Tag: unions

Hollywood Finally Has a Plan for Reopening—But Should It?

A film set in Turkey, where production is already underway—as is soon to be the case in the US. Photo by Yasin Akgul / Getty Images After abruptly shutting down production about four months ago, Hollywood finally has a plan to get back up and running. The unions and guilds that represent film industry workers, in collaboration with […]

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Jeff Bezos Says Black Lives Matter, but Will He Make a Meaningful Stand for Black Amazon Employees?

Does Jeff Bezos love protecting and compensating Black employees as much he loves dunking on racist Amazon customers? Big, if true. Photo: Sajjad Hussain (Getty Images) If you look at allyship as some sort of contest, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been eager to put some points on the board. He’s done this mostly through […]

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Green Dreams: Unifor Releases New Economic Strategy for Canada

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Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?

Organizing and discussion about the lack of meaningful newsroom diversity and the marginalization of Black journalists and coverage of Black communities can be found as far back as the 19th century. “We want absolute impartiality in newspaper treatment, and when we fail to get it from white papers we forthwith go to publishing and editing […]

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A Worker Uprising at Planned Parenthood

As Covid-19 hit New York, staff at a number of Planned Parenthood health centers found themselves facing two crises at once: keeping health services going, and keeping their jobs. As some health centers closed temporarily and shifted to telehealth services, staff also saw their hours cut or positions furloughed. To hear workers describe it, this […]

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Reactionary Unions Don’t Just Back Police. They Also Back Fossil Fuels.

Labor unions throughout history have worked toward multiple goals. While striving to represent and protect workers through collective bargaining, they also function as part of a broader movement aiming to build a world that’s better for workers. Influenced in part by rising socialism—and often socialists themselves—early and mid-twentieth-century labor leaders including A. Philip Randolph and Walter Reuther talked in visionary […]

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Pittsburgh Paper Expands Reporting Ban to Reporters Who Stood With Black Journalists Banned From Protest Coverage

Photo: Shutterstock When it comes to the recent, nationwide wave of Black Lives Matter protests, there is a clear demarcation line between who is on the right and who is on the wrong side of history. The owners of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have picked their side—and it ain’t the right one. Advertisement According to Post-Gazette […]

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A Quiet Workplace Revolution in the Shadow of Silicon Valley

If they could pull this idea off, collective ownership would protect both employees and clients against the whims of the next rich person looking to cash out. As the deputy director of research for a large union chapter, Criscitiello had helped nursing professionals organize into worker cooperatives and thought the daycare seemed like a good […]

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No More Cop Unions

Unfortunately, union protection plays no small role in keeping cops like Chauvin and Thao out on the streets. Collective bargaining agreements for police generally include normal language around wages and benefits, but can also act as an unbreachable firewall between the cops and those they have injured. Typically, such contracts are chock full of special […]

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Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

March 14 would be the last Saturday shift that Sarah worked, though she didn’t know it at the time. “We were so busy, and everyone that came in was like, ‘I can’t believe how busy y’all are! It’s good that you’re busy,’” Sarah, who asked that I not use her real name, said of the […]

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Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

March 14 would be the last Saturday shift that Sarah worked, though she didn’t know it at the time. “We were so busy, and everyone that came in was like, ‘I can’t believe how busy y’all are! It’s good that you’re busy,’” Sarah, who asked that I not use her real name, said of the […]

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Is Baseball Safe?

Will the United States get a baseball season this year? Do we deserve one? What is at stake—economically, emotionally, mortally—in the effort to start up sports again? On Episode 8 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk to David Roth, a former editor of Deadspin and a frequent contributor to […]

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Imagining a Real “Right to Work”

The best way to fix an economy devastated by a pandemic, the president and other conservatives insisted from the start, was simply to send workers back into the fray. And now, a little more than a month after the first statewide stay-at-home order was issued in California—with more than one million reported coronavirus cases in […]

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Trump’s War on VA Workers Is Exposing Them to the Coronavirus

“America will again, and soon, be open for business,” President Trump had said. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” That was on March 23, the same day that the Norfolk-based Virginian-Pilot published a letter from Sheila Elliott, a long-time pharmacist at the nearby Hampton Veterans Affairs hospital, criticizing the Department of Veterans […]

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Amazon Exec Uses Racist Trope Against Staffer Fired For Wanting Coronavirus Protections

Source: YouTube / CNBC Amazon is under pressure to prove that they really care about their workers and considering leaked memo notes from a meeting, they aren’t giving a good impression. On Monday, the company fired Christian Smalls, a worker at their Staten Island fulfillment center, who was let go almost immediately after he led […]

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Leaked Memo Shows Amazon Exec Using Racist Talking Points to Smear Fired Warehouse Worker: ‘He’s Not Smart or Articulate’

Photo: AP Photo (Bebeto Matthews, File) Amazon fired warehouse worker Christian Smalls on Monday after he led a walkout at a Staten Island distribution warehouse calling for safer working conditions. As news of the walkout spread—and as Smalls began talking to major media news outlets about the health and safety issues leading up to the […]

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The Myth of the Progressive Boss

Five years ago, the labor movement got an unexpected shot in the arm thanks to a bunch of angry bloggers. When workers at the smart, snarky digital news outlet Gawker went public with their organizing drive and unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), they set a vital new precedent in an exploitative, […]

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Bank Workers Unionize for the First Time in 40 Years

More than 100 workers at a Tom Steyer-founded bank have unionized with Communications Workers of America (CWA)—becoming the first in the financial industry to win collective bargaining rights in more than 40 years. Workers at the bank unionized, in large part, to set a standard for the rest of the financial industry to be able […]

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Nevada’s Most Powerful Union Won’t Endorse a Candidate — But Might Keep Trolling Bernie Sanders

LAS VEGAS — The most powerful union in labor-heavy Nevada announced Thursday that it won’t endorse a candidate before the state’s caucuses next Saturday. That’s a blow to Joe Biden, who’d hoped for their endorsement. And it’s a sign that in spite of the union’s dislike of Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, it couldn’t […]

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Kickstarter Hired a Law Firm That Advertises ‘Maintaining a Union-Free Workplace’

Kickstarter is working with a Philadelphia law firm that offers expertise in labor relations and “maintaining a union-free workplace,” in the midst of a historic union campaign at the Brooklyn-based crowd-funding company. The company confirmed to Motherboard that it first retained the services of the firm Duane Morris in 2018 before it knew of any […]

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Bernie’s New Hampshire Juggernaut

I managed to find one person in Coos County, New Hampshire, who would admit to voting for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary and Donald Trump in the general. Don Couture, 79, is a Berlin native who spent most of his career as a salaried worker at the town’s long-gone Converse plant. “I like pretty […]

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This Is How Bernie Wins

I managed to find one person in Coos County, New Hampshire, who would admit to voting for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary and Donald Trump in the general. Don Couture, 79, is a Berlin native who spent most of his career as a salaried worker at the town’s long-gone Converse plant. “I like pretty […]

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The Airport Workers Who Starved Themselves in the Super Bowl’s Shadow

This year’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida was, by all accounts, a successful event. One team’s fans were filled with victorious joy, the other’s with the agony of defeat; the bombastic halftime show with megastars J. Lo and Shakira got tongues wagging; and the NFL raked in the kind of eye-popping profits that are […]

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Instacart Workers Win Historic Union Election

A group of Instacart employees in the Chicago suburb Skokie voted to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546 on Saturday—a historic win for the grocery delivery platform. The vote was 10-to-4 in favor of the union, according to workers. “The overwhelming majority of the employees made history by becoming the first […]

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Sex Scenes Were a Convenient Excuse for Misconduct—Unions Are Changing That

Wednesday morning, SAG-AFTRA, the Hollywood union that represents more than 160,000 actors and performers, released a guide for using intimacy coordinators on sets to help prevent abuse and harassment. Intimacy coordinators—or people whose job it is to keep simulated sex and exposed scenes comfortable and safe for performers—are a relatively new but welcome addition to […]

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Leaked Memos Show Instacart is Running a Union-Busting Campaign

On February 1, 15 Instacart employees in the Chicago suburb Skokie will vote on whether to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546. The Instacart workers, who pick and pack groceries at the grocery store chain Mariano’s, would be the first to unionize on the grocery delivery-app, which would send a message […]

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‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

Photo: Madeline Anderson, ‘I Am Somebody’ (Icarus Films) In the spring of 1969, Coretta Scott King stood in front of a packed church in Charleston, S.C., to address a group of striking hospital workers. She wore a simple white dress and layered strands of necklaces, her pressed, shoulder-length hair nestled under a blue cap with […]

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