RJ Eskow: The minimum wage struggle is occurring at the intersection of growing economic inequality, the erosion of working people’s rights, and the globalization of an economic oligarchy whose scope of power is unprecedented in modern times.
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Rebecca Band: On Black Friday (November 29th) Walmart workers and supporters are once again holding a massive day of action at the retail giant’s locations around the country, asking the country’s largest employer to pay its workers a living wage.
Jim Hightower: This corporate colossus, with an annual income greater than 140 countries, wants its poorly-paid employees to buy food for fellow employees whose paychecks leave them in deep poverty.
Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.
Aiha Nguyen: Wish a Happy Thanksgiving to your local Walmart workers by standing in solidarity with them for their rights to a better workplace and better wages!
Tina Dupuy: This is the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. Somehow a day of “humble penitence” has evolved into candying already-too-sweet tubers and mauling your neighbors at the local Walmart for a $30 Furby Boom.
Irene Monroe: While we have to credit Baldwin for his staunch support of marriage equality, gay civil rights, and of also having a bevy of LGBTQ friends, Alec Baldwin has finally maxed out with mea culpas to the community.
Peter Dreier: A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.
Ellen D. Wu: Until Americans break away from the xenophobic notion that the “foreign” is always suspect and menacing, a proposal to “kill everyone in China” — even when tossed out flippantly by a child on a late night talk show — is no joke.
Jessica Durrum: To make sure that their rights are respected, TTSI drivers require more than just employee status. They need to be able to organize a union, free of employer resistance.
David Love: The wide racial disparity between Twitter executives and Twitter users suggests the corporate leadership is unable to relate to a large segment of its own customers, putting the company itself at a strategic disadvantage.
Rev. Irene Monroe: the UMC is not in lockstep with the changing societal tide toward LGBTQ acceptance; it is also not in lockstep with its own more progressive arm of “reconciling and inclusive” congregations.
Maureen O’Hagan: Maybe. But the idea of using government power to “seize” mortgages in “underwater” neighborhoods wasn’t getting anywhere until the 99 percent got involved.