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NLRB Reaffirms Kellogg Lockout Was Illegal; Orders Workers to Be Made Whole

NLRB Reaffirms Kellogg Lockout Was Illegal; Orders Workers to Be Made Whole

The five-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C., reaffirmed that the Kellogg Co. illegally locked out more than 220 members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant from Oct. 22, 2013, to Aug. 11, 2014. The May 7 NLRB decision directed the company to make all employees whole for any loss of earnings and benefits they suffered as a result of the unlawful lockout.

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Working Families Ask Chipotle to Apply 'Food With Integrity' Principles to Workers in Supply Chain

Working Families Ask Chipotle to Apply 'Food With Integrity' Principles to Workers in Supply Chain

More than 50 people gathered today to protest at Chipotle’s annual shareholder meeting in Denver. Labor and community activists from groups around the area called on Chipotle’s Board of Directors to apply its “Food with Integrity” principles to workers in its supply chain.

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Executive PayWatch 2015: CEO Pay Continues to Skyrocket

Executive PayWatch 2015: CEO Pay Continues to Skyrocket

CEOs of the nation’s largest corporations received a 16% pay raise in 2014, and the pay gap between CEOs and the typical worker widened to 373-to-1, according to the latest data from the AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch. Top executives of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies received, on average, $13.5 million in 2014, even as the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned only $36,000 in annual salary in 2014. 

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AFL-CIO Pushes Back Against Citigroup’s Influence in Washington

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At today’s Citigroup shareholder meeting in New York City, AFL-CIO Office of Investment Director Heather Slavkin Corzo challenged the Wall Street bank’s influence in Washington. At the meeting, Corzo introduced a proposal to require disclosure of Citigroup’s government service golden parachutes.

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11 Ways Big Banks Make Life Harder for Working Families

A new report from the Center for Popular Democracy examines the ways that large financial institutions are helping dismantle the middle class and making life more difficult for working families. The top 10 banks alone bring in some $100 billion in annual profits, and a significant amount of that revenue is generated from sometimes unethical and questionable tactics that working families have a hard time fighting back against.

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Hyundai Supplier Hit with Federal Restraining Order over Firing, Harassing Safety Whistle-Blowers

A federal judge in Alabama issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against auto parts manufacturer Lear Corp.—a major supplier to Hyundai—that the U.S. Department of Labor charges fired one worker and sued her and harassed others for speaking out about safety concerns at the Selma, Ala., plant. 

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High-Tech U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements; Bipartisan Senate Group Urges Federal H-1B Investigation

High-Tech U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements; Bipartisan Senate Group Urges Federal H-1B Investigation

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has called on the federal government to investigate abuses in the H-1B visa program, including allegations that some U.S. firms have not only laid off American high-tech workers and replaced them with lower-paid foreign workers, but forced the American employees to train their replacements.

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Two New Reports Detail How Walmart Keeps Profits High, Wages Down

Two New Reports Detail How Walmart Keeps Profits High, Wages Down

A new study finds that Walmart’s promised raise for its lowest-paid employees to $9 per hour in 2015 and $10 per hour in 2016, will still require large taxpayer subsidies to compensate for the lowness of Walmart’s wages. Meanwhile a new report from the AFL-CIO finds Walmart is seeking to cut its costs for higher-paid, U.S. high-tech workers by recruiting temporary foreign tech workers at lower wages.

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Burned by Fast Food

We've all heard the stories of fast-food restaurants mistreating their workers, but it's hard to imagine managers telling employees who are burned on the job to put mustard or butter on their wounds. Hard to believe, but that's just what Fight For $15 reports in their latest video. Check it out, but be warned that it contains graphic visuals of employee burns.  Then, after you get upset, go learn more and sign the Fight For $15 petition calling for the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate these terrible tactics.

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Shadowy Corporate Group Fighting to Gut Workers' Compensation Laws

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Nearly two dozen major corporations have joined together in recent years in an effort to gut workers' compensation laws in the states. Walmart, Lowe's, Macy's, Kohl's, Sysco Food Services and others formed the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC) in 2013, and the organization already has had success in Tennessee. Mother Jones takes a look at ARAWC's methods.

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