Workers with Restaurant Associates are on strike in our nation's capital and have clear demands. They want a livable minimum wage and the right to unionize. The minimum wage for these workers is currently $10.10, which was set by President Obama in an executive order that mandated federal contractors to pay their workers at least that amount. The Washington D.C., workers on strike want at least $15.00 an hour.
The minimum wage, the least amount that most workers can legally be paid, is usually a source of controversy. Workers often fight for their state legislatures to raise the minimum wage. Naturally, employers tend to resist such efforts. This year, bills related to the minimum wage were introduced in 38 states, so the matter remains quite unsettled.
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When a whistleblower does what he or she believes is right, even if it goes against his or her employer's wishes, there are often consequences. It is common for employers to take revenge against a worker who brings illegal or dangerous practices to management's attention. Bosses often prefer to sweep those issues under the rug and punish the whistleblower, rather than improve their business standards.