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>> fast food pay fight going global. >> raise the wage. >> we can survive on 7.25. >> next to nothing. >> calling on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage. >> mirrors 15 bucks an hour the group's working for fast food workers. >> businesses would love to help the most vulnerable members of society. >> relying on the taxpayers. >> their question is just, what's in it for them? >> we are fed up. >> shame on you. shame on you. >> ronald. >> barely enough to have food on my table. >> no union recognition. >> i fear for nothing because we have make a difference, we have to change. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks, thanks for watching. when was the last time you just got up and walked out of work?
you were upset, didn't like what was going on but wait a minute it's not just you. your colleague next to you and next cubical, down the hall. you got so upset with the way things are in the workplace you just kind of wanted to give the boss the finger and left. you wanted to make a statement because you care. and you're not really sure if you can go back in that building. a bunch of americans across this country today walked out of work, taking a chance, not sure if they're going to have a job tomorrow with no guarantees as to whether or not they're going to be retained. who knows, maybe the boss went home and is looking at videotape to see who's out there. he wasn't at work, he might have been playing golf or something, you know, weather's getting nicer around the country. i congratulate all of these workers for showing some real guts. you know, all of these polls saying nobody's energized for
the midterms, really? when i see what happened today i get kind of encouraged. in fact i wish the election was tomorrow. fast food workers from around the country basically said, we're really not loving it. they walked off the job for the third time this year. ever done that? they want a livable wage. they say, no, it's not 10.10 it's $15 an hour. they're saying look what the industry is doing. we're creating wealth. so far they haven't gotten any of the wealth and probably won't anytime soon. but they're gutsy enough to make a statement. they're the ones who pay attention and live the vulture chart. today marks the fourth strike. fast food workers around the country are, once again, striking and looking for a wage increase, making a statement, trying to get the country to wake up about what it's all about for them. we're going to throw numbers at you tone that i want you to
consume that i haven't seen anywhere. this time, the movement is growing. strikes or protests are taking place and it's not just tulsa. heck, it's 150 cities across the country, and 30 different countries around the world. think about that. a global workforce making a statement about income inequality, workers want $15 an hour, that's what they think is right. but wait a minute, they want the right to organize, you know that union stuff that's out there? employees from mcdonald's and burger king and wendy's and kfc, pizza hut, taco bell and dunkin' donuts and domino's, all walked off the job. that's organizing. earlier today workers around country had no problem voicing their concerns about their current wage that simply isn't cutting it. it's not enough money to be working for $8 an hour. that's why i'm here again, if i have to be twice, third time, five time, i'm going to be here.
>> it would change the fact that we're able to eat without asking for money from parents, families, friends, or looking for any kind of handouts whatsoever. it would cause us to be more independent in our daily lives. >> ma majority of the fast food workers have to -- doesn't just survive off of 7.25 they get paid. they have to apply for public assistance top be honest, taxpayers like myself and them, they are fitting the bill for tha own living. >> i want to start out my company but fast food, it's supposed to be a starter job but it like keeps you trapped here because you can't venture out and do other stuff because you're not making enough to save. >> wow! doesn't sound like a bunch of takers to me. they have dreams and goals and aspirations, that's what i heard the voices. and they have a real concern about making it. do they sound like takers to you? the average fast food worker in
the country makes $8.94 an hour. now, this comes out to roughly $18,000 a year. it's not a livable wage, by any stretch of the imagination. we all know where republicans stand on wage increase for americans in this country. >> i don't think it's the government's business to be setting minimum wage out there. >> i want people to make as much as they can. i don't think the minimum wage law works. >> minimum wage is government interfering between the relationship between the employer and employee and in the end -- >> you think there should be no minimum wage? >> i think what we should have done is left the minimum wage alone and just let it drift away. >> wow. so, we have republicans, don't you think they have to understand they are supporting government dependency, clearly this is an industry that could give an increase to these workers to get them off public assistance. a study from the university of berkeley show 52% is this good
government, this government takeover, government intrusion, or do you think this is fair that 52% of fast food workers rely on government assistance, the very assistance that the ryan budget wants to cut. they don't make sense, do they? study shows low wages for workers cost taxpayers $7 billion a year. that's a lot of month money. tax money that shouldn't have go where it's going because the people in the top of the industry are reaping benefits. a year for programs like medicaid and food stamps. $7 billion, that's where it goes to right? if you think this is fair, i think you're wrong head on the issue. it's completely unacceptable. taxpayers should not be footing the bill for corporate greed. and that's exactly what it is. we're not asking an industry that's struggling to help out workers to they can get off the government dole. basically what we're doing is saying, hey, life is pretty good
for you folks at top. don't you think you can give them a little bit more scratch so the rest of the taxpayers don't have to foot the bill for them so they can make it? 52% of these workers across this country rely on government assistance, does it sound good? if you're a republican it doesn't. fast food corporations are raking in big profits, and ceos are making massive salaries. let's break it down for you. first up, mcdonald's, mcdonald's made $5.6 billion in profit in 2013, point out that's net income. that would be after tax. their ceo took home a whopping $7.7 million. that's pretty good if you can get it. next up, wendy's. here we go. they made $45.5 million in profit, that too after tax. and the ceo of wendy's made $5. 5 million. must have been making hell out
of the hamburgers. domino's pizza raked in $143 million. holefully smokes, profit in 2013. ceo took home $10.5 million. finally, we have the yum foods brand, yum, yum yum. they own a number of chains, folks that could really do it, taco bell, kfc, pizza hut. the company brought in $1 billion in profit in 2013. oops, i screwed up. over $1 billion in net profit. yum ceo took home $22 million in salary. now, a study from demos research shows fast food ceos make 1,000 times more what a worker makes, that's 1,000-1 ratio and these guys have nerve to say they can't afford a wage increase? no, they can afford it. they're well resourced to defeat it because these are folks who
are against minimum wage. these are the republicans in the front office. give me a break on all of is this. it's shock, it's a disturbing example of greed and social injustice. corporations care about one thing and one thing only and that is a return to the shareholders which, i must say as a capitalist, is important. you can't eat pr. you've got have profit. but there has to be some social conscious somewhere amongst these corporations that clearly can afford to get these folks off government assistance. how many times have you been in a conversation where they say, well, you know, they're really nothing but burger flippers they're really not that skilled. really? is it about skill or is it about the wealth that they are creating? don't you think that these workers finally in america, the home of the brave, land of the free and opportunity, don't you think that they deserve an opportunity to share in the
wealth that they have helped create? what about wall street? what do they create? not a whole lot. get your cell phones out. tonight's question, do fast food corporations care more about their shareholders or their workers? there's one for you, buzzfeed. a for shareholders, b for workers. go to our blog. we'll bring you results later on in the show. i would say that a lot of people could work in a fast food place but not everybody can own. and to be fair to workers, what they are creating iswell. they deserve an opportunity to share in that wealth and they're being held down by the man, by the government, and this is a case where it's clearly unfair that the government needs to step in and raise the minimum wage. so who made that statement?
some politicians. today it was the workers. those workers who don't have guaranteed contracts. let me bring in jennifer epps addison, executive director of wisconsin jobs. good to have you with us on "the ed show." i know your organization was very much involved in getting these folks around your region to come out and protest. how hard was it to organize all of this? how anxious were the workers and motivated were they to get this thing done? >> these workers are incredibly brave. the strength and dignity it takes to walk off the job, knowing you may be retaliated against, though it's well within your rights, it's an incredible feat. today in wisconsin we saw hundreds of workers walk off the job to demand $15 an hour, fair and livable wage, and right to form a union without retaliation. >> folks are out there, motivated, how many times are they going to do this? i have to ask the political
question, are they going to do this before the midterms? i mean, we talk about income inequality in the country. these are the folks that do go to the polls and vote. and is this going to be a motivating factor in november? >> i tell you, workers are motivated by folks like you, ed. in wisconsin we haven't forgotten that you were the first news reporter on the ground during our uprising in the spring of 2011. these workers see the support that they have around the country and it's a motivating them to become more embolden and speak out louder. i think your not only going to see more workers go out on strike if demands are not met but workers getting engaged in all forms of the political arena. we registered 50 striking worker as deputy registrars, they can register folks in stores, co-workers, neighbors to go vote. getting a livable wage is directly tied who is in office.
governor scott walker refuses to consider raising minimum wage even one cent. >> do you think some workers will be retaliated against? >> unfortunately we have seen retaliation in the past. but i'm excited to announce to everybody that when the community comes together to support these workers, when we hear about retaliation and go into the stores and tell managers that we're not going to stand up for it, and we're not going to take it, every single instance of retaliation that we've seen in wisconsin, we have been able to overcome and beat. when we have workers' backs, they are able to exercise their rights. it is about the community getting out to support them. >> do you believe that number 52% of fast food industry workers across this country are on government assistance? >> absolutely. and i think that number might be a little bit low. the reality is folks get up every day and work hard. they provide critical services to our communities and they make
billions of dollars for the corporations they work for. they deserve to have a wage that allows them to live independently, secure a piece of the american dream, without having to rely on public assistance. we have an amazing worker here, she works for popeye's corporation, and her name is miss mary. she's 62 years old and she has to live with her children because even though she's never not had a job, he's worked every day of her adult life she can't afford to live on her own. miss mary will tell you she would gladly trade in her quest card, the card you get food stamps, gladly trade it in if she can have a living wage. >> they're not takers. they're workers and they want to be treated fairly. this is a fact, there is one party out there for them and there's one party that gives them no respect. jennifer, appreciate your time. great work in the middle 0 the country in wisconsin. for more let me bring in minnesota congressman, keith ellison. congressman, this is a movement, evolving into a movement.
>> absolutely. >> what happens going to happen here, what do you think? >> well what i think is the workers are going to keep fighting until they get a fair wage and a voice on the job. they have a right to organize a union, and as everybody knows, unionized workers make more money than workers who are not in the union. >> can the corporations afford $15 an hour? can -- is this too much to ask -- >> absolutely. absolutely. if the ceo's making 1,000 times more than the workers, i think the ceo can -- he can go down to 400 more times the worker, don't you think? in 1980 the average ceo made 42 times the average worker. i think we should have legislation in congress which limits the amount of money that a ceo can make above that of the average worker. because the truth is if we don't have some kind of legislation like that, you will will see people who are reaping dramatic benefits, 1,000 times for than
the average work and the worker on public assistance just to make it. absolutely. >> the public assistance, does it bother republicans that there is an enormously profitable industry out there that has 52% of its workforce on government assistance? i mean, is there any number out there that would move the republicans to realize that they need to move on this issue? >> well, you know, i think there are some republicans who care and are concerned about it. mitt romney got up and said we should increase the minimum wage the other day. >> not when running for president. he did come around recent lip i didn't hear that on the campaign trail. all of these guys who aren't running for office, all guys not voting, poll lenity not voting, santorum, they're all for the minimum wage now. but when you put them on the floor, they're not for it. they're simply not for it. >> they're not for it.
but i want to tell you, i do believe that the democratic party needs to do a little bit more than stand for increasing the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour which i support. we need to connect with workers, on the line with workers. we need to let them feel we do believe that their prosperity is a top importance to us. >> i think it's so profound that you have washington can't get a 10.10 but these people are willing to walk off the job saying, no it's 15 bucks an hour. if washington done get the message, i don't foe what message they'll get on anything. i know you do, great work. appreciate your time. congressman keith ellison of minnesota. answer tonight's question at bottom of the screen. share thoughts with us on twitter ed show. should they get 15 bucks an hour? coming up, hillary clinton's allies and opponents are already gearing up for her likely 2016
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absolutely appalling, what we're learning is that in fact, jill abramson was tagged as being pushy because she challenged unequal pay that she felt that she was experiencing. she wanted to know the facts. we still don't know the facts. "the new york times" is obfuscating whether her pay was the same as her predecessor and it's outrageous. to me what jumps out is that this abrupt firing of jill abramson is not just aimed at jill abramson herself, it's aim at all of the other women. what he was saying is don't you step out of line, ladies. don't you try to see if you're get eting equal pay because we n fire you if we wanted to. it's outrageous. >> let's just say that that is the way it is that she wasn't making as much as her predecessor. i surprised that she didn't know that going into it. what about the disclosure of positions? i mean most people know what the
last person made when you go into i position, specially this one, with such tremendous responsibility. >> the reality is, ed, in workplace after workplace after workplace, in fact, corporations are allowed to make it a fireable offense to share your salary income, compensation information with your co-workers. in fact the paycheck fairness ability, a core piece of it would stop employers from keeping this veil of secrecy around total compensation practices even today t"the new york times" is telling reporters something about it's her pay was directly comparable and the reporter says, well, would you tell us the numbers, we can compare them and see if we think it's comparable and the spokesperson for "the new york times" says, no, new york it's directly comparable. it's just a lot of smoke and mirrors that they're putting up. and this is exactly what makes it so hard for women to close that pay gap. it's because of the lack of
transparency. >> what was she supposed to do? you know, i guess i kind of look at it, she hired and independent investigator instead of doing her own work, get an attorney, check this out, let make sure we've got our numbers right before i make a case about this. who knows, whmaybe she was expecting some level of fairness coming back from management. instead they're trashing her as worst manager in the world. i guess, you know what was she supposed to do? what avenues were open to her legally to be able to address this? >> you know, that's the thing. she had to ask about it, that's how you find out whether you're being treated illegally, whether subjected to unequal pay. and by the way, "the new york times" may not understand this, but that is the law of the land, equal pay for equal work. so, of course she had to do it. but understand when she asks if she's goading equal pay, that makes her pushy.
if a man asks about his pay, that makes him a tough negotiator. a complete double standard. >> we've seen numerous stories, talk radio, we've seen most recent situation with the nba, consumers have a lot of pull. do you think that consumers out there, women especially, might revolt bens the new york times and say, my subscription's over with, i don't want anything to do with you if this is the way you treat women. the question is not only that consumer reaction, what about other women at "the new york times" what about them? >> you know, that's it, that's what i said, the signal to the other women in the new york times is a disturbing one. back in the 19 0s the new york city chap or of the national organization wore women had to pick the "new york times" week after week after week to get them to start following the law after title vii no job description was passed.
it took direct picketing by the n.o.w. chapter to make them stop. women i think are going to be reacting to this in a loud way and that's perhaps the only silver lining here. >> what motivated the higher-ups at -- let's say this story's accurate, she wasn't making as much as her predecessor what happen motivated the higher-ups to make a decision to do that, to pay her less? that's -- that's what i think is just amazing. if that's not the cigar room at country club, i don't know what is. >> i agree with you. that's exactly what it is. it's the arrogance of power. guys thinking they can do it because they think they can. i hope that the lesson is they really can't anymore. >> good to have you with us. thanks so much. coming up -- young voters are could be the key to hillary clinton's success
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welcome back to "the ed show." hillary clinton's allies are turn their sights on younger voters and hope to tap into the same strategy and effort that helped president barack obama end her white house bid in 2008. according to mother jones the clinton super pac brought in vote core youth rachel schneider, a particular focus on those still in school. their goal is to attract all of the best student organizers to clinton's side before any other democrat launches a presidential campaign. meanwhile, we're already seeing preemptive attacks on the
clinton machine. from the right wing, on wednesday, bill clinton addressed karl rove's claim hillary suffers from a brain injury. >> i was sort of dumbfounded. they went to all of this trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over. now they say she's really got brain damage. if she does, i must be in really tough shape because she's still quicker than i am. >> do you think this is a way of inserting her age or physical capabilities into the 2016 debate? >> i don't know. but if it is you can't be too upset, it's just the beginning. they'll get better and better at it. >> this noise disrespect whatsoever to hillary clinton, because the right wing knows that she is smart, she is tough, she is accomplished, but i think they fear that guy right there. they fear that affable personality, they fear that clinton machine. we've never seen a two-time
president go out on the road and campaign for his wife in this country. this would be really historic, would it not? they don't want to go against that clinton machine. how much money bill clinton raised with the clinton global initiativ initiative, you think the republicans want to go up against that machine? this is the reason for the trashing. get them early, get them often, and try to make it stick. joining me now on a rapid response panel, sarah slayman, field director in texas, and terry o'neal, great to have you both with us. sarah, you first. young people play a huge role in the progressive movement in the country. getting that next generation of voters involved. that's why i think a lot of democrats supported barack obama because they thought he could bring new people, young people into the fold. how does that play this time around for hillary clinton as you see it in your demographic,
are you ready for hillary clinton to be president of the news. >> hi, ed. i say this as someone who voted for hillary clinton in the march 2008 primaries against barack obama. i don't think my generation right now is so much ready for hillary as they are awaiting for elizabeth or someone like senator warren. i have to be 100% honest. you know, you saw that increase and enthusiasm in 200 8 and 2012 obama took the youth vote by 24 points to romney. but to do that we have to address the economic inquality that my millennial generation faces unlike anything that our parents faced. we have three times the debt and three times fewer job opportunities. i need to see clinton address inequality. >> do you think she can do it? are you willing to listen to hillary in is your generation willing to listen to hillary to connect with the young voters?
i mean, things have changed since 2008. since 2008 republicans don't have much on the table for millenniums. >> absolutely. >> they've raised your rates and tried to raise your rates, made it tough for the job market, voted to take away health care. what about that? >> absolutely. i hear that. i know that rachel snider, ready for hillary clinton would say we have polls that say millennials view the former clinton favorably. but a lot of the base viewed her favorably in 2007. what i think needs to be done she needs a left challenge in the primary. that is healthy. i have to speak, also on behalf of everyone work midterm elections, it's annoying to hear about presidential politics 2 1/2 years in. we need to work the primary process. it's there for a reason. i want to see her challenge from the left on her six years on the board of walmart, on goldman sachs and the global crisis.
you're absolutely right. democrats have served millennials. we supported obama and the aca over 50%, 50% of millenniums but need the primary challenge. we have to see this process through. there's a lot of excitement more her, people are ready for hillary. but being the most powerful in the room isn't good enough. my friends, great friend and organize with the fast good global strikes and his workerser that's a huge demonstration where young people are hurting. wages haven't improved, jobs haven't returned, we need an answer. >> a poll in april found 23% of 18 to 29-year-olds plan to participate in midterms, what you're talking about. 35% of those who voted for obama in 2012 said that they would vote this year. terry o'neal, can hillary inspire voters to show up in the midterms and 2016? >> sure, she can help. i think millennials are absolutely looking for someone
who will address inequality. i think millennials are looking for someone who will be boldly and unabashedly in favor or for women. that's a theme that is essential. i think karl roves a afraid of hillary clinton, afraid of her attractiveness to younger voters. let's be real, two women over 60 extremely attractive possibilities for presidential runs, one is hillary clinton, the other is elizabeth warren and rove is terrified of both of them. hillary clinton spent four years as secretary of state reaching out to women of organized movement overseas in country after country. she insisted not on meeting just with elite women but organized women's movement. that's key. that is something that millennials are looking for and something that middle class families, both men and women are looking for because you know, women know very well what the wage gap does to them. but men are very much in favor of closing the wage gap because
they see what it's doing to families with women losing so much money due to wage discrimination. absolutely millry will be attractive to younger voters but younger voters are looking for specific addressing of the inequality, both income inequality and wealth inequality. >> sarah, republicans are bringing up the lewinsky scandal. we'll probably hear it again. do young voters care about that when in comes to hillary clinton? >> no, we absolutely do not. i cannot tell you how bored we are by hearing, you know, the choices, the personal choices of who people love and their private lives brought up. millennials don't care about if someone's homosexual. millennials don't want to know about your private life. we want to know how to get jobs. we were too young to care then and too old to care now. >> great to have both of you with us tonight. coming up -- president obama's message to
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construction projects. there's no reason to stand in the way of more jobs. help us rebuild this bridge. help us rebuild america. help us put construction workers back to work. >> well, it was an issue before the election and now it's an issue after the election. if congress fails to act, federal funding for highway trust funds could run out this august. republicans are putting nearly 700,000 good paying jobs at risk. they're also putting thousands of u.s. roadways, bridges and ports, seaports at risk. now, you may remember this incident back in 2007. 13 people died when a bridge in minneapolis suddenly collapsed during rush hour. more tragedies caused by crumbling bridges are avoidable if republicans agree to invest in the future of america. gosh, putting a partisan to
statement like that to death? that's right. the democrats aren't the problem here. the republicans don't want to fund it. president obama had been almost begging them to get in the game. on wednesday, the president of the united states visited new york's nearly 60-year-old bridge. he called out republicans for blocking spending, purely for political reasons. >> we've gotten so partisan, everything's become political. they're more interested in saying no because they're worried that maybe, you know, they would have to be at a bill signing with me, than they are at actually doing a job that they know would be good for america. >> so where are we in this country? at current spending levels, it would take 80 years for the united states of america to address all of the listed projects. of course, we have a railway system using '50s technology,
our seaports are antiquated, not keeping up with the rest of the world when it comes up to the tech knowledge of delivering and shipping goods. and there's 70,000 bridges in america that need work. it's not as if the president has got great backdrop of infrastructure and he's asking for more. no. you ask yourself the question tonight, what's the hold-up? this man will tell you, leo gerrard, the united steelworkers international president joins us tonight. mr. gerrard, we have seen within the last 24 hours emergency crews in los angeles working to clean up 50,000 gallons of crude oil from a malfunction at an oil pipeline pump station. crude oil spewed as high as 40 feet in the air. is this just another example of disasters and what can happen if we don't pay attention to infrastructure? >> we've got such a crisis in america it's almost unbelievable. you made the mention of 70,000
bridges. let me just go back to the tappensea bridge. there are three mills that are going to make plates. we represent the work es that are going to make rebar. you can go to the last winter in the pipes in the new england states big enough the natural glass in new england. we had to make the decision to shut down paper mills or keep people warm in the winter. we got 2.5 million miles of pipe in america that is more than 60 years old. you go to you are our schools. more than half of our schools are older than 60 years old. . most of our public buildings are older than 75 years old. there's jobs here by the millions. if the congress would work with president obama, he brings forward infrastructure bills, he brings forward the highway trust
bill. he brings forward bills to do the infrastructure, jobs bills. like you said, they would rather see people out of work than to give this president a victim vi. >> what is $302 million package do? that's what they're asking for. >> the $302 billion package is really the highway trust bill. and it's not enough. i mean, what we've got to do, ed, is not just fund this for one year or two years. we've got to have a five, ten, 15-year infrastructure rebuilding plan. because look, if you want to bill high speed rail and you fund it for two years, no one is going to build a new rail mill that takes two years to build. let me say one big thing. republican, president clinton funded the national railway. republican, dwight eisenhower funded the national highway bill. republican, republican said that what we need to do is rebuild
the infrastructure. we got to make that case and the president ought to be praised for what he's doing. i'm proud of him. >> good evening, rev. >> good evening, ed. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in los angeles. tonight's lead, expokarl rove a the gop smear machine. attacks follow the same play back we've seen the right use for years. this time they're so blatant even one of rove's colleagues at fox news, chris wallace, is calling him out. >> i think karl rove knew exactly what he was doing. my guess is that even if he knows there's no indication she has brain damage, he