Labor Notes

How Postal Workers Saved the Election

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-11-20 16:56
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

The story of mail ballots in 2020 is the story of a union postal workforce willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that every vote got delivered.

Postal workers did this despite the deliberate holdups created by new Postmaster General Louis “Delay the Mail” DeJoy, and a workforce hit hard by COVID.

How Postal Workers Saved the Election November 20, 2020 / Jane Slaughter
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How Postal Workers Saved the Election

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-11-20 16:56
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

The story of mail ballots in 2020 is the story of a union postal workforce willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that every vote got delivered.

Postal workers did this despite the deliberate holdups created by new Postmaster General Louis “Delay the Mail” DeJoy, and a workforce hit hard by COVID.

How Postal Workers Saved the Election November 20, 2020 / Jane Slaughter
Categories: Labor Notes

It Took a Boatload of Uber Cash to Beat Self-Organized Drivers

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-11-19 14:38
Blog: Blog

Workers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. “Gig economy” giants Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and DoorDash spent $200 million to pass the measure, which exempts them from basic labor laws.

“It’s a disappointment, but it’s not surprising,” said driver Tyler Sandness. “$200 million is going to buy you a big voice.”

Categories: Labor Notes

It Took a Boatload of Uber Cash to Beat Self-Organized Drivers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-11-19 14:38
Blog: Blog

Workers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. “Gig economy” giants Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and DoorDash spent $200 million to pass the measure, which exempts them from basic labor laws.

“It’s a disappointment, but it’s not surprising,” said driver Tyler Sandness. “$200 million is going to buy you a big voice.”

Categories: Labor Notes

Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-11-17 05:37

Physicians at one of Washington state’s largest health care providers just announced their intent to strike, potentially shutting down 20 urgent care clinics across the Puget Sound region. They won recognition with the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) in 2018 after a two-year fight with MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care and have been battling for a first contract ever since.

Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home? November 17, 2020 / Zack Pattin
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Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-11-17 05:37

Physicians at one of Washington state’s largest health care providers just announced their intent to strike, potentially shutting down 20 urgent care clinics across the Puget Sound region. They won recognition with the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) in 2018 after a two-year fight with MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care and have been battling for a first contract ever since.

Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home? November 17, 2020 / Zack Pattin
Categories: Labor Notes

While the World Focused on Midwest Election Results, Detroit Bikeshare Workers Won Their Union

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-11-16 12:20
Blog: Blog

On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing.

I work at Shift Transit, which operates the MoGo bikeshare system here in Detroit. Though Shift does not own the bikes, stations, or other equipment, we are responsible for maintenance, customer support, and day-to-day operations.

Categories: Labor Notes

While the World Focused on Midwest Election Results, Detroit Bikeshare Workers Won Their Union

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-11-16 12:20
Blog: Blog

On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing.

I work at Shift Transit, which operates the MoGo bikeshare system here in Detroit. Though Shift does not own the bikes, stations, or other equipment, we are responsible for maintenance, customer support, and day-to-day operations.

Categories: Labor Notes

Why Did California's Tax the Rich Measure Lose?

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-11-12 12:14
Blog: Blog

California’s Proposition 15, a labor-backed progressive tax measure, gave up the ghost on November 10 after a weeklong vote count. The measure had proposed to close a corporate tax loophole worth $10 to $12 billion a year for schools and services.

Categories: Labor Notes

Why Did California's Tax the Rich Measure Lose?

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-11-12 12:14
Blog: Blog

California’s Proposition 15, a labor-backed progressive tax measure, gave up the ghost on November 10 after a weeklong vote count. The measure had proposed to close a corporate tax loophole worth $10 to $12 billion a year for schools and services.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: This Election Shows Labor's Ground Game Matters (Especially During a Pandemic)

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-11-10 11:18

Despite record turnout, the razor-thin margins that ousted Trump in the recent election sharply illustrate the important role of field work—in-person conversations and timely personal follow-up by trained canvassers—particularly when expanding the electorate with Black and Latino working class voters.

Viewpoint: This Election Shows Labor's Ground Game Matters (Especially During a Pandemic) November 10, 2020 / Meredith Schafer and Martí Garza
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Viewpoint: This Election Shows Labor's Ground Game Matters (Especially During a Pandemic)

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-11-10 11:18

Despite record turnout, the razor-thin margins that ousted Trump in the recent election sharply illustrate the important role of field work—in-person conversations and timely personal follow-up by trained canvassers—particularly when expanding the electorate with Black and Latino working class voters.

Viewpoint: This Election Shows Labor's Ground Game Matters (Especially During a Pandemic) November 10, 2020 / Meredith Schafer and Martí Garza
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Workers and Unions Must Remain Vigilant to Prevent Trump from Delegitimizing the Election, and to Stop Trump’s Desired ‘Coup’

Steward's Corner - Sun, 2020-11-08 14:05
Blog: Blog

Now that Biden and Harris have won a decisive victory, not only in the popular vote but also in the electoral college, it is more important than ever for workers and their organizations to remain vigilant and not de-mobilize while making sure every vote is counted.

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Workers and Unions Must Remain Vigilant to Prevent Trump from Delegitimizing the Election, and to Stop Trump’s Desired ‘Coup’

Magazine Stories - Sun, 2020-11-08 14:05
Blog: Blog

Now that Biden and Harris have won a decisive victory, not only in the popular vote but also in the electoral college, it is more important than ever for workers and their organizations to remain vigilant and not de-mobilize while making sure every vote is counted.

Categories: Labor Notes

Ballot Measures: Mixed Results for Workers

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-11-04 14:43
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Note: This article was posted at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 4, as results from around the country were still coming in.

Like everyone else, we’re anxiously watching for updates on the presidential vote-count and consequential down-ballot races. Those results could have significant implications for the battlegrounds for labor in the years ahead.

But there were also several ballot initiatives worth keeping an eye on. Here’s how they fared, or are faring so far.

Categories: Labor Notes

Ballot Measures: Mixed Results for Workers

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-11-04 14:43
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Note: This article was posted at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 4, as results from around the country were still coming in.

Like everyone else, we’re anxiously watching for updates on the presidential vote-count and consequential down-ballot races. Those results could have significant implications for the battlegrounds for labor in the years ahead.

But there were also several ballot initiatives worth keeping an eye on. Here’s how they fared, or are faring so far.

Categories: Labor Notes

Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-11-03 16:21
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

Today 915 of the 1,000 union educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, took part in a sickout demanding a six-foot distance between people in classrooms.

The district previously agreed to this safety requirement in a memorandum of understanding. But now it wants to allow the superintendent to change it.

“When they tried to give the superintendent unilateral control to change the distance, they tore up the MOU,” said Brookline Educators Union President Jessica Wender-Shubow.

Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet November 03, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni
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Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-11-03 16:21
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

Today 915 of the 1,000 union educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, took part in a sickout demanding a six-foot distance between people in classrooms.

The district previously agreed to this safety requirement in a memorandum of understanding. But now it wants to allow the superintendent to change it.

“When they tried to give the superintendent unilateral control to change the distance, they tore up the MOU,” said Brookline Educators Union President Jessica Wender-Shubow.

Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet November 03, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni
Categories: Labor Notes

Most Expensive Ballot Initiative in California History Pits Uber and Lyft Against Drivers Who Built a Union from Scratch

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-11-03 13:46
Blog: Blog

During this election cycle, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash—the so-called “gig economy” giants—have spent a record-breaking $200 million to pass Proposition 22 in California. The proposition would exempt these companies from basic labor law.

While the initiative is opposed by the California Federation of Labor and many Democratic elected officials, its fiercest adversary is a little-known “start-up” union, Rideshare Drivers United.

Categories: Labor Notes

Most Expensive Ballot Initiative in California History Pits Uber and Lyft Against Drivers Who Built a Union from Scratch

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-11-03 13:46
Blog: Blog

During this election cycle, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash—the so-called “gig economy” giants—have spent a record-breaking $200 million to pass Proposition 22 in California. The proposition would exempt these companies from basic labor law.

While the initiative is opposed by the California Federation of Labor and many Democratic elected officials, its fiercest adversary is a little-known “start-up” union, Rideshare Drivers United.

Categories: Labor Notes
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