All posts for the month July, 2013

McDonald’s can afford to pay its workers a living wage without sacrificing any of its low menu prices, according to a new study provided to The Huffington Post by a University of Kansas student.

Doubling the salaries and benefits of all McDonald’s employees — from workers earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to CEO Donald Thompson, whose 2012 compensation totaled $8.75 million — would cause the price of a Big Mac to increase just 68 cents, from $3.99 to $4.67, Arnobio Morelix told HuffPost. In addition, every item on the Dollar Menu would go up by 17 cents

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unemployment-imageA new Economic Policy Institute study reveals the harsh reality of the “over-hyped” and job-killing Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and warns of the further potential job loss the Trans-Pacific Partnership would inflict upon the American middle class.

Instead of increasing U.S. exports from “$10 billion to $11 billion” and supporting “70,000 American jobs from increased goods exports alone,” as the White house promised, U.S. domestic exports to South Korean fell $3.5 billion and 40,000 American jobs were lost in KORUS’s first year. While the KORUS deal has increased the already-massive U.S. trade deficit and slashed American jobs, imports from South Korea have jumped by $5.8 billion, a nearly 40 percent increase.

Estimates for 2013 suggest no reversal in the trend.


heatAs we dredge our way through the heat of the summer, we need to keep in mind that it is imperative that we stay hydrated and understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  These are very real and very dangerous conditions that can overcome workers who are subject to hot environments often found inside factories.  The most important aspect of working in such environments is your personal safety.  Drink plenty of water, consume salted nuts in order to increase electrolytes (or drink half water, half gatorade mix) and go to a cooler area such as an air-conditioned break room if you start feeling weak or light headed.  It also VERY important to inform your supervisor, union steward or safety committee member if you start feeling these conditions.

Working in the summer months can be uncomfortable and dangerous to those who may be sensitive to the hot environment.  DO NOT let it be life-threatening.  If you feel that management is not addressing your concerns with this issue, contact your union steward promptly!

166677_178791712155547_6623974_nThe Solidarity Effect is THE labor/talk radio show, hosted by IAM Local Lodge Communicator, Kevin Murch and broadcast from the studios of KNDS-LP 96.3FM in Fargo, ND, every Friday morning from 9am-12pm, Central Time!  Call in at 701-231-6703 and sound off on the subjects being discussed.  A fantastic way to let our voices be heard!


The IAM Midwest Territory will kick off the next raffle for the 2016 IAM Convention this week and it’s a dandy! John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, WI has agreed to let us raffle off a voucher worth $14,999 toward the purchase of a John Deere Gator / Utility Vehicle or Select Series / Signature Series Riding Lawn Equipment. The winner can use the voucher at a local John Deere dealer.