Building on our earlier Institute report by Prof. Imre Szalai of the Loyola College of Law, Forced Arbitration: A Race To The Bottom breaks down the “what, how, & why” of forced arbitration and reveals that at least 52 Fortune 100 companies use forced arbitration in their employment contracts. Of those, 30 also ban employees from joining any class, collective, or joint legal actions when wronged in the workplace—a number that is likely to increase in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis. The report also explores some of the state and federal legislative solutions that potentially are available to protect workers from this harmful practice.
Notes from the Field
Reaching New Heights
2 Million Pounds Harvested!
At the time of writing this email, the total amount of fresh, local produce that Salem Harvest and our volunteers had harvested since 2010 was 1,992,862 pounds! Awesome to think that nearly 2 Million pounds of healthy food has been saved from being wasted and, instead, made available for hungry families in our community. I wonder what we will be harvesting when we reach the 2 million mark in a few weeks.....
Having family sized containers to put fruit like blueberries into at the harvest site, is something Salem Harvest has taken for granted. Marion Polk Food Share had always provided them. This year however, the usual clamshell donation wasn't received.
Thanks to a new and growing partnership between Salem Harvest and AC Foods - Silver Mountain Packing, we are being provided the much needed clamshells and they are reducing waste from their blueberry packing facility. Slightly damaged clamshells are being set aside for our use rather than being tossed out. So far, nine pallets of plastic, one and two pound clamshells have been rescued. Thanks AC Foods - Silver Mountain Packing!
Really important to read the post excerpt below and to watch the whole Netflix video (trailer above):
US Ed Department wants to protect Trump U. Type Scam Schools instead of Ripped-Off Student Loan Borrowers
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Three inspiring reminders in three minutes: Sometimes justice prevails, forced arbitration is a system for letting fraudsters hide their crimes, and class actions offer real benefits to people like you and your neighbors
From Paul Bland of Public Justice:
There's a website where you can find out whether the safety recalls for a used car you're considering have been performed on that car. You just need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number, the unique 17-digit vehicle identifier that is tied to the vehicle history reports).
What you need to remember is that this is something the car industry could have done years before. But the government had to do it because the basic busines model of the used car industry is to sell crap cars for much more than they are worth to unsuspecting buyers fooled by promises of "125 point inspections" and other nonsense.
Remember! If you can't afford to have your own independent mechanic do a thorough top-to-bottom pre-purchase inspection on a car you're thinking of buying, you can't afford the car anyway so get the hell away from it before it sinks you financially. Really. If the $100-$150 for a rigorous, independent inspection is too much for you to pay, then how are you going to possibly pay for all the problems that arise when your "as is" piece of junk suddenly demonstrates its true condition to you, soon after purchase?
NHTSA recall check site
This is another in a series of articles published by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC).
If you are an Oregonian and you are being pursued for old criminal justice debts
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice