Department of Labor Hits Wal-Mart Supplier With Hundreds of Thousands in Fines

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 11:00 am

Following up on a previous item, the US Department of Labor has cited C.J.’s Seafood of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and instructed them to pay a series of fines, as well as back wages to a group of guest workers the company abused with harsh, illegal working conditions. The incident is notable because C.J.’s Seafood was [...]

10,000 Protest Wal-Mart in Los Angeles

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:58 am

In what was billed as the largest mass protest in history against the retail giant, an estimated 10,000 union members and community leaders rallied on Saturday against the building of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown. It’s one of three Neighborhood Markets slated for Southern California, carrying with them the threat of [...]

Report Confirms Guest Worker Abuse at Wal-Mart Supplier

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:49 am

Speaking of temporary agricultural guest workers, a program which Mitt Romney would like to expand by removing red tape, I have an update on that Wal-Mart supplier, C.J.’s Seafood, engaged in forced labor of undocumented immigrants at a seafood processing plant in Louisiana. You’ll recall that Wal-Mart initially denied any misconduct at its supplier, saying [...]

Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:22 pm

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on [...]

Workers for Wal-Mart Supplier Forced Into Slave Labor

By: Friday June 15, 2012 9:54 am

Wal-Mart is under fire after guest workers at a seafood supplier of theirs in the Gulf Coast went on strike, alleging slave labor conditions and 24-hour work shifts. The workers are in the United States with H-2B visas, which allow foreign nationals to work temporary, non-agricultural jobs if the employer can demonstrate that “there are [...]

Foreign Exchange Students Walk Out of Exploitative Hershey Chocolate Factory Jobs

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 12:25 pm

This story about foreign exchange students being exploited for their labor in Hershey, PA, and in particular what they did to fight back, is at once a spine-chilling story about the third-world labor market we’ve engendered in this country and a story of hope about a path out of this mess, through pure will and [...]

Utah Passes Immigration Law Similar to Arizona’s SB 1070

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 2:54 pm

Maybe there’s a soft bigotry of low expectations at work here, or maybe it’s the difference in the number of immigrants in the state, but nobody seems to be as outraged about what happened this week in Utah. And the mix of bills is interesting: Utah’s governor on Tuesday signed a package of immigration laws [...]

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