The strike by University of California student workers is entering its third week. What’s at stake? / by Natalia Marques

Students picket outside of UC San Francisco on November 21 (Photo: Saul Kanowitz) Originally published in People’s Dispatch on November 30, 2022 Over 48,000 student workers are on strike for fair wages, support for parents, job security, and more. On Tuesday, the United Auto Workers, which is organizing the students, announced that the bargaining teamsContinue reading “The strike by University of California student workers is entering its third week. What’s at stake? / by Natalia Marques”

How Zoomers Organized the First Chipotle Union / by Jonah Furman

None of the members of the organizing committee at the Lansing Chipotle have any direct union experience. They relied on friends who had organized at Starbucks and at a local library for advice on their campaign. Photo: Atulya Dora-Laskey Originally published in Labor Notes, August 31, 2022 Chipotle workers in Lansing, Michigan, formed the fastContinue reading “How Zoomers Organized the First Chipotle Union / by Jonah Furman”

Labor Day: Unions Have a Stake in Ending Minority Rule in the United States / by Mark Weisbrot

Photograph Source: Bastian Greshake Tzovaras – CC BY-SA 2.0 This first appeared on MSN. In 2021, just 10.3 percent of American workers were members of unions, less than half the proportion we had four decades prior. This collapse in union membership didn’t happen in Canada; it happened in the United States, for a number of reasons that wereContinue reading “Labor Day: Unions Have a Stake in Ending Minority Rule in the United States / by Mark Weisbrot”

Maine News: Chipotle shuts down Augusta restaurant amid unionization campaign / by Evan Popp

Photo: Workers at the Augusta Chipotle | Courtesy Maine AFL-CIO Originally published in the Beacon on July 19, 2022 Workers at a Maine-based Chipotle argue the corporate fast-food chain is engaging in union-busting after the company announced Tuesday it is closing the Augusta restaurant where employees filed to form a collective bargaining unit.  On Tuesday,Continue reading “Maine News: Chipotle shuts down Augusta restaurant amid unionization campaign / by Evan Popp”

The Beating Heart of the US Labor Movement Was at Labor Notes / by Alex N. Press

The Labor Notes conference was held June 17–19, 2022, in Rosemont, Illinois. (Chris Brooks / Twitter) This past weekend, 4,000 labor militants gathered near Chicago for the Labor Notes conference. Amazon and Starbucks workers, teachers, Teamsters, Bernie Sanders — Labor Notes is a mosaic that brought the labor and leftist upsurge under one roof. AtContinue reading “The Beating Heart of the US Labor Movement Was at Labor Notes / by Alex N. Press”

Dollar General Workers Are Fed Up / by Alex N. Press

Dollar General workers are demanding that the company address low wages, understaffing, and hazardous working conditions. (Mike Mozart / Flickr) A wave of worker backlash to abusive labor practices has hit Dollar General. Workers are fed up with poverty wages and health and safety violations. The retailer may soon make the list of the newContinue reading “Dollar General Workers Are Fed Up / by Alex N. Press”

Labor law failings, workplace organizing challenges, and possibilities for union renewal / by Martin Hart-Landsberg

Trump’s new Medicaid rule prohibits automatic payment of union dues. (Photo: Peoples Dispatch) If you follow the news it must seem like joining a union is a step outside the norms of U.S. law. Afterall, the media is full of stories about how big companies like Starbucks and Amazon threaten their pro-union workers with dismissal, spy onContinue reading “Labor law failings, workplace organizing challenges, and possibilities for union renewal / by Martin Hart-Landsberg”

If Degrowth Is Coming, What Does It Propose for Workers? / by Hannah Hubbard

Forest fire | credit: stockvault.net In 2015, countries participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change rallied around preventing the rise in average global temperatures beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. With an average rise of 1.5–2.0 degrees, scientists predict 70–90% loss of coral reefs globally, an explosion of natural disaster–related deaths, and displacement of up to 1.2 billionContinue reading “If Degrowth Is Coming, What Does It Propose for Workers? / by Hannah Hubbard”

Southern workers gather to build Workers Assembly Movement / by Southern Workers Assembly

Photo courtesy of Southern Workers Assembly DURHAM, N.C. – Under the slogan “Build the Workers Assembly Movement! Organize the South!,” nearly 80 workers from eight Southern states gathered in Durham, North Carolina for a Southern Workers Assembly Organizing School over the weekend of April 29 – May 1. Workers came to the school from Atlanta,Continue reading “Southern workers gather to build Workers Assembly Movement / by Southern Workers Assembly”

Women take on union busters by stepping up union organizing / by Mark Gruenberg

Women Innovating Labor Leadership (WILL Empower) is an initiative that identifies, convenes and trains women labor leaders. They sponsored the recent discussion about women battling union busters. Photo courtesy of WILL WASHINGTON—Women across America, learning firsthand about the extent to which bosses try to destroy unions, are taking the lead in confronting and battling backContinue reading “Women take on union busters by stepping up union organizing / by Mark Gruenberg”