Solidarity with striking bus drivers and matrons!! #nycbusstrike #99pkts
On Sunday, nearly 50 people rallied for Golden Farm workers. Keep it up! Come to the picket line. Regular hours are M-F 4-7pm and Sat/Sun 12-7pm at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn. No contract, no peace!
83% of New Yorkers support a Paid Sick Leave bill mandating that employers provide a small number of paid sick days to their workers. Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg would likely veto such a bill, support on the City Council is deep—there are enough votes to override his veto.
That’s great news for the workers of New York. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, doesn’t personally support the bill. And rather than simply voting against it, she’s using her power as speaker to stop the City Council from even VOTING on it.
Quinn is harming millions of workers, simply to please her allies in the 1%. It’s time to put a stop to this. It’s time to hold Christine Quinn accountable.
99 Pickets is planning a campaign of creative direct action, to highlight Quinn’s embrace of the 1% and rejection of the democratic process. If you’re interested in getting involved, please use the link below to sign up.
Mic Check! Simon Says Workers Don’t Matter. We say WORKER POWER! Mic check and banner drop inside the National Retail Federation conference in NY. Walmart US CEO Bill and Darden board member Bill Simon was just speaking.
- Bill Simon says and the rest of the industry follows.
- Simon says: no paid sick days, we say: healthy work places.
- Simon says: $2.13 an hour, we say: that is not a living wage!
- Simon says: Don’t raise minimum wage. We say: Living wages for all workers!
- Simon says: Workers don’t matter. We say: Worker Power!
- Simon says: Profit over People. We say Workers First!
- Simon says No Hours for Retail Workers. We say it’s time for Just Hours!
- Simon says No Promotions for Workers of Color. We say Career Paths for All!
- Simon says Immigrant Workers Can’t be Servers: We Say End Racial Discrimination Now!
- Simon says Do More work for Same Pay. We Say: More Work, More Pay!
The majority of Walmart warehouse workers are hired through temp agencies, paid low wages, receive no benefits, and have no job security. They routinely lift heavy boxes – up to 200-pounds – from shipping containers on a piece rate system or for minimum wage for hours and days on end – in some cases 362 days a year. Workers encounter inhumane work speeds, moving up to 450 boxes per hour by hand, pollutants, high temperatures, little ventilation and intense retaliation if they complain about the conditions. Serious injuries on the job are common. For more info, check out Warehouse Workers United and Warehouse Workers for Justice.
You, too, can tell the truth about Walmart in their own stores! [Photo by Katie Moore.]
Democracy Now! coverage of Tuesday morning’s #blocktheboat picket at the Port of Newark.
Also on DN! today, The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Bribe Its Way Through Expansion in Mexico
Walmart keeps standards low to give YOU low prices.
We’re Greedy. Find our competitors paying their employees less? We’ll match them, guaranteed.
We Exploit Workers. We gladly ignore abuses at our manufacturing and warehouse facilities. We also retaliate against workers when they speak up! :-)
From Bangladesh to the Jersey shore, (sing it!) Solidarity Forever!!
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
that the union makes us strong.