Thursday, December 19, 2013
VICTORY! Justice for victims of Labor abuse! Low Wage Smithsonian workers win representation, but Federal Contractors Among the worst labor law violators.
Labor abuse is common and widespread in the United States, it's not even safe for those working under federal contracts in government buildings in Washington, D.C. For instance, Antonio Vanegas worked at the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building. He was recently designated a victim of labor abuse crimes and granted a one year authorization to work in the United States with eligibility to apply for a special visa — U visa — given only to victims of serious crimes.
Worker Who Reported Wage Theft Gets Reprieve From Deportation - Huffington Post
Smithsonian food-service workers are finally organized and represented by a union for the first time EVER! It's a major victory after a series of one-day strikes led by Good Jobs Nation. Smithsonian workers have finally secured a seat at the negotiating table to advocate for better wages and working conditions.
Union to represent low-wage food workers at two Smithsonian museums - Washington Post
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Federal Contract Fast-Food Workers Ask the President for a Living Wage and Better Working Conditions
The President said last week, "I’m going to keep pushing until we get a higher minimum wage for hard-working Americans across the entire country." But Congress isn't working together, and Americans making very little money cannot continue to live in poverty, while their employers can afford to pay them better wages. The President has the power to take action for people working under federal contracts. Read the White House press secretary Jay Carney's response to reporters about the minimum wage issue.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Fast-Food Workers are Going on Strike Thursday
Fast-food workers are ready to strike this Thursday in 100 cities across the country. With the median age being 29, and over one-fourth are parents, workers are striking for higher wages so they can support their families. Read more about the planned strikes in this New York Times article:
Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets - New York Times
Meet Eduardo Shoy, he is 58 and earns minimum wage in New York City. Mr. Shoy is employed at KFC and Pizza Hut, working 70 hours a week to support his wife and two children. Read this New York Times article of Mr. Shoy explaining how hard it is to live paycheck-to-paycheck:
Life on $7.25 an Hour - New York Times
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Black Friday: 1,500 Wal-Mart Actions Nationwide
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Low-wage Workers Deserve Federal Government Backing; Over 50 Civil Arrests at Los Angeles Wal-Mart Protest; OSHA Proposes Electronic Filings for Better Transparency
The current national minimum wage has people living in poverty. Votes are still being tallied, but SeaTac, Washington stepped up and lead the nation by voting on a ballot measure that would create a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The New York Times Editorial Board said, "Fast-food workers, Wal-Mart employees and staff of federal contractors have all been agitating recently for higher pay from profitable employers. They deserve raises, and they deserve to have the federal government behind them.
Redefining the Minimum Wage - The New York Times
Just South of Washington State, 54 people were arrested last Thursday in downtown Los Angeles after blocking streets marking the largest single act of civil disobedience in Wal-Mart history. The demonstrators acted in solidarity for the twenty Wal-Mart workers that were fired after joining a walkout in June.
OSHA has proposed to make injury and illness reporting more transparent by having large companies file reports electronically. The electronic reports would be posted online and made available to the public. Eric Frumin, health and safety director at the Change to Win, said the new process creates little burden on employers that are “simply providing additional details that they are already collecting on the causes of these injuries and ways to prevent them.”