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  • Monday, June 3, 2013 Workers Standing up Against Low-Wages

    We all know that Walmart pays such low wages that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs. But most don't realize just how much money tax payers are forced to spend to subsidize Walmart's profits. One Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin alone costs taxpayers $900,000 annually, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday.

    One Walmart's Low Wages Could Cost Taxpayers $900,000 Per Year, House Dems Find - Huffington Post  

    There's something big happening here... Worker's are starting to stand up together for decent pay and respect on the job. Fast food workers are striking across the country, Walmart workers have kicked off their longest strike yet, and federally-contracted workers in DC have demanded that the President take action to make sure they are earning a living wage. We need to keep the momentum going! 

    Fast Food Workers Striking in Seattle - The Nation 

    Savannah's port truck driver's took a stand this past weekend against their bosses for what the drivers call unfair work conditions. "The drivers... say they are unlawfully classified as "independent contractors" by the trucking companies. They say low wages, high operating costs, "dangerously" long hours are just part of the equation drivers deal with."

    Port truck drivers claim unfair work conditions and pay - WTOC

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  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 Joint Statement from the AFL-CIO and Change to Win on the attempt by Walmart and Gap to undermine worker safety in Bangladesh

    Contact: Paco Fabian – Change to Win: 202-412-9969; Josh Goldstein – AFL-CIO: 202-637-5018

    May 30, 2013

    The AFL-CIO and ChangetoWin labor federations are deeply concerned about Walmart and Gap’s plan to move forward with a corporate-controlled, nonbinding process for adopting building safety standards in Bangladesh. While former Senators George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe are both respected for their ability to forge compromises, we cannot afford to compromise the lives of Bangladeshi workers. We are determined to get this process right, and we will express our concerns to both former Senators and ask that they not participate in undermining the ongoing and more productive process led by IndustriAll and UNI global labor federations. Forty retailers from all over the world, including H&M, PVH, and Loblaws, have agreed to a binding comprehensive safety plan for Bangladesh. No amount of bipartisan window dressing can change the fact that Walmart and the Gap have refused to take this important step. This is a matter of life or death. Quite simply, nonbinding is just not good enough. 

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  • Friday, May 17, 2013 Low-Wage Work and the Race to the Bottom

    Low wage jobs are crushing the middle class and exacerbating income inequality. But workers are increasingly standing up to demand good jobs with living wages. Fast food workers, for example, have gone on strike in five cities so far!  

    Fast Food Strikes Hitting Fifth City: Milwaukee - The Nation  

    Talk about income inequality! The average Walmart employee would have to work 785 years to earn Walmart CEO Mike Duke's annual salary. This might not be new news, but it definitely needs to be spread! 

    Walmart's Average Employee Would Have To Work 785 Years To Earn CEO's Annual Salary: Analysis - Huffington Post  

    Turns out the government is also getting its hands into the low-wage jobs game. "A study released in early May from the public policy group Demos states that through various forms of government funding in the private sector, nearly 2 million people earn $12 an hour or less."

    Low-wage job king is actually federal government - USA Today 

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  • Monday, May 6, 2013 Why We Need Unions

    "News reports tell us that more than 500 people have now died and more than 2,500 were injured in Savar, Bangladesh, while the toll in West, Texas stands at 15 dead and over 200 injured. Behind these two disasters is a common thread of greed -- and a common need for unionized resistance."

    Mushroom Clouds Over Texas, 500 Deaths in Bangladesh -- That's Why We Need Unions - Huffington Post  

    "Big garment buyers like Walmart, H&M and Gap have tremendous power to improve conditions in that market." But historically, industries haven't acted to improve working conditions until hard-working people stood in solidarity to demand better improvements. If we want changes the answer is simple: increased unionization leads to improved safety, and increased wages and rights on the job for workers. 

    Worker Safety in Bangladesh and Beyond - New York Times 

    "According to the International Labor Organization, 21 million people were victims of forced labor in 2012 alone, and there are currently more than 200 million child laborers across the world. The clothes on our back, the gold and gems around our necks and fingers, the electronic devices in our hands — all are likely the work of one or many forced and/or child laborers."

    21 Million People Were Victims Of Forced Labor in 2012 Alone - Policy Mic

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  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013 May Day: Our Fight Continues

    Here is a look at the origins of May Day; it shows just how far we've come in the struggle for rights and respect on the job. Unfortunately, it seems many are forgetting that many hard-working Americans fought and died for the rights we enjoy today. If we continue to be complacent in the war on workers, we might soon be facing the same conditions are brothers and sisters bled to free us from.  

    May Day Explained: An Overlooked Milestone in the Fight for Workers’ Rights - KQED

    Labor unrest is spreading around the world. Workers are getting tired of facing unsafe working conditions, having their wages stolen, and getting no respect on the job. "Laborers in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Turkey and other countries marched and chanted en masse Wednesday. They sounded complaints about being squeezed by big business amid the surging cost of living."

    May Day Rally Unites Thousands Of Low-Paid Workers Worldwide - Huffington Post  

    "The relative obscurity of the annual May 1 International Workers’ Day celebration in the United States is perhaps emblematic of just how marginal working class concerns have become to the country’s political order... For working America, the trend over the last few decades has been towards lower wages, fewer workplace rights, and diminished voice in the public sphere." The only way we will change this is by standing in solidarity with the working class around the glove and demand that action be taken. 

    American job prospects make for dim May Day celebration - MSNBC

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