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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Pharrell

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In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. We're going to try to take a look at more than just the usual suspects in these posts, and we'll probably stay away from government officials to give you a look at other key players who are part of the problem.

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How Many Call Center Workers Does It Take to Equal T-Mobile CEO's Salary?

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2,000.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) points out in a new article that T-Mobile CEO John Legere made $29 million after one year in his position, the equivalent of the combined salaries of 2,000 T-Mobile call center workers. A full-time minimum wage employee would have to work 580 hours to equal one hour of pay for the CEO. 

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Walmart Moms: ‘Their Fight Is Our Fight’

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This an open letter from AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler to the nation's working women.  

In a show of national unity, Walmart moms are walking off the job in stores throughout the country this week. After years of trying to support themselves and their families on wages that are too low, with schedules that rob them of full-time benefits and an employer who fires co-workers who audaciously ask for more pay, they have had enough.

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Labor Department Opens Door for Review of Denied Black Lung Cases by Controversial Hopkins Doctor

	  Retired miner Steve Day, 67, needs supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day to breathe. Photo by F. Brian Ferguson/courtesy of Center for Public Integrity

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered its officials who determine if coal miners are eligible for black lung benefits to no longer rely on the medical opinion of the Johns Hopkins doctor, ABC News reports, “whose work for coal companies helped lead to benefits being denied to thousands of miners over the last two decades.”

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Walmart Strikers March on 'Home Office'

Walmart Strikers March on 'Home Office'

Striking Walmart workers today are taking their call for Walmart to end its retaliation against and bullying of workers who speak out to the company’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, Ark. The action follows Wednesday’s strikes in more than 20 cities across the nation and precedes Friday’s annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Walmart Strikers Take Fight to Walton’s Estate

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Walmart strikers took their message that Walmart must stop retaliation against and bullying of workers who speak out straight to Walmart Chairman Rob Walton's estate in Arizona earlier this week. . Check out these photos and click here for more.

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Support Walmart Strikers and Their Fight

Support Walmart Strikers and Their Fight

This is a big week for Walmart workers who are on strike in 20 cities, led by the Walmart moms. But when low-wage workers go on strike, they miss out on valuable pay. Moms are taking an especially big risk by going on strike. They know this all too well, as they're striking to protest the retaliation, punishment and bullying of their co-workers who speak out. 

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AFL-CIO Endorses Postal Workers' Boycott of Staples

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The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Postal Workers’ (APWU's) boycott of the office supply giant Staples over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations by contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees. 

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Rob Walton

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In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. We're going to try to take a look at more than just the usual suspects in these posts, and we'll probably stay away from government officials to give you a look at other key players who are part of the problem.

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Why We Should All Support the Moms on Strike Against Walmart

Hundreds of Walmart Moms are going on strike this week in dozens of cities across the country to protest Walmart’s terrible treatment of working women. Their courage is admirable. It’s not easy to take on Walmart, especially because the company has a history of illegally retaliating against its workers.

 

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