It’s been more than 130 years since the first Labor Day was celebrated to honor the achievements of American workers. But not everyone got to enjoy a long weekend. In fact, it’s low-wage workers who are the least likely to get paid time off.

Martha Burk says we might as well call it Labor Exploitation Day with all the corporate cheap tricks used to keep workers at poverty wages — including the recent implementation of payroll cards instead of paychecks.

And while Donald Trump has tried to hop on the working class hero bandwagon, Jim Hightower reveals that his proposed tax cuts would only protect wealthy families like himself.

Meanwhile, IPS Global Economy expert Sarah Anderson’s new report found that for all the posturing of presidents and presidential candidates, none have implemented any effective solutions for closing the bonus loophole that allows CEO pay to skyrocket while ordinary taxpayers pick up the tab.

Also this week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson celebrates a new FDA regulation that bans two dangerous toxins found in your antibacterial soap. And cartoonist Khalil Bendib illustrates Colin Kaepernick’s courage to stand (or sit) for real American values.


Kaepernick’s Patriotism, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. Presidential Politics and CEO Pay / Sarah Anderson
    While candidates are busy ranting about Wall Street’s fat cats, taxpayers are left picking up their billion-dollar tab.
  2. Preying on Our Paychecks / Martha Burk
    Payroll cards can cost low-wage workers an hour’s pay per week.
  3. Washing Our Hands of Toxins / Jill Richardson
    The bacteria on your skin is safer than these two chemicals the FDA just banned from your soap.
  4. Trump’s Tall Tax Tales / Jim Hightower
    Donald is falsely framing his economic policies as good for working families, when he’s really just protecting his own wealth.
  5. Kaepernick’s Patriotism / Khalil Bendib
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