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From the AFL-CIO:
After years of organizing, Los Angeles carwash workers successfully negotiated contracts with three carwashes and gained workplace rights most workers should be able to take for granted: sick leave, access to health care, workplace safety, lunch breaks, living wages and respect. The carwash workers were successful, in large part, through the strength of community-labor partnerships: the United Steelworkers teamed up with the Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), faith-based groups such as Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and low-income immigrant rights organizations such as the Wage Justice Center and Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance.
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  • This is genius:
    Imagine for a minute that there’s an organization called “Nutrition First,” and their mission statement describes them as a watchdog for whether restaurants are serving healthy food and handling it safely. Imagine that “Nutrition First” releases a set of restaurant reviews, in which they give different restaurants letter grades based on how healthy it is to eat there.

    Now imagine that Nutrition First is actually run by people who are fanatics about pizza, and they get most of their funding from Domino’s and Pizza Hut. When you look at the letter grades they give restaurants, you realize that they’re actually grading every restaurant not on how healthy it is to eat there, but by how much pizza they sell. Chinese restaurants, Indian restaurants, salad bars, steakhouses: every letter grade turns out to depend on criteria like “total pizza sales,” “amount of cheese on pizza,” “pizza topping variety.”

  • So what exactly does Michelle Rhee's state report card measure?
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    Never forget it's important to understand all kinds of workers as workers. (Via Jezebel)

  • We're waiting on final word, and it's probably a given that Walmart would appeal, but a tentative ruling would allow Walmart to be named as a defendant in a wage theft class action suit at its California distribution centers, even though Walmart claims that contractors run the warehouses.
  • How many potholes were repaired in New York City yesterday? The Daily Pothole has your answer. Damn lazy public workers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Damn lazy public workers. (0+ / 0-)

    What does pothole repair have to do with "lazy" public workers?  Does every story have to be an opportunity to attempt to ridicule someone you disagree with?

    Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

    by bobtmn on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:40:34 PM PST

  •  From AFL-CIO (0+ / 0-)

    Several people I know have vehicles that happen to be luxury cars and they take them to car washes with rather great frequency. They tell me that they base their choice on where they take their cars on the ratio between the qualitative level of the wash and the price. It seems that the less expensive a higher level of quality costs them the more likely they will be to continue to frequent such an establishment.

    They also tell me that its been their experience that most of the folks that work at these car washes are educationally indigent and absent any sort of marketable skills. After all, why would anyone take such a menial job as working at a car wash then? Presuming this is in fact the case (and its not because such employees were just tired of making more money at their previous job before working at the car wash), why should anyone feel bad that this is the best job they can get? Is it not the employee's own doing that they are in such a predicament and have such a dead end job??

    Now, if the employees want to unionize and negotiate better salaries and benefits, so be it, but I would surely hope those employees do not drive up the cost of a qualitative wash or those people that frequent their employer will just go elsewhere. One person told me that I know in Los Angeles, that he plans to simply stop giving out tips since the prices went up and he knows the employees are "better off", so there is no need to tip them anymore. He said, I don't tip my doctor, I guess these guys don't need tips anymore either. They are unionized, they get great benefits now.

    George

  •  Woo hoo! (0+ / 0-)

    Go Wage Justice Center!

    Full disclosure, I work with and co-founded it!

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