In November, the Brandworkers blog reported on the death of Jdimytai Damour, a 34-year-old man who was trampled to death by the Black Friday crowds while he worked a temporary position at a Wal-Mart store in Long Island.
If you haven't heard yet, a pair of Domino's employees ignited a web firestorm by releasing a YouTube video showing them tampering with food including a worker shoving cheese up his nostril and passing gas on a sandwich. (The video was taken down by YouTube after threats from Domino's but we'll let you know when it's inevitably re-posted somewhere).
UPDATE: Mr. Haskett's story has finally hit the national mainstream media.
Nigel Haskett is the McDonald's worker who heroically came to the aid of a patron who was being violently assaulted. He was shot multiple times in the process and McDonald's is actively opposing his workers compensation claim for medical expenses.
UPDATED: Wikileaks has released the whole audio of the conference call. Listen to it and read Brandworkers' statement here.
When the retail giants and their special interest groups disparage the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in public, they pretend to care about the right to a secret ballot. But in a conference call obtained by the Huffington Post, Home Depot legend Bernie Marcus and a lobbyist associate of his, make clear that their opposition is all about power politics and keeping labor organizing out of retail.
UPDATE: Protest was a resounding success! Watch the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmwHIBsLlqk
Terrance Brennan, Honor Your Word to the Workers of Wild Edibles!
Workers at the Wild Edibles seafood company are striving to win respect for the hard work they put in everyday. Over forty of New York's most prominent restaurants have stopped serving seafood processed by Wild Edibles because of the overwhelming evidence of workers' rights violations there.
The release from the victorious union is below. We'll keep you updated on the employer's meritless challenge to the election, a standard union-busting technique:
From: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 805
A Majority of Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 805 at Alle Processing
"The retail association's biggest member, Wal-Mart, is agitating against the EFCA, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the company held mandatory meetings for supervisors and managers warning them that a Democratic victory in November and subsequent passage of the EFCA would lead to unionisation and union fees." (The Guardian)