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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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K-E Double L! O Double Greed

When the Kellogg Co. locked out some 220 workers from its Memphis, Tenn., plant in October, it was another step in Kellogg’s corporate battle plan to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs in the United States and elsewhere with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.

Today the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union stepped up its campaign to shed light on Kellogg’s Greed.

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Class-Action Suit: McDonald's and Franchisees Accused of Wage Theft

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class-action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald's and the company's franchisees in three states, alleging various forms of wage theft at restaurants in California, Michigan and New York, Salon's Josh Eidelson reports. Among the accusations are stores not paying properly for overtime hours, workers being required to clean uniforms off the clock and employees being required to show up for work, but not allowed to clock in when business is slow.

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That 15% Increase in Wall Street Bonuses Last Year Must Mean the Economy Is All Better, Right?

If we're to believe conservatives, the free market rewards those who work hard and do the right thing and punishes those who don't. The market wouldn't, for instance, give record bonuses to Wall Street executives during a time when the economy is struggling, when jobs are scarce and when many Americans are suffering, right? So the news that Wall Street executives saw their bonuses increase by 15% in 2013 must mean that the economy is doing great. Otherwise, why would the free market reward those executives?

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20 Reasons Why Amazon.com Warehouses Are Terrible Places

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While it has risen to become one of the most successful corporations in the new economy, Amazon.com has mastered the art of creating a bad work environment like no other company (except maybe Walmart). At Salon, Simon Head documents the extreme measures the online retailer uses at its fulfillment centers (the company's fancy name for its warehouses). Here are the 20 most extreme abuses Head finds.

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If You Thought Working at McDonald's Was Tough for American Citizens...

If You Thought Working at McDonald's Was Tough for American Citizens...

...It doesn't compare to the nightmare that cultural exchange workers at a Pennsylvania McDonald's franchise were subjected to before going on strike last year.  As previously reported, the workers were subjected to 25-hour shifts without overtime pay, substandard housing, including sleeping in franchisee Andy Cheung's basement, and repeated threats toward any workers who complained. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the details of the settlement between Cheung and the workers, with more than $200,000 in damages and back pay to be paid to nearly 300 workers. 

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Mondays with ALEC: Immigration

Mondays with ALEC: Immigration

In the second in a regular Monday series, StandUpToALEC.org is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on immigration. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislatures, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had successes in rolling back the rights of Americans on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Don’t Let USPS Hit ‘Easy Button’ to Privatization

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More than 200 Postal Workers (APWU) members and supporters demonstrated outside Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose on Tuesday, challenging an arrangement between the company and the U.S. Postal Service that staffs “postal” counters in Staples stores with non-postal employees. The deal threatens good-paying union jobs and jeopardizes public post offices.

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Hey, Macklemore, Can We Go New Wireless Provider Shopping?

Hey, Macklemore, Can We Go New Wireless Provider Shopping?

Hey, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, can we talk for a minute? I love you guys. I think "The Heist" is one of the best albums of the past few years. I've sung three different songs of yours at karaoke and I'm practicing a fourth. I'm one of the people who knows that when you talk about Capitol Hill in your songs, you're not talking about D.C.

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Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Everybody knows about exorbitant hospital prices, but data compiled by National Nurses United (NNU) shows that many hospitals, especially the for-profit ones, are price gouging their patients. Many for-profit hospitals, according to NNU, actually charge patients more than 10 times what it costs to provide care.

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