Thousands of “fracture critical” bridges are currently in use, according to a recent Associated Press analysis. Amazingly, 68,842 bridges in America — 11.5 percent — are classified as “structurally deficient,” requiring significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement.
A virtually unnoticed crime wave is under way. The perps are our most respected citizens. The crime is wage theft. This happens when you aren’t paid the minimum wage or overtime, are forced to work off the clock, denied meal breaks, have your tips pocketed by the boss or just plain not paid at all.
The situation for the workers is even less satisfying. Hundreds went on strike on Black Friday last fall. With the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), thousands of Walmart employees have formed an association called OUR Walmart that works with community activists to pressure the company to make changes.