Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Facebook Boosts Wages to $15/hr; Nail Salons Aren't the Only Ones Violating Human Rights; Oppression and Inequality are Violence in Another Form
Great news, Facebook boosted pay to $15 an hour for its contract workers! Just yesterday, Facebook announced it would require its US contractors and vendors to pay their workers at least $15 an hour, provide paid time-off for sick days and vacation and offer good benefits.
Facebook gives low-wage workers a boost - CNN Money
On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of a task force to protect manicurists of nail salons from labor and health violations just days after the New York Times reported widespread human rights violations within the industry. But nail salons aren't the only industry that has issues, little oversight is all too common for workers in agriculture, the hydraulic fracturing oil industry and restaurants.
Nail salon workers aren’t the only ones who need more protections - Washington Post
Monday, May 11, 2015
Elected Leaders Finally Taking Action to Help America's Low-wage Workers
After federal contract workers went on strike calling for living wages and a union, Charles Gladden a US Senate cafeteria contract worker shocked Capitol Hill when it was revealed he is homeless. Catherine Rampell, a Washington Post columnist, reconnected with Charles a few weeks after she first broke the story. Gladden told Rampell he was thankful for the financial support, but hopes that "his situation will inspire greater support for policies that help homeless and low-wage workers more broadly," like a Model Employer Executive Order.
‘Band-Aid’ solutions for a homeless Senate worker - Washington Post
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wall Street Employees Collectively Receive Billions in Bonuses; Cambodian Garment Workers Face Government Crackdown; Workers' Fight Against Wage-Theft
On average, Wall Street Bank employees earn around $190,000 annually. But guess how much 167,800 employees received in bonuses last year? I won't give it away, but to put it in perspective, it's over the $17 billion that could lift the wages of over 2 million people working in fast-food to $15 an hour.
The minimum wage is low in America, but it's even lower for Cambodian garment workers. After being over worked and underpaid, workers have continued to push for higher wages, facing deadly strikes. Last January, garment workers got a raise of $128 a month. However, this is well below the government's own living-wage calculation from 2013, which found that a living-wage is between $157 and $177 a month.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Our Global Supply Chain, from China and Bangladesh to the West Coast Ports
It's New York fashion week, the week where top designers have the latest in fashion modeled. But what happens behind the scenes in our global fashion supply chain in places like Bangladesh. Over a year ago, Bangladesh made headlines when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. The Bangladesh garment industry has over 4 million workers, 80 percent women, who are paid poorly and work in unsafe conditions.
Fast fashion’s lack of American-made clothing (VIDEO) - MSNBC
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
US Maternity Leave is Messed-Up; Middle-class is Shrinking and Income Inequality is the Culprit; Bad Non-Union Jobs Might Be Killing People
We all know the middle-class is in deep trouble. But maybe you didn't know why many haven't really noticed until recently. That's because until 2000, Americans moved up and out of the middle class, which is not the case anymore. The percent of working people who have dropped out of the middle-class has increased significantly, which is why more and more people are visiting food pantries and are forced to rely on public assistance.
Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up - New York Times
"I have trouble diagnosing just what went wrong in that odyssey from sleek distance runner to his death at 54, but the lack of good jobs was central to it," said Nickolas Kristof, New York Times. Kevin who worked hard and benefited from good middle-class union jobs, until many of those jobs went down the drain and Kevin hurt his back. Because Kevin hurt his back, he was laid off and forced to go on disability.
Where’s the Empathy? - New York Times