Labor Notes

Kansas Chipotle Workers Latest to Launch Union Drive

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-10-21 11:24

Employees at a second Chipotle location are unionizing, this time in Lawrence, Kansas. The young workers are forming an independent union, and facing harsh—and likely illegal—pushback from management.

A majority of workers’ signatures were collected on a petition to submit to the National Labor Relations Board, only to have that petition thrown away by management. So now they’re filing an unfair labor practice charge as they push to form a union.

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Kansas Chipotle Workers Latest to Launch Union Drive

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-10-21 11:24

Employees at a second Chipotle location are unionizing, this time in Lawrence, Kansas. The young workers are forming an independent union, and facing harsh—and likely illegal—pushback from management.

A majority of workers’ signatures were collected on a petition to submit to the National Labor Relations Board, only to have that petition thrown away by management. So now they’re filing an unfair labor practice charge as they push to form a union.

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From Call Centers to Coal Mines: Swapping Stories at the Alabama Troublemakers School

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-10-21 11:17

These remarks were delivered this week on the Valley Labor Report, Alabama’s only union talk radio show.

Before we go any deeper into the show, I wanted to take a couple minutes to reflect on last weekend’s successful Alabama Troublemakers School conducted by Labor Notes at the University of Montevallo.

Over 120 Southern working class activists gathered on Saturday, October 15, to sharpen their skills and build solidarity. The crowd was very diverse in terms of race, gender, age, industry, occupation, affiliation, and background.

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From Call Centers to Coal Mines: Swapping Stories at the Alabama Troublemakers School

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-10-21 11:17

These remarks were delivered this week on the Valley Labor Report, Alabama’s only union talk radio show.

Before we go any deeper into the show, I wanted to take a couple minutes to reflect on last weekend’s successful Alabama Troublemakers School conducted by Labor Notes at the University of Montevallo.

Over 120 Southern working class activists gathered on Saturday, October 15, to sharpen their skills and build solidarity. The crowd was very diverse in terms of race, gender, age, industry, occupation, affiliation, and background.

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Peak Season for Action at Amazon

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-10-20 09:42

Could this November see the biggest coordinated international day of action at Amazon yet?

Although Thanksgiving is a unique U.S. holiday, the day after—known as “Black Friday”—is celebrated in many countries as the opening of the Christmas shopping season. In Italy, for example, merchants offer Black Friday discounts that fill their stores with the same bargain-hungry shoppers as in the U.S.

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Peak Season for Action at Amazon

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-10-20 09:42

Could this November see the biggest coordinated international day of action at Amazon yet?

Although Thanksgiving is a unique U.S. holiday, the day after—known as “Black Friday”—is celebrated in many countries as the opening of the Christmas shopping season. In Italy, for example, merchants offer Black Friday discounts that fill their stores with the same bargain-hungry shoppers as in the U.S.

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Ballots Are Out in UAW Election, with Contrasting Visions of Unionism Up for Leadership

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-10-19 10:48

Stakes are high in the United Auto Workers, with two polar-opposite visions of unionism up for leadership. On Monday ballots were sent to UAW members for the union’s first direct election of top officers.

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Ballots Are Out in UAW Election, with Contrasting Visions of Unionism Up for Leadership

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-10-19 10:48

Stakes are high in the United Auto Workers, with two polar-opposite visions of unionism up for leadership. On Monday ballots were sent to UAW members for the union’s first direct election of top officers.

Categories: Labor Notes

Prime Week Walkouts Hit Amazon, from Air Hub to Delivery Station

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-10-18 15:25

Amazon’s vast distribution network is staggering. There’s the invisible lacework of surveillance algorithms and artificial intelligence. There are the visible footprints: trucks, robots, hulking warehouses.

And then there are the workers. It takes more than a million people, most of them low-paid and grindingly exploited, to pick, sort, unload, ship, and deliver packages to customers’ doors within days of an order.

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Prime Week Walkouts Hit Amazon, from Air Hub to Delivery Station

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-10-18 15:25

Amazon’s vast distribution network is staggering. There’s the invisible lacework of surveillance algorithms and artificial intelligence. There are the visible footprints: trucks, robots, hulking warehouses.

And then there are the workers. It takes more than a million people, most of them low-paid and grindingly exploited, to pick, sort, unload, ship, and deliver packages to customers’ doors within days of an order.

Categories: Labor Notes

Kaiser Strikers Insist You Should Be Able to Get an Appointment When You Need It

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-10-14 20:14

Psychologists, social workers, therapists, and chemical dependency counselors are in the ninth week of an open-ended strike at Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Central California.

The 2,000 mental health care workers walked out August 15; their contract has been expired since September 2021. They’re members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which split from SEIU in 2010.

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Kaiser Strikers Insist You Should Be Able to Get an Appointment When You Need It

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-10-14 20:14

Psychologists, social workers, therapists, and chemical dependency counselors are in the ninth week of an open-ended strike at Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Central California.

The 2,000 mental health care workers walked out August 15; their contract has been expired since September 2021. They’re members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which split from SEIU in 2010.

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Amazon Albany Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Organizing a Union

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-10-14 12:34

Workers at the ALB1 Amazon warehouse in Albany, New York, are voting October 12-17 on whether to join the Amazon Labor Union. The National Labor Relations Board is set to tally the votes October 18. –Editors.

I started working at Amazon out of desperation. $15.70 an hour, with a 60-cent weekend shift differential plus health insurance, seemed decent compared to other entry-level jobs in my area—Schodack, New York. So I applied, interviewed, took a drug test, and did the paperwork.

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Amazon Albany Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Organizing a Union

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-10-14 12:34

Workers at the ALB1 Amazon warehouse in Albany, New York, are voting October 12-17 on whether to join the Amazon Labor Union. The National Labor Relations Board is set to tally the votes October 18. –Editors.

I started working at Amazon out of desperation. $15.70 an hour, with a 60-cent weekend shift differential plus health insurance, seemed decent compared to other entry-level jobs in my area—Schodack, New York. So I applied, interviewed, took a drug test, and did the paperwork.

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Viewpoint: Federal Workers Need a Functioning Federal Labor Board

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-10-13 00:00

Federal workers are in unfamiliar territory with the wind at our backs. The tight labor market; popular sympathies after three bitter government shutdowns over the past decade; the Biden administration’s reversal of Trump’s abusive anti-union policies—all this sets the stage for possible rank-and-file-led advances in working conditions and new organizing in the federal sector.

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Viewpoint: Federal Workers Need a Functioning Federal Labor Board

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-10-13 00:00

Federal workers are in unfamiliar territory with the wind at our backs. The tight labor market; popular sympathies after three bitter government shutdowns over the past decade; the Biden administration’s reversal of Trump’s abusive anti-union policies—all this sets the stage for possible rank-and-file-led advances in working conditions and new organizing in the federal sector.

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‘We Are Not Done Yet’: Railroad Track Workers Reject Deal

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-10-11 17:54

Members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, who build and maintain tracks and bridges, have voted down a national tentative agreement with the freight rail carriers.

Just under 12,000 of the union’s 23,900 freight rail workers voted, the union announced October 10, with 56 percent voting against the deal.

Leaders said they’re hoping to return to the bargaining table. The union is delaying any potential strike until November 19 at the earliest.

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‘We Are Not Done Yet’: Railroad Track Workers Reject Deal

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-10-11 17:54

Members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, who build and maintain tracks and bridges, have voted down a national tentative agreement with the freight rail carriers.

Just under 12,000 of the union’s 23,900 freight rail workers voted, the union announced October 10, with 56 percent voting against the deal.

Leaders said they’re hoping to return to the bargaining table. The union is delaying any potential strike until November 19 at the earliest.

Categories: Labor Notes

Three Amazon Warehouses Catch Fire; Workers Protest Unsafe Conditions with Sit-in

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-10-07 19:16

Amazon warehouses caught fire in New York and Alabama this past week, endangering hundreds of workers.

In the unionized Staten Island facility, workers marched on managers and staged a sit-down in protest over Amazon’s disregard for their safety—and the company lashed back with mass suspensions.

The HSV1 fulfillment center in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville in northern Alabama, caught fire Monday evening, October 3, for a second time in two weeks.

Categories: Labor Notes

Three Amazon Warehouses Catch Fire; Workers Protest Unsafe Conditions with Sit-in

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-10-07 19:16

Amazon warehouses caught fire in New York and Alabama this past week, endangering hundreds of workers.

In the unionized Staten Island facility, workers marched on managers and staged a sit-down in protest over Amazon’s disregard for their safety—and the company lashed back with mass suspensions.

The HSV1 fulfillment center in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville in northern Alabama, caught fire Monday evening, October 3, for a second time in two weeks.

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