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You Know What Doesn't Work So Well? Private Prisons

The myth put forth by private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group that private prisons are cheaper than public prisons is shattered by a new report from In the Public Interest, thus undercutting the primary rationale for prison privatization efforts across the country. When pushing for contracts with the many states that use private prisons, these corporations claim they are the better option because they can run prisons more cheaply than the government can. But this report not only dispels that idea, it highlights some of the less-than-savory activities the corporations engage in because of the perverse incentives created by these contracts.

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10 Suggested Ways T-Mobile Can Further Punish Pro-Union Employees

Photo courtesy Joachim S. Muller on Flickr

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board consolidated several complaints against T-Mobile for alleged anti-union practices, which will lead to a nationwide ruling several months down the road. Among the accusations of illegal behavior made by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) against the company are employee intimidation and interrogation and strong opposition to union organizing activities. 

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4 Frightening Facts About the Influence of the Other NRA (the National Restaurant Association)

4 Frightening Facts About the Influence of the Other NRA (the National Restaurant Association)

What would America's politics be without the outsized influence from the NRA? In this case, however, we're talking about the National Restaurant Association, which uses an army of lobbyists to fight against the rights of working families who do all the work that makes them their profits. The industry that brings in $600 billion a year in revenue is a leader in fighting against raising the minimum wage and increasing wages for tipped workers, paid sick days and food safety rules.

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California Truckers Will Be Paid $2.2 Million in Misclassification Case

Photo courtesy Californiagal22 on Flickr

Think Progress reports that Pacer Cartage, a California logistics company, is being ordered to pay more than $2.2 million in back pay to short-haul truck drivers it illegally misclassified as independent contractors. The California Labor Commissioner's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement says that the company knew or should have known that the drivers were employees and not contractors and Pacer is required to pay restitution, attorney's fees and interest.

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USPS–Staples Privatization Scheme ‘Bad Deal’ for Consumers, Workers

Illustration by Berkeley Post Office Defenders

On Saturday, the Postal Workers (APWU) members take their fight against the U.S. Postal Service’s latest privatization scheme to Elmwood Park, Ill., where, with union and community allies, they will demonstrate outside a Staples store. The USPS began contracting out postal services to Staples in October through “postal” counters in the stores staffed with low-wage Staples employees.

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If Walmart Paid Its Workers a Living Wage So They Wouldn't Need Food Stamps, How Much More Would It Cost Customers? (You'll Be Surprised)

Photo via Ryan R. Berdel Instagram (@nanokarbon)

Companies like Walmart often claim they can't afford to raise employee salaries because it would cause them to raise prices, which would hurt customers, decrease sales and then hurt the very employees whose salaries they raised, leading to layoffs and less hours. Ignoring the fact that they could easily absorb any such cost increases by slightly slimming down their billions of dollars of profits, the math just doesn't add up (watch the video after the jump).

If you think Walmart workers deserve a living wage, sign the petition

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McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling 'Dangerously Broadened Its Skewed View of Money in Politics,' Says Trumka

McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling Is 'One of the Most Undemocratic and Corrosive Decisions in History,' Says Trumka

Reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election CommissionAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the court made "one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizens United ruling."

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Want a Side Order of Wage Theft with Your Pizza? Call Domino's

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown on Flickr

Say it ain't so, Domino's. On the heels of a $1.28 million settlement between a Domino's franchisee in New York City on Feb. 23, more Domino's franchise owners in New York state reached a settlement with drivers and pizza cooks for $448,000 for wage theft. The new settlement was announced by the state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman. Last week, Schneiderman also announced a roughly half-million-dollar settlement with a McDonald's franchise owner after employees made similar accusations.

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What Target Says in Its New Anti-Union Video, and What It Really Means

Target is at it again. The country's third-largest retailer has long been anti-union, and it has a new version of its hilarious propaganda video meant to scare workers away from organizing for a voice on the job. Gawker and other sources have run the video, which is filled with so many lines that are dishonest or misleading that you have to double check to make sure it isn't a comedy piece produced by The Onion.

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Letter Carriers Stand Solidly with Postal Workers Against USPS–Staples Deal

The Letter Carriers (NALC) have joined in the battle by the Postal Workers (APWU) to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting services to Staples with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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