12 Attacks On Workers' Rights That Will Make You Kinda Mad
After the tea party “wave” election of 2010, corporations used their army of lobbyists to push legislation in states aimed to lower living standards and undermine workers' rights. Here are some of their most outrageous attacks on working people.
1. Helping Employers Get Away With Wage Theft
2. Repealing the Minimum Wage
3. Making It Easier to Use Child Labor (Seriously)
4. Stripping Workers of Their Overtime Rights
5. Making Sure Jobless Workers Don’t Get Unemployment Benefits
6. Allowing Management to Deny Meal Breaks
7. Shortchanging Tipped Workers
8. Stopping Paid Sick Days
9. Blaming Workers for Deficits Caused by Tax Cuts
10. Stopping Victims of Race and Sex Discrimination from Suing
11. Lowering Community Wage Standards
12. Outlawing Protections Against Repetitive Motion Injuries
These are just a few examples of the numerous legislative attacks on workers—both union and nonunion—that took place in 2011–2012, as documented in a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. Many of these attacks were coordinated by a corporate-funded lobbying organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
More recently, working families have been fighting back. To find out how, check out "10 Ways Working Families Are 'Kicking Ass' for the Middle Class."
By Kelly Ross, AFL-CIO