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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.
And more:
  • 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?
  • We Are Dancers NYC is "a group of New York City-based current and former exotic dancers and allies" who are trying to "empower dancers by providing information, support, and resources." Those resources include information on the legal rights of dancers, like what rights they have as employees vs. as independent contractors, where to get legal advice for labor violations at their clubs, and what danger they face from arrest for things like lap dances or carrying condoms. It also offers advice on things like paying taxes and affordable salons.

    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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