Walmart Workers Demand $15/hr; 1,700 Clothing Factories in Bangladesh Inspected for Safety Violations; Judge Reinstates Port Truck Drivers in Labor Dispute

Friday, October 17, 2014

Walmart workers protested this week, stepping up their demands, calling for $15 an hour and full-time hours. The protests were in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pheonix. One of the Walmart workers from Cincinnati who earns $8.75 an hour and participated in the protest said,  “I can’t afford anything. Sometimes I can’t afford soap, toothpaste, tissue. Sometimes I have to go without washing my clothes.”

Walmart Workers Demand $15 Wage in Several Protests - New York Times

Safety should always be the number one concern in any working environment, but that hasn't been the case in Bangladesh. Good news is that enough public pressure has pushed companies to inspect close to 1,700 clothing factories in Bangladesh.

For Factory Safety, Pressure Works - New York Times

Employees aren't just getting cheated out of not having a safe working environment, companies like FedEx and Green Fleet Systems are misclassifying drivers as "independent contractors" even though they don't own the trucks they drive and have to deduct maintenance from their own pay. This week, a judge reinstated port truck drivers in LA who were illegally fired during a labor dispute from their employer.

Judge reinstates port truckers fired in labor dispute - LA Times

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