It’s tempting to imagine that men like Elon Musk can save the planet for us, that we just need to unleash the power of their innovation and wait for the magic. But as the workers in Fremont well know, the quest for profit very often comes at the expense of people—even when the product is green.
“Anything coming out of the White House with Donald Trump in it is just as bad as Reagan was,” says Taylor, whose current PATCO is a sector of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
“You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said, according to the accounts of five people who were in the room. “Jeff Klein doesn’t represent the suburbs,” she said. “I do.”
Both of these movie theater chains are using a contractor that is hostile to its female employees.
Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters buy food from Vistar/PFG – a company that pays significantly lower wages for jobs primarily held by women than those held by their male counterparts performing similar work. This is a harsh reality for the women workforce who struggle to care for themselves and their families.
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“There was a lot of arm-twisting and in the end he didn’t keep those promises,” said Bertha Lewis, a civil-rights activist and co-founder of the Working Families Party who said the party should look elsewhere next year.
Crispin Hernandez recalled that during his first days on the job, “a cow stepped on my hand. The owner and her daughter were there and they saw that my hand was bleeding and they didn’t care. They didn’t tell me to go to the hospital and they didn’t give me a day off…. Working with cows is very dangerous, and the owners don’t care.”
Any automobile corporation that is this anti-union does not deserve customers.
Then one-on-one meetings started. Thousands of workers were forced to sit alone with bosses and describe how they felt about the union drive. In such meetings, workers were told of the threat a union would represent. They were told unionization would make the plant more rigid and would lead to many workers not being able to get favors from bosses when they needed time off.
Despite having had the nation’s first African-American president elected, we’re still not living in a post-racial society here in America.
Getting rid of affirmative action has long been a bee in the bonnet of the right wing. Now with Trump in power they aim to do away with it. They simply don’t see the inequalities that people have fought long and hard against. Detractors of affirmative action look at it as reverse racism.
We do not live in a post-racial society, where the idea of meritocracy, or access granted solely based on ability and talent, can be truly implemented. One of the reasons affirmative action is still in place in education is that students of color, as statistics continue to show, are not afforded the same opportunities and access as their white peers.
The problem is both a racial and an economic one. As Jonathan Kozol has often stated in books like The Shame of the Nation.
“This raise is helping us put food on the table, gas in our cars, and keep the lights on. Now companies like McDonald’s have a choice to make,” Douglas said. “They can either snatch back our raise and take food out of the mouths of children, or they can do the right thing by honoring the St. Louis wage increase and paying us at least $10 an hour.”