Holiday Pay for Holiday Workers

From the AFL-CIO

The holidays are a time that everyone holds dear. Working people do more than just enjoy the holidays. From the food on our holiday meal table to holiday shopping, working women and men help make the holidays happen.

That’s why it’s particularly shameful that Walmart eliminated holiday pay for its workers in 2016. As the nation’s largest employer, Walmart should set the bar for other employers.

No matter your beliefs, the holidays are a time when people come together and celebrate all the goodness that unites us. Walmart should honor the sacrifices made by its workers to make the holidays happen and commit to fair compensation for those employees.

Practices like this one send a clear message to working people that the company believes fair compensation for workers is less important than boosting corporate profits. Working people should have the freedom to be fairly compensated for this extra precious time.

We are not only working people, we are also consumers. When we speak up, we can use that power to push Walmart to do the right thing by its workers. Other large retailers such as Target, Macy’s and Best Buy have started offering holiday or premium pay. It’s time for the nation’s biggest employer to do the same.

Click here to add your name to the petition urging Walmart to bring back holiday pay for its workers.

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Union Matters

Failing Bridges Hold Public Hostage

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) gave the public just a few hours’ notice before closing a major bridge in March, citing significant safety concerns.

The West Seattle Bridge functioned as an essential component of  the city’s local and regional transportation network, carrying 125,000 travelers a day while serving Seattle’s critical maritime and freight industries. Closing it was a huge blow to the city and its citizens. 

Yet neither Seattle’s struggle with bridge maintenance nor the inconvenience now facing the city’s motorists is unusual. Decades of neglect left bridges across the country crumbling or near collapse, requiring a massive investment to keep traffic flowing safely.

When they opened it in 1984, officials predicted the West Seattle Bridge would last 75 years.

But in 2013, cracks started appearing in the center span’s box girders, the main horizontal support beams below the roadway. These cracks spread 2 feet in a little more than two weeks, prompting the bridge’s closure.

And it’s still at risk of falling.  

The city set up an emergency alert system so those in the “fall zone” could be quickly evacuated if the bridge deteriorates to the point of collapse.

More than one-third of U.S. bridges similarly need repair work or replacement, a reminder of America’s urgent need to invest in long-ignored infrastructure.

Fixing or replacing America’s bridges wouldn’t just keep Americans moving. It would also provide millions of family-supporting jobs for steel and cement workers, while also boosting the building trades and other industries.

With bridges across the country close to failure and millions unemployed, America needs a major infrastructure campaign now more than ever.

 

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There is Dignity in All Work

There is Dignity in All Work