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Suit: Queens Car Wash Owner Owes Workers $400,000

July 31, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Car wash workers rallying in Brooklyn for workplace justice.

Brooklyn, NY - Documents filed in Brooklyn federal court earlier this week allege that a Car Wash owner in Queens who worked some of his employees without rest, allowed only 10 minute breaks to eat when business was slow, and paid staff as little as six bucks an hour — now owes nine workers some $400,000 in withheld wages.

Airline-Food Workers Rally in S.F. Suburbs

July 30, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel


More than 100 workers protested July 22 outside the Flying Food Group plant near San Francisco Airport, demanding better pay and working conditions. Rosa Rojas, who works in the Burlingame plant preparing packaged meals for 70 airlines, including JetBlue and British Airways, said she works 10-hour shifts in near-freezing temperatures for about $9 an hour, California’s minimum wage.

Verizon Workers Say They'll Strike; Company Jeers

July 27, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Verizon workers say they will strike for a good contract.

New York, NY - Angry Verizon workers fed up with what they see as a callous spate of retrogressive contract demands that threaten middle-class jobs, rallied on the streets of lower Manhattan this weekend in a raucous demonstration the communications giant was quick to dismiss as a "useless distraction."

Fight for $15 Continues in America’s Heartland

July 24, 2015
By Osmara Ortiz, a Burger King employee from Kansas City, MO


The following statement is by Osmara Ortiz, a Burger King employee from Kansas City, MO on the Kansas City Council’s vote to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13. Ortiz is paid $8.30 an hour at Burger King.

Kansas City, Mo - “Because fast-food workers in Kansas City joined together and spoke out for change, tens of thousands of workers in America’s heartland will see an increase in pay. This raise wouldn’t have happened without the city’s brave fast-food workers standing up, going on strike and demanding $15 an hour.

Let’s Fix Overtime!

July 24, 2015
Reprinted: http://www.ufcw.org


Washington DC - At the UFCW, we believe that if you do the work, you deserve to be compensated. Unfortunately, not everyone has a voice on the job, and every day, millions of Americans work more than 40 hours per week with no pay. That’s because the salary threshold for overtime pay has been raised only once since 1975.

UNITE HERE Files Labor Charges Against Hawaii Hote

July 23, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishinia and Neal Tepel

UNITE HERE Local 5 has filed three new unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, alleging that it illegally retaliated against three workers who were trying to form a union.

Fight For $15: Just Getting Started

July 23, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

The Fight for $15 is only getting started.

New York, NY - The cresting wave of worker energy demanding a $15 an hour minimum wagfor fast food workers broke on the streets of New York City on Wednesday afternoon when Governor Andrew Cuomo's specially convened Wage Board came out in support of the landmark pay raise. But while the decision to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour applies exclusively to one industry, low-wage advocates across all sectors say there is no way the force of change will be contained.

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