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Permanent Temp Workers in the U.S. Are at the Mercy of Some of the Weakest Labor-Protection Laws in the West

| March 1, 2014

“Permatemping’ cases highlight a lack of U.S. protections for temp workers., who are exposed to more dangers in return for far less job protection or benefits. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1939

| December 16, 2013

President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving in 1939, moving it up a week, to accommodate merchants and business still reeling from the Depression. The full text of FDR’s proclamation issued on October 31, 1939.

How Bank of America Regularly Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures

| June 16, 2013

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.

Publix’s Profitable Accommodation With Poverty: Not a Penny More for Tomato Pickers

| April 23, 2013

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been trying for years to get Publix to join the Fair Food Coalition, in which suppliers and purchasers agree to pay the workers a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. Publix won’t even meet with the workers.

Obama’s Inauguration Sells Out

| January 13, 2013

President Barack Obama, reversing his own honorable precedent for his first inaugural, has chosen this time to have corporations pay for his second round of big shindigs. This multimillion-dollar infusion of corporate cash is a crass intrusion by favor-seeking private interests into what ought to be a purely public occasion.

One-Fifth of Florida’s Nursing Homes Are On the State’s Watch List for Violations

| January 7, 2013

Twelve of the homes have been on the the state Agency for Health Care Administration’s watch list for more than 100 days. The best way to pick a home for a loved one is to simply visit it, or to check a nursing home inspection database (link included).

For FPL Customers, Bills $20 Higher in 2013 for Nuke-Plant Construction That May Never Happen

| November 27, 2012

Flagler County customers of FPL will pay an additional $1.69 a month, or $20 for the year in 2013, for nuclear-plant construction slated for the distant future, and that may never take place. It’s the third year in a row that customers are paying those up-front costs.

Should You Keep Paying FPL and PEF For Nukes Plants that May Never Be Built?

| October 8, 2012

The up-front nuclear costs for plant construction have become highly controversial, at least in part because there is no guarantee that FPL and Progress will build the planned reactors and because projected costs have risen to over $40 billion for four reactors. The Supreme Court will decide the matter.

How Nursing Homes Get You: Signing Away Your Right to Sue

| September 20, 2012

Signing arbitration agreements at nursing homes prevent families from suing the home should something go wrong. Agreeing to arbitrate is generally not in families’ best interests. It’s expensive, proceedings are secret, and nursing homes have the advantage.

Small Business Saturday: Community Building One Mom and Pop Store at a Time

| August 4, 2012

Small Business Saturday is about changing mindsets, supporting community businesses and keeping dollars local, writes Carol Fisher, owner of the Beachhouse Beanery in Flagler Beach.

Why I’d Eat at Chick-fil-A

| July 31, 2012

I’d eat again at Chick-fil-A, just to send a message to the sanctimonious, self-congratulatory organizers of a boycott campaign that is targeting the business, writes columnist Bill Cotterell.

A Lifeguard’s Soul,
Outsourced to the Bottom line

| July 8, 2012

Thomas Lopez was fired by Jeff Ellis and Associates, the private company to whom Hallandale Beach outsourced its lifeguard services, when Lopez tried to save a drowning man beyond his jurisdiction. It’s an example of privatization’s immoral priorities.

Walmart at 50: Gutting the Middle Class 1 Small Business and Manufacturing Job at a Time

| July 7, 2012

Walmart’s 50th anniversary caps a 150year stretch when the number of independent retailers fell by over 60,000, and when, between 2001 and 2007, some 40,000 U.S. factories closed, eliminating millions of jobs.

When Profit-Raking Disney and the Daytona Speedway Beg Florida for Corporate Welfare

| January 19, 2012

Disney is asking the state for an array of tax breaks that could cost Floridians as much as $100 million over 20 years. International Speedway Corp., owner of Daytona International Speedway, is in on the deal.

Florida Appeals Court Rules In Defense Of Web Comments Defaming to Business

| December 29, 2011

Xcentric, a website that allows Internet users to post opinions about businesses without regard to whether the “reviews” are true may be “appalling” in its invitation to slander businesses, but it doesn’t have to take the post down, a Florida appeals court ruled.

The 10 Greediest Americans of 2011

| December 17, 2011

Whether they manage football pageants or Ford Motor Co., these guys, from Walmart’s Michael Duke to ex-Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship, remind us how much needs to change, economically and politically, in 2012 and beyond.

Driven By Lower Fuel Costs, FPL Projects Lowering Power Bills By $2 a Month in 2012

| November 22, 2011

FPL, the state’s largest utility, said 2012 fuel costs are now projected to be $460 million less than it had anticipated earlier as natural gas costs keep dropping. That won’t affect surcharges for future nuclear power plant construction.

How Progress Energy Wants to Pass On A $2.5 Billion Nuclear Blunder to Customers

| November 21, 2011

One of the most expensive nuclear accidents in United States history happened right here in Florida a little over two years ago, and now Progress Energy wants customers to pay for its mistake at the Crystal River nuclear plant.

Walmart Wants To Be Your Health Care Provider

| November 9, 2011

Walmart wants to become by “the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation,” according to a request for information from potential partners sent the same week Walmart–the nation’s largest private employer–scaled back its health coverage for employees.

Heist in Print: How Newspapers Sold Their Soul to Business Brigands

| October 30, 2011

Ethics in newspaper media, such as the once-inviolable church-state wall between newsrooms and the business department, are for the most part history as newspapers seek profits at the expense of public trust, Donald Kaul argues.

Nuclear Socialism: FPL and Progress Energy Get $282 Million Rate Hike

| October 24, 2011

Though FPL’s and Progress Energy’s nuclear plants may never be built, the Public Service Commission is set to approve billing utility customers now for those future costs.

What I Learned Occupying Wall Street and DC

| October 23, 2011

The unemployed, the foreclosed, and the sick-of-it-all are coming together to discuss the world that we want to see and how to get there, says Lacy MacAuley, an activist, in an attempt to define the movement’s purpose.

A Florida Bank’s Rise and Fall Spotlights Fast-and-Loose Culture Plaguing the Economy

| October 19, 2011

The rise and fall of U.S. Century, whose leaders used it as their own corporate ATM, exemplifies the failure to regulate banking during the boom years and the slipshod approach to the bailout. Losers are taxpayers and Florida residents grappling with ill effects of sprawl.

Occupy Wall Street Protests Spreading to Florida–Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala

| October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, the tea party’s growing flip-side movement, is organizing a series of protests across the nation and in a half dozen cities in Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami to Tampa.

Check the Box Scoundrels: Corporations Lobby to Preserve a $10 Billion Loophole

| September 26, 2011

The ‘check-the-box’ rule, meant to cut red tape for companies, has inadvertently allowed them to avoid billions of dollars in taxes each year, and the government keeps balking at closing the loophole.

Students as Customers, Universities as Businesses: Scott’s Plan To Texify Higher Ed

| July 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lead in higher ed: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a greater emphasis on business-like measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.

Murdoch’s US Hacking Scandals: 9/11 Victims, Bribes and “Anti-Competitive Behavior”

| July 23, 2011

It’s not just in England: federal investigators are probing claims that Ruper Murdoch’s News Corp hacked into a competitor’s computers, that Murdoch papers attempted to hack into the phones of 9/11 victims and allegedly paid bribes to British police.

BP Calls Gulf Recovered and Looks To Quit Payments to Businesses Over Economic Losses

| July 9, 2011

BP paid more than $4.6 billion to private citizens and businesses since the Deepwater Horizon spill. The Gulf economy is on the mend, the oil company claims, justifying a cut-off, though it still faces billions in civil and criminal penalties.

Scott Retreats: No Drug-Testing of State Workers, At least For Now

| June 16, 2011

The ACLU of Florida called it a “a massive and embarrassing retreat,” but Scott says it’s merely a temporary delay, pending a constitutional challenge to his executive order.

ACLU Sues Rick Scott As Drug Testing of Public Employees and Welfare Recipients Begins

| June 2, 2011

The US Supreme Court makes drug-testing exceptions for public safety and similar jobs. Broader intrusions have been struck down. This suit is the first in what’s expected to be a series of suits triggered by Rick Scott initiatives.

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