Ed Schultz Responds To NBC Worker Controversy ‘I Support Workers Everywhere’

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 11:02 am

MSNBC and radio show host Ed Schultz made a firm statement this week on his cable news program The Ed Show saying “I support workers in every workplace in America when it comes to fair share, collective bargaining, and the vote.” The statement was nothing if not interesting. If you are a regular viewer of [...]

Walmart Strikers Head To Annual Meeting

By: Friday June 7, 2013 9:35 am

Workers in the Walmart Strike are heading to Bentonville, Arkansas to present their ideas for reforming Walmart’s business practices at the company’s annual meeting. When Walmart holds its annual meeting in Bentonville, Ark., on Friday, Janet Sparks will deliver two important messages. First, as a small shareholder, she will introduce a resolution to reform executive [...]

Dorner Revisited

By: Friday February 22, 2013 7:53 am

When I first heard about the Chris Dorner story I rolled my eyes – blood in the water brings out the media sharks who have to swim or die because thinking is too hard. But worse than the vapid callous infotainment press was the cheering from the cheap seats. Dorner was a hero for shooting [...]

Fast Food Workers in New York City Stage Wildcat Strike

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 6:14 am

I guess worker-led revolts are catching. After a successful set of Black Friday protests at Walmart stores nationwide, New York City will see walkouts at dozens of fast-food restaurants today, part of a more explicit effort to unionize the sector with the slogan Fast Food Forward. After three years of working at the McDonald’s restaurant [...]

Bangladesh Fire Highlights Walmart’s Strategy of Plausible Deniability

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 12:19 pm

Bangladesh’s government has arrested three supervisors of the factory that saw a deadly fire that killed over 100 garment workers. The factory made products for Walmart, the Disney Company, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs’ clothing line and other US retailers.

Bangladesh Factory Consumed in Fire Made Walmart Clothing

By: Monday November 26, 2012 2:50 pm

I briefly mentioned the implications of the Walmart supply chain, and how the insistence of keeping prices low has wide-ranging impacts across the globe. Apparently some of those impacts are completely tragic. A day after shoppers searched for bargains and some workers protested during Black Friday, a garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed hundreds. The [...]

Walmart Workers Plan Black Friday Protests, So Walmart Will Open on “Black Thursday”

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 10:53 am

The historic Walmart worker strikes over the past couple months built energy toward an even bigger culmination. Walmart workers, protesting low wages, erratic hours, lack of health benefits, and most importantly disrespect in the workplace, decided to speak their grievances in a series of worker-led actions. Walmart responded with retaliation, including firings, reductions of hours, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mike Daisey, Apple, and Why Inquiry of Factory Conditions Everywhere Matters

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:18 pm

We’re finally getting over the hoopla of the This American Life retraction of Mike Daisey’s Apple claims, which has led to a new emerging trend that wouldn’t be possible without the false claims Daisey made. I think Daisey did significant damage to raising awareness on labor standards around the world, particularly in China, for political [...]

Obama Administration Extends Wage and Hour Protections to Home Health Care Workers

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 8:55 am

The Obama Administration will provide wage protections for home care workers via executive order, a promising proposal for over two million workers previously exempted from coverage. The move is another in the “We Can’t Wait” proposals the Administration has been leaking out for a couple months. Twenty-nine states currently exempt home health care workers from [...]

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