Workers’ Memorial Day — April 25, 2015
“Workers’ Memorial Day is celebrated each year on or around April 28th, the anniversary of passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. 71 more words
When I first learned that Penn’s Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) was engaging in an initiative to compel the University of Pennsylvania to contribute Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) to the city of Philadelphia’s struggling school system, I was alarmed that the rationale provided for Penn’s participation was essentially based on the unfortunately inaccurate assumption that “it doesn’t matter what you give–anything will help.” I was likewise alarmed when SLAP joined up with the national $15 minimum wage movement on the basis of purely moral appeals, presenting an honorable front that was nevertheless infused with bad economics and a classist distaste for those who dared to disagree. 1,139 more words
Thirty community members and union supporters confronted and temporarily stalled a bus transporting scab workers to the Port of Vancouver, Washington, last Wednesday.
The action came a day before the one-year anniversary of the… 944 more words
Wage-theft seems, because of the virtue of its status as “illegal,” that it would be one of the less common types of labor grievances. A whole range of monstrous behaviors that are taken up by management against its employee subjects is labeled “legal,” yet wage-theft continues to persist even though it should be targeted by the various state agencies there to combat different types of business criminality. 584 more words
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors just unanimously passed a measure called the Retail Workers Bill of Rights. This would grant the city’s 40,000 retail workers some basic things, like knowing when they’re scheduled to work more than a couple days in advance, and includes measures that would force employers to offer extra hours to part-time employees instead of hiring another part-timer. 73 more words