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Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

We thought we'd seen everything in the book of tricks used by management to prevent workers from organizing on the job, but Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is going above and beyond. The employment agreement for managers at the chain threatens managers with a 60% pay cut if a union forms under their supervision.

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AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

The AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund is shining the spotlight on companies whose CEOs stand to collect a bundle as a result of large stock buyback programs. In a stock buyback, a company buys its own shares to reduce the number of shares outstanding.

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Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy: Former Massey Energy CEO Blankenship Convicted of Conspiracy

Photo courtesy Rainforest Action Network on Flickr

More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. While the tragedy was the largest loss of life in a mine accident in the United States since 1970, numerous other workers have lost their lives in Massey mines.

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New Online Database Makes It Easier to Fight Corporate Crime

New Online Database Makes It Easier to Fight Corporate Crime

BP was charged with $25 billion in environmental, health and safety penalties since 2010. The oil and gas industry overall paid more in these kinds of penalties than any other industry—nearly $32 billion since 2010, followed by pharmaceutical ($13 billion), utility/power generation companies ($3 billion) and the auto and chemical industries.

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CEOs Get Lavish Retirement Packages While Their Workers Do Without, Report Notes

CEOs Get Lavish Retirement Packages While Their Workers Do Without, Report Notes

Chief executive officers of the nation’s largest companies can look forward to a very comfortable retirement while most working Americans have little or no savings for their old age. The 100 largest retirement funds of CEOs are worth a total of $4.9 billion, or equal to the entire retirement savings of 41% of America's families, according to a new report released this week by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies.

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The Top 100 CEOs Have More Retirement Savings Than 50 Million Families Combined

The Top 100 CEOs Have More Retirement Savings Than 50 Million Families Combined

Let's just reiterate that headline to make sure it sinks in: The top 100 CEOs, you know, fewer people than were on the train I took to work this morning, have more in retirement savings than 50 million families—41% of the families in the United States, or 116 million people. Anyone else think that seems kind of excessive?

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No PR Campaign Will Save Walmart from Being 'Exhibit A' of Bad Worker Policies

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

Americans are increasingly fed up with an economy that rewards wealth over work, a message that’s made it all the way to the top. That’s why when the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday to highlight the power of working people standing together to demand better jobs and better lives, one notable corporation had been excluded—Walmart.

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Worker Stories: Jennifer Svenkerud

On Oct. 7, the White House will hold a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. If you know of someone who should participate in the summit, you can nominate them online now. Until the summit begins, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggle to make sure their voices are heard on the job. Today, we take a look at Jennifer Svenkerud.

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