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Monday, April 01, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 961-964

The ILO notes that while rising unemployment is putting downward pressure on wages in advanced economies, worldwide, 397 million workers are living in extreme poverty and 472 million cannot address their basic needs. And the World Bank notes that for a great number of workers in poorer countries, the reality is that even holding more than one job and working long hours (often without basic rights and in unsafe conditions), they do not earn enough to provide for themselves and their children.

In short, it is becoming more and more obvious that capitalism does not create enough jobs for the people and when it does create jobs, a great majority of them are not allowing people to secure humane living conditions.
The Global Unemployment Crisis
Saturday, 30 March 2013

By Ozgur Orhangazi

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“Damaged goods,” Ms. Farley describes herself, recalling how she recently overheard a child whispering to her mother about whether the “crippled lady” was a meth addict.

For about five years, Ms. Farley, 45, stood alongside about a dozen other workers, spray gun in hand, gluing together foam cushions for chairs and couches sold under brand names like Broyhill, Ralph Lauren and Thomasville. Fumes from the glue formed a yellowish fog inside the plant, and Ms. Farley’s doctors say that breathing them in eventually ate away at her nerve endings, resulting in what she and her co-workers call “dead foot.”

A chemical she handled — known as n-propyl bromide, or nPB — is also used by tens of thousands of workers in auto body shops, dry cleaners and high-tech electronics manufacturing plants across the nation. Medical researchers, government officials and even chemical companies that once manufactured nPB have warned for over a decade that it causes neurological damage and infertility when inhaled at low levels over long periods, but its use has grown 15-fold in the past six years.
“I did the work,” Ms. Farley said about her years putting together furniture for America’s households. “This doesn’t seem a fair price to pay.”
As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester
New York Times
Published: March 30, 2013

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 Based on an annual single room occupancy  (SRO) cost of $558 per month, any ONE of the  ten richest Americans would have enough with his 2012 income to pay for a room for every homeless person in the U.S.  for the entire year. These ten rich men together made more than our entire  housing budget.
Five Ugly Extremes of Inequality in America
Paul Buchheit

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