Billion dollar corporations that pay CEOs over $ 5 million annually but deny workers a living wage.
Corporate politicians block the Build Back Better bill that offers working Americans a decent living, healthcare and education. What gives? Follow the money with this StoryMap that shows:
- Strikes at John Deere, Kellogg, NetFlix, Frito Laye and Kaiser Permanente
- Why the workers are on strike?
- How profitable is the company and who are its major investors?
- How much the CEO makes and what an average worker earns?
- Who the corporation makes political donations to?
This blog also explains digital storytelling and the importance of unions.
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Digital storytelling for Striketober
"The rallying cry during the Covid-19 outbreak was “We are all in this together.” The cruel reality is that the pandemic resulted in the rich getting richer. The billionaires saw their collective net worth leap by the multi billions, while workers suffered. U.S billionaires saw their wealth surge $1.8 trillion during the pandemic, while over 86 million Americans lost jobs during the virus outbreak. The ranks of billionaires have bloomed to about 708 as of August. They are worth more than the bottom half of Americans." - Forbes
How do you explain Striketober in the context of the extreme wealth disparity and the Republican efforts to block the Build Back Better bill which would give working American a living wage, affordable healthcare, childcare and educational opportunities? This story presents the facts as an interactive map with links to the strike details and how much the CEO and the workers make at that firm. The story also includes details on the major investors and the corporation's political donations. This allows readers to see how the rich have rigged the system against workers with the help of corporate politicians, who are silent during the strikes.
Labor Action Tracker
The Cornell-ILR Labor Action Tracker is database of strike and labor protest activity across the United States. All information in the tracker is from public sources with links to the source and is a great resource for labor movement activists, policymakers, and scholars. Follow them on Twitter @ILRLaborAction.