WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
 
by Rachel Podnar 06.04.2014 54 days ago
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Local Walmart Workers to Strike Wednesday

Employees to walk out of Ferguson Road store during rally at 4:30 p.m.

Protesting illegal firings, low wages and erratic scheduling, Walmart workers are taking a stand this afternoon in Cincinnati by walking off their jobs. Workers will protest outside the Walmart on Ferguson Road at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, according to a press release sent out this morning. Today’s strike is part of a larger strike movement happening in 20 cities across the country this week, leading up to the annual shareholder meeting. The meeting is this Friday and hundreds of worker shareholders are making the trip to Arkansas as part of a union-backed workers group called OUR Walmart. They plan to request a living wage and family-sustaining jobs, calling for the new CEO Doug McMillion to “take the company in a new direction,” the press release said. A typical Walmart worker is paid less than $25,000 a year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average retail worker makes only $21,000 per year and cashiers even less. Walmart employees say they have to rely on food stamps while their company received $7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013. OUR Walmart advocates for a $25,000 base salary for all employees. “A minimum $25,000 salary at Walmart would not only help families, it would boost job creation, consumer spending, and the company’s bottom-line,” the press release said. The major employer is currently on trial for worker rights violations involving firing workers who went on strike last year at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.   The country’s largest and most profitable corporation is also tightening its belt; Walmart took $740 million out of its cost structure in the past year because its operating income grew faster than sales. Walmart has had to make some changes lately in response to worker’s claims. In March, the pregnancy policy was updated after an OUR Walmart campaign, allowing for more accommodations for pregnant women.   In April, the retailer changed its internal scheduling system, making it easier for part-time workers to pick up extra shifts online.
 
 

Country Club Going Cross Country

Extending its reach while leaving the West End

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
When I visited Country Club in the West End last week, it was bustling even though no other visitors were in the art gallery. Christian Strike, its owner, was too busy at his computer to talk. His Iconoclast Editions, an ancillary company headquartered in the West End gallery, had just that day issued a new, limited-run print by Shepard Fairey, the New York-based graphic artist who shot to fame with last year’s “Obama Hope” poster.  

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