Monthly Archives: August 2011

Disney and the Chinese Sweatshop

Disneys best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labor and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation. One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited worries over poisonous chemicals. Disney has now

Rahm Emanuel’s no friend to labor

First, Emanuel pledged to make $75 million in cuts to close a current year budget deficit. Emanuel threatened to lay off 625 city workers unless they agreed to rule changes to save the city $50 million. The Chicago Federation of Labor leadership subsequently released a report, which contains thoughtful proposals that would instead save the

Eric Cantor to Mineral, VA – Drop Dead

We saw this earlier in the summer, following a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. said he was willing to provide relief aid, just as soon as Democrats agreed to pay for it by cutting funding for a clean-energy program. His party agreed. via Political Animal – Cantor’s callousness continues.

Kicking Schneiderman off panel makes him more credible

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday was kicked off the committee leading the 50-state task force charged with probing foreclosure abuses and negotiating a possible settlement agreement with the nations five largest mortgage firms, according to an email reviewed by The Huffington Post. Schneiderman was one of roughly a dozen state attorneys general

The earthquake happened because Strauss-Kahn was freed

Back in New York, a noted Harlem activist, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, had come downtown to protest Tuesdays  freeing of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund. At first, she wondered if the shaking had been prompted by her prayers for Strauss-Kahns victim. “I was praying really hard.” Meanwhile, her friend

Former Duane Reade CEO sentenced to jail

The former chief executive of Duane Reade, the New York City drugstore chain, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison for exaggerating the company’s income.Anthony J. Cuti, 65, of Saddle River, N.J., was also ordered to pay a $5 million fine by Federal District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts, who called him a

A lesson from Wisconsin on organizing

Madison revived the concept of street protests, strikes, and solidarity actions that had seemed to be all but extinct, replaced by the passive point and click activism of the Internet age and cautious top-down, D.C.-centric labor leadership. As labor fought for its life in Madison, I worked feverishly to document the revival of the in-your-face

Bitter Chocolate: Hershey’s student workers walk out

They found themselves packing chocolates and loading boxes at wages from $7.85 to $8.35 per hour. After automatic weekly deductions for rent and other expenses, most were only netting between $40 and $140 per week after 40 hours of work. They have also been forced to live in company housing, for which they are being

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