Labor Notes

Review: White Workers Who Buy into Racism Are Shooting Themselves (and Everyone Else) in the Foot

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-07-01 17:30
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From liberals to democratic socialists, many people on the left agree that the key to addressing racial inequity in the U.S. is winning “universal demands,” such as Medicare for All and free tuition at public schools and universities.

This was a bedrock idea of the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It regained currency with the Bernie Sanders campaign for president in 2016; it forms part of the basis for a Green New Deal; and it is reflected in President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

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Review: White Workers Who Buy into Racism Are Shooting Themselves (and Everyone Else) in the Foot

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-07-01 17:30
Blog: Blog

From liberals to democratic socialists, many people on the left agree that the key to addressing racial inequity in the U.S. is winning “universal demands,” such as Medicare for All and free tuition at public schools and universities.

This was a bedrock idea of the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It regained currency with the Bernie Sanders campaign for president in 2016; it forms part of the basis for a Green New Deal; and it is reflected in President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

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Employers Are Using the Crisis to Push Concessions They Don't Need

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-06-30 00:00
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

Employers never let a crisis go to waste. Like clockwork, after this awful year, here come the demands for concessions.

Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies are on strike to defend their benefits. The company wants them to start paying more, though it’s flush with cash. If you ask why, you’re not thinking like an employer.

The mountain climber George Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, supposedly answered, “Because it’s there.”

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Employers Are Using the Crisis to Push Concessions They Don't Need

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-06-30 00:00
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

Employers never let a crisis go to waste. Like clockwork, after this awful year, here come the demands for concessions.

Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies are on strike to defend their benefits. The company wants them to start paying more, though it’s flush with cash. If you ask why, you’re not thinking like an employer.

The mountain climber George Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, supposedly answered, “Because it’s there.”

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Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-06-28 16:11

You take a six-dollar pay cut and what do you get? Five years older and no respect for the sacrifices you made to get your employer out of bankruptcy, say the striking Alabama coal miners who protested outside the Manhattan offices of three hedge funds on June 22.

Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs June 28, 2021 / Steve Wishnia
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Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-06-28 16:11

You take a six-dollar pay cut and what do you get? Five years older and no respect for the sacrifices you made to get your employer out of bankruptcy, say the striking Alabama coal miners who protested outside the Manhattan offices of three hedge funds on June 22.

Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs June 28, 2021 / Steve Wishnia
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Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-06-24 11:55

What started as a Colombian protest against a regressive tax bill has become a national strike against police brutality and poverty.

The administration of President Ivan Duque has already pulled back the tax reform and the finance minister has resigned, but people are angry and marches and road blocks continue. Unions, student groups, and other organizations have formed a National Strike Committee which is negotiating with the government, demanding transformational change.

Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change June 24, 2021 / Tom Power and Cruz Bonlarron Martínez
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Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-06-24 11:55

What started as a Colombian protest against a regressive tax bill has become a national strike against police brutality and poverty.

The administration of President Ivan Duque has already pulled back the tax reform and the finance minister has resigned, but people are angry and marches and road blocks continue. Unions, student groups, and other organizations have formed a National Strike Committee which is negotiating with the government, demanding transformational change.

Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change June 24, 2021 / Tom Power and Cruz Bonlarron Martínez
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'We Took Care of Each Other': A Maritime Union's Hidden History of Gay-Straight and Interracial Solidarity

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-06-23 14:00
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Decades before the modern LGBTQ+ movement, a small but militant union of maritime workers on the West Coast with openly gay members and leaders coined a slogan linking discrimination against gay men, racial discrimination, and red-baiting. For the better part of two decades, the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union fought discrimination on the ships where its members worked and in society, until it was crushed by the same corporate and government forces that tried to destroy the United Electrical Workers (UE) during the Cold War.

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'We Took Care of Each Other': A Maritime Union's Hidden History of Gay-Straight and Interracial Solidarity

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-06-23 14:00
Blog: Blog

Decades before the modern LGBTQ+ movement, a small but militant union of maritime workers on the West Coast with openly gay members and leaders coined a slogan linking discrimination against gay men, racial discrimination, and red-baiting. For the better part of two decades, the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union fought discrimination on the ships where its members worked and in society, until it was crushed by the same corporate and government forces that tried to destroy the United Electrical Workers (UE) during the Cold War.

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Engines Out and Pickets Up to Stop Health Plan Downgrade by Cummins

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-06-21 13:53
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Thirty-three heavy-duty engine mechanics have been on an open-ended strike since June 8 at the Cummins service shop in San Leandro, California.

These technicians service the engines and generators that power Silicon Valley tech giants and buses for the Bay Area’s local public transit agencies. They worked through the pandemic, without adequate personal protective equipment, sanitizing procedures, or hazard pay. The shop was busier than ever.

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Engines Out and Pickets Up to Stop Health Plan Downgrade by Cummins

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-06-21 13:53
Blog: Blog

Thirty-three heavy-duty engine mechanics have been on an open-ended strike since June 8 at the Cummins service shop in San Leandro, California.

These technicians service the engines and generators that power Silicon Valley tech giants and buses for the Bay Area’s local public transit agencies. They worked through the pandemic, without adequate personal protective equipment, sanitizing procedures, or hazard pay. The shop was busier than ever.

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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
Categories: Labor Notes

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

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

Categories: Labor Notes
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