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”

Maine workers celebrate Labor Day amid wave of union organizing / by Dan Neumann

A recent rally in support of Chipotle workers in Augusta | Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989 via Facebook Originally published in the Beacon on September 5, 2022 At rallies, barbecues and breakfasts across the state this Labor Day weekend, workers celebrated a year that has seen a significant uptick in Maine and acrossContinue reading “Maine workers celebrate Labor Day amid wave of union organizing / by Dan Neumann”

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”

Opinion: If Democrats want votes, they should rain fury on union-busting corporations / by Hamilton Nolan

Starbucks employees and supporters reacting as votes are read during a union election in December in Buffalo, New York. Photograph: Joshua Bessex/AP Originally published in the Guardian, 8/8/22 We supposedly have the most pro-union US president of our lifetimes. Let’s see him act like it In June, workers at a Chipotle restaurant in Augusta, Maine, becameContinue reading “Opinion: If Democrats want votes, they should rain fury on union-busting corporations / by Hamilton Nolan”

Opinion: Nonprofits Need Unions, Too / by Hayley Brown and Katie Barrows

Reprinted from ZNet, July 26, 2022, https://zcomm.org/ A progressive boss is still a boss. Yet for decades, senior leadership at left-leaning organizations have been excused from providing their staff with living wages, good benefits and inclusive work environments, in part because employees themselves feared holding bosses accountable for their hypocrisy could hurt the cause. But,Continue reading “Opinion: Nonprofits Need Unions, Too / by Hayley Brown and Katie Barrows”

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”

We Need Solidarity With Chinese Workers — Not Trade Tariffs / by Gerard Di Trolio

Chinese workers produce desks for export in Nantong, Jiangsu. (STR/AFP via Getty Images) Donald Trump’s trade war with China was never about helping American workers. The US labor movement needs to reject trade tariffs and stand up for international solidarity among workers everywhere. With inflation on the rise and the Democrats’ dismal polling numbers goingContinue reading “We Need Solidarity With Chinese Workers — Not Trade Tariffs / by Gerard Di Trolio”

Sunset of the AFL-CIO? / by Chris Townsend

AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington, DC, 3014. Matt Popovich | Flickr The 29th Constitutional Convention of the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2022 delayed by one year owing to pandemic conditions. There was little fanfare, and little advance publicity apparently. Even ordinarily sympathetic observers of AFL-CIO Conventions haveContinue reading “Sunset of the AFL-CIO? / by Chris Townsend”

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”

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”