Monday, June 30, 2014
Supreme Court Anti-Union Ruling; Rosie Needs Respect, Government is the Top Low-Wage Employer of Women
The Supreme Court ruled this morning that some government workers don't have to pay union dues that prevent non-union members from freeloading the benefits, higher wages and better labor standards union members are afforded. Justice Alito wrote that home-care aides would be classified as partial public employees and would be able to opt-out of paying dues. Organizing is the most effective way for working Americans to stand up to corporations who want to make high profits, while the
Friday, May 30, 2014
Walmart Moms Announce Strike!
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.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Turn up the Heat and Fight Against Poverty Wages!
If you missed it, over 2,000 protesters were at the McDonalds headquarters yesterday to express their frustration with the McDonalds corporation during their annual shareholder meeting. Close to 140 people were arrested, including Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). "It's time for the McDonald's Corporation...to stop pretending that it can't boost pay for the people who make and serve their food," said Mary Kay.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Listen to the Walmart Workers Going on Strike, they're right!
It's pretty clear who comes first at Walmart and it's not their associates or their shareholders. With sales growth down and Walmart associates seeing low wages and hours cut, it's astonishing executive pay hasn't been affected. Mary Pat Tifft, longtime Walmart shareholder as well as employee said, “Walmart associates are having their hours cut because of declining sales but executives are still getting their bonuses. It’s ridiculous that they can keep receiving their compensation because they keep moving the numbers around."
Making Ends Meet at Walmart - New York Times
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Port Drivers and NFL Cheerleaders Unlawfully Classified as "Independent Contractors"; Hawaii Raises Minimum wage to $10.10
Port truck drivers are on a 48 hour strike protesting the sweatshop conditions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Miguel Tigre drives truck and takes home about $32,000 each year. He owes $30,000 to the IRS, and another $10,000 to credit card companies. “I can go to my bank and say how much money I have, and I'm broke. But I don't cry, I got to keep doing what I'm doing," Tigre said. Port drivers are on strike to change the unlawful practice of classifying port drivers as "independent contractors" instead of employees, making it impossible to unionize and bargain for better pay and conditions.