Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sadly this story is far from unique -- retail and fast food workers face this kind of abuse all the time. If the public realizes how common experiences like Natalie's are, low-wage employers like McDonlds will feel the pressure to treat workers differently, so we're trying to collect stories about the kinds of abuse that workers in the fast food and similar industries endure. If you've worked in fast food and retail and you have anything to share, we'd be extremely grateful. And we won't use anything you tell us publicly until we talk to you first.
If you work in food service or retail, and you've experiened this kind of abuse, tell us about it here.
This is abuse of employer privileges, pure and simple, telling workers that they have no choice but to accept unfair charges or go hungry. Employers are forcing this upon their workers because in a bad economy, they don't think workers have a choice to speak up -- even though the practice is illegal. And these debit cards might not ever be the worst trick bosses have trie to pull on workers: a report last month found that nearly 90 percent of fast food workers in New York City had had their wages stolen by their bosses. Meanwhile business has been booming for fast food restaurants, retail chains, and other low-wage employers -- profits and executive pay have never been higher.
But now workers are banding together to fix our broken economy and make sure that all workers are getting a fair deal. This year, thousands of retail and fast food workers have gone on strike demanding a living wage and fair treatment at work.
If we band together to call out businesses that engage in this horrendous practice, we can send a powerful message to anyone who tries to push outlandish charges onto their employees that this will not be tolerated. Together, we can stop this before it becomes widespread. Please join today to stand together with workers, before the effects of high unemployment and employee abuse trickle up to hurt us all.
If you work in fast food or retail, and you want to share your story, click here now!
Taren, Claiborne, and the SumOfUs team
P.S. This abusive practice could affect all of us sooner than you think: replacing checks with expensive cards is gaining ground with employers around the country -- and in some cases has even been used for food stamps. We need to put a stop to this kind of exploitation before is spreads further. If you don't have a story to share, please sign our petition demanding that McDonald's withdraw these debit cards now
ABC News: McDonald's Worker Says She Was Forced To Receive Pay on Fee-Laden Debit Card, 17 June, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Below is an email from Joe Dinkin of the organization Working Families. Joe started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Dear MoveOn member,
Last month, The New Yorker reported that public television backed out of its deal to air the documentary Citizen Koch—just because they were afraid of upsetting billionaire donor David Koch. David Koch has donated $23 million as a board member of two flagship PBS stations, WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston.
Public television was founded to support the public interest, not to cater to the private interests of wealthy donors like the Koch brothers.
Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Citizen Koch exposes the outsize role of money in American politics, from the Kochs and other major political spenders. This is exactly the kind of dialogue that public television was founded to foster, regardless of whether or not a powerful donor is happy about it.
That's why I started a petition to Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Public Broadcasting Service President and CEO Paula Kerger, and Independent Television Service President and CEO Sally Jo Fifer, which says:
Koch money shouldn't influence public television programming—we want to see the film Citizen Koch aired on PBS!
This petition was created on MoveOn's online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Working Families didn't pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.
Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:44:08 -0400
Subject: News & Views | Win For Equality
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|News & Views | 06.26.13 |
Win for Equality: SCOTUS Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
'People's Filibuster' Defeats GOP Assault on Women in Texas
Green Groups Celebrate Obama Speech, But For What?
Second LGBT Victory as High Court Defers on Prop. 8
NSA "Disappears" Its Own Fact Sheet on Spying Program
SF Pride: Military Recruiters Welcome, Bradley Manning Not
Throngs Rally as Filibuster, Protest Blocks Assault on Reproductive Rights in Texas
Snowden vs. Clapper: The Giant 'Gonads' of the Month Award
Jeff Cohen: Snowden Coverage: If US Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
Josh Fox: Fracked Gas Isn't a Bridge Fuel—It's a Gangplank
Margaret Kimberley: The World Says Yes to Snowden, No to Obama
Jason Farago: The Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Were Historic, but Not Enough
Nafeez Ahmed: Obama's Fracked-Up Climate Strategy Will Guarantee Global Warming Disaster
Rethinking Schools Editorial: Corporate Education 'From Above' and the Trouble with Common Core
CCR: No Accountability for Military Contractor's Role in Abu Ghraib Torture, Federal Judge Says
IPA: Obama's Climate Action Plan a 'Full-Throttle Endorsement' of Fracking
NARAL Pro-Choice America Celebrates Sen. Wendy Davis' Historic Filibuster in Texas
Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.
| Update: Draconian Anti-Abortion Bill Filibustered and Defeated in Texas |
Jun 26, 2013 - 10:34 AM ET
SB5 would have forced thirty-seven of the forty-two abortion clinics in Texas to shut down.Austerity Loses in Massachusetts
Jun 26, 2013 - 00:30 AM ET
Ed Markey campaigned against cuts and won 55-44.Did Russia, China Harvest Snowden's Secrets?
Jun 25, 2013 - 18:06 PM ET
If so, the secret cat is out of the proverbial bag.The Struggle for Voting Rights Continues
Jun 25, 2013 - 17:34 PM ET
In the wake of the Supreme Court's devastating decision, citizens need to litigate, vote and pass a constitutional amendment.Can Congress Fix What John Roberts Wrecked?
Jun 25, 2013 - 17:26 PM ET
Some members of Congress want not only to fix what the Supreme Court did, but expand the Voting Rights Act further.
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