Sexual predators and serial rapists run wild at Wal-Mart supplier in Jordan
Scores of young Sri Lankan women guest workers have been sexually abused and repeatedly raped, over the course of years, while sewing clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and other labels at the Classic Factory in Jordan. At least one young rape victim was tortured as her assailant bit her, leaving scars all over her body. Rape victims who become pregnant are fired and forcibly deported. Women who refuse the sexual advances of Classic managers are also beaten and deported. Managers routinely beat the women to make them work faster, throw the garments in their faces, and grope and fondle them.
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Google and Others Sued for Conspiring to Limit Labor Competition
On the heels of an age discrimination lawsuit, Google is being sued again, along with several other large high-tech companies, in conspiring to fix high-tech worker salaries and entering into "No Solicitation" agreements with each other.
These "No Solicitation" agreements are an anti-competitive tool to keep high-tech workers from leaving a job at one firm to take a job at another. This effectively limits competition in the labor market, lowering salaries and limiting career opportunities.
A former software engineer at Lucasfilm filed the class action lawsuit on May 4, 2011. A summary of the suit can be found on the Lieff Cabraser website where high-tech workers who think they have been affected by this can file a claim. The full complaint can be read here.
WashTech is interested in hearing stories from those who think they were affected by these "No Solicitation" agreements. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact WashTech. Your comments can be kept anonymous.
The Job Machine
Global Cleveland wants to put the region to work. Who gets the jobs isn't clear
by John Lasker
The plug in the dike comes on May 24. For years it seemed it wouldn't come at all.
In the wake of decades of population and employment erosion, next week marks the formal launch of the International Welcome Center on Public Square. It's championed as a sort of recruiting department spawned by Global Cleveland, the newly formed organization that is more than a decade in the planning.
The group hopes to stem the tide of Cleveland's outward migration, while courting newcomers who can fill vacant jobs — or create new ones for thousands of unemployed locals.
At the heart of Global Cleveland's courtship is a glut of more than 20,000 jobs currently available in the region, a figure the group cites using the state-run employment website ohiomeansjobs.com.
Cutting Workers' Pay and Benefits Doesn't Help Economic Recovery
by Stan Sorcher
Public attitudes toward workers send a weird mixed message lately. We are busy ripping out support for wages and benefits, while simultaneously asking why the recovery is going badly. Diane Ravitch's captures the spirit of this contradiction:
"It reminds me of an old Soviet joke where a peasant says, 'My neighbor has a cow and I have none, I want his cow to die.'"
Bernie Tells It Like It Is
A few weeks ago, Senator Bernie Sanders released a list of the 10 companies worst at paying their fair share in taxes.
We're going to try to saturate Facebook with the chart below, so that everyone sees the shameful behavior of these 10 companies. Can you join in? Click Bernie's logo:
Cohen Announces Nationwide Day of Action April 4
'We Have the Opportunity to Plan and Build Something Enormous'
The voice of the labor movement and its allies will roar louder than ever on April 4, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when "it will not be business as usual at workplaces and communities across this nation," CWA President Larry Cohen said Wednesday.
Speaking to 10,000 CWA members on a nationwide phone call, Cohen said the AFL-CIO Executive Board had adopted his proposal for "movement-wide dramatic action" to honor King and the workers fighting for their rights today.