State Legislators to Examine $166 Million Public Cost of Fast-Food Industry’s Low Pay at Town Hall, Thursday, Nov. 21st

State senators and representatives will hear from workers and an economist about the high number of fast-food workers forced to rely on public assistance at a town hall this Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1531 W. Vliet St. A recent University of California report found the annual taxpayer tab for fast food industry related public assistance programs at nearly $7 billion nationally and $166 million in Wisconsin.
The researchers reported that over half of families of frontline fast-food workers are enrolled in public programs, a rate more than twice that of the overall workforce.  The median wage for core frontline workers is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of these jobs provide health benefits.
The town hall will review key findings of the research and their critical policy implications for the state of Wisconsin. State Rep. Mandela Barnes and Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, will host the event.

Town Hall will include:
State Senators Chris Larson and Tim Carpenter, State Representatives Mandela Barnes, Evan Goyke, Leon Young, Christine Sinicki, Sandy Pasch, Daniel Riemer, and JoCasta Zamarripa. In addition, Economist Laura Dresser, associate director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

High Public Cost of Low Wages Town Hall
Thursday, November 21st
Martin Luther King Jr. Center
1531 W. Vliet St.


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  • commented 2013-11-21 16:51:25 -0600
    I can’t make it to the town hall but I’d like it if someone could post a summary of what happens here after its over!