Archive for the 'Organized Labor' Category

FIFTEEN IS NOT A MAGIC NUMBER…

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Reaching the horizon is an impossible task because there is always another horizon visible from each ridge. Chasing after a new minimum wage, regardless of the amount, makes sense in the very short run, but we need to be looking beyond, way far beyond, and single dollar amount. Workers can be motivated by specific raises, […]

HAS WALMART BEATEN THE UNIONS…?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Well, not all the unions–The United Food and Commercial Workers vows that the work continues–but the news from the Washington Post today that the Service Employees International Union has slashed the unionize-Walmart war chest by 50 percent certainly had the Walton family doing the happy dance. On Wednesday, thousands of low-wage workers walked off their […]

WALMART AND IMMIGRATION: RIGHT SIDE…?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Walmart deserves kudos for the recent opposition to the discriminatory state law regarding faux religious freedom concerns. Stepping up has cost the company some grief from the religious wrong and the corporately funded Tea Party. How the wrong-wing of the Republican party will react to this AFL-CIO report regarding Walmart and immigration is up for […]

SEC OKS INDEPENDENT CHAIR VOTE…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Fund wants the next chair of Walmart to be independent of the Walton family. Current Chairman Rob Walton, son of company founder Sam Walton does not. The Teamsters took their case to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the SEC agreed that the matter should come to a vote […]

RIGHT TO WORK BE EXPLOITED…

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Right-To-Work advocates have wet dreams about sweat shops in Bangladesh and work gangs in the antebellum South. Without organized labor there would be no 40-hour work week, there would be no lunch hours or bathroom breaks. If union members hadn’t fought and died for what was right, there would be no over-time pay or pensions […]

WILL NORMA RAE’S GRANDKIDS GET JOBS…?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

In 1979, Sally Fields played the real-life textile worker and union organizer Crystal Lee Sutton in the movie Norma Rae. Sutton died in 2009. Fields, a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal. The J.P. Stevens plant in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., where Sutton worked did unionize in […]

DID OURWALMART SCORE A VICTORY…?

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Did OURWalmart bring the Bentonvile Behemoth around to raising employee wages? No. While the union organization certainly played a role, I think other factors, out of the control of the group, played much larger roles. That is not to diminish the good work the group continues to do, but I don’t think this is a […]

RELEVANT TO THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS…?

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation, told students at the University of Arkansas that the role of big business is to serve society by using its own strengths and working with other companies to improve the worldwide community. McLaughlin was recruited by Wal-Mart in October 2013 from McKinsey & Company where she spent 20 […]

THE OTHER NEUTRALITY

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

One of the reasons I became disillusioned with President Barack Hussein Obama was that his campaign promise to push The Employee Free Choice Act, commonly known as Card Check, forward vaporized. I haven’t heard a peep about Card Check in eight years. Now, in the wake of Walmart’s wage-hike announcement, I came across Card Check […]

ALL HAIL YOB-SHABBOTH…!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Low wages, no benefits, irregular schedules, and unreliable hours are just some of the horrible working conditions most Walmart workers have to endure. Yet when I asked some of the workers what they consider the worst part about working for the corporation, they didn’t mention any of these wretched labor practices. Instead, they all gave […]

THE ANTI-(BLANCHE) LINCOLN…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Remember Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark./Walmart)? I do. She left the Senate in 2011—she was replaced by John Boozman (R-Ark./Walmart)—after a 58 percent-to-37 percent general election. A year later Elizabeth Warren won election to the Senate and she has been a polar opposite to Walmart’s pet senator. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has it out for Walmart. […]

IF THE GAME IS RIGGED, DON’T PLAY THE GAME…

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is my favorite politician. She may disappoint me in the long run, most who hold political office eventually do, but for now she is fighting the battles that ought to be fought against the monied interests of our nation’s most comfortable. In delivering the keynote address to the AFL-CIO’s Raising Wages […]

HOW DID WORKERS DO ON BLACK FRIDAY…?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

For the third year in a row, workers at Walmart engaged in the unthinkable: they took part in nationwide strikes on the company’s busiest day of the year. In the run-up to the most recent strikes, Macro Insider asked what have the strikes accomplished? Friday’s actions aren’t going to leave its shops empty or its […]

WE WILL KNOW EACH OTHER…

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WHAT’CHA GOIN’ DO DOUGIE…?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Walmart,Wal-Mart