Fast Food Workers Striking in Fight for $15 an Hour and Labor Rights

By: 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.

 

Lawsuits Show ‘Wage Theft’ Occurring Throughout Country

By: 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.”

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm

The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.

Caught Stealing Data in Europe, U.S. Now Seeks to Legalize the Theft

By: Monday August 4, 2014 7:56 am

Nearly unique among nations, the U.S. broadly imposes extraterritoriality– in the case, the enforcement of U.S. laws in other, sovereign nations.

Failed UAW Vote At Volkswagen Plant Leads To Existential Questions

By: Monday February 17, 2014 9:09 am

The failure of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to win the election at the Volkswagen plant came after Volkswagen management signed a 22-page neutrality agreement pledging not to interfere in the union election. All the UAW had to do was convince the workers it was in their best interest to join a union rather than not – and the answer was no.

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.

Ed Schultz Responds to NBC Worker Controversy ‘I Support Workers Everywhere’

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 12:19 pm

So why is Ed Schultz telling viewers to look him in the eye as he pledges fealty to workers rights? The answer is due to a little known labor dispute going on within the NBCUniversal/Comcast media empire that has some on the left questioning Schultz’s commitment to workers.

Teachers Seek to ‘Reclaim’ Education

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 6:40 pm

After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully—budget-slashing school reforms that have made school more stressful and less fulfilling for both them and their students.

Under the banner of a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education, educators, students and community groups coordinated demonstrations, rallies and other public gatherings in dozens of cities. In the long run, the day of action kicked off a broader campaign by a coalition of unions and community groups to chart an alternative path to education reform.

‘From Bean to Cup,’ Starbucks Labor Action Heats Up

By: Friday December 6, 2013 6:58 pm

The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle. But the carefully constructed cool of the coffee mega-brand belies some serious anger percolating beneath the surface of Starbucks’ supply chain.

That cup means something different to Ray Allen, a machine operator at a paper goods plant run by Pactiv, a major Starbucks supplier.

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