Friday, December 11, 2015

What's News This Week?

Wal-Mart’s growing trade deficit with China has displaced more than 400,000 U.S. jobs

New report from the Economic Policy Institute outlines another effect Walmart is having on our economy. Read the entire report @EPI.

It's not too late to make that gift union-made!
According to court documents, K-50-15 Corp. has offered $1 million for assets including the Pathmark logo, trademarks and brand names Pathmark, Chefmark, Big Deals and Sav-A-Center; the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition; and the domain name.
18 workers have died in the last fiscal year in NYC due to construction accidents. A rally with coffins took place this week to raise awareness and call for safer construction sites.
"They haven't given us any respect," said Carl Maxwell, a nine-year veteran of the company who was among about three dozen workers waving picket signs as the sun rose outside Coke's facility in the Chicago suburb of Niles. "We don't want to be here, but we have no choice."

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New York state oversight board on Wednesday upheld the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to gradually raise the hourly minimum wage for many fast-food workers to $15.
The New York Industrial Board of Appeals rejected the National Restaurant Association's arguments that that the wage order was unconstitutional, arbitrary, unsupported by the evidence and focused improperly on fast-food chains with more than 30 locations.
Read the full ruling here.

When Jon Stewart and a group of 9/11 responders walked the halls of Congress this past week hoping to get commitments from senators to pass a permanent 9/11 bill, what they mostly got were business cards.
For Ray Pfeifer, a veteran of the New York City Fire Department with stage 4 cancer, those cards didn’t mean much. He threw them away. And he didn’t have them to show for a camera crew later when Stewart wanted to demonstrate what passes for commitment in Washington.
All large-sized supermarkets will have to sign contracts with a charity group to facilitate food donations.
"It's scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods," Socialist member of parliament Guillaume Garot, who sponsored the bill, said.
Republican officials and leading figures in the party’s establishment are preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as businessman Donald Trump continues to sit atop the polls in the GOP presidential race.

An Iraq War Veteran explains how defending America against climate change, can help defend our country.
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