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Just Cause Firing

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On February 13, 2019
One of the biggest problems workers face is that employers can fire them for any reason. This should not exist. Of course, this is at the center of why every worker should have a union. Capricious employer actions are incredibly damaging to workers’ lives. You should read Shaun Richman and Moshe Marvit’s New York Times […]

The Small Victories

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On July 17, 2018

At a terrible time like this, we have to remember that the courts can actually do the right thing from time to time and we have to hold onto the small victories and take some heart from them. In-N-Out

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Not sure if this isn’t reading too much into the whole thing, but this is at the very least an interesting and somewhat provocative essay on fast food nostalgia, culminating in Donald Trump’s eating habits and appeal to a certain class of Americans. It’s no accident that fast foods tap so persistently into the national […]

Surprise Scheduling

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On July 24, 2017

One of the many indignities low wage workers suffer is with their schedules. Whether the constant shift of their schedules week to week, reporting to work and being sent home after an hour if business

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Life Under Puzder

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On February 8, 2017
I won’t attack Andy Puzder for hiring an undocumented worker to clean his house, but I sure will attack for everything else, including how he treats his own workers. In 1984, I was hired as a cashier at Hardee’s in Columbia, S.C., making $4.25 an hour. By 2005, 21 years later, my pay was only […]

KFC Protests

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On July 26, 2016

Personally, I’d protest KFC for its horrible food, but I guess this is also a reason to do so: For years, authorities under President Xi Jinping have stoked nationalistic sentiments in China as

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Non-Compete Clauses

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On June 23, 2016
It’s completely ridiculous that it took the New York attorney general’s office to force this to happen, but Jimmy John’s is finally ending its practice of making its employees sign non-compete clauses so they can’t take the valuable skills they learned and get a job at Subway. The Illinois-based sandwich chain has agreed to stop […]

Wendy’s Boycott

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On May 18, 2016

On the issue of consumer boycotts, the general rule should be that if affected workers are calling for it, then it’s something we should support (the UFW grape boycott) and if it’s consume

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