It’s that time of year, and there are scary things afoot when you go to work every day. Here are some that will make you quake in your boots. Or sneakers.
Note: The text accompanying these posters was written by the creators; a link to them is at the bottom.
A Nightmare on Main Street
FEATURING: Income Disparity Between the Rich and the Rest of Us
The federal government spends nearly $24 billion each year to pay contractors for executive compensation. If these payouts to executives were capped at $230,700 (the vice president’s salary), hundreds of thousands of low-wage federal contract workers could see a raise of $6.69 per hour, or $13,902 a year, for working full-time, without additional costs to taxpayers. We need federal policies that lift up working families in our country rather than the top corporate executives and bankers on Wall Street.
———————Invasion Of The Wage Snatchers
FEATURING: Workers Who Fall Victim to Wage Theft
More than 60 percent of low-wage workers suffer wage violations each week. They lose 15 percent of their earnings each year on average, according to a 2008 report. Wages are stolen when employers do not pay minimum wage or overtime pay, force workers to work off the clock, withhold final paychecks, misclassify them as independent contractors, or steal tips. We need to continue to work with local, state, and federal lawmakers to create policies that reflect how scary of a crime it is to steal wages from workers!
Silencing the Immigrant
FEATURING: Millions of Our Family, Friends, and Neighbors in the Shadows
America’s immigration policies are hurting more than 11 million immigrants and their families while condoning abuse to undocumented workers. More than 75 percent of undocumented workers say they’ve worked off the clock without pay, 85 percent did not receive an overtime rate, and 37 percent received less than the minimum wage for their work, according to a 2009 survey.
The Bentonville Horror
FEATURING: Walmart Workers Standing Up for Dignity and Respect
Nearly one-half of Walmart workers earn less than $25,000 a year, a Walmart spokesperson recently said. Wages for store employees are so low that according to a congressional report, one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin costs taxpayers in the state up to $900,000 in government aid programs for workers earning poverty wages. We need to urge large corporations like Walmart to be leaders in good jobs: pay wages families can live on and create a safe and intimidation-free work environment.
FEATURING: Poultry Workers Facing Increased Risk of Injury
The Department of Agriculture is implementing a new rule that eliminates 75 percent of USDA inspectors who make sure the poultry that leaves processing plants is safe for consumers. The new rule increases their line speeds for processing by 25 percent. The new line speed regulation will increase risks of injury for poultry workers who process the chicken. Workers in poultry plants are already working dangerously fast line speeds. We need to tell the president to reverse this new USDA regulation and keep workers and consumers safe!