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Security workers’ strike leads to contract agreement

 

 

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

After going on a one-day strike, security officers from SEIU Local 26 came to a contract agreement with local security companies. “We were striking for better healthcare benefits, job security and better pay. You could say we were fighting to move our members out of poverty,” said Harrison Bullard, executive vice president of SEIU local 26. Bullard’s union also participated in a “week of actions” designed to show the connections between his union, the fight for better wages, and the office cleaners’ fight for dignity and higher wages. It also sought to unite those workers’ struggle with that of workers who are being discriminated against because of their past criminal records and workers who have been wrongfully foreclosed on by the major banks. Continue Reading →

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Payday lending called exploitation

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Minnesota watchdogs are barking about what they assert to be “predatory” payday lending. A payday loan is a small, short-term, loan secured against a customer’s next paycheck. Upwards of 250 groups are accusing the banking system of exploitation, claiming U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and other institutions are exploiting this tough economic climate to gouge people struggling to get by, profiting from excessive fees on these payday loans. Lutheran Social Services, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, SEIU Local 26, ISAIAH (Faith In Democracy), and TakeAction Minnesota are among the national, state and local organizations demanding bank regulators step in and stop banks from racking up loans yielding annual interest rates near 400 percent. The collective presented a letter to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during a Town Hall Event at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City on February 22. Continue Reading →

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