Economy is growing again, yet workers’ share is tiny

    "The American pie is growing again, but most Americans aren’t getting much of a slice," describes Robert Reich, a former U.S. labor secretary and professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Read more.

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    Crain’s: New Yorkers cracking open wallets

    “It is evident that the luxury consumer has been shopping,” said Julia Bentley, senior vice president of investor relations at Saks. “The health of the luxury business is correlated to the health of the financial markets, so as the markets have recovered, so have revenues.” This is another indication that Bloomingdale’s can clearly do what’s right for its workforce. Read more.

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    Retail Sales in U.S. Rose in February by Most in Five Months

    Retail sales in the U.S. rose in February by the most in five months, reflecting broad-based gains that indicate the world’s largest economy is picking up even as gasoline costs climb. This is an indication that Bloomingdale’s is in great financial health. It’s time that they do what’s best for the Bloomingdale’s NY 59th St store workers too. 

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    I am Making Change at Walmart

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    Allies and community members from across the nation describe how they are Making Change at Walmart.

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    Walmart Loves Welfare

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    When Walmart provides poverty-wage jobs in communities throughout Los Angeles, taxpayers have to bear the brunt of the public assistance costs that employees file for. If Walmart enters NYC, the same thing could happen here.

    Read more about the Walmart workers fighting poverty in LA from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), and watch the YouTube video here.

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    Labor Press: Car Wash Industry Awash in Labor Violations

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    Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, whose union was instrumental in the Living Wage NYC Campaign to raise the wages for workers working on development projects receiving weighty public subsidies, announced last week a new campaign to change the dirty habits of the city’s car wash industry.

    In collaboration with two community-based organizations, Make the Road New York and NY Communities for Change, Appelbaum announced on Tuesday, March 6, the launch of the WASH NY campaign and a new investigative report showing the workplace abuses the mostly Latino workforce are subjected to in the industry.

     Read the full story.

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    UFCW Blog: NY Daily News Ed Board on Carwash Workers Organizing: "Organizing and invoking their labor rights is the American way"

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    The New York Daily News’s editorial board hit a home run today with their editorial on the campaign by New York City carwash workers trying to clean up the industry.

    As the editorial says,

    “More power to the car wash workers who, in a new push this week, have chosen to exercise their freedom under law to try to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

    “By pooling together and pushing back against unfair and sometimes illegal wages and work conditions — which have been found repeatedly over the years by government watchdogs and nonprofit groups — they can build better lives for themselves and their families.”

    Check out the full editorial here, and to show your support and keep up to date on the campaign, like the WASH New York page on Facebook.

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    New York Daily News: Car washes have to clean up their act and stop treating workers like dirt

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    Organizing and invoking their labor rights is the American way

    Car wash workers have right on their side in trying to clean up the industry.  Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/car-washes-clean-act-stop-treating-workers-dirt-article-1.1035733#ixzz1odLgGUXF

    Workers chronically stiffed of the minimum wage they are supposed to be guaranteed. Stolen tips. Overtime not counted or not properly paid.

    Regular exposure, without proper safeguards, to chemicals that can harm health long term. Injuries sustained by working with hazardous machinery — and often no recompense.

    In one industry, too often ignored, can be found the full range of the worst practices to which low-income and immigrant workers are subjected.

    More power to the car wash workers who, in a new push this week, have chosen to exercise their freedom under law to try to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

    By pooling together and pushing back against unfair and sometimes illegal wages and work conditions — which have been found repeatedly over the years by government watchdogs and nonprofit groups — they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

    No, it won’t be easy. The city’s 200 or so car washes are mostly stand-alone operations, making it tougher for organized labor to find a partner on the other side of the table.

    And surely not all car washes are mistreating their workers.

    But the grime is out there, all around, and must be brought to the surface.

    This is the United States, not China. Organizing is a right. And when there’s injustice to be fought, it is a virtue.

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    Bloomberg Poll: Americans Support Collective Bargaining, Recognize Corporate Influence in Politics

    A new poll suggests that the majority of Americans reject Republican efforts to curb bargaining rights of unions. Read more from We Party Patriots.

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    State sues three L.A. car washes for alleged wage violations

    State labor regulators have sued three Los Angeles-area car washes for alleged minimum wage and overtime pay violations. WASH New York takes inspiration from the tremendous work of the AFL-CIO in California. Read the full story.

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