“I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want a union,” Alisha, the Wendy’s worker and mother of three, says. “You got people who will stand up for you, who will support you. Why would anyone not want that? Instead of being all on your own, you’ve got people who will protect you.”And more:
“We’re just fighting for a union, for people to have our backs,” Krystal, the Taco Bell worker and mother of a six-year-old and a newborn, explains. “Right now when we get fired, we just get fired. We’re fighting for people to go and ask, ‘Why did she get fired, what was she doing that was inappropriate?’ We’re fighting for the right to fight for ourselves.”
- Policy, not parenting, keeps single mothers and their children living in poverty.
A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges discipline so harsh that it violates federal laws and verges on abuse. A group calling itself the Better Education Support Team, plus more than 30 students and family members, asked the U.S. Education and Justice departments' civil rights divisions to investigate.Check out their suspension rates to see how far-reaching this is.
Their complaint details "out-of-control suspension practices for trivial matters" and "intimidation of students exercising First Amendment rights." It also alleges a host of violations concerning students with disabilities.
- Labor strife at a Jewish day school.