Newsletter 168: Don’t Let the Fox Guard the Hen House: Stop Nomination of Anti-Labor Secretary
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Newsletter 168: Don’t Let the Fox Guard the Hen House: Stop Nomination of Anti-Labor Secretary

(January 18th 2017)

Take Action: Tell Your Senator to Stop the #AntiLaborSecretary

In their own words, the mission of the Department of Labor is:

To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

That’s why the nomination of Andrew Puzder to head the department must be stopped. In his tenure as Chief Executive of CKE Restaurant Group (Carl’s Jr., and Hardee’s chains), he has opposed paid breaks and even suggested that automation and the elimination of jobs was preferable to raising the minimum wage.

In a recent preliminary hearing, Senators heard former workers tell of systematic wage theft and exploitation–the very scenarios that Labor Department rules are supposed to prevent



We All Have a Role in Growing a Just Food System

Farmers, farmworkers, and eaters all play a role in building a more just food system. Weather patterns, corporate consolidation, and bad policy, the pressures on our food system are immense.

Yet as our Campaign Director Kerstin Lindgren reflects on 2016, she finds lessons for a hopeful future.



Cadbury Leaves Fair Trade – Good News or Bad?

Cadbury Leaves Fair Trade - Good or bad?Last month multi-national giant Mondelez announced that it would be withdrawing fair trade certification from chocolate sold under the UK brand Cadbury.

Instead, they’ll be building their own corporate-led program called Cocoa Life. Cadbury was never a fair trade company, yet is it progress to replace farmer-led standards with corporate driven ones?



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