Yesterday morning, Walmart employees in in 12 states walked off the job in protest. The protestors are seeking better working conditions and wages. This is the second time in Walmart's history that employees in multiple stores are striking at the same time. The first time Walmart experienced simultaneous strikes at multiple stores was last Thursday, when Walmart workers from stores in Southern California striked.
The strike has spread to 28 stores. Workers are also threatening to strike on Black Friday, the busiest retail day of the year. In response to Walmart's treatment of workers, Dan Schlademan, the director of the union-backed Making Change at Walmart campaign, said that the leaders of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart "have engaged in a strike to protest Walmart's retaliation and to send a message to Wal-Mart and their co-workers that they have a right to speak out."
Last week, current employees of Walmart's Tennesee stores announced a class-action lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination. The Tennessee suit, Phipps, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is similar to two other local class action gender discrimination cases filed recently against the retail company in California and Texas.
Media Resources: Salon 10/9/2012; Feminist Newswire 10/4/201; Business Insider 10/10/2012; New York Times 10/9/2012; Feminist Newswire 10/03/12; Feminist Newswire 09/25/12; Feminist Newswire 02/21/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .