McDonalds workers in 3 states file lawsuits over pay practices allege wage

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 11:53 am MDT A McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich is photographed at a McDonald’s restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed.The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees come amid growing attention on the country’s wealth disparities. While the type of violations outlined in the suits aren’t specific to McDonald’s, lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader.Taken together, the suits seeking class action status could affect roughly 30,000 workers, lawyers said during a conference call arranged by organizers of the recent fast-food protests. They seek back pay and other damages.The announcement of the suits came on the same day that President Obama directed the Labor Department to devise new rules that would expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. The White House, Democratic lawmakers and labour organizers have also been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which translates to roughly $21,000 a year for full-time work. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., said in a statement that it is investigating the allegations and will take any necessary actions.“McDonald’s and our independent owner-operators share a concern and commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald’s restaurants,” the company said.The lawsuits detail a range of violations, including the use of company software that monitors the ratio of labour costs as a percentage of revenue. When that ratio climbs above a target, attorneys in Michigan said workers were forced to wait around before they could clock in. Workers in the state also were forced to pay for their own uniforms, which lawyers said reduced their already low wages.In California, the violations cited included altered pay records and the denial of rest breaks. In New York, lawyers said McDonald’s failed to reimburse workers for the cleaning of their uniforms in violation of state law.The lawsuits target both franchise- and company-owned restaurants. McDonald’s Corp. is named in all the suits, along with franchisees in some, because lawyers say the company exerts control over staffing at all its locations.“There are a number of ways the two seem to work together,” said Joseph Sellers, one of the attorneys representing workers.The vast majority of the more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. are owned by franchisees.The workers named in the suits were referred to attorneys by the organizers of the recent fast-food protests that called for pay of $15 an hour. The Service Employees International Union has been providing financial and organizational support to that campaign, which has gained national media attention over the past year or so.A representative for BerlinRosen, the public relations agency co-ordinating media efforts for both the fast-food protests and the lawsuits, said the timing of the announcement on the same day as Obama’s overtime proposals was coincidental.One of the suits was filed in New York, two were filed in Michigan and three were filed in California. An amendment to an existing lawsuit in California was expected to be filed Thursday.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi McDonald’s workers in 3 states file lawsuits over pay practices, allege ‘wage theft’ read more

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Rock at Brock 40 years ago

A photo from Brock Press, circa 1970, of the audience at Festival ’70John Culp remembers the hot sun on his back, and the blare of rock music, and watching the crowd fill in, little by little, until there was no space left on the grass around him.Photo: Brock Press, 1970These are the memories he carries with him of one of the greatest Brock concerts of all time — the Guess Who on Sept. 20, 1970.The audiovisual technician in Information Technology Services was one of the estimated 7,000 people who crowded onto Brock’s football field 40 years ago for Festival ’70. It was a nine-hour concert that included Mashmakhan, Leigh Ashford, J. R. Flood, Papa Grey and more. It happened in the midst of music festival fever in North America — one year after Woodstock and one month after Mosport Park’s Strawberry Fields festival. The Guess Who had just released its hit “American Woman” as a hotly debated war raged in Vietnam.Culp was 18 at the time and remembers it being hot and sunny, and the audience “just kept filling in” until there was little room to move.Seeing Guess Who front man Burton Cummings sing the new song “American Woman” in that politically charged time was striking, said Culp.Photo: Brock Press, 1970That night, as he walked home to his parents’ house in west St. Catharines, the music emitted from the towers of Marshall speakers followed him.“I walked home and crossed the train bridge, and all the way home I could still hear the music,” he said.While more than 100 police officers patrolled Festival ‘70, only minor offences were reported.“For something that almost literally got ‘copped out’ of existence, yesterday’s rock Festival ’70 came off as a quiet success,” the St. Catharines Standard said in its Sept. 21, 1970 edition.In an editorial, the Standard said the festival “served notice that there is nothing inherently evil about so-called rock festivals.”Photographer Denis Cahill was in his early twenties at the time and photographed the event for the St. Catharines Standard. His photos are now part of the Standard Collection at the St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum.“It was the year after Woodstock and everybody came out to the party that warm September Sunday,” Cahill said. “The huge speakers on either side of the stage were to be avoided at all costs unless you wanted to burst an eardrum.”The concert was held by the Brock University Students’ Union. Financial statements printed in the Brock Press show The Guess Who as the highest paid band at $7,500, and J. R. Flood earned the least at $120. Other expenses included a hospital tent ($50.24), drinks and donuts for the stage crew ($20) and $30 worth of Australian brandy for the musical talent. read more

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EHF CL TOP 5 GOALS Round 1 Pure magic by Simonet and

Diego Simonethandball goalsTimur Dibirov The VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018 began with some good matches and brilliant goals like scored by Montpellier Handball playmaker, Argentinian Diego Simonet and Russian left wing from RK Vardar Skopje, Timur Dibirov.Enjoy the TOP 5 goals of the Round 1 in opinion of EHF TV. ← Previous Story RK PPD Zagreb: Domagoj Pavlovic to miss next two months Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5 saves: Klemen Ferlin RK Gorenje’s hero!

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