Labor Notes

In Mexican Border Town, Prominent Independent Labor Lawyer Arrested

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-06-10 13:23

Labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas was arrested on Monday in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where she was attempting to aid factory workers to recover wages owed to them during a two-month coronavirus shutdown. Prieto came to prominence early last year for her central role in the wave of strikes that swept the export-oriented maquila factories in Matamoros demanding “20/32”: a 20 percent raise and an annual bonus of 32,000 pesos ($1,600).

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In Mexican Border Town, Prominent Independent Labor Lawyer Arrested

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-06-10 13:23

Labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas was arrested on Monday in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where she was attempting to aid factory workers to recover wages owed to them during a two-month coronavirus shutdown. Prieto came to prominence early last year for her central role in the wave of strikes that swept the export-oriented maquila factories in Matamoros demanding “20/32”: a 20 percent raise and an annual bonus of 32,000 pesos ($1,600).

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'You Can Rebuild a Post Office, But Not a Life': Minneapolis Postal Workers March from Burned Post Office in Solidarity with Protests

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-06-10 13:18

On Sunday postal workers in Minneapolis organized a display of solidarity with the Black freedom movement that is emerging after the brutal police murder of George Floyd.

A few co-workers and I planned a rally at the burned-out Lake Street post office and a march from there to the memorial site for Floyd. We thought it was important to show the world where we stood, because city hall and Governor Tim Walz have used the destruction of buildings—including two post offices—as a justification to mobilize the National Guard to suppress the protests.

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'You Can Rebuild a Post Office, But Not a Life': Minneapolis Postal Workers March from Burned Post Office in Solidarity with Protests

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-06-10 13:18

On Sunday postal workers in Minneapolis organized a display of solidarity with the Black freedom movement that is emerging after the brutal police murder of George Floyd.

A few co-workers and I planned a rally at the burned-out Lake Street post office and a march from there to the memorial site for Floyd. We thought it was important to show the world where we stood, because city hall and Governor Tim Walz have used the destruction of buildings—including two post offices—as a justification to mobilize the National Guard to suppress the protests.

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Review: The Grapes of Wrath

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-06-08 15:04

With unemployment now reaching levels not seen since the 1930s, should you really want to spend a few hours immersed in the hardships endured by working people during the first Great Depression? Yes.

If you’ve never seen the classic 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath—or last did decades ago—turn off the news for a bit and join the Joad family on their American odyssey. You might just find yourself more energized to confront our current crisis, especially once you discover some of the history the movie omits.

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Review: The Grapes of Wrath

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-06-08 15:04

With unemployment now reaching levels not seen since the 1930s, should you really want to spend a few hours immersed in the hardships endured by working people during the first Great Depression? Yes.

If you’ve never seen the classic 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath—or last did decades ago—turn off the news for a bit and join the Joad family on their American odyssey. You might just find yourself more energized to confront our current crisis, especially once you discover some of the history the movie omits.

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How E-ZPass Workers on Staten Island Are Building Power During the Pandemic

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-06-05 13:13

Trauma would be the best way to describe the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the working class. Suddenly workers found ourselves in a situation beyond our control. But it’s also a moment of opportunity to actually take more control over our work lives and push for a more democratic society. Workers and unions have to hit the streets and organize.

Categories: Labor Notes

How E-ZPass Workers on Staten Island Are Building Power During the Pandemic

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-06-05 13:13

Trauma would be the best way to describe the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the working class. Suddenly workers found ourselves in a situation beyond our control. But it’s also a moment of opportunity to actually take more control over our work lives and push for a more democratic society. Workers and unions have to hit the streets and organize.

Categories: Labor Notes

With a Little Help from My Friends: How Taco Bell Workers and Many More Are Self-Organizing in the Pandemic

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-06-05 10:53

At a Taco Bell in Washington Township, Michigan, the action began when Jonathon Foster, a shift leader, approached the district manager about paid sick leave during the pandemic. She flat-out refused, despite pledges from Taco Bell’s CEO.

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With a Little Help from My Friends: How Taco Bell Workers and Many More Are Self-Organizing in the Pandemic

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-06-05 10:53

At a Taco Bell in Washington Township, Michigan, the action began when Jonathon Foster, a shift leader, approached the district manager about paid sick leave during the pandemic. She flat-out refused, despite pledges from Taco Bell’s CEO.

Categories: Labor Notes

It’s (Way Past) Time to Redistribute Obscene Police Budgets to Schools, Hospitals, and Buses

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-06-04 15:59
It’s (Way Past) Time to Redistribute Obscene Police Budgets to Schools, Hospitals, and Buses June 04, 2020 / Samantha Winslow, Alexandra Bradbury

The marches are sweeping every state. Hundreds of thousands of people have braved the pandemic to protest the murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis police.

Like the teacher strike waves of 2018 and 2019, today’s protests against police violence have the support of a majority of Americans. A Monmouth poll showed 78 percent think protesters’ anger about the killing of George Floyd is wholly or partially justified.

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It’s (Way Past) Time to Redistribute Obscene Police Budgets to Schools, Hospitals, and Buses

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-06-04 15:59
It’s (Way Past) Time to Redistribute Obscene Police Budgets to Schools, Hospitals, and Buses June 04, 2020 / Samantha Winslow, Alexandra Bradbury

The marches are sweeping every state. Hundreds of thousands of people have braved the pandemic to protest the murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis police.

Like the teacher strike waves of 2018 and 2019, today’s protests against police violence have the support of a majority of Americans. A Monmouth poll showed 78 percent think protesters’ anger about the killing of George Floyd is wholly or partially justified.

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Labor Fights for George Floyd in Twin Cities

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-06-03 15:16
Labor Fights for George Floyd in Twin Cities June 03, 2020 / Cherrene Horazuk

I watched with horror the video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis Police, so bravely captured by a 17-year-old African American woman. Seared in my brain is Officer Derek Chauvin’s smirk as he knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck, ignoring his pleas for help, his calls for his mother, and his repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” Three other officers stood by, protecting Chauvin from any intervention that might save Mr. Floyd’s life. As I watched and wept, I looked more closely at the background and realized that Mr. Floyd was killed just blocks from my house.

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Labor Fights for George Floyd in Twin Cities

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-06-03 15:16
Labor Fights for George Floyd in Twin Cities June 03, 2020 / Cherrene Horazuk

I watched with horror the video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis Police, so bravely captured by a 17-year-old African American woman. Seared in my brain is Officer Derek Chauvin’s smirk as he knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck, ignoring his pleas for help, his calls for his mother, and his repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” Three other officers stood by, protecting Chauvin from any intervention that might save Mr. Floyd’s life. As I watched and wept, I looked more closely at the background and realized that Mr. Floyd was killed just blocks from my house.

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Review: Seattle’s General Strike 100 Years Ago Shows Us Hope for Today

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-06-02 12:02

For five days in 1919, union members took control of the city of Seattle. They arguably ran it better, and certainly more justly, than it had ever been run before.

The strike began when waitresses, laundry workers, streetcar workers, and more—65,000 union workers in all—walked off the job on February 6, 1919, to support striking shipyard workers.

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Review: Seattle’s General Strike 100 Years Ago Shows Us Hope for Today

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-06-02 12:02

For five days in 1919, union members took control of the city of Seattle. They arguably ran it better, and certainly more justly, than it had ever been run before.

The strike began when waitresses, laundry workers, streetcar workers, and more—65,000 union workers in all—walked off the job on February 6, 1919, to support striking shipyard workers.

Categories: Labor Notes

Apple Shed Strikes Win Recognition, But the Fight Goes On

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-06-02 09:24
Apple Shed Strikes Win Recognition, But the Fight Goes On June 02, 2020 / David Bacon

This article was updated to include information about COVID-19 statistics in Yakima County. -Editors

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Apple Shed Strikes Win Recognition, But the Fight Goes On

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-06-02 09:24
Apple Shed Strikes Win Recognition, But the Fight Goes On June 02, 2020 / David Bacon

This article was updated to include information about COVID-19 statistics in Yakima County. -Editors

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Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Point to Need for Medicare for All

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-06-01 12:18
Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Point to Need for Medicare for All June 01, 2020 / Dean E. Robinson

The racial disparities of COVID-19 have received much attention. Blacks are dying at a higher rate that is typically more than double the rate of whites. But we need to move beyond naming the problem to fighting for solutions. Medicare for All would go a long way to beginning to address racial disparities in health care in general and for COVID-19 in particular.

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Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Point to Need for Medicare for All

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-06-01 12:18
Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Point to Need for Medicare for All June 01, 2020 / Dean E. Robinson

The racial disparities of COVID-19 have received much attention. Blacks are dying at a higher rate that is typically more than double the rate of whites. But we need to move beyond naming the problem to fighting for solutions. Medicare for All would go a long way to beginning to address racial disparities in health care in general and for COVID-19 in particular.

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