Labor Notes

Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-06-15 11:28
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Chicago Amazon warehouse workers were put in a tough spot, and made the best of it.

In January, the company hit workers in Chicago’s DCH1 delivery station with a devastating one-two punch. First, Amazon was shutting down their workplace, so they would have to transfer to other facilities across the city. Second, workers at delivery stations nationwide were going to be forced onto a new shift called the “Megacycle,” where they would work four times a week from 1:20 to 11:50 a.m.

Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide June 15, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-06-15 11:28
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Chicago Amazon warehouse workers were put in a tough spot, and made the best of it.

In January, the company hit workers in Chicago’s DCH1 delivery station with a devastating one-two punch. First, Amazon was shutting down their workplace, so they would have to transfer to other facilities across the city. Second, workers at delivery stations nationwide were going to be forced onto a new shift called the “Megacycle,” where they would work four times a week from 1:20 to 11:50 a.m.

Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide June 15, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-06-14 10:39

Across the country, steelworkers at nine plants of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. have been on strike for the last 11 weeks.

They want raises; to stop contracting out; to secure full funding of their retirement benefits; and to beat back management’s efforts to introduce health insurance premiums and a second tier of coverage for younger workers.

The Steelworkers union (USW) accuses ATI of unfair labor practices including bad faith bargaining, and of holding retiree benefits hostage for contract concessions.

Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance June 14, 2021 / Peter Knowlton
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Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-06-14 10:39

Across the country, steelworkers at nine plants of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. have been on strike for the last 11 weeks.

They want raises; to stop contracting out; to secure full funding of their retirement benefits; and to beat back management’s efforts to introduce health insurance premiums and a second tier of coverage for younger workers.

The Steelworkers union (USW) accuses ATI of unfair labor practices including bad faith bargaining, and of holding retiree benefits hostage for contract concessions.

Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance June 14, 2021 / Peter Knowlton
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New York City Workers with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Pandemic Recovery, Mayoral Race

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-06-10 16:43
Blog: Blog

Even before the pandemic, unemployment among disabled workers in New York City was at a crisis level—just 30 to 35 percent were employed. Over the past year, the situation has grown even worse.

Independent living centers, which help disabled residents find socio-economic stability, reported that more than 50 percent of their clients were let go from their jobs, the Center for an Urban Future found in a March 2021 report.

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New York City Workers with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Pandemic Recovery, Mayoral Race

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-06-10 16:43
Blog: Blog

Even before the pandemic, unemployment among disabled workers in New York City was at a crisis level—just 30 to 35 percent were employed. Over the past year, the situation has grown even worse.

Independent living centers, which help disabled residents find socio-economic stability, reported that more than 50 percent of their clients were let go from their jobs, the Center for an Urban Future found in a March 2021 report.

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New Jersey Welfare Workers Sound the Alarm on Safety

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-06-08 08:53
Blog: Blog

Welfare workers in Ocean County, New Jersey, won their best contract in years by taking a stand for Covid safety.

“After months of working in fear, and with Covid back on the rise, we decided that enough was enough,” human services specialist and Local 1088 steward Jessica Coffin told fellow members of the Communications Workers, District 1 (CWA) New Jersey in a recent training.

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New Jersey Welfare Workers Sound the Alarm on Safety

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-06-08 08:53
Blog: Blog

Welfare workers in Ocean County, New Jersey, won their best contract in years by taking a stand for Covid safety.

“After months of working in fear, and with Covid back on the rise, we decided that enough was enough,” human services specialist and Local 1088 steward Jessica Coffin told fellow members of the Communications Workers, District 1 (CWA) New Jersey in a recent training.

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Reflecting on Labor's Efforts to Defend Democracy

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-06-08 08:34
Blog: Blog

By late summer 2020, efforts to defeat Trump at the polls were running full-throttle—but many organizers and activists saw that even if these succeeded, the election could still be in peril. A broad array of networks and organizations began planning to defend the results and stop a possible coup. Labor Action to Defend Democracy (LADD) formed to bring union members and leaders into that work. As the election and its aftermath receded, the group took stock of what it had learned and accomplished, and reflected on where to go from here.—Editors

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Reflecting on Labor's Efforts to Defend Democracy

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-06-08 08:34
Blog: Blog

By late summer 2020, efforts to defeat Trump at the polls were running full-throttle—but many organizers and activists saw that even if these succeeded, the election could still be in peril. A broad array of networks and organizations began planning to defend the results and stop a possible coup. Labor Action to Defend Democracy (LADD) formed to bring union members and leaders into that work. As the election and its aftermath receded, the group took stock of what it had learned and accomplished, and reflected on where to go from here.—Editors

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Volvo Workers in Virginia Vote Down Bad Contract by 90 Percent—Again

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-06-07 18:09
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

Auto workers at Volvo’s truck plant in southwest Virginia have just voted down a concessionary contract by 90 percent—for the second time. Now they’re back on strike.

“The International union has been down here twice for town halls,” said Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 member Rhonda Sisk. “Each time we say ‘take it back, it’s garbage,’ and they just say they think it’s a good contract, but they don’t say why.”

Volvo Workers in Virginia Vote Down Bad Contract by 90 Percent—Again June 07, 2021 / Jane Slaughter
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Volvo Workers in Virginia Vote Down Bad Contract by 90 Percent—Again

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-06-07 18:09
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

Auto workers at Volvo’s truck plant in southwest Virginia have just voted down a concessionary contract by 90 percent—for the second time. Now they’re back on strike.

“The International union has been down here twice for town halls,” said Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 member Rhonda Sisk. “Each time we say ‘take it back, it’s garbage,’ and they just say they think it’s a good contract, but they don’t say why.”

Volvo Workers in Virginia Vote Down Bad Contract by 90 Percent—Again June 07, 2021 / Jane Slaughter
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Los Deliveristas Speak: How Delivery Workers Are Organizing to Take On the Apps

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-06-07 11:25

More than 2,000 food couriers snarled traffic in Times Square through pouring rain in protest April 21 demanding better working conditions and protection from violent assaults. The mass demonstration was organized by Los Deliveristas Unidos, a loose network of immigrant gig workers that was born in the strife of the pandemic last year through online chat groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

Los Deliveristas Speak: How Delivery Workers Are Organizing to Take On the Apps June 07, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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Los Deliveristas Speak: How Delivery Workers Are Organizing to Take On the Apps

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-06-07 11:25

More than 2,000 food couriers snarled traffic in Times Square through pouring rain in protest April 21 demanding better working conditions and protection from violent assaults. The mass demonstration was organized by Los Deliveristas Unidos, a loose network of immigrant gig workers that was born in the strife of the pandemic last year through online chat groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

Los Deliveristas Speak: How Delivery Workers Are Organizing to Take On the Apps June 07, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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New York City Retirees Fight to Defend Their Medicare Benefits

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-06-03 15:00
Blog: Blog

New York City’s 250,000 retired municipal workers are facing the conversion of our traditional Medicare coverage to a privately managed Medicare Advantage plan.

It turns out that negotiations to achieve this change have been going on—in secret—for three years. The bargaining agent is the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), which includes nearly 100 city unions.

Word of the negotiations leaked out in March, and union activists immediately started to organize a fight to protect our benefits.

Categories: Labor Notes

New York City Retirees Fight to Defend Their Medicare Benefits

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-06-03 15:00
Blog: Blog

New York City’s 250,000 retired municipal workers are facing the conversion of our traditional Medicare coverage to a privately managed Medicare Advantage plan.

It turns out that negotiations to achieve this change have been going on—in secret—for three years. The bargaining agent is the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), which includes nearly 100 city unions.

Word of the negotiations leaked out in March, and union activists immediately started to organize a fight to protect our benefits.

Categories: Labor Notes

California Continues to Record Dozens of Workplace Covid Outbreaks Every Day

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-06-03 14:30
Blog: Blog

Foster Farms was fined $181,500 on May 24, 2021 by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) for failing to protect workers from Covid-19 at its Livingston poultry plant and distribution center near Fresno, and for failing to report all infections. At least eight Foster Farms workers died from Covid-19.

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California Continues to Record Dozens of Workplace Covid Outbreaks Every Day

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-06-03 14:30
Blog: Blog

Foster Farms was fined $181,500 on May 24, 2021 by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) for failing to protect workers from Covid-19 at its Livingston poultry plant and distribution center near Fresno, and for failing to report all infections. At least eight Foster Farms workers died from Covid-19.

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Get Fossil Fuels Out of Our Pension, Say Environmental Protection Workers

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-06-03 13:20
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Saurav Sarkar

Not long ago, workers at the Environmental Protection Agency were battling the Trump Administration’s many attempts to interfere with both their agency’s mission and their rights on the job.

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Get Fossil Fuels Out of Our Pension, Say Environmental Protection Workers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-06-03 13:20
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Saurav Sarkar

Not long ago, workers at the Environmental Protection Agency were battling the Trump Administration’s many attempts to interfere with both their agency’s mission and their rights on the job.

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