Walmart Moms Announce Strike!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Walmart working moms announce they're going on strike in 20 cities to speak-out against poor working conditions. Walmart moms are demanding over $25,000 a year in wages. “We are Walmart moms, we are not a political cause, we are real people who are struggling to provide happy stable homes for our kids,” said Linda Haouska, a mother of two from Illinois who has worked at Walmart for eight and a half years.

Walmart faces fresh protests over workers' rights and conditions - The Guardian

Walmart workers and Fast-food workers are part of a growing movement to expose poor labor practices. It's often worse in other countries, but Western countries aren't immune to sweatshop working conditions. For instance, Business-related human rights abuses are alive and well in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Companies Commit Human-Rights Abuses in America, Too - The Atlantic

Good news for those who work minimum wage at fast-food restaurants and Walmart. In Seattle, the City Council committee approved a $15 an hour minimum wage that would be implemented April 1, 2015. "By significantly raising the minimum wage, Seattle's prosperity will be shared by more people and create a sustainable model for continued growth," City Councilman Nick Licata said.

Seattle City Council Panel OKs $15 Minimum Wage - Associated Press

 

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