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On Thursday, Let's Talk About Taxpayers Subsidizing Walmart

On Thursday, Let's Talk About Taxpayers Subsidizing Walmart

As part of the ongoing Upworthy series, Workonomics, there will be an UpChat this Thursday to discuss how Walmart's low wages mean that taxpayers end up subsidizing those workers to the tune of $6,000 per employee each year. Wages and benefits are so low for the country's largest employer that many of the company's workers are forced to take part in Medicaid, housing assistance, child care subsidies, food stamps and other government lifelines. Meanwhile, the Walton family, who owns the company, has more wealth than the bottom 40% of the country combined.

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McDonald's Workers Show Us What Democracy Looks Like

The latest video in the Upworthy Workonomics series takes a look at recent actions aimed at getting McDonald's to pay its workers a living wage. Strikers attended the corporation's shareholders meeting and were arrested for not sitting idly by while their labor was exploited for McProfits. The video (above) was produced by the Low Pay Is Not OK campaign. 

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Are You Trapped in the Walmart Economy?

Workers at Walmart are mounting a new initiative not only to get their stories of how Walmart’s low wages, disrespect and intimidation are trapping them in a Walmart economy, but how millions of other workers and their families are caught in that same economy.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Hilton DoubleTree Suites at Harvard

Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Hilton DoubleTree Suites at Harvard

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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The State of America's Deadly Jobs, in 9 Charts

The State of America's Deadly Jobs, in 9 Charts

At The Huffington Post, Alissa Scheller has an article that includes nine charts that show very clearly the key takeaways from the AFL-CIO's recent Death on the Job report.  These charts explore the issue of who the 4,600 who die on the job each year are and what is contributing to their deaths.

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Where's the Boeing We Used to Know? Taking Lessons from Walmart?

Boeing's Everette, Wash., facility. JetStar photo/Flickr Creative Commons

Taxpayers around Washington State are trying to understand the Boeing Co.’s recent announcement of layoffs, just months after the legislature met in special session to grant $8.7 billion in tax preferences—the largest such deal in American history.

Our relationship with Boeing needs to change.

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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

Photo courtesy VOCAL NY on Flickr

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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