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”

The struggle of workers brings light in uncertain times / by People’s Dispatch

Image credit: retedeicomunisti.net National spokespersons of Potere al Popolo addressed the 18th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions taking place in Rome, Italy from May 6 to 8 The 18th congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) is currently underway in Italy, being hosted by the country’s main grassroot union Unione Sindacale di Base (USB). 435Continue reading “The struggle of workers brings light in uncertain times / by People’s Dispatch”

Maine News: Joining wave of organized newsrooms, BDN journalists look to unionize / by Dan Neumann

Photo: Yevgen Romanenko, Getty Images The newsroom staff of the Bangor Daily News and other Bangor Publishing Company newspapers announced on Wednesday that they had shared with management their plans to unionize. Organizers said an overwhelming majority of eligible staff have signed cards declaring their desire to join the News Guild of Maine, Local 31128 of TheContinue reading “Maine News: Joining wave of organized newsrooms, BDN journalists look to unionize / by Dan Neumann”

NLRB: Unionizing petitions up 57% in last six months / by Mark Gruenberg

Kaiser Permanente workers on strike | Ted Soqui/Sipa via AP WASHINGTON —“Striketober” turned out to be the proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” when it came to unionization petitions, too. The National Labor Relations Board reported a 57% increase in petitions for union recognition votes in the first half of fiscal 2022, which ended MarchContinue reading “NLRB: Unionizing petitions up 57% in last six months / by Mark Gruenberg”

Amazon Labor Union and the awakening of the American working class / by Julien Arseneau

Economic conditions had first transformed the mass of the people of the country into workers. The combination of capital has created for this mass a common situation, common interests. This mass is thus already a class as against capital, but not yet for itself. In the struggle… this mass becomes united, and constitutes itself asContinue reading “Amazon Labor Union and the awakening of the American working class / by Julien Arseneau”