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Peru Repeals Pro-Corporate Farm Law After Days of Labor Protests

 

https://www.democrac.../12/7/headlines

 

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(Democracy Now!) In Peru, lawmakers have repealed a highly contested agricultural law, following five days of demonstrations and roadblocks led by farmworkers across the country and after at least one person was killed Thursday when police opened fire on protesters. On Friday, Peru’s newly appointed interim president, Francisco Sagasti, sent a bill to Congress revoking the law, which sought to increase agricultural exports and give exporters tax breaks. Farmworkers said it benefited corporations while slashing their wages and worsening working conditions.


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Google Employees Announce Creation of Union

 

https://www.msn.com/...ocid=uxbndlbing

 

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(The Hill via MSN) More than 200 Google employees on Monday announced the creation of a union, a historic first at a major technology company.

 

The Alphabet Workers Union, referring to Google's parent company, is launching with support from the Communications Workers of America.

While smaller subsets of Google workers - cafeteria workers in the Bay Area and contractors in Pittsburgh - have unionized before, this marks the first effort to establish a companywide union.

 

"This is historic-the first union at a major tech company by and for all tech workers," Dylan Baker, a Google software engineer, said in a statement.

 

"We will elect representatives, we will make decisions democratically, we will pay dues, and we will hire skilled organizers to ensure all workers at Google know they can work with us if they actually want to see their company reflect their values."


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Worker Advocates Rally Around Biden’s Labor Department Pick

 

https://www.motherjo...epartment-pick/

 

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(Mother Jones) President Donald Trump treated the labor seat in his cabinet like a sop to the executive class. By picking Boston mayor and former union leader Marty Walsh to lead the Department of Labor, President-elect Joe Biden has signaled an intention to give worker interests a place at his policy-making table. 

 

Trump infamously tapped fast-food magnate Andy Puzder for the job, whose nomination ultimately collapsed under the weight of his anti-worker advocacy and sexist marketing campaigns. In 2019, Trump turned to “management-side” labor lawyer and corporate lobbyist Eugene Scalia for the role. When the coronavirus pandemic exploded in 2020, Scalia steadfastly rejected pleas from labor unions, occupational-safety experts, and US senators, to force employers in frontline industries to put in place emergency protective measures like strict social distancing and provision of masks—even as the virus ripped through meatpacking plants, farmsmedical facilities, and supermarkets, killing hundreds of workers and exposing surrounding communities to the pathogen. Meanwhile, Scalia pushed to limit access to to federal unemployment benefits and publicly advocated against extending $600 weekly in federal unemployment payments after the CARES Act expired at the end of July

 

Marty Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants who rose through the ranks of Boston’s Building and Construction Trades union before entering politics, presents quite a sharp contrast to Scalia, the son of the late right-wing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Labor and worker-safety advocates applauded the pick.

  

The Walsh appointment “sends a clear message that this administration is ready to fight for America’s frontline workers,” Marc Perrone, president of the the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said in a statement. The UFCW represents hundreds of thousands of workers in two of the industries hardest-hit by the coronavirus: meatpacking and grocery. 

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, with Joe Biden in 2019. President-elect Biden has tapped Walsh to run the Department of Labor. 

Steven Senn/AP Photo


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US fast-food workers plan strike to demand $15-an-hour minimum wage

 

https://www.theguard...ur-minimum-wage

 

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(The Guardian) Fast-food workers from more than a dozen US cities are striking on Friday to demand the federal minimum be increased to $15 an hour.

 

Ahead of Monday’s holiday honoring American civil rights leader the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the group known as Fight for 15 said workers from mega-corporations including McDonald’s and Starbucks had been encouraged to walk off their jobs on what would have been King’s 92nd birthday on 15 January.

 

Karesha Manns, a Memphis McDonald’s worker said in a statement that she makes $10 an hour at her local McDonald’s, “which isn’t enough to pay the bills or support [her] family”.

 

“I’m striking today to carry on [the reverend’s] fight for racial and economic justice in this country, which means every working person earns a living wage and has a job with dignity,” the statement said.

 

Since, 2012 the group has organized walkouts calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 for more than 10 years.


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Joe Biden Fires Peter Robb, Trump’s Labor Board Attorney

 

https://www.huffpost...5b697df1a0bb88e

 

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(Huffington Post) Shortly after taking office on Wednesday, President Joe Biden asked for the resignation of Peter Robb, the controversial general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

 

After Robb refused to resign, Biden fired him, a White House spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost.

 

Unions despise Robb and wanted to see him ousted quickly, even though presidents usually do not fire the NLRB’s general counsel, who acts as a quasi-prosecutor. Robb had more than nine months left in his four-year term at the board.

 

Pushing Robb out now leaves the Republican with no more time to pursue anti-labor policies at the NLRB, which enforces collective bargaining laws and referees disputes between unions and employers. Robb was confirmed by the Senate in 2017. 

 

The Biden administration sent an email to Robb giving him until 5 p.m. Wednesday to resign or be fired. A labor source told HuffPost that the Biden team had planned to ask for the resignation shortly after the inaugural ceremonies as part of a blitz of actions he would take on his first day in office. 


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Hunts Point Strike Is an Example of the Bold Labor Action the Country Needs

 

https://theintercept...s-point-strike/

 

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(The Intercept) Far from the inaugural pomp, meanwhile, hundreds of striking workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, New York, were already demonstrating what the fight for workers’ rights looks like on the ground for those forced to work in perilous proximity throughout this pandemic.

 

Hunts Point is part of New York City’s most important food hub, handling most of the fruit and vegetables that get sold throughout the five boroughs. Its workers earned praise and press coverage for keeping the city fed as the public health crisis threatened supply chains.

 

Having risked their lives throughout the last year, the workers, members of Teamsters Local 202, sought a raise of a mere $1 per hour in their new contract. Negotiations broke down when management refused, offering an hourly boost of only 32 cents. The union members voted to go on strike, starting last Sunday — the first strike at the Hunts Point market in 35 years.

“We worked through a pandemic. I’ve been working here for 28 years, and it’s hard work,” said Ismael Cancela, a warehouse worker and Local 202 member. He told me that the offer of a 32-cents-per-hour-raise was a “slap in the face.”

 

After nearly a full week on the picket line, Teamsters leadership announced a tentative agreement had been reached. On Saturday morning, the strikers voted to approve their new contract, which includes a $1.85 wage increase over three years and an end to any out of pocket payments for family healthcare plans. While not the full $1 raise they had demanded and deserve, there can be little doubt that the conditions of the contract were considerably improved through the strike. Concerns among supporters have arisen about whether union leaders were willing to settle too early — a reminder of the importance of rank-and-file decision making — but the workers were nonetheless celebrating the new contract as a victory.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., brings coffee and hand warmers to workers on strike at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx, N.Y., on Jan. 20, 2021.

Photo: Courtesy Alex Moore/Teamsters Joint Council 16


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'An Excellent Pick': Labor Advocates Applaud Biden Nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo for NLRB General Counsel

 

https://www.commondr...er-abruzzo-nlrb

 

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(Common Dreams) U.S. labor leaders and advocates on Wednesday hailed President Joe Biden's nomination of Communications Workers of America special counsel Jennifer Abruzzo for the top legal post at the National Labor Relations Board, with one Democratic congressman calling her "a far cry" from Peter Robb, who held the job during the Trump administration and was fired last month by the current president. 

 

In a statement announcing Abruzzo's nomination for NLRB general counsel, the White House called her "a tested and experienced leader" who, if confirmed by the Senate, "will work to enforce U.S. labor laws that safeguard the rights of workers to join together to improve their wages and working conditions and protect against unfair labor practices."

 

"Abruzzo will bring her more than two decades of experience and knowledge at the NLRB to help rebuild America's middle class," the statement continued, adding that she "will be an important member in supporting the NLRB's work to build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive economy that delivers every American a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead."

 

The NLRB is an independent federal agency tasked with enforcing labor laws and fair labor practices


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New York Attorney General Sues Amazon Over 'Flagrant Disregard' for Worker Safety During Pandemic

 

https://www.commondr...during-pandemic

 

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(Common Dreams) New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday sued Amazon, accusing the retail giant of disregarding worker safety during the coronavirus pandemic and retaliating against employees who raised concerns—a move that came just days after she declared that "we won't be intimidated" in response to the company's preemptive lawsuit.

 

The state's suit (pdf), filed in the New York Supreme Court, follows an investigation launched last March and claims Amazon violated multiple labor laws as the virus struck.

 

The suit aims to force the company "to take all affirmative steps, including changing policies, conducting training, and undergoing monitoring, among others, to ensure that Amazon reasonably and adequately protects the lives, health, and safety of its employees." It also seeks damages for "unlawful retaliation" against two workers who sounded alarms over safety conditions.

 

"Throughout the historic pandemic, Amazon has repeatedly and persistently failed to comply with its obligation to institute reasonable and adequate measures to protect its workers from the spread of the virus in its New York City facilities JFK8, a Staten Island fulfillment center, and DBK1, a Queens distribution center," the complaint says. "Amazon's flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements has threatened serious illness and grave harm to the thousands of workers in these facilities and poses a continued substantial and specific danger to the public health."

 

"While Amazon and its CEO made billions during this crisis, hardworking employees were forced to endure unsafe conditions and were retaliated against for rightfully voicing these concerns," James said in a statement. "Since the pandemic began, it is clear that Amazon has valued profit over people and has failed to ensure the health and safety of its workers."


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Senate Parliamentarian Kills the Dream of a $15 Minimum Wage—for the Moment

 

https://www.motherjo...ent-at-least-1/

 

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(Mother Jones) In a major blow to Democrats’ plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, the Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the proposed increaser can’t be passed through reconciliation as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

 

Democrats had hoped to include the minimum wage increase in a stimulus bill that could pass the Senate with a simple majority through a process called reconciliation, rather than with the 60 votes normally needed. The decision by the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, means that $15 hourly wage requirement cannot stay in the relief bill as written.

 

It’s possible for Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, to overrule the parliamentarian, but the White House—along with the crucial moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.)—refuses to pursue that option. The next steps are unclear: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will either have to omit the wage increase from the bill, or try to find a way to rewrite it to meet Senate’s parliamentary rules.

 

MacDonough’s decision comes as a major, if expected, blow to the national push for a $15 minimum wage. In a statement shortly after the ruling, the group Fight for $15 said in a statement, “We will not be deterred by an archaic Senate process that throughout history has been used to delay or deny progress for Black and brown communities while allowing multitrillion-dollar tax cuts for corporations.”

 

“Voters don’t want to hear excuses about process, procedures or parliamentarians,” they continued. “We want a job that pays us a living wage. We want dignity at work. We want and we need $15.”

 

As several TV pundits have pointed out, I don't think voters are going give the Democrats a free pass based on the "parliamentarian stopped us" excuse.  Of course, elected Republicans are the real culprits as it is they who are united in opposition to the new minimum wage proposal.


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Does this opinion qualify as labour?

 

The U.S. should radically increase its vocational training programs. 

 

Germany ≈ 10%

U.S.A. ≈ 0.5%


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