Toomey support a minimum wage increase

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 19, 2:30pm

WHERE:

Sen. Toomey’s Philadelphia office, 1628 JFK Blvd.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

 

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

 

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Fight for Philly to Protest Corbett budget in Harrisburg at Annual Address

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to protest Corbett budget in Harrisburg at annual address
Dozens of protesters will leave at 8am to demand budget that works for the people and full and fair funding for education

Philadelphia, PA – Seventy-five Fight for Philly members will board buses and travel to Harrisburg Tuesday for Gov. Corbett’s annual budget address.  They will join hundreds of other activists, parents, students, union members, and others to protest the governor’s record of putting corporations before people and cutting vital programs for health and education.

Corbett cut nearly $1 billion from education when he first took office.  $272 million has been cut from Philadelphia schools.  His new budget is rumored to return $100-200 million to his state education budget, but this represents only a drop in the bucket and does little to fully restore education funding and provide fully-resourced schools.  It has also been reported that none of this money will go to basic education.  Protesters will demand full, fair funding for education.

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found 62% of registered voters think the state is “off on the wrong track,” and only 23% believe Governor Tom Corbett “has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election.”

Corbett has hired a former speechwriter for George W. Bush to help with his budget address, betraying his desperation to get re-elected.  Last month, Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance at Central High School last-minute after hundreds of protesters showed up to rally against his education policies.

Protesters will rally at the Capitol and tell their stories of suffering under Corbett’s cuts and previous budgets.  They will chant, hold signs, and join others in demanding Corbett work for the people, not big corporations.

WHO:

Fight for Philly, parents, unemployed workers, union members

WHAT:

Protest Gov. Corbett’s budget

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 4, leaving at 8am

WHERE:

Fight for Philly office, 846 N. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd boarding buses, signs


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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

 

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Fight for Philly to Protest Corbett One Day Before Budget Address

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For Immediate Release

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to protest Corbett one day before budget address
Protesters will demand full funding for education in advance of heading to the Capitol tomorrow 

Philadelphia, PA – One day before the governor’s annual budget address, Fight for Philly members will brave the cold and snow to rally at the governor’s Philadelphia office to protest his budget priorities and failure to fund education adequately. 

Corbett cut nearly $1 billion from education when he first took office.  $272 million has been cut from Philadelphia schools.  His new budget is rumored to return $100-200 million to his state education budget, but this represents only a drop in the bucket and does little to fully restore education funding and provide fully-supplied schools.  Protesters will demand full, fair funding for education.

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found 62% of  registered voters think the state is “off on the wrong track, and only 23% believe Governor Tom Corbett “has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election.”

Last month, Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance at Central High School last-minute after hundreds of protesters showed up to rally against his education policies.

Protesters will rally, chant, hold signs, and give speeches demanding the governor’s budget work for the people, not big corporate interests.  They will also talk about their plans to head to Harrisburg tomorrow to protest the governor at the Capitol as he gives his budget address.

 

WHO:

Fight for Philly, parents

WHAT:

Protest Gov. Corbett’s budget

WHEN:

Monday, February 3, noon

WHERE:

Outside Gov. Corbett’s Philadelphia office,  the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Fight for Philly to travel to West Chester to protest attack on working families

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Fight for Philly to travel to West Chester to protest attack on working families
Activists will urge a vote against HB 1507, which makes it harder for PA workers to fight for their rights

Philadelphia, PA – Dozens of Fight for Philly activists will travel to West Chester, PA Thursday to urge Rep. Dan Truitt not to support the toxic HB 1507, which outlaws public workers like nurses and teachers from having their union dues and political contributions automatically deducted from their pay, even though it costs almost nothing and has been done for years.  HB 1507 is the beginning of a broader attack on working families in the state, supported by money from outside billionaires like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like ALEC.

At a time when schools across the state lack proper funding, healthcare access is being denied to thousands of people, and our state desperately needs more good jobs, legislators are seriously considering making things even harder for working people.  HB 1507 is a politically-motivated attack on the very people that fight for the middle class across the state.

Activists will leave the Fight for Philly office at 2pm to travel to Rep. Truitt’s office in West Chester.  They will rally there to call attention to this hurtful bill and urge its defeat.

WHO: Fight for Philly, working families
WHAT: Trip to West Chester to tell Rep. Truitt not to support HB1507
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, leaving at 2pm
WHERE: Fight for Philly, 846 N. Broad St.
VISUAL: Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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