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You've Got the 'Rona But You Fail the Test

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-05-19 16:46

What will happen to all the people who catch the coronavirus but never get a positive test? As states gear up to send workers back to work, the number of infections will skyrocket. We are going to need a whole new layer of protection for workers who are scarred by this virus but who cannot document its presence in their bodies.

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You've Got the 'Rona But You Fail the Test

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-05-19 16:46

What will happen to all the people who catch the coronavirus but never get a positive test? As states gear up to send workers back to work, the number of infections will skyrocket. We are going to need a whole new layer of protection for workers who are scarred by this virus but who cannot document its presence in their bodies.

Categories: Labor Notes

Hundreds of Apple Workers on Strike in Washington

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-05-18 12:54
Hundreds of Apple Workers on Strike in Washington May 18, 2020 / David Bacon

Since this article was written, apple packinghouse workers at two more companies have joined the strike: at Hansen Fruit and Columbia Reach. Six worksites in Yakima County have now seen production shut down. The county has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases on the West Coast. The strikes are women-led, multigenerational, and multiracial, according to Edgar Franks of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, a local farmworkers' union. —Editors

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Hundreds of Apple Workers on Strike in Washington

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-05-18 12:54
Hundreds of Apple Workers on Strike in Washington May 18, 2020 / David Bacon

Since this article was written, apple packinghouse workers at two more companies have joined the strike: at Hansen Fruit and Columbia Reach. Six worksites in Yakima County have now seen production shut down. The county has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases on the West Coast. The strikes are women-led, multigenerational, and multiracial, according to Edgar Franks of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, a local farmworkers' union. —Editors

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How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-15 12:18
How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis May 15, 2020 / Alejandro Reuss

Part 2 of a joint series in Labor Notes and Dollars & Sense on the economics of the coronavirus crisis. Part 1, “Not Simply a 'Natural Disaster,'” is here.

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How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-15 12:18
How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis May 15, 2020 / Alejandro Reuss

Part 2 of a joint series in Labor Notes and Dollars & Sense on the economics of the coronavirus crisis. Part 1, “Not Simply a 'Natural Disaster,'” is here.

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New Postmaster General Is an Expert Job-Killer

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-15 11:42

Much of the criticism of new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has centered on his $2 million in contributions to the Trump campaign and other Republican causes since 2016. DeJoy is in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

These facts are cause for worry, but postal workers should be even more alarmed at his 35 years’ experience in labor analytics—the art of eliminating as many jobs as possible.

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New Postmaster General Is an Expert Job-Killer

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-15 11:42

Much of the criticism of new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has centered on his $2 million in contributions to the Trump campaign and other Republican causes since 2016. DeJoy is in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

These facts are cause for worry, but postal workers should be even more alarmed at his 35 years’ experience in labor analytics—the art of eliminating as many jobs as possible.

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Not Simply a ‘Natural Disaster’

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-05-14 16:21
Not Simply a ‘Natural Disaster’ May 14, 2020 / Alejandro Reuss

Part 1 of a joint series in Labor Notes and Dollars & Sense on the economics of the coronavirus crisis. Part 2, "How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis," is here.

The coronavirus pandemic is not simply a “natural disaster.” How many people and which particular people will fall ill or die depends not just of the characteristics of the infection but also on the policies and institutions of the society.

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Not Simply a ‘Natural Disaster’

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-05-14 16:21
Not Simply a ‘Natural Disaster’ May 14, 2020 / Alejandro Reuss

Part 1 of a joint series in Labor Notes and Dollars & Sense on the economics of the coronavirus crisis. Part 2, "How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis," is here.

The coronavirus pandemic is not simply a “natural disaster.” How many people and which particular people will fall ill or die depends not just of the characteristics of the infection but also on the policies and institutions of the society.

Categories: Labor Notes

Call Center Workers Strike for Telework in Portugal

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-13 14:34

Portuguese call center workers forced to come to work during the pandemic struck in March, demanding to switch to teleworking at home without loss of pay. Some workers refused to go to work, some took sick leave, some asked for vacation days, and others appeared at the call centers but refused to log in.

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Call Center Workers Strike for Telework in Portugal

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-13 14:34

Portuguese call center workers forced to come to work during the pandemic struck in March, demanding to switch to teleworking at home without loss of pay. Some workers refused to go to work, some took sick leave, some asked for vacation days, and others appeared at the call centers but refused to log in.

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WEBINAR: No Shock Doctrine: Organizing to Defend Public Colleges and Universities

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-13 14:02

 

Join Labor Notes and the Public Higher Education Workers this Tuesday May 19 at 5 PM EDT to hear public education workers speak about organizing for fully funded public higher education in the midst of the pandemic.

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WEBINAR: No Shock Doctrine: Organizing to Defend Public Colleges and Universities

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-13 14:02

 

Join Labor Notes and the Public Higher Education Workers this Tuesday May 19 at 5 PM EDT to hear public education workers speak about organizing for fully funded public higher education in the midst of the pandemic.

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GM Workers Find a Safer Job Making PPE

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-13 12:51

“I feel like I’m in the safest place in the company from the virus,” said Chris Viola, who, until April 20, was laid off from General Motors’ Cadillac and Impala assembly plant in Detroit. Now he’s working in a former transmission plant in the suburbs, making face masks along with a few dozen other GM workers.

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GM Workers Find a Safer Job Making PPE

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-13 12:51

“I feel like I’m in the safest place in the company from the virus,” said Chris Viola, who, until April 20, was laid off from General Motors’ Cadillac and Impala assembly plant in Detroit. Now he’s working in a former transmission plant in the suburbs, making face masks along with a few dozen other GM workers.

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Ontario Early Childhood Educators Unionize during Pandemic

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-05-12 13:45

A group of early childhood educators with the Halton District School Board, near Toronto, were in the middle of a union drive when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

With schools closed and physical distancing rules in effect, workers had to quickly shift gears and experiment with new approaches.

ALREADY ISOLATED

In Ontario Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) are paired with elementary school teachers to provide all-day kindergarten.

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Ontario Early Childhood Educators Unionize during Pandemic

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-05-12 13:45

A group of early childhood educators with the Halton District School Board, near Toronto, were in the middle of a union drive when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

With schools closed and physical distancing rules in effect, workers had to quickly shift gears and experiment with new approaches.

ALREADY ISOLATED

In Ontario Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) are paired with elementary school teachers to provide all-day kindergarten.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: When Auto Plants Reopen, Some of Us Will Die for Corporate Profit

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-05-11 16:01

Despite all the evidence that we are nowhere near out of the woods with the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have agreed to restart production at most facilities on May 18. Various part supplier facilities will restart even sooner.

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Viewpoint: When Auto Plants Reopen, Some of Us Will Die for Corporate Profit

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-05-11 16:01

Despite all the evidence that we are nowhere near out of the woods with the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have agreed to restart production at most facilities on May 18. Various part supplier facilities will restart even sooner.

Categories: Labor Notes
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