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Communications Workers Fight Telecom Giant for MLK Day Off

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-01-15 16:50
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Saurav Sarkar

One multinational company is using Martin Luther King Day to issue a slap in the face to its union, undermining the very legacy of the civil rights leader.

Louisiana-based telecommunications giant Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) announced to its staff October 23 that it would be newly establishing a company holiday on MLK Day—but for non-union workers only.

The hypocrisy of leaving out 10,000 union workers on MLK Day was not well received by Anna Robbs, an African-American employee and union steward.

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Communications Workers Fight Telecom Giant for MLK Day Off

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-01-15 16:50
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Saurav Sarkar

One multinational company is using Martin Luther King Day to issue a slap in the face to its union, undermining the very legacy of the civil rights leader.

Louisiana-based telecommunications giant Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) announced to its staff October 23 that it would be newly establishing a company holiday on MLK Day—but for non-union workers only.

The hypocrisy of leaving out 10,000 union workers on MLK Day was not well received by Anna Robbs, an African-American employee and union steward.

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Swarming Solidarity: How Contract Negotiations in 2021 Could Be Flashpoints in the U.S. Class Struggle

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-01-14 14:52

The labor movement’s pundits and prognosticators ring in the New Year like commentators anywhere. They make pronouncements about what “will” happen and what “should” happen to revitalize the shrinking U.S. trade union movement.

At 6.2 percent density in the private sector, U.S. unions aren’t even treading water; we are drowning. That makes it more imperative than ever to engage members to strengthen connections between our union struggles and build broader public support.

Swarming Solidarity: How Contract Negotiations in 2021 Could Be Flashpoints in the U.S. Class Struggle January 14, 2021 / Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
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Swarming Solidarity: How Contract Negotiations in 2021 Could Be Flashpoints in the U.S. Class Struggle

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-01-14 14:52

The labor movement’s pundits and prognosticators ring in the New Year like commentators anywhere. They make pronouncements about what “will” happen and what “should” happen to revitalize the shrinking U.S. trade union movement.

At 6.2 percent density in the private sector, U.S. unions aren’t even treading water; we are drowning. That makes it more imperative than ever to engage members to strengthen connections between our union struggles and build broader public support.

Swarming Solidarity: How Contract Negotiations in 2021 Could Be Flashpoints in the U.S. Class Struggle January 14, 2021 / Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
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Brink's: Robbing Colombian Workers of Their Dignity

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-01-12 15:04
Blog: Blog

Colombia is considered one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a union member. Between 2012, when the country’s free trade agreement with the United States entered into force, and May 2019, 172 union activists were murdered.

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Brink's: Robbing Colombian Workers of Their Dignity

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-01-12 15:04
Blog: Blog

Colombia is considered one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a union member. Between 2012, when the country’s free trade agreement with the United States entered into force, and May 2019, 172 union activists were murdered.

Categories: Labor Notes

Bay Area Transit Unions Join Forces to Win Safety Protections and Beat Back Layoffs

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-01-12 13:44

Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19.

Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all.

Bay Area Transit Unions Join Forces to Win Safety Protections and Beat Back Layoffs January 12, 2021 / Richard Marcantonio
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Bay Area Transit Unions Join Forces to Win Safety Protections and Beat Back Layoffs

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-01-12 13:44

Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19.

Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all.

Bay Area Transit Unions Join Forces to Win Safety Protections and Beat Back Layoffs January 12, 2021 / Richard Marcantonio
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Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-01-08 16:07

FENSUAGRO o la Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, es una federación de sindicatos de trabajadores agrícolas con sede en Colombia que aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, jornaleros, indígenas rurales y afrocolombianos. Luchan por una reforma agraria integral y por su derecho a vivir y trabajar en la tierra rural. Un derecho básico que se ha mantenido oculto a estas comunidades durante demasiado tiempo.

Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández
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Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-01-08 16:07

FENSUAGRO o la Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, es una federación de sindicatos de trabajadores agrícolas con sede en Colombia que aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, jornaleros, indígenas rurales y afrocolombianos. Luchan por una reforma agraria integral y por su derecho a vivir y trabajar en la tierra rural. Un derecho básico que se ha mantenido oculto a estas comunidades durante demasiado tiempo.

Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández
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Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-01-08 15:53

The situation has recently gotten even worse in Colombia—already the world’s most dangerous place to be a union member.

Right now social movement leaders, union members, and participants in the peace process are being killed at a rate of more than one victim per day. With the restrictions and curfews related to the coronavirus, death squads can more easily find their targets at their homes, and have even massacred entire families.

Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández
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Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-01-08 15:53

The situation has recently gotten even worse in Colombia—already the world’s most dangerous place to be a union member.

Right now social movement leaders, union members, and participants in the peace process are being killed at a rate of more than one victim per day. With the restrictions and curfews related to the coronavirus, death squads can more easily find their targets at their homes, and have even massacred entire families.

Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández
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How to Keep On Keeping On

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-01-05 12:35

Even asking the questions is exhausting.

Who’s making the Covid decisions, and why do they change every day? How has the workload doubled? What about the new extremes of micro-management? Which of my co-workers, or their families, or my customers or patients or students are going to get sick?

And why can’t we seem to do anything to stop all this suffering?

The pull to give up, to withdraw, to hunker down and “just survive” is almost irresistible—even for a committed activist like you.

How to Keep On Keeping On January 05, 2021 / Ellen David Friedman
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How to Keep On Keeping On

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-01-05 12:35

Even asking the questions is exhausting.

Who’s making the Covid decisions, and why do they change every day? How has the workload doubled? What about the new extremes of micro-management? Which of my co-workers, or their families, or my customers or patients or students are going to get sick?

And why can’t we seem to do anything to stop all this suffering?

The pull to give up, to withdraw, to hunker down and “just survive” is almost irresistible—even for a committed activist like you.

How to Keep On Keeping On January 05, 2021 / Ellen David Friedman
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Viewpoint: Health Care Workers Must Speak Out as Covid Spreads in Prisons

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-12-22 19:08
Blog: Blog

As cases of Covid-19 skyrocket across Washington state, protecting the public health requires bold action from our leaders. Unfortunately, delayed and reactionary responses have abandoned many of our most vulnerable community members. Nowhere is this more evident than in the criminal justice system.

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Viewpoint: Health Care Workers Must Speak Out as Covid Spreads in Prisons

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-12-22 19:08
Blog: Blog

As cases of Covid-19 skyrocket across Washington state, protecting the public health requires bold action from our leaders. Unfortunately, delayed and reactionary responses have abandoned many of our most vulnerable community members. Nowhere is this more evident than in the criminal justice system.

Categories: Labor Notes

What Are We Doing to Shift the Balance of Power at Work?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-12-22 12:18
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Barbara Madeloni

The pandemic kicked workers back on their heels—even tumbled some over. Fearing for their lives and well-being, some responded with fire and organizing, others with stunned passivity.

Categories: Labor Notes

What Are We Doing to Shift the Balance of Power at Work?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-12-22 12:18
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Barbara Madeloni

The pandemic kicked workers back on their heels—even tumbled some over. Fearing for their lives and well-being, some responded with fire and organizing, others with stunned passivity.

Categories: Labor Notes

A Special Message from Sara Nelson about Why Labor Notes Matters

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-12-22 12:13
Blog: BlogDear fellow Labor Notes supporter,

My name is Sara Nelson. As International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, I represent nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 17 airlines.

A year ago, aviation was flying high. Flight attendants were looking forward to industry-wide bargaining after so much had been taken from us. Airlines were heralding record profits. One CEO said his airline would never lose money again.

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A Special Message from Sara Nelson about Why Labor Notes Matters

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-12-22 12:13
Blog: BlogDear fellow Labor Notes supporter,

My name is Sara Nelson. As International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, I represent nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 17 airlines.

A year ago, aviation was flying high. Flight attendants were looking forward to industry-wide bargaining after so much had been taken from us. Airlines were heralding record profits. One CEO said his airline would never lose money again.

Categories: Labor Notes
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