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40,000 Verizon Workers Strike Against Corporate ‘Race to the Bottom’

Tens of thousands protest Verizon’s plan to cut middle class jobs despite raking in billions in profits   Verizon workers across the East Coast marched in picket lines on Wednesday in the largest U.S. strike in recent memory to protest the “corporate greed” of the multinational communications behemoth. Verizon has failed to negotiate a fair contract with its employees despite making billions in monthly profits and multiple concessions on the part of union members. Verizon employees’ contract expired eight months ago and talks over a new contract, which have gone on for ten months, broke off last week. About 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBW) unions are joining in the strike. “We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor in a press statement. “If a hugely profitable…

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Blue-Collar Temp Workers face a Modern “Harvest of Shame”

This story was done in collaboration with VICE News. Watch the series. CRANBURY, N.J. — Half a century ago, the legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow came to this pancake-flat town in central New Jersey to document the plight of migrant farmworkers for a television special called “Harvest of Shame.” Today, many of Cranbury’s potato fields have been built up with giant warehouses that form a distribution hub off Exit 8A of the Jersey Turnpike. But amid this 21st century system of commerce, an old way of labor persists. Temporary workers make a daily migration on buses to this area, just as farmworkers did for every harvest in the 1960s. Temp workers today face many similar conditions in how they get hired, how they live and what they can afford to eat. Adjusted for inflation, many of today’s temp workers earn roughly the same amount as those farmworkers did 50 years…

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Nationwide Protest by Fast Food Workers over Low Wages

Nationwide Fast-food Protests Over Low Wages (via AP Video) Demonstrators rallied in front of fast-food chains around the country on Thursday to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage. (May 15)