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
Thursday, January 22, 2015
McDonalds workers filed Civil Rights Lawsuit; Former Target CEO of Canada Took Home $61 Million U.S. Dollars; Republicans Refocus Policy and Messaging on Stagnant Middle Class
McDonalds workers filed a civil rights lawsuit after three Virginia stores fired a total of 17 minority staff members in May. Workers say that they were told by supervisors that there were "too many black people" working at the franchises. In the complaint, workers said store managers told them at the time that it was "too dark" in the restaurants and that they "need to get the ghetto out of the store."
Fired McDonald’s workers say they were dismissed for being minorities - Washington Post
Target announced it would close its Canadian branch in the next four months laying off their 17,600 employees. But before the big announcement, last spring Canadian Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel took home a total of $61 million in U.S. dollars after leaving his post, which is more than the fund setup to pay all 17, 600 Target employees ($56 million in U.S. dollars) over the last four months.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
One Million Low-wage Jobs Created in 2014; More Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers Want to Unionize; N.C.A.A. Responds to Athletes Call for Union By Giving Championship Reimbursements to Families
On Sunday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the 2014 jobs report, released last week, showing the best year in job creation. Nearly three million jobs were created since the recession began in 2007, but one million of those the jobs created were in low-wage sectors, including retail, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Toward a Better Job Market in the New Year - New York Times
In an effort to form a union, shuttle drivers from South San Francisco-based Compass Transportation, driving for companies like Amtrak, Apple, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga, want to unionize for better wages and working conditions.
More Silicon Valley shuttle drivers look to unionize - USA Today
Friday, December 12, 2014
Bernie Sanders Joins Federal Contract Workers; Walmart Found by NLRB to Have Threatened Workers; Delta Worker Fired for Appearing in Video Calling for $15 an hour
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders joined low-wage federal contract to call on the President to raise wages for them to $15 an hour and ensure federal contracting companies respect workers' rights to collectively bargain. In the MSNBC clip Sen. Sanders says, "what we are saying to the United States government is that the wealthy cannot have it all!" Bernie Sanders lays out economic agenda (VIDEO) - MSNBC
On Tuesday, Walmart Strikers had a big win when an administrative judge found that Walmart threatened employees and unfairly disciplined them for trying to organize workers in two California stores. Geoffrey Carter, NLRB Administrative law judge who made the decision found that Walmart's "July 2010 dress code is facially unlawful because it is overboard and unduly infringes on the rights of associates..."
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Workers Announce Strike on Black Friday; Laane: Public Money is an Investment in the Community; San Francisco passes Retails Workers Bill of Rights
It's almost Thanksgiving! Christmas shopping begins on Black Friday, and you know what that means right? Wal-Mart workers from across the country will walk off their jobs to speak out against poverty pay and erratic scheduling, calling for $15 an hour and full-time work. Martha Sellers, who has worked at Wal-Mart for 11 years in Pico Rivera, Cali. said, “it hurts to talk about being that hungry.”
In the run-up to Black Friday, Walmart and strikers wage a war of words - Washington Post
Wal-Mart workers aren't the only ones going hungry. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Laane) is giving hope to workers, and the economy by ensuring taxpayer dollars go to good paying middle class jobs. Madeline Janis, Laane’s national policy director said, “Public money is an investment on behalf of the community and taxpayers. We’re saying that the developers who receive the benefit of public investment should give a return on that investment to the community.” In Los Angeles, 121,000 workers have benefited from $2 billion in economic benefits from Laane's work.