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burning man employees protest for worker rights
by Caleb Schaber
Saturday Feb 17th, 2007 7:55 PM
As ticket prices are raised for the burning man event, pay has been cut for many of the workers by half over the last four years. The owners of the company have had to settle numerous labor related lawsuits--from wrongful death to sexual harassment, but still treat their employees and volunteers poorly and often fail to follow osha guidelines or help workers injured on the job.
This weekend, Burning Man corporation (Black Rock City LLC) is hosting a Regional Burning Man gathering--the Burning Man logo is licensed for use with this regionals for smaller Burning Man events around the world. While this years theme is the Green Theme, which calls for environmental conservation, the one thing that has been over looked are worker rights. The six owners of the LLC have consistently overlooked workers and volunteers like they are expendable resource to be abused and exploited. The LLC members have had to settle numerous lawsuits with workers ranging from wrongful death to sexual harassment. Over six million dollars a year goes into the event through ticket sales, but workers hurt on the job are often left to fend for themselves. The playa restoration crew--the workers who spend five weeks after the event insuring that the Burning Man event continues to be the largest leave no trace event in the world--have had their pay cut by almost half in the last four years.

Please help us raise awareness of worker rights by joining this protest. The Burning Man company is a multi-million dollar franchised corporation and they are not above the law and need to take care of their workers and volunteers, and operate within the standards of safety, health, and wages mandated by state and federal laws.

Because the LLC usually will not rehire anyone worker or volunteer that brings up worker rights, those current workers and those who do not want to endanger their volunteer positions will be wearing paper bags over their heads with a burning man trademark.

Please join us Sunday 18 Feb, 1 p.m. at the Burning Man HQ. 1900 3rd St., between 16th and Mariposa in SF.
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Whoah, there Nurse ... Or whomever you are ...FstickFriday Dec 29th, 2017 8:32 PM
Pathetic last standNotYerMaThursday Dec 14th, 2017 11:11 AM
Now he's dead.MetricMonday Jul 13th, 2009 12:04 AM
RepostCaleb "Shooter" SchaberTuesday Feb 27th, 2007 6:36 PM
StinkerMatthew "Metric" EbertMonday Feb 26th, 2007 4:10 PM
Burning Man and Hipster CapitalistsyepSunday Feb 25th, 2007 10:56 AM
If you have any doubt that Burning Man is a scummy operation...larrywilleathishatSaturday Feb 24th, 2007 1:26 AM
Broken record Caleb Schaber, shooter, nauseumStop Wasting TimeThursday Feb 22nd, 2007 9:58 AM
The company that runs Burning Man has some nasty skeletons in its closetJustTellinTheTruthWednesday Feb 21st, 2007 2:49 PM
Smoke and mirrorsStop Wasting TimeWednesday Feb 21st, 2007 11:36 AM
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