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Food Chain Workers Take Action on Cesar Chavez Day

Joann Lo | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Joann Lo

Because of Chavez's legacy of multi-racial organizing for workers' rights, the Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA) chose Cesar Chavez Day for a day of action to raise the minimum wage.

These 21 Failed Chain Stores Aren't Fooling Anyone

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business

They used to house fast food and discount goods, but now...

How to Cut Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion a Year

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

A single number can change the public debate on an issue that seems stalled. The number is $4.6 billion, and it represents how much money taxpayers will save annually if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 per hour.

24 States Pressure Walmart, Walgreens To Stop Selling Cigarettes

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business

Attorney Generals from 24 states, Washington D.C., and three U.S. territories sent letters to the country's biggest pharmaceutical retailers Monday, i...

Family Hospitalized From Eating LSD-Laced Steak

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Weird News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman who was 9 months pregnant and her family became ill after eating meat tainted with LSD. Tampa po...

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Add Absurdly Little To Walmart's Labor Bill

Bloomberg News | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business

A boost in the minimum wage to $10.10 would add $200 million -- or less than 1 percent -- to Wal-Mart’s annual labor bill, the University of Califor...

Wal-Mart Developer Files "Shill" Lawsuit Against Food Workers Union

Al Norman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Al Norman

A Pennsylvania-based developer is suing a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local for $1.5 million, alleging the union is using a "Shill Strategy" to line up neighbors to block his proposed Wal-Mart superstore.

Drones in Yemen, Hunger Games in America, and Corporate Espionage

Dennis Trainor | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

We hear the haunting yet absurd steps taken by the NSA to monitor citizens. Unfortunately for activists, revolutionaries, and other agents of social change, that's only the "state" prong of surveillance.

Black Friday Meditation

Mark W. Guay | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business
Mark W. Guay

As a suggestion from my therapist, I rise early to sit with legs crossed and eyes closed to breathe in "Let" and breathe out "Go" and my mind races like the #BlackFriday shoppers -- dashing, jabbing, prancing on top of the faces of neighbors like reindeer to get a cheaper television.

D.C. Mayor Backs $10 Minimum Wage

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray said Friday he supports increasing the city's minimum wage to $10 an hour, setting up a po...

Walmart's Problems In Bangladesh Widen

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart said about 10 of more than six dozen Bangladesh garment factories failed safety checks in audits it commissioned. The reta...

Getting Over The Sustainability Innovation Hump

Marc Stoiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Marc Stoiber

I just read an interesting Deloitte study linking sustainability and innovation inside corporations. According to the study, companies engaged in sust...

Climate Change This Week: Future Freakout Forecast, Green Transformations, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

IPCC: Global Warming Will Create a More Violent, Sicker, Poorer Future says the reputable Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a new study, re...

Climate Change This Week: China Chokes, Arctic High, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Record-Breaking Fossil Fueled Smog Cripples Large Chinese City reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Soaring pollution levels, 3 times the desi...

Disabled Greeter Fired From Walmart For Clocking In Late

AP | Posted 12.28.2013 | Business

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Wal-Mart officials are reviewing the firing of a disabled man whose caretaker wife said deserves a second chance to keep his j...

Are You Paying Way Too Much for Your Medications?

David Belk | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Belk

If you're taking prescription medications and you have insurance, maybe you feel pretty lucky when all you have to do is pay a "small" copay each time you get a new bottle of pills. But are you? Believe it or not, many people with insurance often pay far too much for their prescriptions.

The Umpire Changes the Rules

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Will we finally see the umpire that the Chief Justice promised us? Or will he continue to move the foul lines and alter the strike zone to favor the rich and the powerful? Americans should keep their eyes on the Court.

Shutdowns and the Real World

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The shutdown is the story of the moment. But there are also other real things going on in the real world that have huge consequences for, yes, real people -- and the media shouldn't ignore those other stories.

Companies Disclosing More Political Spending

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

In an age of hidden election cash, the nation's wealthiest public companies are increasingly revealing their campaign-related contributions and political policies -- and doing so voluntarily.

If Massachusetts was a Country

Alan Singer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

It appears that in Massachusetts, educational reform does not mean vouchers for private schools, closing poorly performing schools, eliminating tenure for teachers, merit pay, and replacing public schools with privately operated charters.

'Living Wage' Bill Opposed By Wal-Mart Faces Uncertain Fate In Nation's Capital

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray could decide as early as this week whether to si...

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

Fifty Years After the March on Washington, What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

America has made progress on many fronts in the half-century since King electrified a crowd of 200,000 people, and millions of Americans watching on television, with his "I Have a Dream" address. But there is still much to do to achieve his vision of equality.

Why Chicago Teachers Support the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Why wouldn't teachers stand up to abusive corporations that reap windfall profits while providing poverty-level jobs for students and their families?

Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Elton John Should Get a Divorce -- From Walmart

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Peter Dreier

Walmart invites big-name celebrities not only to entertain the shareholders but also to lend legitimacy to the company. By appearing at these annual events, the celebrities appear to be endorsing Walmart's business practices.