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Debt Relief Scammers Preying on Student Loan Borrowers

Working families who’ve saved, sacrificed and borrowed to go to college or send a family member are struggling to meet the demands of their student loans. Now those folks who feel like they’re drowning in debt from getting an education and training that makes them more productive—and makes the United States more competitive—are being targeted by so-called debt relief companies.

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Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Under a contract with Montgomery County, Md., Potomac Disposal, Inc. collects trash from more than 40,000 households. Now Potomac is asking the county for a raise. But the company’s CEO says he has no intention of sharing any additional money it may receive from the county with its workers, members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657.

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Supreme Court Rules That Companies Don't Have to Compensate Workers for Required Time at Work

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Using logic so tortured that Dick Cheney would approve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that companies didn't have to compensate workers for required security checkpoint waits that take as long as 30 minutes a day to complete. The ruling overturned a federal appeals court decision from 2013, which held that workers at a warehouse that provides services for Amazon.com should be compensated for the time they were required to go through security checkpoints whose purpose was to prevent employee theft. The workers don't work directly for Amazon but are hired by Integrity Staffing Solutions. The outcome of the case is likely to affect workers at other companies, such as Apple and CVS, who are currently engaged in similar lawsuits.

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Several Giant U.S. Corporations Pay CEOs Richly While Avoiding Federal Taxes

Several Giant U.S. Corporations Pay CEOs Richly While Avoiding Federal Taxes

Seven of the nation’s 30 largest corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid in U.S. federal income taxes in 2013, according to a new study by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Black Friday Actions Biggest Ever for Walmart Workers

Black Friday Actions Biggest Ever for Walmart Workers

Walmart workers’ fight for justice and an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay reached historic heights on Black Friday, with an estimated 1,600 actions and strikes at Walmart locations around the country, including workers’ sit-down strikes at Walmart stores in Southern California and the District of Columbia.

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Make a Black Friday Call to Support Walmart Workers

Make a Black Friday Call to Support Walmart Workers

You've definitely seen the local news stories where crowds of people swarm outside stores, fighting for the best Black Friday deals. But on this Black Friday, people are at Walmart stores across the country to fight for something else—a fair deal for Walmart workers. 

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Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement of solidarity with the Walmart workers who are striking on Black Friday (after the jump).

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Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Walmart workers, many who earn poverty-level wages and have irregular and part-time hours, have mobilized for justice and fairness at Walmart over the past few years and now are calling on Walmart to end retaliation against workers who are speaking up for better pay and working conditions. Now, workers’ allies in communities around the nation are joining them in massive demonstrations on Black Friday (Nov. 28), the biggest shopping day of the year.

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5 Ways Walmart Avoids Paying Taxes and Is Scheming to Pay Even Less

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness, How Walmart is Dodging Billions in Taxes: And Scheming to Avoid Billions More, details the ways that Walmart avoids paying $1 billion in taxes a year and is spending massive amounts of money so it can pay even less in taxes. The largest retailer in the country is owned by the richest family in the country and faces constant criticism for paying workers wages so low that many of its employees can't make ends meet.

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Walmart Workers to Strike as New Report Calls Company 'America's Largest Poverty Incubator'

In advance of Black Friday protests the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart workers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, participated in a one-day strike calling on the retail giant to increase wages. Meanwhile, a new report, “Walmart's Hunger Games: How America's Largest Employer and Richest Family Worsen the Hunger Crisis,” called Walmart the poster child for food insecurity in America.

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