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

Date: 26 Oct 2017 | posted in: Public Good News | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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, … Read More

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

Date: 7 Feb 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. This fact sheet that breaks down how this powerful corporation is undermining working people — and what we need to do.… Read More

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

Date: 29 Nov 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon has extended its tentacles across our economy. In this 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.… Read More

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

Date: 5 Feb 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

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

Date: 31 Mar 2011 | posted in: equity, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Thousands of Wal-Mart Workers Enrolled in Medicaid

Date: 25 Jan 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Mad in the USA

Date: 8 Sep 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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." … Read More

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