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“And here’s your entertainment!” A story about workplace accountability

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

Full disclosure, this is a story about one of my most memorable period cycles ever. It’s a story about a rough work week. But more than that, it’s a story about women’s experiences in the workplace.

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

Full disclosure, this is a story about one of my most memorable period cycles ever. It’s a story about a rough work week. But more than that, ...

Quote of the Day: “My past is littered with the bones of men…”

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.

She did not flinch.  “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”

Meet the new head of the NBA players union, Michele A. Roberts. A former public defender, Roberts will be the first female leader of a major North American professional sports union.

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she ...

Charts of the Day: Being in a union raises a woman’s pay by 12.9 percent

Hey ladies, you may need a PhD to earn as much as a dude with a BA, but being in a union could be worth a year of college in terms of a wage boost. According to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, unionization has a big impact on women’s economic well-being. 

Hey ladies, you may need a PhD to earn as much as a dude with a BA, but being in a union could be worth a year of college in terms of a wage boost. According ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

“Young Lakota”: A look into South Dakota’s anti-abortion battle.

“Where my (STEM) ladies at?”

Brittany Cooper on Michelle Obama and why white feminists need to lean back.

Five things you may not know about child marriage.

“Young Lakota”: A look into South Dakota’s anti-abortion battle.

“Where my (STEM) ladies at?”

Brittany Cooper on Michelle Obama and why white feminists need to lean back.

Five things you may not ...

Watch this video, dance to the beat & protest Black Friday

It comes as no surprise that Walmart, which made news recently for asking for donations for the workers they underpay, exploits their workers. But the creative way these Walmart employees responded is original, to say the least. And it will inspire you to boycott this corporation on Black Friday.

It comes as no surprise that Walmart, which made news recently for asking for donations for the workers they underpay, exploits their workers. But the creative way these Walmart employees responded is original, to say the least. ...

UC Berkeley professor’s anti-union letter is anti-education

University of California service workers and graduate students went on strike for one day to protest unfair labor practices last Wednesday. The day before the strike, UC Berkeley professor and scab Alexander Coward sent his class an e-mail telling his students why he planned to cross the picket line  (and even teach sessions typically led by striking Graduate Student Instructors) and why they should do the same: their education is too important. The e-mail has gone viral, thanks, in no small part, to Berkeley promoting his anti-union missive.

I agree about the importance of education. I just think Coward has a dangerously narrow view of what education is, and it disturbs me that his take is so popular. I ...

University of California service workers and graduate students went on strike for one day to protest unfair labor practices last Wednesday. The day before the strike, UC Berkeley professor and scab Alexander Coward sent his class ...

Happy Labor Day!

After an inspiring and productive weekend of retreating, the Feministing crew is taking a much needed day off. Now here’s newsboys singing about union organizing:

Lyrics here.

After an inspiring and productive weekend of retreating, the Feministing crew is taking a much needed day off. Now here’s newsboys singing about union organizing:

Lyrics here.

Support the striking fast-food workers in New York City


Photo via Sarah Jaffe.

Fast-food workers at dozens of chains in NYC are walking out today in what is the first step in the “biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United States.” They are demanding a raise from near-minimum wages to $15 an hour and the right to form a union. The walk-out–which includes McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and others–is the first-ever multi-restaurant strike by fast-food workers in the country.

The median hourly wage for food service and prep workers is a $8.90 an hour in NYC. And it’s not like these workers are just teenagers hoping for some extra cash; the median age is over 28. Women make up two-thirds of the ...


Photo via Sarah Jaffe.

Fast-food workers at dozens of chains in NYC are walking out today in what is the first step in the “biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United ...

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