The aim of this legislation is to target the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan, which had picketed and sued a restaurant it accused of mistreating workers. Because a social work graduate student at the University of Michigan chose to do a field placement with the organization, the Michigan Restaurant Association lobbied its Republican friends in the state legislature. more
Millions of American women would lose access to affordable health care coverage if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, a new report by Jessica Arons from the Center for American Progress argues. Since women are more likely to consume health care services, use prescription medication, suffer from chronic illness, and face discrimination in the individual health market, they “will suffer the most” from a negative Court decision.
A BART station agent was fired for giving unused train tickets to a 16-year-old boy in need to help him pay for his commute to school, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Jim Stanek, 66, received a letter from BART informing him of his termination after he was caught supplying the teen with $300 worth of tickets to get to school. more
by Bryan Mercer (Cross-posting from Media Mobilizing Project)
Guest post by Derrick Evans, Turkey Creek Community Initiatives.
BP "got over" in the US Justice Department's criminal case against them. They didn't win, but they gladly settled for $4 Billion rather than face a full trial with full public disclosure of exactly what happened before, during and after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, 2010.
At the State of the Union speech this week, President Obama railed against the skyrocketing profits of corporations and stagnation of workers’ wages. At the same time, his solutions mostly included increasing investment in private corporations specifically as it relates to (re)building national infrastructure, energy, and education. He touted the popular public-private partnerships alternative as a means to saving money and efficiently addressing our problems.