Posts Tagged ‘labor law reform’

Video: What really goes on in union organizing campaigns

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Were you ever bullied at school? Ever get your lunch money stolen? I bet you thought that behavior would stop once you grew up.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case when you’re a worker trying to form a union. Here’s a statistic that’ll get your blood boiling: 78 percent of workers are forced to attend closed-door meetings with management during union organizing drives. And how much can employers be fined by the National Labor Relations Board for illegally threatening, intimidating, or firing their workers? A whopping zero dollars and zero cents.

Watch this video from the IBEW (featuring actors from the acclaimed HBO series The Wire), showing exactly how such a closed-door meeting might go: (more…)

Fight like hell for the living

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

As our friends at Interfaith Worker Justice point out, “Mother Jones is often quoted as saying, ‘Pray for the Dead, Fight like hell for the Living.’”  While all of us continue to hold the victims of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster in our thoughts and prayers, we are also renewing our commitment to stand up for workers’ rights. (more…)

Who’s afraid of a fair wage?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

It was pretty amusing to watch the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board attempt to incite panic over the possibility that federal contractors be encouraged treat their workers better. To read the Journal’s editorial, you would think that a living wage, health benefits, pensions, and sick leave were the biggest threat facing America since the financial crisis. American Rights at Work’s Kimberly Freeman Brown takes them to task in a recent letter to the editor: (more…)

Why “I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Why do our jobs suck? Because when workers try to form unions to improve their workplaces, unscrupulous companies harass and intimidate their employees.  And even if corporations get caught breaking the law, they get off with a slap on the wrist – and break the law all over again.  It happened to Randall:

Our Casino got in trouble for Violating the National Labor Relations ACT!…All they had to do was post a letter that said they were sorry and that they would not do it again – they already did.

Unfortunately, telling a company to post an “I’m sorry” note is about all the National Labor Relations Board can do.  (more…)

Fed Up with FedEx

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Insults.  Injury. Intimidation.  An impossible workload. That’s happened at the FedEx Ground terminal in Wilmington, MA, according to four Arab-American drivers who allege that they were the victims of racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination – and that senior company management failed to respond to their multiple complaints.
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The Speed Kills You

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

They give you ice, they give you hot water, they sell you pills and tell you that you have to learn to live with pain.
—Anonymous Nebraska meatpacking worker

It’s not just in North Carolina that meatpacking workers have unbelievably bad working conditions.  (more…)

Your stories: here’s a job that doesn’t need fixing

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

There had to be some bright spots out there.  One is from Kathleen, who says:

I love my job as a public middle school counselor. Each day is different, a challenge, and a day to look forward to. Our school’s staff is great, supportive and truly working to do the best for students. (more…)

Your stories: overworked at “Wally World”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Wow: over 200 of you have already told us why you hate or love your jobs.  We were particularly struck (although unfortunately not surprised) by this comment from Patrick, a retail worker at ‘Wally World.’

I work for Wally World and I have to struggle to get something done in my department, mainly because I have to be the cashier, carryout artist, and make sure everybody in 5 different departments get customer service. (more…)

AFL-CIO NOW: Undercover Boss: ‘A Fairy Tale That Ignores Grim Reality’

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Our friends at the AFL-CIO NOW blog have posted their take on “Undercover Boss,”  and make the point well:

…just like our childhood stories ignored the dark, bloody and scary Brothers Grimm originals, “Undercover Boss” ignores the grim reality of too many of today’s workplaces. (more…)

First Episode Reaction

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Here’s the thing.  It’s nice that CEOs like Larry O’Donnell are getting a chance to understand more of what the average worker goes through.  It’s certainly better than having no contact with workers.  The problem is this: it’s not enough.  Workers don’t need TV-created feel-good moments, they need systemic change.  (more…)