Tag Archives: labor

  If it sounds too good to be true

Nice Time! New York Gov To Save Manicurists From Your Spa, We Mean ‘Sweatshop’

Fancy ain't free
Do you live in New York and love getting your nails did, but for real cheap, like $10.50? Sure, it’s SUPER awesome that you can pay practically nothing for someone else to spend an hour scraping off your callouses and massaging your aching joints and painting your fingers all pretty, but on the other hand, according to a series of reports by the New York Times — and also math — that bargain price means the person beautifying you all up, often an undocumented immigrant with zero protections, is getting paid practically nothing, or even literally nothing, or even literally negative dollars, since she actually paid her boss to let her work there. Plus, also, they are working with hazardous chemicals 27 hours a day (for real, salon owners make them work pretty much every hour of the day, every day of the week), suffering from respiratory problems, higher risks of miscarriage, and god only knows what else because there has been little research on the effects of long-term exposure to the chemicals used in nail salons. So maybe, like, not so super awesome for them? Read more on Nice Time! New York Gov To Save Manicurists From Your Spa, We Mean ‘Sweatshop’…
  mommyblogging

Raise Less Corn, More Hell

Viva sandino!
Rebecca usually runs this every May Day, but she took the goddamn day off to be eight months pregnant, whatever. So now it’s a Mother’s Day post! –Evan Hurst And so today is May Day! We can have — or heave! — a cocktail for the working man. We can put on Our Marching Zapatos of Ocupado Justice! We can do lots and loads of things! But me, I’m missing mi mamacita communista. She didn’t die or anything, she just retired and moved back to Oklahoma, where they still (unaccountably) haven’t burned her for a witch. Read more on Raise Less Corn, More Hell…
  Things Go Better With Koch

Scott Walker Signs ‘Right To Work’ Law So Wisconsin Can Have Fewer Rights At Work

Yes, it's 'shopped
Scott Walker signed a “Right To Work” bill into law Monday, ensuring that employees won’t have to submit to oppressive union membership, higher wages, safer workplaces, and job security anymore. Wisconsin is now the 25th state with a right-to-work with fewer rights at work law, and already the new jobs are simply flooding into Wisconsin: Read more on Scott Walker Signs ‘Right To Work’ Law So Wisconsin Can Have Fewer Rights At Work…
  Now Performing On The Carrageenan Stage...

Struggling Mom And Pop Business ‘McDonald’s’ To Pay SXSW Performers In ‘Exposure’

Suddenly that gas price no longer indicates how old this photo is!
You sort of have to admire the corporate overlords at McDonald’s (no you don’t) for their capacity to act like evil geniuses — for their great big sponsored pavilion at the annual SXSW music and film fest in Austin, they’ve invited a whole bunch of bands to play, paying the performers only in “exposure.” Looks like they’ve learned a thing or two from the world of blogging! Read more on Struggling Mom And Pop Business ‘McDonald’s’ To Pay SXSW Performers In ‘Exposure’…
  a feature not a bug

If Kansas Jumped Off A Bridge, Would Other States Do It Too? Apparently Yes!

That bridge sucked anyway.
You may be familiar with the state of Kansas, where Governor Sam Brownback and the ruling GOP have conducted what Brownback has called a “great experiment” in conservative economics. They’ve radically slashed income taxes, especially for top earners, on the theory that liberating this money will supercharge the economy; businesses will flock in, new jobs will be created, and an orgy of private sector commerce will fill the budget hole caused by the tax cuts. Read more on If Kansas Jumped Off A Bridge, Would Other States Do It Too? Apparently Yes!…
  Sudo Make Me A Sandwich

Jimmy Johns Is Evil. We Mean More Evil.

Oh, there's that, too.
Nobody’s especially surprised to learn that working fast food is, at most places, pretty freaking awful. Low wages, no job security, no benefits, not enough hours, no union, terrible bosses, and all the job satisfaction of working a food assembly line, plus smelling like the fryer when you get home. But at least if you can find a better offer, you can move on, in accord with the best tenets of capitalism. Read more on Jimmy Johns Is Evil. We Mean More Evil….
  Pickled Hearing

Burger King Franchise Isn’t Allowed To Union-Bust Anymore, How Is That Even Fair

Try the Pinkerton Nuggets
Good news from the Burger Wars! A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled Monday that a Burger King franchise owner with 22 restaurants violated federal labor laws in several union-busting actions. The decision by Judge Arthur J. Amchan found that franchise company EYM King had illegally threatened a worker for discussing protests on the job, given a disciplinary warning to another employee for their union sympathies, and illegally enforced a “no soliciting” rule to prevent workers from discussing unionizing. Let’s all join in a nice round of “Union Maid” (“You can’t scare me, I’m stickin’ with the union”) shall we? Read more on Burger King Franchise Isn’t Allowed To Union-Bust Anymore, How Is That Even Fair…
  By The Sweat Of Your Browser Shall You Eat

Allen West Would Like Labor Day Honoring Robber Barons And Scabs, Please

The Ludlow Massacre -- now THAT's worth a holiday
Great American Allen West has just about HAD IT with the shallowness of American three-day-weekend holidays, especially Labor Day, which he pretends to give a good goddamn about in a column published Monday. You see, Mr. West, who used to work for the United States Army until he disgraced himself with some war crimes, and then “worked” in Congress accusing other people of being communists, and now “works” on the wingnut welfare circuit, has some thoughts about the value of hard work and what it is that we celebrate on Labor Day: Read more on Allen West Would Like Labor Day Honoring Robber Barons And Scabs, Please…
  mommy blogging

Raise Less Corn, More Hell

Welcome to your third annual rendition of “Mi Mamacita Communista.” You will be reading this sucker today, next year, the year after that, and forever until you die. It is Wonket Law. And so today is May Day! We can have — or heave! — a cocktail for the working man. We can put on Our Marching Zapatos of Ocupado Justice! We can do lots and loads of things! But me, I’m missing mi mamacita communista. She didn’t die or anything, she just retired and moved back to Oklahoma, where they still (unaccountably) haven’t burned her for a witch. These are things my mother taught me. * The dog can drink out of the pool. * It’s best if the babies are naked. * Protesting is fun! Marching is better! * It is our patriotic duty to cuss loud and creatively. Lenny Bruce wants us to stick it to the squares. For America. And the children. * Good names for America’s pets and children include Rosie, Emma, Fidel and Diego, and any of her children who don’t comply will have their kids’ and pets’ names changed unilaterally. Rodents should be named after baked goods. Read more on Raise Less Corn, More Hell…
  workers of the world get bent

Was Tennessee’s $300 Million Anti-Union Bribe To Volkswagen A Bribe?

Murrca!
Nice auto plant you got here, Volkswagen. Shame if anyone were to unionize it. Incredible though it may seem, that’s the gist of this report from the front lines of the War Against Workers. In short, it looks like Tennessee offered Volkswagen a $300 million incentive to expand its factory in Chattanooga — but the money came with a catch. In the government’s own words: “The incentives … are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee.” And of course the State of Tennessee made no secret of what outcome would meet with their satisfaction. Tennessee’s junior senator, Bob Corker, was quite vocally (and maybe illegally) opposed to unionization at the plant. And oh look, it gets worse! Read more on Was Tennessee’s $300 Million Anti-Union Bribe To Volkswagen A Bribe?…
  cheerleaders auxiliary is a good auxiliary

Union Thugs Get Greasy Hands On College Sportsball

The National Labor Relations Board handed down a 24-page decision saying Northwestern University sportsball players are employees of the university and may form a union. Quarterback Kain Colter has been the face of the pro-unionization campaign. It’s no surprise this happened in Chicago, one of the last bastions of organized labor activity with balls. Read more on Union Thugs Get Greasy Hands On College Sportsball…
  all the derp that's fit to herp

Derp Roundup: Your Weekly Grab-Bag Of Grotesqueries

Welcome, kids, to Derp Roundup, the weekly feature where we give our browser tabs a Silkwood shower, then inspect the drains for stories that are too stoopid to ignore altogether, but not enough to hang a full blog post on. We recommend that you apply the mood-altering substance equivalent of a wire brush to your brain before reading further. Read more on Derp Roundup: Your Weekly Grab-Bag Of Grotesqueries…
  i will work harder!

Walmart Associates Run Thanksgiving Donation Drive So Co-Workers Can Eat People Food

One of these days, a modern-day Charles Dickens is going to write A Christmas Carol for our times, and it will be based on this story of a Walmart in Ohio, where employees organized “a food drive – not for the community, but for needy workers.” Total Dickens, right? The noble poor (broken of body but not of spirit), the historical significance, the double-talking bureaucratic fig leaf for the Establishment, even: “It is for associates who have had some hardships come up,” [Kory Lundberg] said. “Maybe their spouse lost a job. “This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” he said. We feel pretty confident that “rally around associates” and “take care of them when they face extreme hardships” are NOT IN FACT the first things most people think of when they ponder Walmart’s “company culture.” We will say this without citing anything, because honestly it has reached the point with Walmart that we don’t have to. Which is a powerful indictment in itself, shut up it is too. Read more on Walmart Associates Run Thanksgiving Donation Drive So Co-Workers Can Eat People Food…
  sesame seed buns and roses

Striking Fast Food Workers Hope To Be Treated As Well As Lab Animals Someday

OK, so here’s a video that you really DO want to see — and we PROMISE there’s no Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or even My Little Ponies hidden in there — just a short clip from a TED talk by researcher Frans de Waal. And it’s not even one of those awful earnest social-media-will-save-the dolphins TED talks. We provide this clip by way of saying that if capuchin monkeys reject wage inequality, there’s also probably a case to be made for our fellow primates as well, don’t you think? Which brings us to the actual news story that we aren’t at all just using as an excuse to show you the video: Employees of McDonald’s Corp, Wendy’s Restaurants LLC, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others have pledged to walk off their jobs in 50 cities from Boston, Mass, to Alameda, Calif., organizers say … The workers want to form unions and bargain higher wages with their employers without facing retaliation from franchisees or their parent companies. They are demanding $15 an hour, up from $7.25, which is the current federal minimum wage. Now, we want to make absolutely clear that we are not comparing fast food workers to lab monkeys. We’ve done fast food and restaurant work, and we know full well that restaurant employees are sapient human beings with inalienable rights in a complex late-capitalist technological society, which means they can be convinced and bullied to put up with all sorts of shit that no self-respecting capuchin monkey would tolerate. (On the upside, fast food workers are far less likely to be dissected at the end of the work week.) Read more on Striking Fast Food Workers Hope To Be Treated As Well As Lab Animals Someday…
  only commies want their workers off food stamps

DC Approves Living Wage Bill Despite Wal-Mart’s Threat To Take Its Ball And Go Home

Here is a number that has put District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the unenviable position of deciding who writes legislation for his city — Wal-mart, or the democratically elected city council: 12.50. See, the D.C. council, interested in shielding city residents from a cycle of endless poverty and government dependency, have voted for a living wage law mandating that retailers with indoor premises of over 75,000 sq feet and $1 billion in annual revenue pay their employees at least $12.50 per hour. Walmart is threatening to leave DC if the mayor does not veto the bill, saying it cannot possibly afford to pay employees at least $12.50 per hour, given that it can only afford to pay its CEO a paltry $20.7 million per year and is the number 2 company in the Fortune 500 list. Via the Washington Post: Read more on DC Approves Living Wage Bill Despite Wal-Mart’s Threat To Take Its Ball And Go Home…