Labor

While Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was never exactly beloved by all, voters liked him a lot more before last week. That’s when Snyder signed legislation radically undercutting the state’s labor unions – a so-called “right-to-work” law – that he had previously...
12/18/2012
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We’ve been talking a lot this year on PolicyShop about the work of groups like Fast Food Forward, OUR Walmart, the Retail Action Project, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers, Hotel Workers Rising, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. These groups and their allies are organizing low-...
12/05/2012
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From Burger King to Walmart, the low-wage workers we depend on to staff America’s consumption-driven economy are tired of being overworked and underpaid, and they are letting their bosses know.  Early this morning, fast-food workers in New York City went on strike across more than half a...
11/29/2012
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It already seems like an age-old question: “Has Wal-Mart been good or bad?” This week, The Washington Post's  Ezra Klein is the one asking and weighing the costs to Walmart’s workforce, its supply chain, and its competitors against the low prices the store offers consumers....
11/26/2012
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There’s no question that Tuesday’s elections brought some significant wins for working people. I’m not talking about the candidates – although national political reporters are busy acknowledging Obama’s reelection as a clear sign that “labor ain’t dead...
11/07/2012
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A class action lawsuit was filed against Walmart in Chicago last week, alleging that Walmart cheated its part-time and temporary workers of earnings and deprived them of mandatory rest breaks by requiring them to come in early and work through their lunch breaks.   This is just the latest...
10/26/2012
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Happy Food Day! The Center for Science in the Public Interest has designated October 24 as a day “to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice.” It’s a good idea, and to mark the occasion, I’d share...
10/24/2012
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The National Retail Federation is bearing glad tidings for the upcoming holiday season: America’s stores are expecting solid growth in holiday sales and may hire more than half a million seasonal employees. Non-seasonal employment in the sector is also improving, as retailers, led by clothing...
10/18/2012
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When workers at a Southern California warehouse that stores goods for Walmart walked out on strike last month,  it was no isolated incident. The company’s notoriously bottom-of-the-barrel employment practices, imposed on contractors and employees alike, are producing labor unrest up and down...
10/09/2012
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The problems posed by unpredictable work schedules are starting to get attention, and it's about time. As Susan Lambert recently wrote in a New York Times op-ed, such schedules are increasingly the norm for low-income workers. Temporary workers, on-call workers, and other types of precarious...
10/02/2012
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