Maine News: Biddeford Starbucks Workers File to Unionize / by Andy O’Brien

Credit: Libby March for the Washington Post via Getty Images Starbucks workers at a store location in Biddeford announced their intent to unionize last week, joining hundreds of Starbucks employees at 260 of the company’s stores across the country who have filed for union elections. In a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz, the workers at StoreContinue reading “Maine News: Biddeford Starbucks Workers File to Unionize / by Andy O’Brien”

Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien

Photo Credit: NCM The parent company of the Bangor Daily News agreed last Friday to recognize a new union that will represent more than 30 newsroom members. The unionization effort went public last week, when a group of BDN employees announced its intention to organize as part of the News Guild of Maine, Local 31128 of the Communications WorkersContinue reading “Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien”

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”

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”

The Amazon Labor Union Victory, Lessons for All Workers / By Ed Grystar

Amazon Workers in Staten Island, NY Vote to Unionize in Historic First | Democracy Now! In one of the most remarkable labor organizing victories in decades, the Amazon workers in Staten Island voted to unionize with the independent Amazon Labor Union (ALU). This is the first organizing victory for any union at any of Amazon’sContinue reading “The Amazon Labor Union Victory, Lessons for All Workers / By Ed Grystar”

Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp

Image credit: WMTW Hundreds rallied in solidarity with nurses at Maine Medical Center on Wednesday morning, braving a steady rain to urge management at the state’s largest hospital to agree to adequate staffing levels, competitive benefits and wages, and other policies to improve working conditions and patient safety within nurses’ first union contract, which isContinue reading “Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp”

Bernie Sanders: Amazon Labor Union victory has launched a national movement / by Jake Johnson

At left: Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union, center, with other members of ALU marching at the Amazon JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, Oct. 25, 2021. At right: Sen. Bernie Sanders. | AP photos On an organizing call Monday night with leaders of the Amazon Labor Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., said he believesContinue reading “Bernie Sanders: Amazon Labor Union victory has launched a national movement / by Jake Johnson”