Ken Jacobs

Berkeley Economists Examine the Real Cost of Minimum Wage Increases

Organized labor may be on life support, but fast food workers have kept it from flatlining. The labor battle has been taken to the lowest common denominator—the minimum wage—and it’s there that it’s finally regaining some traction. Strikes organized by the ad hoc organization Fast Food Forward and funded by the Service Employees International Union have galvanized near-moribund unionists, garnered front page coverage in the big metro newspapers, even generated a lengthy thumbsucker in The New Yorker.

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