These days, workers and their families are often victims of an economic system that tortures hard working people across the country. And it's a scary time for workers. From being robbed of wages to having to work while deathly sick, there's no escaping the horrors many workers face each day... well, not unless we do something about it. This marathon of injustice is scarier than the horror film marathons on Halloween, and it's time to end the marathon!
A Nightmare On Main Street
FEATURING Income Disparity Between the Rich and the Rest of Us
The federal government spends nearly $24 billion each year to pay contractors for executive compensation. If these payouts to executives were capped at $230,700 (the Vice President's salary), hundreds of thousands of low-wage federal contract workers could see a raise of $6.69 per hour or $13,902 a year for working full-time, without additional costs to taxpayers.
We need federal policies that lift up working families in our country rather than the top corporate executives and bankers on Wall Street.
Invasion of the Wage Snatchers
FEATURING Workers who Fall Victim to Wage Theft
More than 60 percent of low-wage workers suffer wage violations each week. They lose 15 percent of their earnings each year, on average, according to a 2008 report.
Wages are stolen when employers do not pay minimum wage or overtime pay, force workers to work off the clock, withhold final paychecks, misclassify them as independent contractors or steal tips.
We need to continue to work with local, state and federal lawmakers to create policies that reflect how scary of a crime it is to steal wages from workers!
Silencing the Immigrant
FEATURING Millions of our Family, Friends and Neighbors in the Shadows
America's immigration policies are hurting more than 11 million immigrants and their families while condoning abuse to undocumented workers.
More than 75 percent of undocumented workers say they've worked off the clock without pay; 85 percent did not receive an overtime rate and 37 percent received less than the minimum wage for their work, according to a 2009 survey.
We need compassionate immigration reform that keeps families in our communties together and protects this country's most vulnerable workers
The Bentonville Horror
FEATURING Walmart Workers Standing up for Dignity and Respect
Nearly one half of Walmart workers earn less than $25,000 a year, a Walmart spokesperson recently said. Wages for store employees are so low that according to a Congressional report, one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin costs taxpayers in the state up to $900,000 in government aid programs for workers earning poverty wages.
We need to urge large corporations like Walmart to be leaders in good jobs: pay wages off which families can live and create a safe and intimidation-free work environment.
FEATURING Poultry Workers Facing Increased Risk of Injury
The USDA is implementing a new rule that eliminates 75 percent of USDA inspectors who make sure the poultry that leaves processing plants is safe for consumers. The new rule increases their line speeds for processing by 25 percent. The new line speed regulation will increase risks of injury for poultry workers who process the chicken. Worker in poultry plants are already working dangerously fast line speeds.
We need to tell the President to reverse this new USDA regulation and keep workers and consumers safe!