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Help 'Kickstart' Walmart Workers' Documentary

Many of us know the hardships that Walmart workers in the U.S. and in Walmart’s global supply chain endure. But their stories need to be told far and wide, and you have the chance to bring Walmart workers’ battle for justice to a wider audience.

 

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Emerging Trade Agreement Would Make Drugs Less Affordable

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade agreement that the United States and 11 other Pacific-rim countries are negotiating—threatens to make prescription drugs less affordable for consumers and taxpayers. CBPP [and AFL-CIO] recently joined with ten other organizations, including AARP and Consumers Union, to express our concerns to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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Locked-Out Cereal Workers Take Kellogg Battle to Battle Creek

Locked-Out Cereal Workers Take Kellogg Battle to Battle Creek

How’s this for a meeting? Friday afternoon in Battle Creek, Mich., hundreds of union members, labor leaders, and community activists rallied outside the Kellogg Co. annual shareholders meeting to protest Kellogg's lockout of more than 220 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G Memphis, Tenn., cereal workers.

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Three Companies Just Promised to Stop Investing in Private Prisons

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In a victory in the ongoing fight against prison privatization and the big business behind mass incarceration, three companies have agreed to pull $60 million in investments out of the GEO Group Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the two largest private prison corporations in the United States. The three companies are investment groups Scopia Capital Management LLC, DSM and Amica Mutual Insurance Co. GEO Group and CCA currently own 75% of the private prison industry in America, and the investments were withdrawn after a campaign by ColorofChange.org put pressure on them and 147 other companies, Think Progress reports.

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Yeah, We're Subsidizing CEO Pay, Too

Yeah, We're Subsidizing CEO Pay, Too

Many of the same major restaurant chains that are fighting against raising wages and improving benefits and work conditions for their employees are exploiting tax loopholes to have government heavily subsidize excessive CEO compensation, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers' Double Burden

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Day of Action Aims to Stop USPS–Staples Mail Privatization Scheme

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Postal Workers (APWU) members and community allies are rallying today at 50 Staples stores in 27 states as part of a National Day of Action to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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SPEEA Wins Boeing Case, Workers to Split $47 Million

Nearly 500 current and former Boeing Co. employees who worked at two Southern California plants will share in a $47 million award after an arbitrator agreed with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 that the company wrongfully denied the workers union representation in 2001.

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Taxpayers Subsidize Walmart and America's Richest Family to the Tune of $7.8 Billion Annually

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness shows that taxpayers in the United States subsidize Walmart and the Walton family, who owns the majority of Walmart stock and is the richest family in the country, by at least $7.8 billion annually. The report, Walmart on Tax Day: How Taxpayers Subsidize America's Biggest Employer and Richest Family, was released in conjunction with tax day, when millions of Americans and small businesses do their civic duty and pay their fair share to support the economy and services critical to many Americans. At the same time, the report shows, taxpayers help pad Walmart and the Walton family's profits in direct and indirect ways.

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Kellogg Locked Out Kevin to Cut Costs, Paid CEO $8 Million

Kellogg Locked Out Kevin to Cut Costs, Paid CEO $8 Million

For 13 years Kevin worked at the Kellogg Co.’s Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant, until the company locked out him and 225 of his co-workers in October. While they missed the rest of the year’s paychecks—and continue to do so—Kellogg CEO John Bryant pocketed nearly $8 million in 2013 compensation, reports the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch.

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Listen Up, Then Tell Lionsgate to Do the Same

Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) and other production companies are shipping American musicians’ jobs overseas—musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story.

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