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Global Sweatshop Wage Slavery: Worker exploitation in America and globally

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:18pm
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In its mission statement, the National Labor Committee (NLC) highlights the problem stating:

"Transnational corporations (TNCs) now roam the world to find the cheapest and most vulnerable workers." They're mostly young women in poor countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and many others working up to 14 or more hours a day for sub-poverty wages under horrific conditions.

Apollo Alliance Unveils Five-Point Plan to Boost Clean Energy Job Growth by More Than 1.2 Million

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:38pm

Apollo Alliance Unveils Five-Point Plan to Boost Clean Energy Job Growth by More Than 1.2 Million
Proposal Emphasizes Short-term Job Creation, Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil

SAN FRANCISCO – The Apollo Alliance released a clean energy investment plan today that will create up to 1.2 million domestic jobs while increasing U.S. energy security and climate stability. The release of Apollo’s 5-point plan coincides with today’s urgent White House jobs summit and amid intensified talk by Congressional leaders of an emergency jobs bill.

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Honda deal to drive job, revenue growth in Richmond

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:37pm
Jobs and fresh revenue are bound for Richmond as part of a deal that has taken nearly four years to finalize.

Construction is starting at the Port of Richmond to prepare for the arrival of at least 145,000 Honda cars a year beginning in April. The 15-year deal guarantees the city about $5.5 million annually.

Factoring in assorted fees, the deal should generate a total of at least $85 million in revenue for the city -- minus an initial outlay of $37 million for port improvements.

Cities, counties push for hometown contracts, local hiring

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 3:44pm
Recession-battered municipalities around California increasingly are trying to steer public-works contracts to hometown firms or force contractors to hire locally, a practice some builders label protectionist.

Sacramento County supervisors earlier this month agreed to give bidding preferences to county firms supplying goods and services.

Elsewhere in the Central Valley, Stockton aims to shore up its construction sector with a new ordinance requiring contractors on public projects to fill at least half their work force with locals.
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Home-not-so-sweet-home

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:57pm


Young domestic workers fight for their rights in the informal economy.young domestic workers

For most of the morning, Antoñia Peña sat quietly at the end of the table on a panel of speakers. Throughout the event, called "Voices from the Front Lines of the Economic Crisis," another panelist translated the proceedings into Spanish for her. When Peña finally spoke, in a halting but urgent English, I wasn't the only one to sit up and take notice.


"Most of us have been exploited or abused by our employers," she began. Peña came to the United States from Colombia in her youth, hoping to find a better life for herself and for her family back home. What she found instead was a life of isolation and abuse. Like many immigrants who come to the United States as young women, it took her years to become aware of her rights.

5 Ways the Government Used Our Money to Save Big Banks and Screw Us

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:41pm
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The government hasn't exactly been forthcoming about how it has made buckets of money available to the banking sector. But here's what really happened. As we mark the end of the first year of the financial bailout, the public seems to regard the government's actions with a toxic combination of rage and confusion. People are pissed off but too bewildered to know what to do with that anger. The confusion isn't an accident. The government hasn't exactly been forthcoming about how it's made buckets of money available to the banking sector. When it does disclose some information--such as in July's SIGTARP report from the Treasury or the Federal Reserve's weekly balance sheet--it's in the form of intimidating descriptions, accounting mumbo jumbo and technical reports that do little to illuminate just what the hell is going on.

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