Labor Notes

How Amazon Workers Are Organizing for the Long Haul

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-05-11 13:55
How Amazon Workers Are Organizing for the Long Haul May 11, 2020 / Amazonians United

Amazon logistics workers have won much attention for organizing during the pandemic. Around the country workers have signed petitions demanding protections, and in New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington, some have even struck and walked out.

These actions have generated support from our tech coworkers in Amazon's Seattle headquarters, politicians, and the wider public. Given Amazon’s centrality in our economy, this marks a crucial moment for the wider labor movement.

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How Amazon Workers Are Organizing for the Long Haul

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-05-11 13:55
How Amazon Workers Are Organizing for the Long Haul May 11, 2020 / Amazonians United

Amazon logistics workers have won much attention for organizing during the pandemic. Around the country workers have signed petitions demanding protections, and in New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington, some have even struck and walked out.

These actions have generated support from our tech coworkers in Amazon's Seattle headquarters, politicians, and the wider public. Given Amazon’s centrality in our economy, this marks a crucial moment for the wider labor movement.

Categories: Labor Notes

Covid-19 Highlights the Need for Prison Labor Reform

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-08 11:44

For decades, prisoners in American correctional facilities have worked for no wages or mere pennies an hour. As the United States attempts to reduce transmission of COVID-19, more than a dozen states are now relying on this captive labor force to manufacture personal protective equipment badly needed by health care workers and other frontline responders.

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Covid-19 Highlights the Need for Prison Labor Reform

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-08 11:44

For decades, prisoners in American correctional facilities have worked for no wages or mere pennies an hour. As the United States attempts to reduce transmission of COVID-19, more than a dozen states are now relying on this captive labor force to manufacture personal protective equipment badly needed by health care workers and other frontline responders.

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Following Strikes by Mexican Workers, U.S. Presses to Keep Border Plants Open

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-05-07 13:50

Reprinted from Truthout.

In Washington, D.C., President Trump is trying his best to reopen closed meatpacking plants, as packinghouse workers catch the COVID-19 virus and die. In Tijuana, Mexico, where workers are dying in mostly U.S.-owned factories (known as maquiladoras) that produce and export goods to the U.S., the Baja California state governor, a former California Republican Party stalwart, is doing the same thing.

Categories: Labor Notes

Following Strikes by Mexican Workers, U.S. Presses to Keep Border Plants Open

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-05-07 13:50

Reprinted from Truthout.

In Washington, D.C., President Trump is trying his best to reopen closed meatpacking plants, as packinghouse workers catch the COVID-19 virus and die. In Tijuana, Mexico, where workers are dying in mostly U.S.-owned factories (known as maquiladoras) that produce and export goods to the U.S., the Baja California state governor, a former California Republican Party stalwart, is doing the same thing.

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The VA’s Fourth Mission and the Pandemic

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-06 12:10
The VA’s Fourth Mission and the Pandemic May 06, 2020 / Betsy Zucker

This is the second in a two-part series that looks at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and its role during the pandemic. Part One looked at the often-unrecognized strengths of the VA and examined the Trump Administration’s myriad attacks on the VA. Part Two looks at the serious consequences of those attacks during a pandemic, and how unions and community coalitions are fighting back. Finally, it considers the implications for a national health care system in the U.S. –Editors

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The VA’s Fourth Mission and the Pandemic

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-06 12:10
The VA’s Fourth Mission and the Pandemic May 06, 2020 / Betsy Zucker

This is the second in a two-part series that looks at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and its role during the pandemic. Part One looked at the often-unrecognized strengths of the VA and examined the Trump Administration’s myriad attacks on the VA. Part Two looks at the serious consequences of those attacks during a pandemic, and how unions and community coalitions are fighting back. Finally, it considers the implications for a national health care system in the U.S. –Editors

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Argentinian Workers Fighting COVID-19—And Their Employers

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-06 08:57

Early general quarantine in Argentina has succeeded in stopping the massive spread of COVID-19. Alberto Fernandez’s government decreed a national quarantine on March 20 when the total number of COVID-19 cases in Argentina hadn’t reached 100. Today the number of cases has not reached 5,000 and the spread appears to be controlled. There is broad agreement that the early quarantine is one of the main reasons.

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Argentinian Workers Fighting COVID-19—And Their Employers

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-06 08:57

Early general quarantine in Argentina has succeeded in stopping the massive spread of COVID-19. Alberto Fernandez’s government decreed a national quarantine on March 20 when the total number of COVID-19 cases in Argentina hadn’t reached 100. Today the number of cases has not reached 5,000 and the spread appears to be controlled. There is broad agreement that the early quarantine is one of the main reasons.

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Another Look at the VA, in the Midst of a Pandemic

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-05-05 13:37
Another Look at the VA, in the Midst of a Pandemic May 05, 2020 / Betsy Zucker

This is the first in a two-part series that looks at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and its role during the pandemic. Part One looks at the often-unrecognized strengths of the VA and examines the Trump Administration’s myriad attacks on the VA. Part Two will look at the serious consequences of those attacks during a pandemic, and how unions and community coalitions are fighting back. Finally, it will consider the implications for a national health care system in the U.S. -Editors

Categories: Labor Notes

Another Look at the VA, in the Midst of a Pandemic

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-05-05 13:37
Another Look at the VA, in the Midst of a Pandemic May 05, 2020 / Betsy Zucker

This is the first in a two-part series that looks at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and its role during the pandemic. Part One looks at the often-unrecognized strengths of the VA and examines the Trump Administration’s myriad attacks on the VA. Part Two will look at the serious consequences of those attacks during a pandemic, and how unions and community coalitions are fighting back. Finally, it will consider the implications for a national health care system in the U.S. -Editors

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West Virginia Teachers Run for Top Union Offices

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-05-05 10:08

By January 2020 I was feeling disenchanted with my union. As proud as I was of my colleagues and fellow members, I believed that we had a top-down organization.

I knew we could do better but I didn’t know how to begin.

Then I received a phone call from Jay O’Neal, asking me to consider joining the WV United Caucus. The Caucus believed that we could reorganize our unions to reflect democracy and to organize workers to fight.

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West Virginia Teachers Run for Top Union Offices

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-05-05 10:08

By January 2020 I was feeling disenchanted with my union. As proud as I was of my colleagues and fellow members, I believed that we had a top-down organization.

I knew we could do better but I didn’t know how to begin.

Then I received a phone call from Jay O’Neal, asking me to consider joining the WV United Caucus. The Caucus believed that we could reorganize our unions to reflect democracy and to organize workers to fight.

Categories: Labor Notes

Interview: Vermont State College Workers and Students Rebuff Shock Doctrine

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-05-04 14:28

Unionized faculty and staff at the Vermont state colleges are in a fight to defend their jobs and schools, which teach working class students mainly from rural parts of the state. Last month Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced the immediate, permanent closure of three of the six state colleges.

But a large movement rose up extremely quickly, stopped the closures, forced Spaulding to resign, and is now demanding increased funding to keep affordable public education available in the state.

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Interview: Vermont State College Workers and Students Rebuff Shock Doctrine

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-05-04 14:28

Unionized faculty and staff at the Vermont state colleges are in a fight to defend their jobs and schools, which teach working class students mainly from rural parts of the state. Last month Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced the immediate, permanent closure of three of the six state colleges.

But a large movement rose up extremely quickly, stopped the closures, forced Spaulding to resign, and is now demanding increased funding to keep affordable public education available in the state.

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The Worker Mini-Revolts of the 21st Century

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-05-04 11:20

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming revised and expanded 50th anniversary edition of Strike! by Jeremy Brecher, PM Press, June 2020. The publisher is raising funds on Kickstarter to bring the book to new audiences; give here. Also, today at 4 p.m.

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The Worker Mini-Revolts of the 21st Century

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-05-04 11:20

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming revised and expanded 50th anniversary edition of Strike! by Jeremy Brecher, PM Press, June 2020. The publisher is raising funds on Kickstarter to bring the book to new audiences; give here. Also, today at 4 p.m.

Categories: Labor Notes

The Hammer and the Dance: Why Reopening Now Will Kill

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-01 13:34
The Hammer and the Dance: Why Reopening Now Will Kill May 01, 2020 / Chris Brooks

This is a time of deep uncertainty. The coronavirus has been the leading cause of death in the United States since April 7, but scientist and doctors are only just beginning to understand it. It turns out that COVID-19 is much more than just a respiratory disease; it also attacks the brain, kidneys, heart, and blood vessels. Science, one of the world’s top academic journals, said that “the virus acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen.”

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The Hammer and the Dance: Why Reopening Now Will Kill

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-01 13:34
The Hammer and the Dance: Why Reopening Now Will Kill May 01, 2020 / Chris Brooks

This is a time of deep uncertainty. The coronavirus has been the leading cause of death in the United States since April 7, but scientist and doctors are only just beginning to understand it. It turns out that COVID-19 is much more than just a respiratory disease; it also attacks the brain, kidneys, heart, and blood vessels. Science, one of the world’s top academic journals, said that “the virus acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen.”

Categories: Labor Notes
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