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What is a worker center? – a video tutorial

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BlackFridayProtest.org Video Tutorial: How to Create a Fake Grassroots Campaign

Today, Worker Center Watch released a new video detailing how OUR Walmart manufactures their petition and protest numbers on BlackFridayProtests.org.  In previous years, OUR Walmart has made similar overinflated claims regarding the size and scope of actions, as well as the number of participants. It’s been well documented in the press that OUR Walmart protestors are induced to participate with gift cards, and the vast majority are not actual employees but union members or professional protestors (view the Daily Show’s expose of the UFCW’s tactics in similar campaigns).  

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Louisville Activists Tow the Line for Big Labor

While members of the Metro Council deliberate the merits of a minimum wage increase, Louisville residents should know that the lead group advocating for the increase, Kentucky Jobs with Justice (KYJWJ), has less than altruistic motives. A closer look at KYJWJ reveals that the organization is part of a national network of union-backed groups spanning the country under the Jobs with Justice banner.  JWJ chapters, like KYJWJ, focus their efforts on localizing issues important to organized labor’s overarching, national agenda, and national unions fund and support these groups to create the illusion of a spontaneous groundswell of local, grassroots activism….

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Breaking Bad: ROC Restaurant Takes the “High” Road

The Washington Post reported this week that Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) High Road Partner Inspire BBQ was at the center of a coast-to-coast drug trafficking network that would make Gustavo Fring jealous.  With “a shipment a month” ranging from “1.5 kilos, or more than three pounds, of cocaine” to potentially as much as “20 pounds of heroin” arriving mostly to ROC’s High Road Partner location it’s no wonder that the restaurant could afford to pay employees an above average wage and offer extra benefits, earning it top marks in the 2014 ROC Diner’s Guide.The restaurant was a regular showpiece for ROC and was routinely featured as one of ROC’s…