Archive for May 2014

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WWJ’s Leah Fried on WBEZ

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

From 91.5 WBEZ:

A Boston University economist is taking over as the nation’s Wage and Hour administrator. David Weil will enforce laws like the minimum wage and the 40-hour week. WBEZ listeners heard from Weil last month in our series about franchising. The franchising business model, he said, deserves part of the blame for low wages in fast food and other industries. We look at how this idea could play out in Weil’s new job at the Department of Labor. We’re joined by Leah Fried who is with the Warehouse Workers for Justice. She joins us to talk about warehouse workers and the wage issues they face.

Listen to the segment here

On Anniversary Of Bangladesh Factory Tragedy, Activists Demand Safer Conditions For Walmart Workers

Friday, May 9th, 2014

One year after a Bangladesh factory that produced Walmart clothing collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people, the retailer is still turning a blind eye to dangerous conditions in their supply chain, according to a group of activists who staged a protest Thursday on the North Side of Chicago.

“We’ve been seeing problems after problems in Walmart’s contracted warehouses and it’s time Walmart step up and take responsibility and fix these problems,” said Mark Meinster, campaign director for Warehouse Workers for Justice.

Read more at Progress Illinois