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Transgender Center Joins Ranks of Nonprofits Fighting Their Unionizing Workers

 

https://nonprofitqua...nizing-workers/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) Nonprofits unionizing has become an important and often-discussed topic recently. This week, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seems to have joined a list of nonprofits that are not so happy with the desire of their professionals to unionize.

 

In 2018, workers at NCTE asked for voluntary recognition of their workers’ union from the organization. That recognition was never formally granted, and this past August, the staff had a walkout in protest of the firing of a colleague of color. Workers say there has been a pattern of repeated mistreatment, and a complaint was filed by the workers for retaliation.

 

A buyout/severance package was offered to all workers, and now the organization is “embracing a new chapter” with a new executive director and a small handful of remaining staff.

 

This is just the latest nonprofits to resist worker organizing. On November 11th, NPQ’s Ellen Davis wrote about the Marciano Art Foundation coming under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board for firing 60 employees after unionization campaign was announced. On November 12th, Steve Dubb noted that workers at the Southern Poverty Law Center declared their intent to unionize, and then on November 15th, Ellen Davis updated the story with a memo from their management that they would not voluntarily recognize the union. Though, as her November 15th article describes, the stats for unionizing and its impact on women or workers of color is promising.

 

Workers at these nonprofits are attempting to protect their rights amid organizational scandals. In a work environment where workers are often exploited, formal protections against further mistreatment is extremely important. So, what gives? Why won’t these nonprofits formally and voluntarily recognize their workers’ unions?


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Kaiser Mental Health Workers Kick Off Five-Day Strike

 

https://www.courthou...ive-day-strike/

 

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LOS ANGELES (Courthouse News) – Health care clinicians across California will take to the picket lines starting Monday and throughout the week at Kaiser Permanente’s network of medical facilities due to stalled contract negotiations for mental health workers.

 

The union representing the approximately 4,000 health care professionals says the walkout will affect more than 100 Kaiser clinics from San Diego to San Francisco and other facilities in between.

 

In a statement, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) said the strike was called because they’ve been without a contract for the last year, but also to bring attention to a mental health system in which therapists are loaded with more cases than they should be asked to handle and patients are forced to wait months for appointments.

 

The union has gathered testimonials from over 1,000 patients at a website summarizing the difficulty in getting appointments with therapists and social workers and receiving medications. Striking workers say Kaiser has a broken mental health system that hurts patients.

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Psychiatric social workers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente began a weeklong, statewide strike in California on Monday, December 16, 2019. 

(Nathan Solis / CNS)


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Tech Workers Like Sanders and Warren, But Their Bosses Really Like Biden

 

https://www.motherjo...-contributions/

 

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(Mother Jones) Of all the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been the harshest critics of big tech. Both have promised to break up Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), which they say are monopolies. Sanders successfully pressured Amazon into increasing minimum wage for its employees to $15, and Warren’s proposed “wealth tax” would undoubtedly make a big dent in dot-com CEOs’ assets.

 

Yet Sanders’ and Warren’s skepticism toward Silicon Valley isn’t entirely mutual. The two have raised more money from the employees of 20 major tech companies than any other candidates, though tech execs were more enthusiastic about seeding Pete Buttigieg’s failed startup campaign.

 

Overall, 96 percent of tech employees’ $2 million in donations went to Democrats, though President Trump brought in more than Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer, who have since dropped out of the race. Google employees gave just under $700,000 to Democratic candidates, with more than half  going to Sanders and Warren.

 

 To get a sense of how the presidential race is playing out in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs, we analyzed more than 20,000 Federal Election Commission records of contributions to presidential candidates by the employees of 20 well-known technology companies including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Salesforce, Amazon, and Netflix (and their major subsidiaries). The data only includes gifts made in 2019, so no contributions to Michael Bloomberg were counted. 

 

A deeper look at the numbers shows that the candidates’ support splits among different levels of of workers. Warehouse workers, shoppers, technicians, administrative assistants, rideshare drivers, and support staff from Amazon, Uber, Lyft and other tech companies overwhelmingly backed Sanders, followed by Trump. More than 50 gig workers who identified themselves as drivers for Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and Instacart gave to Sanders. Tesla assembly line workers, PayPal customer support representatives, and Intel manufacturing technicians overwhelmingly gave to Sanders. (We counted gig workers even though some companies do not treat them as employees. To avoid double counting, gig workers who listed two employers were not included.) 


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While Joseph Biden and Elizabeth Warren boast about legislative accomplishments, an obsession with that metric can miss the point.  The point being:  were you there when we workers needed you?

 

I Know Firsthand Why Unions Should Endorse Bernie

 

https://ourfuture.or...-endorse-bernie

 

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(Our Future) As Democrats passed financial deregulation that allowed Wall Street to prey upon the working and middle class, resulting most spectacularly in the 2008 mortgage crisis that saw countless Americans lose their homes and their life savings, Bernie demanded that homeowners - not banks - be bailed out. And when the U.S. labor movement issued its protestations against these Democrat-led anti-worker policies, again Bernie was a strong voice defending the interests of working people.

 

So Donna, Dot and Pat were of course right—what was unimaginable from corporate Democrats was standard operating procedure for “our Bernie,” as they always called him. Over the coming months and years, while these women, with Sanders’ help, went on to successfully form their union and fight tooth and nail for a contract, Bernie, in stark opposition to every other high-ranking elected official, was there. Sanders didn’t just pledge support to the workers, he was consistently attending or calling in to organizing meetings and contract negotiations to encourage workers to vote for the union and stay strong at the bargaining table, walking picket lines, hosting community forums and fundraisers for fired workers, and calling and visiting employers to demand they settle and reinstate workers fired for union activity.

 

Throughout his career, Bernie has urged workers to “vote for the union” and thanked them for going on strike or fighting for pensions, affordable healthcare, and safe staffing—time after time making it clear that when organized workers fight for their fundamental rights, they’re actually fighting for all workers.

 

That Bernie is now campaigning on the most pro-worker and pro-union platform in the 2020 field should be no surprise. His plan would double union membership in America and give working people more rights—and democracy—in the workplace. Barack Obama, like many Democrats before him, talked a good game on passing “card check” legislation when addressing union audiences in 2008, only to squander his mandate and two years of congressional majorities without so much as a peep on labor law reform.

 

It's time for national union leaders to break out of their cocoon and work for Bernie as hard as he’s worked for us. Mobilize membership to elect the most pro-worker and pro-union presidential candidate we’ve seen in our lifetimes.


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Watchdog group demands Congress investigate if Betsy DeVos knew about efforts to spy on teachers union

 

https://www.alternet...teachers-union/

 

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(Alternet) A watchdog group called Congress to investigate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos after a report revealed efforts by her brother to spy on a Michigan teachers’ union.

 

DeVos’ brother, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, recruited a former British spy to oversee an operation to infiltrate the American Federation of Teacher’s Michigan chapter on behalf of the far-right group Project Veritas, The New York Times reported earlier this week.

 

An operative under former MI-6 spy Richard Seddon successfully infiltrated the office to steal files and secretly record officials in an effort to “damage the organization,” according to the report. The operative “copied a great many documents” and recorded a local union leader discussing DeVos, a longtime opponent of teacher’s unions.

 

The operation was part of an effort to target “groups hostile to the Trump agenda,” The Times reported. The operative also sought to infiltrate the campaign of Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s, D-Va., but was discovered and fired.

 

The operation led the AFT’s Michigan office to sue Project Veritas for more than $3 million in damages. The suit called the group a “vigilante organization, which claims to be dedicated to exposing corruption. It is, instead, an entity dedicated to a specific political agenda.”


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San Francisco supervisors push for more gig worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic

 

https://techcrunch.c...ng-coronavirus/

 

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(TechCrunch) San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is pushing a number of legislative bodies to offer more protections and benefits for gig workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As gig workers are still out delivering food to people and providing rides, supervisors are asking the SF Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to establish enforcement procedures in compliance with Assembly Bill 5, which outlines what types of workers can be legally classified as independent contractors.

 

This resolution, which Gig Workers Rising and We Drive Progress advocated for the board of supervisors to adopt, comes after Gig Workers Rising urged California lawmakers to enforce AB 5. Earlier this month, Gig Workers Rising sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials asking them to step in and protect workers during this pandemic.

 

“These companies have been putting drivers and passengers at risk during the coronavirus era and long before,” rideshare driver and Gig Workers Rising member Edan Alva said on a press call today. “These large corporations are preying on the most vulnerable populations.”

 

He added that drivers often work paycheck to paycheck and therefore have no ability to save money.


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Despite Threats From Management, Amazon Warehouse Workers in Chicago Strike to Demand Better Coronavirus Precautions

 

https://www.commondr...e-demand-better

 

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(Common Dreams) Days after leaked email correspondence revealed Amazon executives' plan to publicly attack a Staten Island warehouse employee for organizing a protest over unsafe working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic, workers at an Amazon facility in Chicago staged a walkout to demand protections from the virus.

 

DCH1 Amazonians United, the grassroots group made up of workers at the Chicago warehouse known as DCH1 who successfully pressured Amazon to provide part-time employees with paid time off, are calling on their management to temporarily shut down the facility and pay workers while the company sanitizes the building, after at least two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. 

 

The workers were alerted to the second positive case late Friday, and said delivery drivers who had arrived at the warehouse Saturday morning hadn't been notified before coming to work. The employees were joined by more than a dozen supporters who formed a picket line in their cars as the employees assembled outside the warehouse Saturday morning. According to local reporting by Patch, members of the Democratic Socialists of America were thought to have organized the picket line.

 

"It was like a huge caravan driving up and down the street, honking and in support of our Safety Strike," wrote DCH1 Amazonians United on Facebook. "Some of the signs they had [were] #PrimememberCaravan, #PrimeMemberSolidarity, and #CommunitySolidarity amongst many other pro-worker signs, supportive of our demands and our lives."

 

In addition to a temporary shutdown of the warehouse, the workers are calling on Amazon to cover medical bills for any employees or family members who contract the coronavirus as a result of exposure at DCH1; suspend write-ups based on the rate at which workers package and sort deliveries to ensure the employees have time to practice safety precautions throughout the day; and maintain transparency about all the coronavirus cases at DCH1 as soon as managers know about them.


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Union Provision Slipped Into Covid-19 Relief Bill

 

https://www.realclea...tm_source=polls

 

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(Real Clear Poltics) Business interests have labeled it a stealth attack by pro-union forces. Most would-be GOP opponents of it on Capitol Hill were in the dark until it was too late – many still are. A provision in the sprawling $2.2 trillion relief legislation, which lawmakers rushed through Congress to help workers and employers in an economy cratering from a global pandemic, would impose a gag rule on mid-sized businesses when it comes to union efforts to organize workers.

Businesses with between 500 and 10,000 employees that take a government loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act would be forced to remain neutral when a union tries to organize their workers.  

 

The language was part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pro-union wish list for the stimulus bill. Most of their other pet priorities fell by the wayside as Senate Republicans pushed back in the furious final negotiations to get the bill out the door and $1,200 checks into the hands of struggling Americans as quickly as possible.

 

But the neutrality mandate managed to get slipped in without much GOP scrutiny – to the chagrin of free-market groups who argue it will impinge on businesses’ First Amendment rights to speak to their workers about union organizing efforts.

 

“The gag rule has been something that the unions have been fighting to enact for a long period of time, and it has nothing to do with the virus or the economy,” David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, told RealClearPolitics. “Shame on Republicans for not catching it.”

 

 

Free market types might be like the saying no atheist in a fox hole when it comes to Coronavirus bailout efforts.  Yet, they should understand that bail out assistance should come with a price.  A little more democracy in the work place should be seen as a small price to pay for saving their collective posterior ends.  They don't like their "free speech" being impinged upon?

 

Fine, then don't accept the bailout assistance.  Instead, let the "free market" work things out for you and see how that goes.


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Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Protect Essential Workers

 

https://www.motherjo...ential-workers/

 

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(Mother Jones) Social distancing at work isn’t an option for Joyce Barnes, a home care provider in an independent-living senior facility in Henrico County, Virginia. “It’s hard to stand 6 feet apart when you’ve got to help this person bathe and put hands on them,” Barnes says.

 

Barnes, 60, goes to the grocery store every other day for the patients she’s paid to care for, as well as others in the facility who have asked for help. She’s terrified of bringing the virus back to the senior home. “If I get sick today or tomorrow, they get nobody,” Barnes says. But even though she’s tasked with shopping for the seniors in her care, the company she works for hasn’t provided her with gloves or a mask.

 

So now, Barnes, along with other members of her SEIU union chapter, has joined a push for a new Essential Workers Bill of Rights. The bill was proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Monday. The legislators also propose making the Bill of Rights part of the next coronavirus relief package. 

 

“Congress needs to understand you cannot solve the COVID-19 crisis without addressing essential worker issues,” says David Madland, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “Workers need and deserve protection so that they aren’t at risk, and when these essential workers are at risk, public health in the entire country is at risk.”

 

The Essential Workers Bill of Rights would provide protections for front-line workers like nurses, grocery clerks, janitors, delivery drivers, farmworkers, and bus drivers. The bill would require employers to provide personal protective equipment to essential workers, as well as notify employees and evacuate worksites in case of coronavirus exposure; provide “robust premium pay,” health care, and child care support to these workers; and guarantee paid sick and family leave. It would protect workers’ right to join a union, crack down on misclassification of independent contractors, and protect whistleblowers. The proposal also includes provisions to put essential workers on key task forces and prevent tax dollars from going to CEOs or shareholders.


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#GetUsPPE: Advocates Place 1,000 Signs on Capitol Lawn to Demand Safety Equipment for Frontline Workers

 

https://www.commondr...pment-frontline

 

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(Common Dreams) One thousand signs reading "Get Us PPE" were displayed on the West Lawn on the U.S. Capitol building Friday as healthcare workers across the country continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic without sufficient personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves.

 

MoveOn.org led the effort to set up the signs, each of which the group said represented 18,000 healthcare workers. The signs add up to 18 million doctors, nurses, home health aides, and other essential frontline workers who the group says need personal protective equipment (PPE) immediately.

 

"We're demanding that the Trump administration and the government provide them with the resources they need to protect us from the spread of COVID-19," a campaigner for the group said in a video posted to social media.

 

As of Friday, more than 9,000 healthcare workers have contracted the coronavirus while treating patients in emergency rooms and hospitals. According to the CDC, 27 healthcare workers have died of the coronavirus in the U.S., but The Guardian reported this week that government officials are likely undercounting people in healthcare settings—including janitors, aides, and paramedics as well as doctors and nurses—who have died of the disease.

 

Healthcare workers across the country have reported shortages of equipment. Earlier this month, nurses at hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare, the wealthiest for-profit hospital operator in the U.S., held protests to demand their employer provide them with PPE.

 


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More walk out activity at Amazon:

 

Hundreds of Amazon Employees Pledge to Leave Work

 

https://www.motherjo...-to-leave-work/

 

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(Mother Jones) Hundreds of Amazon workers have pledged to walk out of the fulfillment centers where they work on Tuesday across the country in a nationwide protest demanding more protections during the coronavirus pandemic, including paid leave, face masks, and temperature checks.


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Meat Plant Workers to Trump: Employees Aren't Going to Show Up

 

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(CNN) Meat processing plant workers are concerned about President Donald Trump's executive order that compels plants to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Some say they expect staff will refuse to come to work.

 

"All I know is, this is crazy to me, because I can't see all these people going back into work," said Donald, who works at Tyson's Waterloo, Iowa, facility. "I don't think people are going to go back in there."

 

Donald asked to be referred to by his first name only. He is currently recovering after testing positive for the virus.

 

"I'm still trying to figure out: What is he going to do, force them to stay open? Force people to go to work?" he asked.

 

…On Tuesday, Trump signed the order after some companies, such as Tyson Foods, were considering only keeping 20% of their facilities open. The vast majority of processing plants could have shut down — which would have reduced processing capacity in the country by as much as 80%, an official familiar with the order told CNN.


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Full disclosure: In the past I have provided minor financial support to the UFW.

 

United Farm Workers asks for California Attorney Genera investigation after Primex worker death, continuing spike of COVID-19 infections and company retaliation against employee for speaking out

 

https://ufw.org/primexagadvisory/

 

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(UFW) Concerns over whether Primex Farms LLC is failing to properly protect its workers from the novel coronavirus prompted the United Farm Workers to issue an online appeal to a large list of national followers calling on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate the big Wasco, Calif. almond and pistachio producer: https://ufw.org/primexcaag/

 

The union points to three new grievances cited by Primex workers:
 
• A Primex worker died this week from COVID-19. Maria Hortencia Lopez, 57, was taken off life support after testing positive for the virus.
 
• The UFW census of Primex workers presently shows 97 are infected with the virus plus an additional 40 adult family members and 23 children—for a total of 160 people connected with the company.
 
• Remigio Ramirez is a 13-year veteran maintenance worker at Primex. Remigio said he tried multiple times telling supervisors he was ill and asking to go home. They replied there was too much work and not enough workers, according to Remigio. A few days later he tested positive. After he was quoted in a news story published by the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion and became involved with the Union’s efforts to improve working conditions at Primex, Remigio said the company told him that next month he will be transferred to the night shift after having worked 13 years only on the day shift. The UFW has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Primex for illegal retaliation with the National Labor Relations Board and is investigating reported violations of other workers’ rights.

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North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

 

https://theintercept...hca-healthcare/

 

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(The Intercept) IN A DRAMATIC VICTORY for the beleaguered American labor movement, 1,800 nurses at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Hospital will now be represented by a union, National Nurses United, as officials finished counting votes early Thursday morning. The victory is the largest at a nonunion hospital in the South since 1975, and is the first private sector hospital union win ever in North Carolina.

 

The hospital is owned by the largest hospital corporation in the country, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare. The company was previously run by Republican Rick Scott, whose ill-gotten gains from Medicare fraud helped fund his successful run in Florida for Senate. HCA has received nearly $1.5 billion in coronavirus-related CARES Act grants.


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'I Stand With the Amazon Warehouse Workers': Bernie Sanders Throws Support Behind Bold Union Drive in Alabama

 

https://www.commondr...hind-bold-union

 

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(Common Dreams) Workers at one of the nation's most union-averse companies in one of the most hostile states toward organized labor got a welcome boost this week from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who tweeted his full-throated support for what he said could be a "shot heard around the world." 

 

In a significant first step, workers at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer, Alabama, outside of Birmingham, filed notice with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Washington Post—which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos—reports

 

The notice states that the warehouse workers intend to hold an election to establish a collective bargaining unit to represent some 1,500 full- and part-time employees at the facility under the auspices of the Mid-South Council of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

 

Sanders (I-Vt.) first weighed in on the issue with a Monday tweet asserting that "all workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions, which is why I stand with the Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama exercising their constitutional right to form a union."

 

"Mr. Bezos, the wealthiest person in America, must not interfere in this election," added Sanders, a staunch supporter of organized labor and a living wage throughout his more than four decades of public service. 


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 Farmworkers Deserve Priority When it Comes to Coming COVID-19 Vaccination

 

https://www.desertsu...ard/6443859002/

 

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(Desert Sun) Pandemic-pounded America appears on the verge of a game-changing event when it comes to the fight against COVID-19. At least three vaccine formulations — created by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca/Oxford University — are in the final stages of vetting and could receive emergency FDA clearance for use in the United States beginning as soon as late December.

 

We see this as great news, though supplies will be limited early on. As far as who should get the initial inoculations, we agree with advocacy groups that have been making that case that agricultural workers should be among those at the front of the line.

 

Like medical workers and first responders, these workers play a vital role in our society. In the Coachella and Imperial valleys, the labor of this societal cohort puts food not only on our own tables, but those of the rest of the nation and, indeed, the world. For all our sakes, it is important that they remain healthy.

 

According to a recent Desert Sun story by Rebecca Plevin, California farmworkers have been especially hard hit by COVID-19. This, Plevin reported, is due to exposure to the virus at work, while carpooling to job sites and in frequently overcrowded housing. The virus is widespread in all of the Golden State’s major agricultural counties.

 

A coalition of 11 farmworker advocacy organizations has called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and county and local officials to put farmworkers at the front of the line for vaccines when they do become available. They also are urging that officials work with local organizations and leaders to build confidence that being vaccinated is the right thing to do as well as assuage other fears in this largely undocumented community.

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Farmworkers harvest green chard in an agricultural field in Thermal.

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Amazon Workers Are Organizing a Global Struggle

 

https://theintercept...ational-strike/

 

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(The Intercept) IN RECENT WEEKS, dizzying statistics have circulated on social media about Amazon’s pandemic-era boom and the obscene wealth accrued by its CEO, and Earth’s richest man, Jeff Bezos. The company reported revenue of $96.1 billion just last quarter, which, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, means Bezos could personally pay Amazon’s 876,000 workers a bonus of $105,000 each — and would still be as filthy rich as he was prior to the pandemic. Warehouse workers in the U.S. and U.K., who have been forced into perilous proximity while dealing with the surge in orders, have been offered a $300 holiday bonus. Many who toil in other areas of Amazon’s vast supply chain will receive far less, if anything at all.

 

Numerous business publications framed the trillion-dollar empire’s bonuses as a generous offering. “Amazon spends another $500 million on bonuses. Some of its workers are still going on strike,” read a CNN Business headline. The notion conveyed apparent incredulity that low-wage employees would fight for more from a corporation famed for worker abuses, such as pressure for productivity that saw warehouse employees reportedly urinating in bottles so as to avoid bathroom breaks.

 

The incredulity is misplaced. Yes, Amazon workers are escalating the ongoing struggle for their rights, protections, as well as fair pay — and, for the first time, the strategy is international.

 

Black Friday saw the launch of a new wave of organizing by a global coalition of warehouse workers, trade unions, and activists under the banner Make Amazon Pay — the first such coalition of broad international scope. Coordinated strikes, work stoppages, and protests of varying size have taken place in Bangladesh, India, Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, France, the U.K., the U.S. and beyond. The workers and organizers deserve vigorous support: The stakes of leaving Amazon’s power and practices unchecked — from the further decimation of the global working class, to irreversible environmental degradation — are intolerable.

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 A projection carried out by Progressive International activists is seen on Amazon's offices in Shoreditch, London, on Nov. 26, 2020.

Photo: Courtesy of Make Amazon Pay Coalition


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^ Will this incentivize Amazon into increasing automation relative to its existing manned workforce? It might agree to paying workers more but do so at the expense of increasing automation and hiring less workers.


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Are we going to have a world teeming with engineers and scientists?

 

We already have it, it's called India and China. That's all they do is produce engineers and scientists. The overwhelming emphasis on their education system is in science and math. 



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Amazon to Face Federal Lawsuit Over Firing of Warehouse Worker

 

https://www.theverge...courtney-bowden

 

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(The Verge) Amazon’s decision to fire warehouse worker Courtney Bowden violated labor laws, according to charges filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last month and obtained by BuzzFeed News. Bowden was advocating for better working when the company abruptly let her go.

 

Bowden was one of many workers fighting for paid time off at Amazon warehouses as the coronavirus pandemic intensified. While the company said it was rolling out increased safety measures, workers continued to get sick and executives became increasingly hostile to employee organizing efforts . In March, Bowden was fired over an alleged incident with her supervisor.

 

Bowden’s termination came at a time of unprecedented demand for Amazon services. Throughout the spring, the company struggled to keep up with rising orders, even as coronavirus outbreaks swept across its own warehouses. Chris Smalls, a warehouse worker on Staten Island, organized a major walkout to protest the lack of personal protective equipment for employees. Amazon fired Smalls and coordinated a campaign to label him as “not smart or articulate” in the press.

 

In May, The Verge reported that seven warehouse workers had died from COVID-19.

 

Bowden argued that Amazon terminated her because she’d been speaking to co-workers about “pay and other workplace issues,” BuzzFeed News reports. The NLRB found the allegations credible enough to pursue charges, alleging that Amazon “has been interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” as they exercised their protected rights.


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