A minimum-wage hike finds hope in U.S. heartland

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.

Walmart's Uniforms: Made in Jordan

Gawker.com - Starting at the end of this month, every Walmart worker will have to wear a blue company vest. Employees aren't happy about the new dress code—but what a good opportunity for Walmart to fulfill its promise of supporting American-made products!

Student Labor Activists Renew Spirit of 1964 Freedom Summer

In 1964, the Freedom Summer campaign for voting rights in Mississippi appealed to college students to confront one of the great social justice issues of the age. Fifty years later, labor activists challenging the corporate power of Walmart called on the same spirit to lead a small group of students off campuses and into the fight for economic justice on behalf of the giant company’s low-paid workers. Organizers of the effort, dubbed the “Summer for Respect” hope the program will help inspire a new generation of student labor activism and deepen the links between labor unions and academia.

 

 

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