ST. LOUIS - "We are here to help create a climate where the denial of workers' rights will not be tolerated," Joan Suarez, co-chair of the St. Louis Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board, said as she convened a public hearing at City Hall here on Oct. 28.
More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.
Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.
It's hurting our communities, said demonstrators in downtown Detroit protesting the tea party led government shutdown.
"Repeal the job-killing sequester," Richard Trumka declared. "Protect food aid for the poor. And create jobs and raise hundreds of billions of dollars to invest in our future by ending tax subsidies for outsourcing."
The second-largest private sector industry in America has a big problem: its workers are paid unlivable wages, and typically cannot eat the very food they are putting on customers' tables.
Fast food workers went on strike in a half dozen Michigan cities as well as over 60 cities, towns and suburbs nationwide, driving home how fast this movement for dignity and a 15 dollar an hour wage is spreading.
While fueling a new source of profits for Wall Street, working families are not enjoying the benefits of California's Silicon Valley economic resurgence.
Disabled workers at Goodwill Industries have an on-line petition (by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network) demanding decent wages from the charity.
On Monday evening, the Senate voted to cut roughly $4 billion from SNAP, more commonly known by its former name, food stamps.