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Posted: 25 September 2015 in Uncategorized
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Ten photographers have united for Action/2015 to offer their perspectives on equality.*

According to one of the photographers, Susan Meiselas,

I travelled to Wisconsin to look at the state of industry in a city with a rich manufacturing heritage. I found a stark contradiction. On one hand, the wealth and power that the buildings themselves represented and, on the other, the workers who kept the business moving: mostly replaceable labour on minimum wage.

*Photos above: the headquarters of Visual Impressions, a wholesale T-shirt embroidery and impressions business, where Teresa, an embroiderer, has been working for six years.


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folks who brought weekend-labor

Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans have been doing their best to take away unions. Now, they want to take away one of the things organized labor brought us: the weekend [ht: sm].*

Currently, the law in Wisconsin requires that workers employed in a “factory or mercantile establishment” must receive “at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every 7 consecutive days.” If an employer would like a worker to work seven days in a row for a limited period of time, then the two can jointly petition the Department of Workforce Development for a waiver. . .

The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law that could effectively nullify it. The bill would create an exemption that would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to slave away for seven days in a row without at least twenty-four hours of rest.

As Marquette University law professor Paul Secunda explained,

the idea “completely ignores the power dynamic in the workplace, where workers often have a proverbial gun to the head.” Indeed, the reason Wisconsin had passed a “day of rest” law in the first place was because employers had been abusing employees by pressing them to work too many days without break. “Now this bill will force many workers to strike a bargain with the devil,” Secunda said.

*What I didn’t know before reading this article is that only thirteen states have laws mandating a day of rest for some or all workers.


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