published Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Business Briefs: Local protests set at McDonald’s

Local protests set at McDonald’s

As fast food workers across the nation prepare a new wave of strikes to raise their wages, Chattanooga service industry workers, along with Occupy Chattanooga, Chattanooga for Workers and Move to Amend Chattanooga, will join in the National Day Against Low Pay Demonstration at the Brainerd McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday.

The protesters plan to picket the McDonald’s at Brainerd and Moore Roads around noon Thursday, according to an announcement Tuesday.

The local protest is part of a nationwide effort to boost the minimum wage from $7.25 up to $15 an hour.


Missouri offers incentives for Boeing

Missouri’s bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new details given to lawmakers Tuesday.

Gov. Jay Nixon distributed a long-range costs-and-benefits analysis of the proposed incentives — which are largely based on job creation — while also announcing that labor leaders in the St. Louis area had agreed to a construction compact that could speed up completion of a potential Boeing facility.

Nixon first must convince lawmakers to approve the incentives before the proposal is due to Boeing by Dec. 10 — a task complicated by some reluctant Republican senators. He then hopes to persuade Boeing officials to pick Missouri over Washington and numerous other states competing to build the company’s next-generation commercial airplane, known as the 777X.

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