There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. - Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
After four months on the picket lines that spanned a brutally cold winter and a difficult holiday season, “carwasheros” at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y., have won their strike and ratified a landmark contract agreement that includes wage hikes, strong worker protections and a $1,500-per-person signing bonus.
Far too many New Yorkers are struggling to survive and are desperate for jobs so they can support themselves and their families. But nowadays, applying for a job can mean an invasive credit check, and prospective employment can hinge on an applicant’s credit history.
The results of this year’s elections throughout the country were not what we in the labor movement had hoped for.
The expansion of the U.S. prison system—driven by privatization that has turned imprisonment into a profit center for corporate America—has taken a toll on our neighborhoods. Our justice system disproportionately targets communities of color, sending far too many young people into prison, often for nonviolent crimes.
When President Barack Obama visited a Wal-Mart store in California recently to praise the company’s allegedly progressive environmental philosophy, he couldn’t have picked a worse example of a good global neighbor.
“Economic inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama declared late last year.
In April, hundreds of car wash workers and community and worker activists joined together at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in Manhattan for the second annual Car Wash Workers Assembly.
We applaud and support efforts to raise the minimum wage in New York and elsewhere.
When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city for all New Yorkers. The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: When public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect that good, quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty.
The holiday decorations are starting to appear, and that means the busiest shopping season is almost upon us. And as Black Friday approaches, consumers will be faced with choices as to how they’ll spend their money for holiday gifts. They’ll be buying gifts to spread joy to friends and family, but many, unfortunately, will be doing it at Wal-Mart, where one of the main holiday “presents” will be sorrow for its workers at their stores and within their production chain.