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Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-09-29 15:48
Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy September 29, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Amazon's name appears regularly on picket signs and in headlines decrying worker abuse and corporate callousness. It can be difficult, though, to find a comprehensive perspective on the company's crimes and transgressions, not to mention discussion of what we can do about it. In The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, organizers and academics provide just that.

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Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-09-29 15:48
Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy September 29, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Amazon's name appears regularly on picket signs and in headlines decrying worker abuse and corporate callousness. It can be difficult, though, to find a comprehensive perspective on the company's crimes and transgressions, not to mention discussion of what we can do about it. In The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, organizers and academics provide just that.

Categories: Labor Notes

Hospital Workers Fight Job Cuts at Duluth’s Biggest Employer

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-09-28 13:03

Our health care employer announced hundreds of unnecessary layoffs this spring. Outraged at its poorly disguised greed, we didn’t just rely on negotiations. Instead, the members of our union voted unanimously to take the fight to the streets and into the community. We spent the summer fighting back—including holding our local’s first-ever pickets.

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Hospital Workers Fight Job Cuts at Duluth’s Biggest Employer

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-09-28 13:03

Our health care employer announced hundreds of unnecessary layoffs this spring. Outraged at its poorly disguised greed, we didn’t just rely on negotiations. Instead, the members of our union voted unanimously to take the fight to the streets and into the community. We spent the summer fighting back—including holding our local’s first-ever pickets.

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Viewpoint: As the West Coast Burns, We Don’t Need Unity. We Need to Point the Finger at Those Responsible

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:13

#NeverForget. #SupportOurTroops. #BostonStrong. Americans often react to tragedy with calls for unity. People want to feel that we’re in this together.

But as fires burn throughout the West Coast, I’d like to offer an alternative vision. What we need now is to point the finger at those responsible. Rather than unity, we need blame and accountability.

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Viewpoint: As the West Coast Burns, We Don’t Need Unity. We Need to Point the Finger at Those Responsible

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:13

#NeverForget. #SupportOurTroops. #BostonStrong. Americans often react to tragedy with calls for unity. People want to feel that we’re in this together.

But as fires burn throughout the West Coast, I’d like to offer an alternative vision. What we need now is to point the finger at those responsible. Rather than unity, we need blame and accountability.

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Your Letters and Parcels Are Piling Up Thanks to the New Privatizer General

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:05
Your Letters and Parcels Are Piling Up Thanks to the New Privatizer General September 25, 2020 / David Yao

As a postal worker I’ve seen firsthand how new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has changed mail delivery in his first months on the job, all in the name of “efficiency.” The results aren’t pretty.

DeJoy’s cost-cutting initiatives in July began with the order that all trucks must leave on time. These trucks take the mail, for instance, from a mail sorting plant to a post office.

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Your Letters and Parcels Are Piling Up Thanks to the New Privatizer General

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:05
Your Letters and Parcels Are Piling Up Thanks to the New Privatizer General September 25, 2020 / David Yao

As a postal worker I’ve seen firsthand how new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has changed mail delivery in his first months on the job, all in the name of “efficiency.” The results aren’t pretty.

DeJoy’s cost-cutting initiatives in July began with the order that all trucks must leave on time. These trucks take the mail, for instance, from a mail sorting plant to a post office.

Categories: Labor Notes

Lessons from the NBA Strike for Black Lives

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-09-24 12:31

In their righteous wildcat strikes, professional athletes showed us both how collective action can directly challenge power but also how a workplace campaign can get cut short if we’re not prepared.

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Lessons from the NBA Strike for Black Lives

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-09-24 12:31

In their righteous wildcat strikes, professional athletes showed us both how collective action can directly challenge power but also how a workplace campaign can get cut short if we’re not prepared.

Categories: Labor Notes

Pandemic Spurs Nashville Restaurant Workers to Organize

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-09-23 09:17

Restaurant workers in Nashville are experimenting with new forms of organizing in response to years of management abuse and the new threat of COVID-19.

In early March, just as the pandemic was looming on the horizon, but before any government-mandated shutdowns, a chef in the city’s rapidly growing restaurant industry started a Facebook page called “Nashville Hospitality Union.” Soon more than 1,000 restaurant workers had joined the page.

Categories: Labor Notes

Pandemic Spurs Nashville Restaurant Workers to Organize

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-09-23 09:17

Restaurant workers in Nashville are experimenting with new forms of organizing in response to years of management abuse and the new threat of COVID-19.

In early March, just as the pandemic was looming on the horizon, but before any government-mandated shutdowns, a chef in the city’s rapidly growing restaurant industry started a Facebook page called “Nashville Hospitality Union.” Soon more than 1,000 restaurant workers had joined the page.

Categories: Labor Notes

Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-09-23 04:33
Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California September 23, 2020 / Nelson Lichtenstein

In August a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify more than 100,000 drivers as regular employees. The two companies, which depend on a business model that defines drivers as independent contractors, got the decision lifted for at least a few months.

But in the meantime their threat to shut down operations in California—and thereby fire thousands of drivers while ending service to millions of customers—raises the question: What do we call this extraordinary corporate stratagem? A public relations gambit? A pressure tactic? Blackmail? A capital strike?

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Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-09-23 04:33
Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California September 23, 2020 / Nelson Lichtenstein

In August a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify more than 100,000 drivers as regular employees. The two companies, which depend on a business model that defines drivers as independent contractors, got the decision lifted for at least a few months.

But in the meantime their threat to shut down operations in California—and thereby fire thousands of drivers while ending service to millions of customers—raises the question: What do we call this extraordinary corporate stratagem? A public relations gambit? A pressure tactic? Blackmail? A capital strike?

Categories: Labor Notes

Brooklyn Teachers Demand Full Remote Instruction

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-09-22 13:36

Outside the gates of Brooklyn’s P.S. 139 hung a poster with a report card for the Department of Education. Teachers frustrated with the ever-evolving plan to reopen schools had issued the DOE the following grades:

Timely submission of directives? F
Using data to drive decisions? F
Keeping stakeholders prepared and informed? F
Wasting time, energy, resources, driving us crazy? A+.

Categories: Labor Notes

Brooklyn Teachers Demand Full Remote Instruction

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-09-22 13:36

Outside the gates of Brooklyn’s P.S. 139 hung a poster with a report card for the Department of Education. Teachers frustrated with the ever-evolving plan to reopen schools had issued the DOE the following grades:

Timely submission of directives? F
Using data to drive decisions? F
Keeping stakeholders prepared and informed? F
Wasting time, energy, resources, driving us crazy? A+.

Categories: Labor Notes

School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-18 14:12
School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe September 18, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The push to reopen schools and campuses is hitting educators with a brutal fact: your employer will place you in deadly danger for the sake of the economy.

You knew this already if you worked in a meatpacking plant, an Amazon warehouse, or a construction site. But until 2020 you didn’t think a school or university job might kill you.

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School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-18 14:12
School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe September 18, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The push to reopen schools and campuses is hitting educators with a brutal fact: your employer will place you in deadly danger for the sake of the economy.

You knew this already if you worked in a meatpacking plant, an Amazon warehouse, or a construction site. But until 2020 you didn’t think a school or university job might kill you.

Categories: Labor Notes

VIDEO: Use Information Requests to Put Some Oomph into Your Contract Enforcement

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-18 12:47

Labor Notes is pleased to present a series of free webinars taught by veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz.

This webinar, held on September 17, was entitled "Requests for Information" and based on Chapter 4 of Schwartz's popular book The Legal Rights of Union Stewards. The session begins around the 22-second mark.

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VIDEO: Use Information Requests to Put Some Oomph into Your Contract Enforcement

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-18 12:47

Labor Notes is pleased to present a series of free webinars taught by veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz.

This webinar, held on September 17, was entitled "Requests for Information" and based on Chapter 4 of Schwartz's popular book The Legal Rights of Union Stewards. The session begins around the 22-second mark.

Categories: Labor Notes
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