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Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families. The following day—Black Friday—thousands of Walmart workers and community allies will be striking and protesting all over the country, calling on Walmart to end retaliation for workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay.

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Is FairPoint Offering Strikebreakers $300,000 a Year?

Is FairPoint Offering Strikebreakers $300,000 a Year?

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been on strike against FairPoint Communications since Oct. 17. Now some suspect the company may be offering replacement workers more than $300,000 a year to perform the same jobs the striking workers did for less than a third of that.

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Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

I was thrilled to be a Walmart employee until I realized the simplicity of Walmart’s major issue: The company doesn’t care about its employees.

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Black Beans, Guac and Respect

Black Beans, Guac and Respect

In Los Angeles, more than 100 supporters rallied yesterday at a local Chipotle restaurant to ask it to intervene with its supplier, Huhtamaki.

Workers who make the packaging for Chipotle’s burrito bowls work at Huhtamaki, a giant Finland-based company, earn less than $15 per hour.

Stand with Huhtamaki workers and sign their petition today

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'I Miscarried on Walmart's Property'

Courageous current and former Walmart workers are calling on the mega retailer to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers including lighter duties where medically necessary and being able to drink water or sit down while at work. They formed a group called "Respect the Bump," which made huge strides earlier this year when Walmart announced it would make accommodations for workers with complicated pregnancies, including lighter duties when medically necessary. 

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Walmart Workers Stage Sit-Down at L.A. Store

In Southern California, Walmart workers, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, have placed tape over their mouths, signifying the company’s efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. You can watch the live stream of the action below or at Blackfridayprotests.org. (The free Ustream feed  will contain occasional advertisements.)

 
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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FairPoint Talks to Resume Nov. 18

Photo via Fariness at Fairpoint

Negotiators from striking union workers and from FairPoint Communications will return to the bargaining table Nov. 18 under the auspices of a federal mediator.

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Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

More than 1,000 Yale University graduate student employees, their allies and elected officials rallied on the Yale campus last week calling on the university’s administration to recognize their union and negotiate.

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WaPo Rally: Workers Defend Career-Quality Jobs at Top-Tier Newspaper

WaPo Rally: Workers Defend Career-Quality Jobs at Top-Tier Newspaper

Scores of workers at The Washington Post rallied with a boisterous crowd of supporters, including a small marching band, on the sidewalk in front of the Post building on 15th Street, N.W., during the noon hour today.

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FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined striking FairPoint Communications workers Wednesday on picket lines in Portland and Brewer, Maine. She called FairPoint’s demands for massive concessions “economic inequality in action. It’s a classic case of Wall Street and the richest 1% stomping on the rest of us.”

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