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At Workplace Fairness, we keep you informed about the issues that most profoundly affect America's working people. For us, Labor Day is not just another holiday, but a chance to reflect. Over the course of a year, certain stories stand out. There are stories that inspire, and stories that enrage; stories that reveal the sort of change we advocate for every day, and stories that represent our greatest frustrations.

In The Good, the Bad, and Wal-Mart, written by legal intern Timothy Jordan (UC-Hastings College of the Law Class of 2008), we highlight those stories. It's not all bad newsówe lead with five developments that give us hope that working people will be able to reclaim some of the rights, status, and dignity they enjoyed in previous generations, and also be able to lead the way in solving some of our nation's most pressing workplace challenges. Of course, we can't forget the heartbreak of Hurricane Katrina and the Sago Mine Disaster, or ignore the increasing inequality between the haves and have-nots. And then there's Wal-Mart, in its own category, and it's not pretty.

We hope this report will help you look back on your own year, and help you see that employees everywhere are going through the same problems, and making the same progress. You are part of a larger worldóa world that needs every single person who works for a living to resist the forces that prevent all working people from living out the American dream.

Share this report with others, and let us know how you want to be part of what Workplace Fairness stands for. How can your workplace become a better place? What can you do to make that happen?

Paula Brantner
Acting Executive Director, Workplace Fairness
August 31, 2006