Friday headline roundup

NLRB Accuses Wal-Mart of Illegally Disciplining Workers (Bloomberg, 11/18/2013)

Wal-Mart “unlawfully threatened, disciplined and/or terminated employees” at stores in 13 states for protesting working conditions, according to a statement today from the National Labor Relations Board.

 

Here’s How Walmart Could Pay Workers a Decent Wage Without Raising Prices (Mother Jones, 11/20/2013)

Walmart has gotten a lot of bad press this week over news of an Ohio store holding a food drive for its own workers, who were unable to buy Thanksgiving groceries on the retail giant’s paltry wages. The store managers deserve credit for their thoughtfulness, but wouldn’t it be better if Walmart simply paid its workers enough to feed themselves? A new report from Demos, a liberal think tank, suggests that doing so wouldn’t be as hard as you might think.

 

32 Wal-Mart factories in Bangladesh require urgent safety fixes (Salon, 11/19/2013)

Independent inspections for the company…found that 32 of its 200 factories required urgent work to fix serious failings, including one factory that was so unsafe it had to be shut down and another with an illegal eighth floor containing the staff canteen.

 

Ashton Kutcher vs. Wal-Mart: Epic Twitter clash rages over poverty wages (Salon, 11/20/2013)

Kutcher slams retailer: “You should be proud of your associates but I’m not sure if they should be proud of you.”

 

Walmart Protests Promised To Be Even Bigger This Black Friday (Huffington Post, 11/21/2013)

Walmart workers and their supporters are planning to kick off this year’s holiday shopping season with protests at 1,500 Walmart stores around the country on Nov. 29. Advocates for Walmart workers hope to use Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, to draw attention to what they describe as low wages and retaliation against employees who criticize the company.

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