Today is one of America’s most cherished holidays – “buy more things than you need” day aka Black Friday. Given that Black Friday draws in large amounts of shoppers with promises of extraordinary deals Walmart workers and labor activists are once again using the opportunity to fight for better wages at Walmart. According to the site setup by OUR Walmart 1600 stores are being targeted for protests today. Protests have already been reported in DC, Chicago, and parts of California.
|By: DSWright Friday November 28, 2014 11:10 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 26, 2014 2:38 pm|
In what is becoming a tradition, Walmart workers and labor activists are planning protests for Black Friday. This will be the third time in a row that Black Friday protests have drawn attention to Walmart’s poor treatment of its workers. Black Friday is generally considered to be one of the most important shopping days of the year and one where special deals draw shoppers in large numbers to retail outlets such as Walmart.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 25, 2014 10:25 am|
One of the constant refrains of the economic elite is that the reason America is so unequal is because of a so-called skills gap and that, conveniently, there is a “STEM crisis” and severe tech worker shortage which when addressed will help even the economy out.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday November 4, 2014 1:30 am|
“We didn’t know an American company was supposed to follow the law!”
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 8, 2014 8:05 am|
America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 4, 2014 11:11 am|
Today fast food workers are striking in hopes of pressuring their employers to pay $15 an hour and let them form unions. The movement for better wages often called “Fight For 15″ which is using the hashtag #StrikeFastFood is targeting 150 cities to strike in.
The strike is part of a two-year campaign that began in New York in 2012 and has spread throughout the country. The demonstrations have struck a chord among low income workers who have not benefited from the economic recovery from the Great Recession.
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 2, 2014 10:05 am|
Given that yesterday was labor day this seems like a good time to look at the state of the American worker. Though most workers are already doing worse after the recession and so-called “recovery” a new phenomenon has been discovered that makes a bad situation even worse. According to a series of lawsuits that have been filed though the country, Corporate America has found a way to pay its workers even less through a practice known as “wage theft.”
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 29, 2014 2:42 pm|
The United States is the only advanced country in the world which doesn’t guarantee workers a paid vacation, but that isn’t because the idea is unpopular. An overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think companies should be required to provide paid vacation time to their employees.
|By: DSWright Friday August 22, 2014 1:34 pm|
Though President Barack Obama once promised to “put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line” when labor unions were under threat, his former campaign and government staffers are eagerly joining union busting groups for fun and profit.
|By: Elliott Saturday July 26, 2014 11:32 am|
“Love and compassion are at the heart of domestic labor, yet historically, domestic workers have been rendered invisible—by society and in the eyes of the law. Mostly foreign-born women, these workers have been excluded from labor protections that workers in the rest of the economy take for granted. However, in the past decade, a growing movement has emerged calling for domestic workers to share in the same rights guaranteed other workers, which is likely to lead to one of the most critical and encompassing labor battles of the twenty-first century.”