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Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA?
"The outcome of Tuesday's election has national implications in terms of the billionaires' battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold."
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Nine Bucks an Hour? A Call for a Living Wage at $10.50 or More
How could Barack Obama say, in his State of the Union speech, “let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour”? Back in 2008, Obama campaigned to have a $9.50 per hour minimum wage...
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Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?
Recent reports of secret meetings among industry reps and the Food and Drug Adminstration over GMO labeling piqued my interest, mostly because this critical aspect was missing: any effort to label GE foods at the federal level could bring the current grassroots movement to a grinding halt by...
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Cambodian Workers Wait for Wages in the Street, Shaming H&M and Wal-Mart
The women of the Kingsland clothing factory in Phnom Penh have been losing sleep over their jobs. It’s not the grueling hours and poverty wages that keep them awake, nor the threat of violent retaliation they’ve endured for trying to organize, nor even the unsanitary, dangerous working conditions...
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The Non Zero-Sum Society: How the Rich Are Destroying the US Economy
And why Walmart, McDonald's and every hospital in the country should be unionized
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Retail Rebellion: Reinventing Organized Labor in the Walmart Economy
In 1962, Arkansas businessman Sam Walton opened the first Walmart discount store, setting in motion the rapid ascendance of a corporate giant that would redefine markets around the world. With its focus on competitive prices and vast distribution networks that revolutionized the industry, Walmart...
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Open Letter to Mark Duke, CEO of Walmart: Take the Lead on Raising Minimum Wage
Mike Duke, CEO Walmart Corporation Bentonville, Arkansas Dear Mr. Duke, Walmart, your gigantic company, is increasingly being challenged by your workers, government prosecutors, civil lawsuits, communities (that do not want a Walmart), taxpayers learning about your drain on government services and...
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WalMart Empire Clashes with China
Typically when we hear “WalMart” and “China” in the same sentence, we picture the “made in” labels on our toys, gadgets, and the other mass-produced stuff that we grab off the shelves at low, low prices. But WalMart’s vast retail empire has a whole other wing in the Middle Kingdom. As the brand has...
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Flammable Material: How Garment Workers Can Respond to the Tazreen Factory Fire
In a fashion industry where trends change by the minute, the lives of the workers who make the clothes are often valued as cheaply as the products they create. The devastating fire at the Tazreen factory in Bangladesh , which killed more than 110 people, is tied to what labor advocates describe as...
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How to Think Outside the Big Box this Holiday Season
Port workers in Los Angeles went on strike last week. McDonald’s and Burger King employees walked off the job and onto the picket line the week before. Last month, Walmart workers made waves with their strike against the giant retailer leading up to and through “Black Friday.” Workers across the...
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