National Restaurant Association retaliates against $15 Minimum Wages

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 12.59.52 PMThe National Restaurant Association has recently filed a petition late last week challenging New York’s minimum wage increase. The NRA is asking New York’s Industrial Board of Appeals to outstate the order from the Department of Labor to gradually raise the hourly minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

The increase in state-wide wages for fast food workers was made official in September when Governor Cuomo announced that in yearly breakdowns the wages of all fast food chains in New York would need to increase wages. The board recommended that $15 per hour was an “adequate” wage for fast food workers and was approved by Cuomo’s labor commissioner. However, NRA has submitted a 26 page appeal claiming that the wage increase is just a “thinly veiled attempt by Governor Cuomo” to avoid the hassle of getting things approved by the state legislature and finding a different way to enact his own policies. The filings include issues of separation of powers, and argues that the board made the new wage without a representative for the restaurant industry.

Many franchise owners as well are planning to file a lawsuit that argues that “it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant” increase in costs that will be only applied to the fast food industry, not to all industries. The franchise owners believe the wage increase is “unfair and discriminatory.”

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World Health Organization advocates Processed Meat Causing Cancer

baconRed meat causing bowel cancer isn’t a new idea but rather has been a common claim the rouses a lot of attention. However, now, the World Health Organization is an advocate of red meat linked with bowel cancer especially when processed. The organization says that 50 extra grams per day of meat that is cured, smoked or loaded with preservatives ups the chances of getting colorectal cancer by 18 percent. The fatty red meat, is also a risk where it is now in group 2A or “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

However, while claims of red meat causing cancer is making major headlines, the North American Meat Institute has naturally discredited the information. “They tortured the data to ensure a specific outcome.” The trade group also notes that processed meat is just one of 940 other different things the IARC claims to pose theoretical hazards.

The IARC notes that experts are researching into this matter further into detail, however are not advocating that everyone does not eat meat in general. One expert says the decision “doesn’t mean you need to stop eating any red and processed meat. But if you eat lots of it you may want to think about cutting down. You could try having fish for your dinner rather than sausages.”

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