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Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon's sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

When I first did research on Walmart’s workplace practices in the early 2000s, I came away convinced that Walmart was the most egregiously ruthless corporation in America. However, ten years later, there is a strong challenger for this dubious distinction—Amazon Corporation. Within the corporate world, Amazon now ranks with Apple as among the United States’ most esteemed businesses. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, came in second in the Harvard Business Review’s 2012 world rankings of admired CEOs, and Amazon was third in CNN’s 2012 list of the world’s most admired companies. Amazon is now a leading global seller not only of books but also of music and movie DVDs, video games, gift cards, cell phones, and magazine subscriptions. Like Walmart itself, Amazon combines state-of-the-art CBSs with human resource practices reminiscent of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Read more.



If Employers Like Staples Use Obamacare as Excuse to Cut Worker Hours, Their Plans May Backfire

Recently, someone calling herself “Sue Whistleblower” posted a petition on Change.org charging that Staples ordered managers not to schedule any part-time workers for more than 25 hours per week in order to avoid providing health insurance. Could this be the dreaded “Obamadodge”?

The Affordable Care Act has a provision, taking effect in 2015, which says that people working at least 30 hours a week count as full-time employees. Big companies of 50 people or more either have to provide affordable healthcare to such workers or fork over a big penalty. Read more.



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Social Security is not driving the deficit, therefore it should not be part of reforms aimed at cutting the deficit.

The chained CPI, deceptively portrayed as a reasonable cost of living adjustment, is a cut to Social Security benefits that would hurt seniors.

That's why I, Robert Reich, created a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

Mr. President, the chained CPI is a cut to Social Security benefits that would hurt seniors—it's an idea not befitting a Democratic president. If you want to reform Social Security, make the wealthy pay their fair share by lifting the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

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A recent expose by the WBZ TV Eye Team showed the greed of a handful of people and their contempt for the working man and his family.

The Board of Directors at The Boston Catholic Cemetery Association (not affiliated with the Arch Diocese) threatened the employees with termination if they did not agree to accept major concessions in their contract.

Although this is a blatant violation of Labor Laws, the members agreed to the demands of the Board. The average age of the work force is 57 years old, and the feeling is "we are better off fighting them from the inside". So with the proverbial gun to its head the Union had no choice but to accept their demands. This is what the Board considers "bargaining in good faith".

It was later discovered by this Union, that the Board of Directors is receiving well over $200,000 per year in salary for virtual no-show jobs. Again this is what they considered "bargaining in faith" ?

Upon discovering this  information, Firemen and Oilers Local 3, the Union representing the Cemetery workers, notified various legislators and agencies who have since launched several investigations into this matter.

Read more: WBZ Eye Team Exposes "Cemetery Greed"

Top Women, US Steel
Top Women, US Steel, 1940-45.

The public's image of labor is a memory of a memory that's anywhere from 50 to 100 years old—the Yiddish- and Italian--speaking seamstresses of the Lower East Side, the goons in On the Waterfront, and, for the historically sentient, George Meany puffing a cigar and damning the Vietnam peaceniks. What Happens If Labor Dies?, Alternet, Nov. 27, 2012.

Read on to find good insights by Alternet contributor, Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect, to find out what Labor needs to become even more powerful!




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