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RIP Borderland Books

Borderlands Books, a Science Fiction specialty bookstore located in San Francisco's Mission District, will be closing in March. The reason? SF's recent law increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr makes the business nonviable.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Feb 2, 2015 - 124 comments

Ferrets IN Groundhogs OUT

43 ways NYC changed under Mayor de Blaiso (nymag.com)
posted by The Whelk on Dec 31, 2014 - 38 comments

I Don't Get These Birds For Free

Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell
posted by nadawi on Jul 24, 2014 - 46 comments

the Cambodians who stitch your clothing keep fainting in droves

It should have been an extraordinary scene: more than 100 factory hands fainting in unison as if possessed by spirits.

But in Cambodian garment factories (pdf, graphic violence depicted), which play a major role in supplying American malls, mass fainting is no longer a freak phenomenon. It’s disturbingly common.
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Apr 28, 2014 - 34 comments

58% of domestic workers spend more than half their income on rent

Home Truths: Domestic Workers in California (PDF). 2012's groundbreaking National Domestic Worker Survey was conducted in 14 cities; the sample analyzed in this report includes 631 domestic workers (nannies, caregivers, housecleaners) in four metropolitan areas in California: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Sep 15, 2013 - 131 comments

Ten Dollars an Hour

In an area where racial divisions are very stark, the relationships between the "haves" and the "have nots" are very illuminating. Leasse William is a cook at the Sigma Nu fraternity house on the campus of the University of Mississippi. She makes ten dollars an hour. For nine months of pay this equals out at about $15,000/year. This places her well within the over 20% of the population in Mississippi that lives below the poverty line. This mini documentary by Ben Guest about Leasse shines a light on the perspectives of the various actors involved in this drama of racial tensions and class disparity.
posted by anansi on Sep 26, 2009 - 85 comments

Are you making a living wage?

Are you making a living wage? An online calculator from the Poverty in America project's set of tools. [more inside]
posted by geos on Nov 12, 2008 - 83 comments

The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson contracts Cambodian sweatshop labor to make its online archives and saves $450,000. Is that the living wage they editorialized for?
posted by benjamin on Jul 24, 2001 - 21 comments

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