Workers Protest Anti-Family Scheduling Policies by Wal-Mart

Nearly 200 Wal-Mart workers spontaneously walked off the job in Florida this week in response to new rules that even two department managers leading the walkout deemed "inhuman." Not only were hours cut for all full-time workers -- from 40 hours a week down to 32 hours, but employees were required to be available for any shift around the clock.

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CA: Paid Sick Days on SF Ballot

In a ground breaking measure, San Francisco voters will be voting on a ballot proposal next month to guarantee workers paid sick days, up to nine days per year for full-time workers at large businesses with fewer days off for employees in small businesses or in part-time jobs. A broad coalition of unions, political leaders, and community organizations, led by the dynamic Young Workers United, put the issue on the ballot.

Court Denies Free Speech Right for Union Button

The Bill of Rights is a nice idea, but for most workers, it disappears when they punch the clock to begin work each day, even when the employer is the government.

Broadband for Economic Growth; Energy Savings

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland is running for office on an ambitious program to leverage high-speed Internet "broadband" deployment for economic growth and bring its benefits to all Ohioans. Similarly, as part of his campaign for Governor, New York's Elliot Spitzer is promoting a statewide broadband initiative "to ensure universal access to affordable, high-speed broadband service for every New Yorker." Across the country, other state and legislative candidates are highlighting replacing slow dial-up Internet connections with high-speed broadband as a key policy issue.

Losing the Freedom to Form Unions

The National Labor Relations Board ruled this week that a range of professionals, estimated at 8 million workers, are now deemed "supervisors" and thus lose all protections under labor law. What this means is that an estimated 8 million workers who say a positive thing about unions can be fired at will by their bosses seeking to eliminate unions. The AFL-CIO has more here on the legal details.

Wal-Mart Moves to Cut Wages

Let no one tell you that the problem America faces is that our workers are treated to well. In addition to having the National Labor Relations Board basically sign on to a union-busting agenda, the nation's largest private sector employer offers more bad news for workers.

VT: State and Feds Battle in Court Over Privacy and Federalism

When reporters exposed a massive wiretapping program and phone call database orchestrated by the National Security Agency with apparent help from a number of phone companies, many consumers felt rightfully that their privacy rights had been violated.

Uninsured Children, NAFTA Job Losses, Local Economic Development, the Cost of Real ID, and Sexual Assault in Women's Prisons

The Economic Policy Institute reports that from 2004 to 2005, the number of uninsured children in America grew by 361,000, the first increase in seven years. The Campaign for Children's Health Care has released a report called No Shelter from the Storm: America's Uninsured Children, that lays out in detail the magnitude of the crisis of uninsured children in America.

The Fragmenting Religious Right & The Emerging Progressive Faith Networks

With election season looming, you have the media hyping mobilization by the religious right around social issues like abortion and gay marriage. Just this weekend, the Los Angeles Times highlighted the recruitment by the religious right of 5000 "patriot pastors" to mobilize around issues like fighting stem cell research and distributing voter guides keyed to support rightwing politicians.