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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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Verizon Cries Poor with $1 Billion a Month in Profits

Verizon Cries Poor with $1 Billion a Month in Profits

Poor Verizon. In contract negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW), the company says it just doesn’t have the money for a fair contract for 39,000 workers from Virginia to Massachusetts.

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Southwest Side Braces for Loss of Oreos and 600 Jobs

Southwest Side Braces for Loss of Oreos and 600 Jobs

On Aug. 24, NPR Chicago broadcast a special story detailing the recent announcement by Mondelēz International that it is shipping 600 union jobs--half of the plant’s workforce--to Mexico. The program included interviews with BCTGM Local 300 members at the Chicago bakery. The report also described how the city worked with Mondelēz the last time the company threatened to move production outside of the United States by providing $300 million in tax breaks to complete infrastructure work at the bakery.

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Trumka: New SEC Rule Will Expose Whether CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Is Out of Balance

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In an op-ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the importance of increasing transparency in what companies pay their CEOs. He says that something is "terribly wrong" in the way our system currently works and that, at a minimum, the first step toward improving the situation is to reduce the secrecy around what these big corporations are doing. 

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Papa John's Franchise Ordered to Pay $800,000 in Wage Theft Case

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Papa John's, a pizza company not exactly known for their worker-friendly policies, may be the target of legal action after a franchisee in New York was ordered by a state judge to pay nearly $800,000 after being accused of underpaying employees and failing to pay them overtime. Emstar Pizza, which owns seven Papa John's stores, was sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly underreporting hours worked by employees and rounding workers' hours down to the nearest hour, as well as not paying overtime to workers who earned it. Schneiderman said he is considering pursuing action against Papa John's as well.

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7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

It’s been two and a half years since Walmart announced its so-called “U.S. manufacturing initiative,” which means it’s time for another PR-heavy, Walmart manufacturing “summit,” this one in Bentonville, Ark., on July 7 and 8. Undoubtedly, Walmart will use the summit to deliver feel-good talking points to the media, so this seems like a good time to review some facts about Walmart’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, past, present and future. Here are seven things we hope you’ll keep in mind when reporting on Walmart and American manufacturing (after the jump).

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This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This post originally appeared on the Walmart 1% blog

We’ve written before on this site about the farce that is Walmart’s “U.S. manufacturing” initiative. Now, as Walmart prepares for its next U.S. manufacturing summit in Bentonville, Ark., the Journal of Commerce has released a new list of America’s top importers and you-know-who tops the list once again.

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Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers and Our Walmart activists are headed to the Walmart shareholders' meeting in Bentonville, Ark., to demand that the company raise its minimum salary to $15 per hour and provide consistent, full-time jobs for workers who want them at the retail giant. The workers also will protest the layoffs of workers who have raised their voice and demanded more from the country's largest private employer.

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American Enterprise Institute Tries to Hide Runaway CEO Pay

Leave it to the right-wing neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to defend the indefensible: runaway CEO pay levels.  Last week, the AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch website announced that S&P 500 company CEOs made on average $13.5 million in total compensation in 2014, an amount equal to 373 times the average production and nonsupervisory worker’s pay. 

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NLRB Reaffirms Kellogg Lockout Was Illegal; Orders Workers to Be Made Whole

NLRB Reaffirms Kellogg Lockout Was Illegal; Orders Workers to Be Made Whole

The five-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C., reaffirmed that the Kellogg Co. illegally locked out more than 220 members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant from Oct. 22, 2013, to Aug. 11, 2014. The May 7 NLRB decision directed the company to make all employees whole for any loss of earnings and benefits they suffered as a result of the unlawful lockout.

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