While working at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis helping customers with their auto loans, Alex Ross saw how the toxic, high-pressure sales culture that caused Wells Fargo so many problems is coming back.
“Despite public assurances from the company,” says Alex, “many of us across the country still have unattainable metrics and are vulnerable to retaliation if we speak up about unethical practices.
While many Wells Fargo employees are still scared about speaking up because of possible retaliation from management and the risk of losing their jobs, Alex decided to join several of his co-workers in Washington, D.C., yesterday to make sure their side of the story was heard when Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan testified before Congress.
The Wells Fargo workers are fighting for a voice on the job and, they say, “to improve our working conditions and job security so we can speak up when we’re being pressured to cut corners that could harm customers.”
Go to dclabor.org to sign a petition to demand that Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan meet with the Committee for Better Banks.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1830, the term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appeared in print in the New York Daily Sentinel. The newspaper was quoting a typesetter while reporting on replacement workers who had agreed to work for two-thirds of the going rate.
Today’s labor quote comes from the Trenton Times in 1884, which ran the following report:
"The laborers on the Cape Cod ship canal refuse to work and say they will not return until better food is provided."
No further details were offered in this report.
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