Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Unions are feeling the love, while weaker

by Wade Rathke Labor day, 2020 Pearl River     Even here along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River, the temperature has edged down a couple of degrees, signaling Labor Day’s arrival.  In my time this meant school…

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An empty court and bench is shown following the scheduled start time in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted the game reportedly to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Screenshot)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

NBA Players Strike wins use of stadiums for polling stations, other reforms

Secures ‘Real Change’ for Voting Rights  “Don’t give into something that hasn’t happened. Keep pushing, keep working.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer August 28, 2020 Following a multi-team strike protesting police brutality and systemic racism in…

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Posted in Analysis Labor The Conversation

The labor-busting law firms and consultants that keep Google, Amazon and other workplaces union-free

Rite Aid hired anti-union consultants to try to prevent workers from successfully organizing. Amy Niehouse/Flickr, CC BY-SA by  John Logan, San Francisco State University August 24, 2020 American companies have been very successful at preventing their…

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First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Screenshot from Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education Labor News

After Organizing mass ‘sick-out,’ Arizona teachers and school staff applauded for ‘bold’ collective action to stop unsafe reopening

“Teachers are in a position to have a voice, and they just weren’t being heard.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Teachers and school staff members in a Phoenix suburb were praised by progressives and public health…

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Workers at APM Terminals on Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles were among International Longshore and Warehouse members paying tribute to George Floyd Tuesday, June 9, on the day he was laid to rest. (Photo: Robin Doyno via ILWU)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Labor News Workers

Longshoremen shut down West Coast ports for Juneteenth: ‘The loudest voice we have’

  “A movement requires sacrifice, and that’s what we’re doing as longshoremen.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Juneteenth — Friday, June 19, 2020 Longshoremen and women across the West Coast are set to use “the loudest…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Pandemic privacy and discrimination

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Businesses are madly lobbying Congress for liability protection from lawsuits by their workers. They are clear that they want their staff to return to work, but they do not want…

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People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice Labor News Policing

Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’ “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor News

Trump Says He’s Aiming to shield corporations from legal liability for workers who contract Covid-19 on the job

“Businesses are asking for the right to expose their workers to fatal risks with no consequences. It’s bad economics and bad policy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 21 President Donald Trump said during a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Postal Workers say USPS isn’t telling them when colleagues test positive for COVID-19, despite promising to

The CDC says people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine. Many postal workers say they have no way of knowing if that’s them. by Maryam Jameel April 14, 10:40 a.m. EDT The U.S. Postal…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Pro Publica

Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms — and Often Without Hand Sanitizer

Experts say coronavirus could be transferred through mail delivery by sick employees. Postal workers say USPS isn’t doing much to keep them or their customers safe. by Maryam Jameel March 18, 4:50 p.m. EDT Postal carriers…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration Labor News Public Health Reveal

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus

By Patrick Michels, Laura C. Morel and Aura Bogado / March 17, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Labor Labor News Public Health Safety Net Sick Leave

Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Wade Rathke

Frontline care workers are undervalued

New Orleans   In the “time of the virus,” I talked to Jackie Dartz, a member of the Local 100 United Labor Unions executive board and longtime steward at LARC, the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens,…

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Posted in Business Columns Labor Labor Wade Rathke

Louisiana case study of delivery app scams

New Orleans A funny thing happened to platform capitalism and its predatory business model in Louisiana of all places making the experience there a case in point. Being Louisiana, the fact that somehow booze triggered the…

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns economic justice Labor Wade Rathke

App delivery as part of the “Care” industry

New Orleans    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what kind of sand platform applications around food delivery are built on. The workers are hardly paid, precarious and unhappy. The restaurants are complaining and…

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Posted in Columns Labor Transportation Wade Rathke

Delivery driver unions and resistance are growing

New Orleans       Traveling in other cities both in the United States and around the world, it sometimes seems like food delivery workers are everywhere on either scooters or bicycles.  The soft box on their backs…

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Posted in economic justice Labor Minimum wage News Wages

In Flagstaff minimum wage increased to $13 per hour. If you can get it, and keep it.

Flagstaff    The beginning of 2020 was historic for workers in 47 states, cities, and counties, including Arizona and Flagstaff, as minimum wage inched upward. Across Arizona the Minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour from…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Labor Off the wire Politics Wages

Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone

Nicole Hallett, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wage…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Labor Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages Working Class

Over 60 green groups call on House Dems to pass sweeping worker rights-boosting PRO Act

“There is no way to build a greener, more inclusive economy without strong, thriving labor unions.” By Andrea Germanos, staff writer, CommonDreams.org Over 60 environmental groups on Wednesday urged Democratic lawmakers to support the sweeping pro-union…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Analysis Business Common Dreams economic justice Economy Labor Labor News Off the wire Wages

New report offers blueprint for a ‘Clean Slate’ for workers to fight economic inequality and strengthen labor unions

“Democracy at work should be a right, not a fight.” To effectively combat economic inequality and even the playing field between corporations and the people they employ, a new report argues, the U.S. must entirely overhaul…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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