Walmart Again Holds Food Drive for Own Underpaid Workers

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 11:23 am

Walmart, who pays its workers so little and/or gives them so few hours, that they cannot feed themselves while the Walton family rakes in billions, does have its sense of humor. Either that or they could just care so little about what anyone thinks that they are just like, whatever, what are you going to do about it anyway except buy more junk you don’t need from us on Black Friday?

 

Despite Calling Medicaid Expansion Funds Unreliable, Wisconsin Lawmakers Rely on Other ObamaCare Funds

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:09 pm

In the Wisconsin debate about whether to accept federal funding for expanding BadgerCare, there has been little attention paid to a significant inconsistency used in the arguments made by many opponents of using those funds. They contend that it would be risky to pay for newly-eligible childless adults with the increased federal Medicaid funds set aside by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for that purpose; however, their alternative plan (which is much more expensive for state taxpayers) relies on another source of ACA funds.

Public Health Experts Identify Militarism as Threat

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 7:06 pm

Even in President Eisenhower’s day, militarism was pervasive: “The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.” The disease has spread:

California Farmworkers Often Forced to Live in Squalor

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 9:30 am

For California’s farmworkers, toiling all day in the brutal, sun-scorched fields is hard enough; the homes they return to each night are often in even worse conditions. Though the reforms won by previous generations have extended basic labor and safety protections to seasonal and immigrant farmworkers, many remain shut out of the right to decent accommodations.

Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 4:00 pm

The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.

First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.

Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.

Focus just upon the effects upon the workers.

Workers Can ‘Don and Doff’ Off the Clock, Says Court

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:00 pm

For workers in dangerous industries, safety should be non-negotiable. But the Supreme Court may have just given employers a little more leeway to put critical protections for workers on the table when bargaining over labor contracts.

In a unanimous decision issued n Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, the Supreme Court ruled against a group of steelworkers who argued that they should be compensated for the time they spend suiting up before and after their workdays, or “donning and doffing” protective gear including hard hats and safety glasses.

Health, Not Age, Is What Matters for the ACA Risk Pools

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 3:19 pm

If almost everyone who signs up is in their 40′s but the group is much healthier than most people their age, the cost will stay low. On the other hand, if 2 million young people sign up but they are all very unhealthy, premiums will spike.

A New Day, A New Danger: Temporary Workers Face Safety Hazards at Work

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:02 pm

Rosa Ramirez, a 49-year-old Mexican immigrant and mother in Illinois, knew something was odd about the plastics factory where her temporary-labor agency had sent her. “From the minute one walks into that factory, one is hit by this incredible odor of [chemical] thinner … It just goes right through you,” she recalled.

Wisconsin Budget Compounds the Economic Challenges for Low-Wage Workers

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30 pm

Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market.  That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

By: Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm

In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.

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