Nancy Pelosi: I can remember, in the beginning, going to these huge congressional dinners, and there would be two tiny tables of women. Then as we started getting more numbers, the men were like, “What’s going on here?” And when I ran for leadership, it was worse. The men said, “Who said she could run?”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Did anybody actually say that?
Nancy Pelosi: Yeah, “Who said she can run?” They said to me: “Why don’t you just tell us the things you want changed, and we’ll do them.” I thought: I don’t think so!
More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by, according to a study released on Tuesday.
This ends up costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year, the study said.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and public benefit programs show 52 percent of fast-food cooks, cashiers and other “front-line” staff had relied on at least one form of public assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit program, between 2007 and 2011, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois said.
The Berkeley study was sponsored by the two universities and received funding from the pro-labor organization Fast Food Forward.
In a concurrent report which drew from some of the same data, the pro-labor National Employment Law Project found that the 10 largest fast-food companies in the United States cost taxpayers more than $3.8 billion each year in public assistance because the workers do not make enough to pay for basic necessities themselves.
"It doesn’t matter whether you work or shop at McDonald’s or not, the low-wage business model is expensive for everybody," said NELP policy analyst Jack Temple, who worked on the report. "Companies … are basically pushing off part of their costs on the taxpayers."
If you know people who don’t think fast food workers deserve a higher minimum wage, ask them how they feel about subsidizing fast food corporations (and Walmart, among many others) by paying taxes for these services that employers are refusing to provide.
Speaker Boehner wants to negotiate. Great. Here’s what each side is looking for.
Who exactly is being unreasonable here?