FROM Jot Condie
California about to Have the Highest Minimum Wage in Nation The bill has yet to pass both houses in Sacramento, but Governor Brown says, if it does, he’ll sign it. It would raise the minimum wage in California from $8 to $10 by January of 2016. Both sides have lobbied hard.
Have You Eaten Out Lately? Americans spend 49 percent of their food budgets in restaurants, compared to 25 percent in 1955. The restaurant industry's growing fast, and it employs one out of every 12 private-sector workers. Los Angeles is one of the country's biggest markets for eating out. But, despite the smiles of the waiters and maitre d's, it's a tough business with sometimes abusive labor conditions. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez speaks with restaurant owners and workers (Eric Padilla, Mariana Huerta, Diep Tran, Oscar Alemán) and Jot Condie of the California Restaurant Association.
California Supreme Court Considers Major Employment Case Employers and employees are closely watching a case heard today by the State Supreme Court. It's a class action suit by thousands of waiters, waitresses, bartenders, cooks and others against the Brinker Restaurant Corporation , whose outlets include Chili's, Magianno's Little Italy and Romano's Macaroni Grill. It boils down to this: when an employer promises rest and meal-breaks for its employees, does the employer have to make sure the workers actually take them?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?