A Wal-Mart Manager Talks About His Experience

Earlier this month, the Times reported that President Obama was seeking to expand overtime pay to millions of workers including "fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as 'executive or professional' employees to avoid paying them overtime."

The Future of Labor (Not Good)

At Salon, Josh Eidelson examines how the plight of the guest worker is really the plight of the American worker. (‘”It’s become really, really clear to us,’ said [Saket Soni, the executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance], that ‘what’s at stake is not merely lower wages but the transformation of entire industries, and the disappearance of rights, respect, and a contract. In effect, guest workers are used to push the bottom even further down.’”)

Walmart Workers Go on ‘Prolonged Strikes’

According to The Nation Walmart workers across the country have decided to go on prolonged strikes today—the first time in the company's history. Our pal Josh Eidelson is closely following the story.

Here is a Check for $0 And Also You Owe Me Rent

More from Josh Eidelson on the abuse of guest workers in this great and free country of ours. This time, he writes about Jamaicans in Florida who paid $2,000 to come to the U.S. for the opportunity to work for a company called Mr. Clean. The company provided overcrowded housing where workers slept on the floor and then charged them exorbitantly for it, presenting them with paychecks for $0 and then demanding the rent balance on top of that. The good (“good”) news: The workers went on strike and filed a Federal complaint.

Dispatch from the Walmart Convention

Josh Eidelson attended Wamart's shareholers' meeting in Arkansas over the weekend. Great fun! Superb cast! Hugh Jackman was there and Tom Cruise and Jennifer Hudson! Oh and also some OUR Walmart protesers. Here's one: "They said Walmart’s going to donate a million dinners for American people that are hungry, and they’re going to bring them to their local food bank. And the saddest thing is that their associates are going to be going to those same food banks to get that food."

Labor Labor Labor

Josh Eidelson was on Talk of the Nation earlier this week talking labor. If you are like me and can't get enough of Josh Eidelson, listen or read the transcript. Good convo great convo learned some things.

Low Low Prices, Low Low Wages

Josh Eidelson has an informative and accessible op-ed in the Washington Post explaining how Walmart is able to keep wages low. CAN YOU GUESS HOW!?

Meanwhile in Bentonville

Josh Eidelson is in Bentonville, Arkansas covering OUR Walmart's visit to Walmart HQ during its weeklong strike after earlier demonstrators were met with retaliation. Love this interaction in a Walmart museum between the blue shirts (Walmart employees in town for a Walmart meeting) and the green shirts (OUR Walmart members).

Big Day for Labor Good Job Great Job

In Chicago, 500 fast food workers from a dozen chains are striking today to protest low wages. (“Like their New York counterparts, the Chicago workers are demanding raises to $15 an hour, and the chance to form a union without intimidation.”)

And around the country, workers in 100 Walmart stores are confronting management today to demand changes to the company’s scheduling system. (“Workers have charged that insufficient and erratic work schedules consign them to poverty, wreak havoc on their personal lives and shortchange customer service.”)