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Mexican Auto Parts Workers Face Blacklist After Union Campaign

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2023-09-21 13:43

In August 2022, auto parts workers at VU Manufacturing won a landmark election to gain recognition for a new independent union, the Mexican Workers’ League (La Liga). A year later, after refusing to negotiate a new contract, the company has shut down, leaving 400 workers jobless—and 71 workers without their legally-mandated severance pay.

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Republicans Explain Why They Should Be Trump’s Running Mate

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 12:30

While Donald Trump has yet to pick a running mate for 2024, several notable individuals are aggressively vying for the role. The Onion asked Republicans why they should be Trump’s VP, and this is what they said.


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Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Juan Rivera

AFL-CIO Weblog - Thu, 2023-09-21 09:45
Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Juan Rivera

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to the labor movement. Today's profile features Juan Rivera of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

Juan Rivera from Sinaloa, Mexico, comes to the U.S. through the H-2A program to harvest and plant crops. He's been doing it since the 1990s and has been a member of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) since the Mount Olive boycott in 2004. He harvests Christmas trees, sweet potatoes and strawberries. Throughout the years, he has leaned on the union to resolve various grievances with his growers, and this year he became part of the Union Advisory Council, where he offers input and guidance to union leadership.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/21/2023 - 09:45

Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Editors Guild Wins Higher Wages, Unanimously Ratifies New Nickelodeon Contract

AFL-CIO Weblog - Thu, 2023-09-21 09:39
Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Editors Guild Wins Higher Wages, Unanimously Ratifies New Nickelodeon Contract

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 (MPEG/IATSE Local 700) ratified a new animation deal with Nickelodeon on Sept. 14. Some 70 post-production members of the Editors Guild are affected by the new four-year contract.

“Witnessing this kind of solidarity throughout this challenging process was awe-inspiring,” said MPEG National Executive Director Cathy Repola. “It was such an honor for our team to represent them and to help them achieve a contract they are proud of. The negotiating committee needs to be commended; they spoke with a single voice and a single vision and vowed that no one would be left behind. In the end, nobody was.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/21/2023 - 09:39

Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights – Sunday Oct. 1 @1:00 p.m.

Boston Labor Solidarity Committee - Thu, 2023-09-21 08:30

Boston area premiere- a new documentary film that tells the story of one of the greatest union victories of the 21st century.

“It’s Union Time, people!” — the rallying cry of workers at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Since its opening in 1993, employees of the plant have endured various abuses such as intimidation tactics, low pay, and dangerous working conditions which resulted in bodily injury and, on one occasion, death. Often treated as expendable, the workers came together and engaged in a 16-year-long struggle for the right to unionize and receive safe, fair working conditions — and won.

Sunday, October 1 – 1:00 p.m.

Community Church of Boston

565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston

Sponsored by the Boston Labor Solidarity Committee


Can’t make it to Boston? Join us on Zoom or YouTube or watch Union Time (with ads) on tubitv

NFL Introduces New Helmet Designed To Protect Players’ Wives

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 08:28

NEW YORK—Attributing the move to its need to address a long-standing safety concern, the NFL introduced a new helmet this week designed to protect players’ wives. “These new helmets are specially designed to withstand repeated blows and to protect the faces of our players’ wives, girlfriends, mistresses, and other…


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Couple Ends Mutual Silent Treatment To Bond Over Disdain For Arrogant ‘Chopped’ Contestant

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 07:00

SPOKANE, WA—No longer able to suppress their percolating irritation with the self-described “culinary prodigy,” local couple Kevin Cochran and Tina Hayes reportedly ended their mutual silent treatment Thursday to bond over their shared disdain for an arrogant Chopped contestant. “That dude’s, like, 23 and thinks he’s…


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Study Finds Drinking Children’s Blood No More Effective Than Regular Blood At Achieving Eternal Life

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 06:45

BOSTON—Challenging the alleged benefits of the practice as touted in the press and by social media influencers, a study published Thursday in the Journal Of Hematology concluded that drinking children’s blood is no more likely to lead to eternal life than drinking regular blood. “When it comes to attaining…


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Scientists Announce Earth’s Core Can Play Blu-Rays

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 06:30

CAMBRIDGE, MA—In what is being hailed as a major breakthrough in the field of geological research, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Thursday they had discovered that the Earth’s core can play Blu-rays. “As far as we can tell, since its formation approximately 1 billion years ago, the…


Categories: The Onion

Bear Spotted At Disney World Prompts Closure Of Magic Kingdom

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 06:15

A black bear was spotted in a tree near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World, leading to a temporary shutdown until it could be captured and removed. What do you think?


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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Taylor Swift?

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 06:00

Test your knowledge of one of the highest-grossing singer-songwriters of all time by passing this quiz on Taylor Swift.


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Elon Musk Announces Successful Trial Of Neuralink Brain Detonator

The Onion - Thu, 2023-09-21 02:30

BOCA CHICA, TX—Touting the device as the next step forward in primate mutilation, Elon Musk announced Thursday the first successful human trial of Neuralink’s brain detonator. “I am thrilled to announce that after exploding the heads of our trial participants, Neuralink’s groundbreaking brain detonator is one step…


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USA: With 3 recent wins, Starbucks union gains traction in Eastern WA

LabourStart US - Wed, 2023-09-20 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Crosscut

USA: The Rebel Alliance: SAG and the WGA Owe Other Unions a Debt. How Will They Repay It?

LabourStart US - Wed, 2023-09-20 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Vanity Fair

Greece: Trade Unions in Greece Strike Against New Labor Bill

LabourStart - Wed, 2023-09-20 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Greek Reporter

To Beat the Heat, 'We Can't Rely on Management. We Have to Keep Each Other Safe'

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2023-09-20 18:35

The death of UPS driver Chris Begley, 57, who collapsed in August while making a delivery in 103-degree Texas heat, was no isolated incident.

Monitoring co-workers for signs of heat exhaustion has become a routine feature of the job, says fellow driver Seth Pacic, a shop steward in Begley’s union, Teamsters Local 767.

Pacic has learned to discern over the phone when a co-worker needs to find air conditioning ASAP—and when they’re deteriorating so badly that he should call paramedics and brave management’s wrath.

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