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Papa John's Franchise Ordered to Pay $800,000 in Wage Theft Case

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Papa John's, a pizza company not exactly known for their worker-friendly policies, may be the target of legal action after a franchisee in New York was ordered by a state judge to pay nearly $800,000 after being accused of underpaying employees and failing to pay them overtime. Emstar Pizza, which owns seven Papa John's stores, was sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly underreporting hours worked by employees and rounding workers' hours down to the nearest hour, as well as not paying overtime to workers who earned it. Schneiderman said he is considering pursuing action against Papa John's as well.

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7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

It’s been two and a half years since Walmart announced its so-called “U.S. manufacturing initiative,” which means it’s time for another PR-heavy, Walmart manufacturing “summit,” this one in Bentonville, Ark., on July 7 and 8. Undoubtedly, Walmart will use the summit to deliver feel-good talking points to the media, so this seems like a good time to review some facts about Walmart’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, past, present and future. Here are seven things we hope you’ll keep in mind when reporting on Walmart and American manufacturing (after the jump).

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This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This post originally appeared on the Walmart 1% blog

We’ve written before on this site about the farce that is Walmart’s “U.S. manufacturing” initiative. Now, as Walmart prepares for its next U.S. manufacturing summit in Bentonville, Ark., the Journal of Commerce has released a new list of America’s top importers and you-know-who tops the list once again.

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Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers Head to Walmart Shareholders' Meeting to Demand $15 an Hour and Full-Time Schedules

Workers and Our Walmart activists are headed to the Walmart shareholders' meeting in Bentonville, Ark., to demand that the company raise its minimum salary to $15 per hour and provide consistent, full-time jobs for workers who want them at the retail giant. The workers also will protest the layoffs of workers who have raised their voice and demanded more from the country's largest private employer.

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American Enterprise Institute Tries to Hide Runaway CEO Pay

Leave it to the right-wing neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to defend the indefensible: runaway CEO pay levels.  Last week, the AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch website announced that S&P 500 company CEOs made on average $13.5 million in total compensation in 2014, an amount equal to 373 times the average production and nonsupervisory worker’s pay. 

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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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