Steel Worker Union Votes to Protect LGBT Mill Employees

The mills of the steel industry remain amongst the worst places to work if you are LGBT. While other industries have made great strides, steel mills remain "a brutal place to work," but change may be coming. A local union has declared LGBT protections a priority and will call on the wider steelworker labor movement to… » 8/10/14 4:18pm 8/10/14 4:18pm

The Raiderettes Will Finally Be Paid Minimum Wage

In January, some members of the Raiderettes sued the Oakland Raiders, alleging that they were paid less than $5 an hour, denied overtime, expected to practice several times a week for free and subjected to bizarre fines by the team. They also had to abide by this ridiculous fucking etiquette guide, which instructs one… » 7/02/14 6:45pm 7/02/14 6:45pm

This Man Thinks the 'Mentally Retarded' Would Gladly Work for $2/Hour

The discussions surrounding raising the minimum wage always bring out the best in people, don't they? Take financial commentator Peter Schiff, for example. Sam Bee of The Daily Show sat down with him recently to discuss strikes amongst fast food workers and he brought up some very interesting (and compassionate!)… » 1/29/14 5:10pm 1/29/14 5:10pm

This Etiquette Guide for the Oakland Raiderettes Is Ridiculous

News recently broke that the Oakland Raiders are allegedly paying their cheerleaders (the Raiderettes) wages as criminally low as $5 per hour and now, as more facts about the team are revealed, it's turning out that not only do they pay the Raiderettes next to nothing — they also treat them like they're social fucking… » 1/28/14 4:30pm 1/28/14 4:30pm

U.S. Government Regularly Buys Clothing From Unsafe Factories Overseas

According to a new piece in the New York Times, the United States government spends $1.5 billion a year on garments created in factories overseas — some of which employ children, some of which keep their workers in deplorable, unsafe conditions, and some of which pay far less than $1/hour. Our politicians can condemn… » 12/23/13 4:10pm 12/23/13 4:10pm

Owners, Managers Charged in Bangladesh Factory Fire

The factory fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. (a Walmart clothing supplier) that killed over 100 people last year was Bangladesh's worst garment factory fire ever. It led to increased scrutiny over the sourcing practices of some huge cheap clothes purveyors such as Walmart and H&M, and now, thanks to a long police… » 12/22/13 2:00pm 12/22/13 2:00pm

Fucking Sephora Really Wants French People to Work on Sundays

Fucking Sephora, man. It can’t just be content with the fact that people all over the world yearn for its outrageously expensive (and tiny) cosmetics — now, thanks in part to the opportunity provided by a stagnant French economy and a busy location on the Champs-Élysées, Sephora is leading the charge to dismantle… » 10/20/13 3:00pm 10/20/13 3:00pm

Reporter Describes Finding Underage Garment Workers in Bangladesh

The recent series of disasters in Bangladeshi garment factories over the past several years perhaps got its most alarming and high-profile installment last November when a factory fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. — a supplier for Wal-Mart — killed 124 workers and left many observers dazed at the casual supply-chain evils… » 10/19/13 12:30pm 10/19/13 12:30pm

Orgasms Happen During Childbirth, but Only in France (Obviously)

Back in 2008 when the innocence of youth was sullied by the banking crisis, the Are You Afraid of the Dark? of investigative journalism shows, 20/20, aired parts of a documentary called Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, sparking a firestorm of internet commenting controversy. Orgasms during birth? You mean, yet… » 6/09/13 6:00pm 6/09/13 6:00pm

What's the Solution to the World's Sweatshop Problem?

The spate of preventable industrial disasters in Bangladesh has focused the attention of the media, and many consumers, on the conditions under which our clothing is made, both in that country and in the other low-wage economies that most retailers now rely on to keep their racks filled with cheap clothing. Although… » 6/09/13 2:00pm 6/09/13 2:00pm

The NYC Fast Food Strike Matters For Women

Hundreds of NYC fast food workers walked out of jobs at McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King today in what organizers say is the largest-ever strike against the basically union-free industry. The Fast Food Forward campaign is calling for an industry wage of $15 an hour in the city — that's double what most employees make… » 4/04/13 6:15pm 4/04/13 6:15pm