Schlichter, Bogard & Denton Stands With Striking, Fired Workers
Schlichter, Bogard & Denton is proud to stand in solidarity with workers around America striking to demand higher, living wages and better working conditions. At Wal-Mart, it was reported that tens of thousands of workers and others protested at 1,600 stores across the country on Black Friday. A recent study reported that almost 60% of Wal-Mart’s™ 1.4 million employees make less than $25,000 per year. As a result, taxpayers are forced to bear the burden of Wal-Mart workers who are unable to provide for their families. Wal-Mart’s™ low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion each year in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, Forbes has reported. Black Friday strikers sought an increase in pay to at least $15 an hour and for part-time workers to have access to full-time jobs with fixed schedules.
In addition to the Wal-Mart Black Friday strikes, truck drivers at six companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are also striking and thirty-five of them have been fired, according to the Los Angeles chapter of the AFL-CIO. The drivers are classified as independent contractors as opposed to employees, which denies them access to legal protections such as unemployment insurance and also prevents them from unionizing. “Port truck drivers are on strike to protest their misclassification as independent contractors, to end wage theft and to have access to common workplace protections that every American worker has the right to,” said a spokesperson for the Teamsters Union.
Every worker deserves the dignity of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Schlichter, Bogard & Denton has for decades fought to secure fair wages and safe working conditions and supports the efforts of these striking workers and all workers denied fair wages and safe working conditions.
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