Low-wage Workers Deserve Federal Government Backing; Over 50 Civil Arrests at Los Angeles Wal-Mart Protest; OSHA Proposes Electronic Filings for Better Transparency

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The current national minimum wage has people living in poverty. Votes are still being tallied, but SeaTac, Washington stepped up and lead the nation by voting on a ballot measure that would create a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The New York Times Editorial Board said, "Fast-food workers, Wal-Mart employees and staff of federal contractors have all been agitating recently for higher pay from profitable employers. They deserve raises, and they deserve to have the federal government behind them.

Redefining the Minimum Wage - The New York Times

Just South of Washington State, 54 people were arrested last Thursday in downtown Los Angeles after blocking streets marking the largest single act of civil disobedience in Wal-Mart history. The demonstrators acted in solidarity for the twenty Wal-Mart workers that were fired after joining a walkout in June. 

Largest Wal-Mart civil disobedience ends with over 50 arrests - Salon

OSHA has proposed to make injury and illness reporting  more transparent by having large companies file reports electronically. The electronic  reports would be posted online and made available to the public. Eric Frumin, health and safety director at the Change to Win, said the new process creates little burden on employers that are “simply providing additional details that they are already collecting on the causes of these injuries and ways to prevent them.”

OSHA wants to make workplace safety reports public in major change to reporting rules - Washington Post

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