Thousands of Wisconsin union members workers traveled from around the state to the capital, Madison, on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues.

The bill, which was approved by the Republican-led state senate on Feb. 25, would make Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt a so-called “right-to-work” law. It is supported by Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate. The state assembly is expected to vote on the measure within a week, and it will take effect once Walker signs it.

A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday at the Wisconsin state assembly, which is also controlled by Republicans.

About 5,000 people gathered at Saturday’s rally, organized by the the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, at the state capitol building despite below-freezing temperatures. The protesters waved U.S. flags, rang cow bells and chanted, “This is what democracy looks like.” Many held signs denouncing the bill, some reading: “Right to Work for Less” and “Right to Lose Wages.”

anonymous asked:

Vegans think their eating habits are cruelty free and yet they're eating vegetables and grains that were grown by abused, underpaid migrant workers. Explain that

Vegans don’t care about people who pick crops!

Said the carnist who probably

  1. doesn’t give a shit about the lives of slaughterhouse workers: how they are usually on shitty contracts, are usually poor and people of color (PoC), how they don’t have basic working rights, and how often times they are undocumented.
  2. doesn’t give a shit about how big, rich, Western, white countries go into other countries: usually (again) poor, underprivileged, native areas that are (again) usually inhabited by PoC. This takes land away from the people in that region or country and gives it to a) the livestock and/or b) the crops raised for that livestock.
  3. doesn’t give a shit about the fact that animal product consumption iscausing deforestation: there are undiscovered plants and other things in these areas that could help with medicine, not to mention that rain forests and other land contributes to 20% or so of the Earth’s oxygen. This effects not only non-human animals, but human animals as well.
  4. doesn’t give a shit about the people back in their homes: in rich, white countries like the United States who live next to these factory farms. How their water quality is shit, the air quality is shit, the soil turns to shit and how they have higher rates of ailments that don’t effect people who don’t live near factory farms. This also leads to the areas being more poverty stricken.
  5. doesn’t realize that they too (unless they fancy themselves to only live on meat, dairy, milk, honey and other animal products) eat the same exact fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods that those same farm workers pick for a plant-based diet.

Author’s note here.
This post is from thatvegancosplayer

Report finds one worker is dying every other day building the Qatar World Cup 

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is being paid for in blood.

The Guardian reports that Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure to host the World Cup in Qatar have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 despite government’s promises to improve their working conditions. Even more disturbingly, this report does not include the deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers.

People working in slaughterhouses are at a far higher chance of being perpetrators of domestic violence due to trauma, desensitisation and the normalisation of violence, compared with the general population. They are also much more likely than average to have problems with alcohol abuse and with mental health issues like PTSD from working under extremely stressful conditions. Unfortunately these are most often poor immigrants with no other choice. These are the same slaughterhouses who process animals regardless of whether they are factory farmed, free range, organic or grass fed.

If you find the suffering of animals so easy to dismiss; how about humans?

A Pittsburgh restaurant is banning tipping. Here’s why more should follow suit

Getting rid of a server’s tips seems like an usually cruel and and heartless thing to do, but that’s exactly what one Pennsylvania restaurant is doing — for good reason. 

Starting in April, the nationally recognized Bar Marco in Pittsburgh is eschewing employees’ tips for a salary with health benefits. It joins a handful of restaurants across the country that recognizes that the tipping system doesn’t offer workers the stability they deserve. 

Getting rid of tipping is a good thing 

Argentinian Police Commander Juan Alberto López Torales fakes an accident by throwing himself on a slow moving car to stop a protester. The incident occurred in the middle of a union conflict by workers who were made redundant in the Lear auto parts factory. The demonstrators were protesting in a different form: they were in cars, driving very slow to cause traffic jams. The driver of the car was arrested because of this “accident” for assaulting an officer. [video]

Why Thousands of Mental Health Care Employees In California Plan To Go On Strike

After years of lobbying Kaiser Permanente to hire more mental health clinicians to meet growing patient demand, thousands of mental health employees in California will take their fight to the streets during a strike scheduled to kick off next week.

Nearly 2,600 psychologists, therapists, and social workers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) will picket at 35 locations across the Golden State. Joining them will be 700 members represented by NUHW who don’t work in mental health. Union representatives announced their plans in a letter to Kaiser on New Year’s Eve.

“We feel that we’re overall helping patients and helping these issues by striking,” Jim Clifford, a Kaiser therapist and NUHW member, told ModernHealthcare.com.

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Walmart workers are planning their biggest Black Friday strike ever 

Black Friday, the favored holiday of masochists everywhere, is a perfect hellstorm of consumer hysteria and corporate greed. This year, however, maniacal shoppers at America’s biggest chain store will be joined by another group of people: protesting employees. 

OUR Walmart, a nonprofit whose goal is to “gain respect for all Walmart Associates,” announced on Friday that it expects protests and strikes at 1,600 Walmart locations nationwide. That number represents a strong increase from last year when the group organized protests in between 1,200 and 1,400 stores. 

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