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Fast Food Workers Want $15 p/hr in America
Fast food workers across the country are walking off their jobs this week in protest of what they describe as low wages and unfair labor practices.
The employees, in New York, Chicago, Detroit and other cities, are calling for a $15 per hour wage as well as the right to unionize without fear of retaliation. The campaign launched Monday in New York City, and has been aided by Fast Food Forward, a New York City-based advocacy group of fast food workers
Obesity Is Officially A Disease in America
The association voted on the measure at its annual meeting in Chicago. The AMA noted that obesity rates in the United States have “doubled among adults in the last twenty years and tripled among children in a single generation” and that the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Internal Revenue Service already recognize the condition as a disease.
Obesity is associated with a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Rising obesity is expected to increase America’s already high health care costs.
The AMA’s recommendations accompanying the vote included urging physicians and insurance companies to “recognize obesity as a complex disorder,” encouraging national efforts to educate the public “about the health risks of being overweight and obese.”
The AMA also recommended the creation “National Obesity Awareness Month” to highlight the benefits of exercise and to warn of the risks of obesity. Source
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McDonalds Hires 1st Black CEO
McDonald’s has marked a milestone by hiring the company’s first African American CEO, as 22-year McDonald’s veteran Don Thompson will replace current CEO Jim Skinner, who’s retiring.
Thompson currently works as the company’s global strategy and operations for the more than 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 119 countries.
It’s not going to be an easy start for Thompson, as economic turmoil continues to rise in Europe, McDonald’s largest market by revenue. The company has also been struggling with rising costs of labor and ingredients, something Thompson will be responsible for remedying.
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