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?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?