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NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers

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An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart.

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International Food Workers Show Solidarity with Chicago Nabisco Workers

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The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) have affirmed their solidarity with employees of Mondelēz International, the maker of Nabisco products, around the world. The state of Illinois has given Nabisco/Mondelēz millions of dollars in public assistance and tax breaks. BCTGM represents some 4,000 Mondelēz workers. The company has asked for massive concessions from employees that BCTGM says would amount to lost wages and benefits of $22–$29 per hour, per employee, and would lead to hundreds of lost jobs. In July, the company moved hundreds of jobs from Chicago to Mexico, jobs that were mostly held by African American and Latino workers before the move. They are represented by BCTGM Local 300 in Chicago. Most of them are also over the age of 40, a surprisingly disproportionate targeting of experienced and valuable employees.

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Why Citigroup Should Be Inducted Into the 2015 Corporate Hall of Shame

Each year, Corporate Accountability International asks the public to vote for the “worst of the worst” corporations, and the leading vote getter is added to its Corporate Hall of Shame. The non-profit organization then launches grassroots actions at the “winning” company.

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Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

Menards Is Rewriting the Book on Anti-Worker Tactics

We thought we'd seen everything in the book of tricks used by management to prevent workers from organizing on the job, but Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards is going above and beyond. The employment agreement for managers at the chain threatens managers with a 60% pay cut if a union forms under their supervision.

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AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Aims to Stop CEOs from Getting Rich Through Stock Buybacks

The AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund is shining the spotlight on companies whose CEOs stand to collect a bundle as a result of large stock buyback programs. In a stock buyback, a company buys its own shares to reduce the number of shares outstanding.

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Walmart's Policies Have Sent 400,000 Jobs to China

Walmart's Policies Have Sent 400,000 Jobs to China

Walmart's policies have sent 400,000 jobs to China since 2001, a new report conservatively estimates. The report from the Economic Policy Institute describes the process through which Walmart, the world's largest retailer, serves as a key conduit of Chinese products being introduced to the American market.

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Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy: Former Massey Energy CEO Blankenship Convicted of Conspiracy

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More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. While the tragedy was the largest loss of life in a mine accident in the United States since 1970, numerous other workers have lost their lives in Massey mines.

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New Online Database Makes It Easier to Fight Corporate Crime

New Online Database Makes It Easier to Fight Corporate Crime

BP was charged with $25 billion in environmental, health and safety penalties since 2010. The oil and gas industry overall paid more in these kinds of penalties than any other industry—nearly $32 billion since 2010, followed by pharmaceutical ($13 billion), utility/power generation companies ($3 billion) and the auto and chemical industries.

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CEOs Get Lavish Retirement Packages While Their Workers Do Without, Report Notes

CEOs Get Lavish Retirement Packages While Their Workers Do Without, Report Notes

Chief executive officers of the nation’s largest companies can look forward to a very comfortable retirement while most working Americans have little or no savings for their old age. The 100 largest retirement funds of CEOs are worth a total of $4.9 billion, or equal to the entire retirement savings of 41% of America's families, according to a new report released this week by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies.

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The Top 100 CEOs Have More Retirement Savings Than 50 Million Families Combined

The Top 100 CEOs Have More Retirement Savings Than 50 Million Families Combined

Let's just reiterate that headline to make sure it sinks in: The top 100 CEOs, you know, fewer people than were on the train I took to work this morning, have more in retirement savings than 50 million families—41% of the families in the United States, or 116 million people. Anyone else think that seems kind of excessive?

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