On May 23, Fight for 15 is having its biggest action on McDonald’s ever, here in Chicago.
McD’s just doubled its CEO pay to $15 million & is spending hundreds of millions on a new HQ in the city. But it hasn’t changed how it treats its workers. They’re still struggling to survive, still sexually harassed, & still getting wages stolen.
McDonald’s way of doing business is holding EVERYONE back. it’s hurting us all. McDonald’s low wages cost taxpayers more than $1 billion a year, because more than half of us are forced to rely on public assistance to support our families.
We are marching because this not only worker’s issue, but this is an immigrant, racial, women, LGBTQ, and environmental issue. When we beat McDonald’s, we will all win. That’s why you need to join us: Tuesday, May 23, 4 PM at Daley Plaza, Washington & Dearborn in Chicago then onward to the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s at 600 N. Clark.
The Forgotten Story of the Radium Girls….
At Buzzfeed, Kate Moore writes:
With war declared, hundreds of working-class women flocked to the studio where they were employed to paint watches and military dials with the new element radium, which had been discovered by Marie Curie a little less than 20 years before. Dial painting was “the elite job for the poor working girls”; it paid more than three times the average factory job, and those lucky enough to land a position ranked in the top 5% of female workers nationally, giving the women financial freedom in a time of burgeoning female empowerment. Many of them were teenagers, with small hands perfect for the artistic work, and they spread the message of their new job’s appeal through their friend and family networks; often, whole sets of siblings worked alongside each other in the studio.
Radium’s luminosity was part of its allure, and the dial painters soon became known as the “ghost girls” — because by the time they finished their shifts, they themselves would glow in the dark. They made the most of the perk, wearing their good dresses to the plant so they’d shine in the dance halls at night, and even painting radium onto their teeth for a smile that would knock their suitors dead.