Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:59 am

The arguments against raising the minimum wage don’t hold up to facts. Aren’t most people who work for minimum wage teens? No– 88 percent are adults, with more than a third over age 40. These workers earn half of their families’ incomes. Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since [...]

Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 9:05 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts. One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar [...]

Walmart at the Trough: Billions Scammed from Your Tax Money

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 7:33 am

Walmart, which already is profiting mightily from federal, taxpayer paid corporate welfarein the form of food stamps subsidizing its workers’ low wages, as well as billions in direct profits from buyers shopping with food stamps, also takes advantage of tax laws that help it avoid paying federal tax. Thanks for Shopping at Walmart, Suckers American [...]

The Hyper-Wealthy Own Us (Literally)

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 8:20 am

When people talk about income inequality in the U.S., it often involves big, big numbers. For example, last year eight Americans — the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett — made more money than 3.6 million American minimum wage workers combined. The median CEO pay in America [...]

Despite Falling Revenues, Walmart Increases Pay for Top Execs

By: Monday May 12, 2014 8:43 am

Sometimes the effects of our social and income inequality are easy to see, but hard to measure. But not in this case: despite falling revenues, and despite only reluctantly paying minimum wage to its workers, Walmart increased the pay for its top executives. The people who do the labor get little. The people who make [...]

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits — For Its Own Profit

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:10 am

Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

At Least 116 Arrested in Planned Civil Disobedience at Walmart Stores on Black Friday

By: Friday November 29, 2013 8:26 pm

Update – 9:30 PM EST: This post was updated to reflect five more arrests in San Leandro. Protests planned by current and former Walmart Associates and a coalition anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UCFW) were held at various Walmart locations across the United States. Over 110 arrested were arrested while engaging in [...]

For the Poor Workers Who Won’t Get to Spend Their Thanksgiving at Home

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 11:24 am

I am spending Thanksgiving with family and will be at home enjoying their company all day while I eat plenty of food. However, there are millions of workers in the United States that will not share my experience. They are victims of a shift in this consumer society. They do not have a choice and [...]

Thankful for the Walmart Strikers This Holiday

By: Thursday November 22, 2012 12:12 pm

There’s a despicable creep that the owners of Big Box stores and other businesses have brought about in this nation. The creep has been aided and abetted by the American people themselves. A product of capitalism, the creep has turned Thanksgiving into a holiday where some workers in this country cannot spend the entire day [...]

Security Force Arrests Supporters of Striking Walmart Warehouse Workers

By: Monday October 1, 2012 7:00 pm

Community, faith and labor organizations mobilized this afternoon for a rally and civil disobedience action in support of thirty-eight workers on strike at a Walmart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. They marched down to this distribution center, and, at least thirteen clergy and community leaders sat down and blocked an entrance to the center to prevent [...]

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