From the Frontlines

Big Victory For Poultry Workers As USDA Rejects Increased Line Speed Petition

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rejected a National Chicken Council petition to increase line speeds in poultry processing plants. This is a significant victory for thousands of poultry workers across the country and a direct result of the worker-led coalition of IWJ affiliates and allies that have been organizing tirelessly for years on the issue.

Just last month IWJ affiliates, staff, and coalition leaders met with USDA officials...

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Workers and Allies Celebrate "Groundbreaking" New York City Law Authorizing Paycheck Deduction

by Maxine Phillips

Four years ago I shivered with a handful of people in front of a McDonald's in midtown Manhattan agitating for a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers. The only news outlet that covered the demonstration was Al Jazeera, which had a U.S. office at the time. The demonstration was part of a national campaign of one-day strikes by workers in fast-food restaurants in an effort to improve conditions in an industry marked by high turnover and low wages.

The ...

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Where That Turkey Comes From

Photo credit: Earl Dotter/Oxfam America

Each year as the holiday season approaches, the nation’s appetite for poultry products grows exponentially. Consumption of chicken and other poultry is on the rise every year, with just a handful of mega-corporations controlling the production and supply chains.

Now these same corporations are pushing the Department of Agriculture to ease rules regulating li...

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