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Payroll Cards and Fees are Workers’ Rip-off and in Some Cases Illegal

New Orleans  Some employers, including McDonalds, Walgreens, and others are forcing workers to be paid through bankcards.   They “load” the cards with the amount owed the workers, and according to recent reports are even making money via kickbacks or rebates from the card issuer, oftenbig banks like Citi and others.   These same banks make out [...]

Nonprofit Deductions, DREAMing, Facts, Live-In Wages, Tax Justice, and Twitter Access

Quito     With 80% of the United States households earning, and therefore paying, taxes on incomes of less than $100,000 per year, that means that the vast majority of us are filing “short forms” on IRS 1040A.  Independent studies regularly establish that the most generous Americans, when measured as a percentage of income, are those making [...]

More Hours, More Availability, More Production, and More Labor Standards

New Orleans   Susan Lambert, a University of Chicago professor, offers a series of intriguing arguments in an op-ed piece in the Times about work, women, hours, and flexibility some of which are compelling and all of which are interesting, even if less certain than she argues.  To state her case plainly, she believes that people, women [...]

“Justice Will Be Served” for Nail Salon Workers as Opportunity Knocks

New Orleans    A week long jury trial in federal court gave five nail salon worker employed by a Korean-owned chain in Long Island almost $250,000 in back pay and overtime for Fair Labor Standard Act violations for underpayment below minimum wages.  The case for these marginal, often ignored service workers was brought forward by a [...]

Good News, Bad News for Home Health and Home Day Care Workers

 Detroit                        News reports and political developments brought both smiles and frowns to home-based health and daycare workers across the country.   President Obama announced that he was implementing coverage for home health care workers under the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is good news for 2 million such workers, though few get [...]

Informal Worker Organizing in Kenya

Discussion with AFL-CIO Solidarity Center in Nairobi

Nairobi Our annual check-in with the AFL-CIO’s Nairobi based Solidarity Center working in various eastern African countries like Uganda and Tanzania in addition to Kenya underscored my belief that the future of organizing has to be among the growing numbers [...]