Ponygate: Denial of Worker Protection to Young Kids

Ponygate

Marcy Winograd: The high school and college age kids who shovel excrement at the Santa Monica farmers market have no workers compensation protection should their feet get crushed or they develop an infection from contact with the animals.

Seattle Minimum Wage Hike Began in NYC Zuccotti Park

Minimum Wage Victory

Peter Dreier: Ever since the Occupy movement hit the streets, an explosion of worker unrest—especially among Walmart employees, workers at fast-food chains, janitors, and hospital workers—has shaped the political life of America’s cities.

Seattle Got It Right

Seattle Raises Minimum Wage

Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

Taylor Farms: Walmart in a Salad Bowl

Taylor Farms

Julie Gutman Dickinson: California-based Taylor Farms is giving the retail giant a run for its money when it comes to low-road labor practices, while offering another example of why it’s time for the U.S. to clamp down on the use of temp agencies by huge companies trying to evade responsibility for unconscionable working conditions.

Abuse of Temporary Workers

Abuse of Temp Workers

Gary Cohn: Today’s temp workers are just as likely to be hired to fill blue collar jobs as office positions, with one major caveat: the new “temporary” hires who pick crops, pack vegetables or clean hotel rooms can work at those jobs for years at the same company — and with little or no advancement.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

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Lawrence Wittner: As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. This deterioration resulted largely from the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty were replaced with adjuncts and contingents.

Working Families Need a Better May Revise

Working Families Safety Net

Ashley Thomas: A strong safety net means that families have support during times of crisis, and many California families have experienced a financial crisis lasting eight years. The Governor needs to reinvest in social services and provide a strong safety net to vulnerable families.

Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Hedge Fund Managers

Jim Hightower: If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.

Lien In: New California Bill Seeks to Curb Wage Theft

Curb Wage Theft

Steven Mikulan: Few things say “class war” more eloquently than wage theft, the practice by unscrupulous businesses of short-changing their employees by undercounting work hours or shaving off time for breaks that were never taken.

Slowing the Mad Dash to Privatization

Privatization of Public Services

Vivian Rothstein: What if we had no government services and everything we used to get from government was run by private corporations? McDonald’s could be running the welfare system, Target the public schools and Walmart our mass transportation networks. What would be wrong with that?

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