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Fining McWalmart

Fining McWalmart Fight for $15 597007 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015597007New Labor ForumSmiley research-article2015 New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 68 –75 Fining McWalmart: Charging Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Employers for the Social Costs of sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015597007 Poverty Wages nlf.sagepub.com Erica Smiley Keywords collective bargaining, informal economy, labor, living wage, poverty, social welfare, unorganized workers, working class Minimum wage increases put hard cash in worker and industry standards determine sus- workers’ pockets. But while providing relief for tainable. These companies, able to pay a fair struggling families, minimum wage increases wage and afford necessary benefits such as on their own do not build worker power. health care, child care, and retirement choose not to in the interest of higher corporate profits and salaries for top executives. As a result, Minimum wage increases on their workers are dependent on services like food own do not build worker power. stamps and other public assistance programs to survive. To make matters worse, these employ- Even if it proves true that more take-home ers commonly offer erratic work schedules that money frees workers up to become more active, make securing second jobs difficult. And the minimum wage increases http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Fining McWalmart

New Labor Forum , Volume 24 (3): 8 – Sep 1, 2015

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Fight for $15 597007 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015597007New Labor ForumSmiley research-article2015 New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 68 –75 Fining McWalmart: Charging Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Employers for the Social Costs of sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015597007 Poverty Wages nlf.sagepub.com Erica Smiley Keywords collective bargaining, informal economy, labor, living wage, poverty, social welfare, unorganized workers, working class Minimum wage increases put hard cash in worker and industry standards determine sus- workers’ pockets. But while providing relief for tainable. These companies, able to pay a fair struggling families, minimum wage increases wage and afford necessary benefits such as on their own do not build worker power. health care, child care, and retirement choose not to in the interest of higher corporate profits and salaries for top executives. As a result, Minimum wage increases on their workers are dependent on services like food own do not build worker power. stamps and other public assistance programs to survive. To make matters worse, these employ- Even if it proves true that more take-home ers commonly offer erratic work schedules that money frees workers up to become more active, make securing second jobs difficult. And the minimum wage increases

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Published: Sep 1, 2015

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