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Good News! Court orders Largest Living Wage Award in U.S. History to Workers

I’ve written about Uniform Justice before.  An earlier diary I wrote that about  Uniform Justiceyou may recall is Did Eleazar Torres-Gomez Lose his Life for Company Profits?  

Today, I have good news.  A panel of the California Court of Appeal ordered the Cintas Corporation to pay more than $1.18 million in back wages and interest to hundreds of Northern California workers for violating the city of Hayward’s Living Wage Ordinance.  This judgment likely is the largest living wage award in U.S. history.

“Cintas had a moral and legal obligation to pay workers a living wage, but they ignored it.” says UNITE HERE General President Bruce Raynor.  “The company would rather fight workers tooth and nail than pay them what they deserve.”


They fought tooth and nail, but lost to 219 workers.  It’s a great victory for working people.

More, after the fold.

Also on Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/…

Justice for Eleazar Torres-Gomez: House Panel Examines Cintas Safety

On August 22, 2007, I wrote about the death of Eleazar Torres-Gomez.

Eleazar Torres-Gomez was pronounced dead on the scene after apparently being dragged by a conveyor into an industrial dryer.  Torres-Gomez was trapped in the dryer-which can reportedly reach temperatures of 300 degrees-for at least 20 minutes.

Did Eleazar Torres-Gomez Lose his Life for Company Profits?

Today, from the Wall Street Journal:

New details about the case — from internal company memos, Cintas surveillance videotapes and people close to the federal investigation — indicate that the dangerous practices that led to Mr. Torres-Gomez’s death occurred frequently in Tulsa and at other plants operated by Cintas, the biggest uniform supplier in North America.

There was a hearing of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee today on Cintas and safety.  That, and more, after the fold.

Also in orange earlier today: http://www.dailykos.com/story/…