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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2017

Farmworkers of the World — Unite!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/farmworkers-of-the-world-unite/

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 2017), available here. Florida produces 90 percent of our winter tomatoes. The Immokalee region in southwestern Florida grows one-third of all U.S. tomatoes. The plight of farmworkers in the Immokalee area has been publicly known for decades. That plight was featured in Edward R…. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-october-26-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Free School Meals for Everyone | Farmworkers of the World: Unite | Reagan, Trump, and Activist Cities Free School Meals for Everyone In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, a law championed by first lady Michelle Obama.  Among other provisions,… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

How Amazon Undermines Jobs, Wages, and Working Conditions (Fact Sheet)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-workers-fact-sheet/

ILSR and Jobs with Justice partnered to produce a fact sheet that looks at how Amazon is undermining wages and conditions for working people, and driving growing inequality. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

When It Comes to Working People, Amazon Isn’t Innovative at All

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-workers/

When shoppers interact with Amazon, they see an innovator. But behind the scenes, Amazon relies on a labor model that looks a lot more like the past than the future, with fewer reliable jobs, declining wages, and increasing inequality. We’ve partnered with Jobs With Justice to produce an article and fact sheet that breaks down how this powerful corporation is undermining working people — and what we need to do. Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2016

Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-stranglehold/

Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives. In this new report, we pull back the curtain on the company, and find that it’s at the center of increasing inequality and diminishing opportunity, and that it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life, and democracy. We also examine how public policy should address Amazon’s high costs. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2015

The Labor and Small Business Alliance Behind San Francisco’s Landmark Retail Workers Bill of Rights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/labor-small-business-alliance-san-franciscos-landmark-retail-workers-bill-rights/

The political interests of labor and small business are often seen as pitted against each other — a perception corporate lobbyists work hard to perpetuate. But the two groups actually share broad common cause these days. Both stand to gain from building a more humane economy in which ruthless efficiency does not trump all else. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Mar 31, 2011

When Unions Are Strong, Americans Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/when-unions-are-strong-americans-enjoy-the-fruits-of-their-labor/

The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor. Thomas Donohue, Former President AFL-CIO In the early 1980s Ricardo Levins Morales, an artist and labor activist in Minneapolis designed a bumper sticker with a simple eight-word message,  “From the people who brought you the weekend. “ Since then, he’s sold tens of thousands.  In… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2011

The Superbowl Is Over. Now The Real Battle Begins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-superbowl-is-over-now-the-real-battle-begins/

Dear football fan, The Superbowl is over. But the real combat is just beginning.  This time it’s not Packers v. Steelers.  It’s Workers v. Bosses.  And for thousands of workers and millions of fans, this is the game that counts. In the game of football, the rules favor neither side.  And they are enforced.  Each… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2005

Thousands of Wal-Mart Workers Enrolled in Medicaid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/thousands-walmart-workers-enrolled-medicaid/

Nearly one-quarter of Wal-Mart’s 37,000 workers in Tennessee rely on Medicaid, according to state officials who released the figures at the request of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.The data show that Wal-Mart has more employees enrolled in TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, than any other company. Other states have also found that Wal-Mart’s labor practices are placing a heavy burden on public assistance programs. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2003

Mad in the USA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mad-usa/

Wal-Mart and its ilk are muscling small businesses aside. But mom and pop are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. More than 1,000 people attended a rally a few weeks ago in Connecticut to demand fair trade and denounce the sweatshop buying habits of big retailers like Wal-Mart. The speakers were passionate, the crowd pumped. But this rally differed from the usual fair trade gatherings in one key respect: It was not organized by labor, student, or environmental groups. It was organized by an alliance of small and mid-sized manufacturers. "The major retailers and big manufacturers are doing us in," explained rally-organizer Fred Tedesco, owner of Pa-Ted Spring Co. in Bristol. "They’re destroying small- and medium-sized businesses. They’re destroying jobs. They’re destroying the middle class. . . That’s the dirty secret of this whole thing." Continue reading