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Archive for the Month of April, 2005.
Viewing Corporatism NEWS articles 1 through 25 of 25.
- The average American in the year 2005 lives a fragile existence, in a struggle for survival that can be ended by missing a few paychecks. The carrot at the end of the stick which was formerly known as "the American dream" has been replaced by a whip that can best be described as the American nightmare of homelessness, and slow, early death.
- Led by Wal-Mart's longtime opponents in organized labor, a new coalition of about 50 groups - including environmentalists, community organizations, state lawmakers and academics - is planning the first coordinated assault intended to press the company to change the way it does business.
- Venezualan government cracks down on delinquet oil companies. Only 10 percent of all 33 oil operation agreements in the oil-rich nation have paid income taxes this year, Vielma Mora said. The remainder have declared no gains or have claimed losses during the past fiscal year, he said. "We don't understand how Venezuela's state oil company has earned profits and paid taxes, but private companies are declaring losses".
- The wife and daughter of Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, have been paid more than $500,000 since 2001. "It's DeLay Inc...if it's not illegal, it certainly is inappropriate for members of Congress to use their positions to enrich their families."
- Led by Sam Walton's only daughter, Alice, the family spent $3.2 million on lobbying. That's more than double what it spent in the previous two elections combined, public documents show. The Waltons have joined a coterie of wealthy families trying to save fortunes through permanent repeal of the estate tax.
- Walmart has inexpensive products that save us money...right, or do Walmart stores in our areas end up costing us money?
- Shadowy lobbyists ignore rules and exploit connections -- and their industry of influence nets almost $13 billion.
- The giant retailer's CEO says the company's foes are taking cheap shots and telling lies and Wal-Mart will fight back.
- Lobbyists have spent billions of dollars to influence the US Congress and government since 1998, twice the amount spent to elect lawmakers, a watchdog group said.
- The Supreme Court rejected Wal-Mart Canada's fight to keep a "union prevention handbook" away from the labour board probing its conduct in Saskatchewan.
- The largest U.S. grocery union has filed a complaint against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., asking the National Labor Relations Board to investigate whether the retailer "bribed" employees to block union activities.
- The chief executives of major U.S. corporations enjoyed double-digit pay raises last year, adding to a record of 'jaw-dropping' compensation largely undisturbed by recent years' falling profits and share prices and a wave of scandals involving management chicanery, the country's leading labor federation said in a new survey.
- Some Americans have joined an e-mail war on Big Oil to protest record high gasoline prices, calling for a long-term boycott of the nation's leading fuel retailer ExxonMobil.
- Documentary on Dow's Dioxin Scandal Ignored by Four Local PBS Stations
- Maryland's House of Delegates voted 82 to 48 to approve a bill that would require all businesses in the state with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health benefits for workers (or, alternatively, donate the funds to the state's Medicaid program).
- The trail of financial criminality has factored into all life as we know it. There is absolutely nothing that has been left unscathed. Nothing is as it seems and nothing is ethical, and 95% of all American people know all the above to be true.
- Retailer, which has gotten $50M in subsidies, has Florida's highest number of Medicaid-eligible workers.
- As America's largest company, with more than $285 billion in sales and more than $10 billion in profits, Wal-Mart has a responsibility to set the standard for customers, workers, families and communities. America's largest employer — with nearly 1.3 million workers — must reflect America's values
- ExxonMobil has pumped more than $8 million into more than 40 think tanks; media outlets; and consumer, religious, and even civil rights groups that preach skepticism about the oncoming climate catastrophe. Herewith, a representative overview.
- Owners of gas-guzzling SUVs and other heavy vehicles who use them entirely for business can get Uncle Sam to pay for four or more years of fuel costs -- in the form of tax breaks. It's hard to think of a worse formula for wrecking the country.
- Walmart espouses the benefits of free market all the while taking advantage of govenment programs in the USA and government control of labour abroad in third world countries and China.
- Wal-Mart’s low pay and meager employee benefits force hundreds of thousands of employees to resort to Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing and it costs you 1.5 billion dollars.
- The world’s largest known hydrocarbon resource is neither in Iraq nor in Saudi Arabia. The oil sands in the western Canadian province of Alberta comprise the largest known hydrocarbon reserves -- estimated at over 300 billion barrels of currently recoverable oil. This area was invaded by corporations and the victims were the native peoples.
- Members of Congress have taken $16 million in privately financed trips since 2000, and more than half were sponsored by non-profit groups that don't have to disclose who is providing the money, a study out today says
- Bush has spent a lot of time lately pretending that energy prices are skyrocketing for every reason except the real one. He falsely claims his energy bill will solve the problem. He claims its about supply. But take a look at this little snippet from Fortune Magazine and you will see how this is nothing more than energy industry price gouging
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