If America Had Fair Laws, 60 Million Workers Would Join a Union Tomorrow / by Luke Savage

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union on strike for higher wages. (Getty Images) Originally published in Jacobin on January 21, 2023 According to the latest data, the ranks of unionized workers grew by 200,000 between 2021 and 2022. If the United States’ unionization rules in place weren’t so biased toward bosses, tens of millions moreContinue reading “If America Had Fair Laws, 60 Million Workers Would Join a Union Tomorrow / by Luke Savage”

On eve of strike, millworkers say: ‘I want more than a t-shirt for feeling essential’ / by Laurn McCauley

Workers at St. Croix Chipping in Baileyville, Maine | https://www.usw.org/ Originally published in the Beacon n December 19, 2022 Workers at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville say that during the pandemic they helped keep the local economy afloat, despite personal risk to themselves and their families, but in return were only given “toilet paper and aContinue reading “On eve of strike, millworkers say: ‘I want more than a t-shirt for feeling essential’ / by Laurn McCauley”

No contract, no coffee: Starbucks baristas strike, demand bargaining / by Mark Gruenberg

Starbucks baristas on strike in Memphis, Tenn. | via @Un1onBarbie on Twitter In Seattle, Starbucks baristas at CEO Howard Schultz’s home store, The Roastery, brought Scabby the Rat to their picket line. Chants and signs from coast to coast—including in crayon on a Baltimore County, Md., car—declared: “No contract, no coffee!” At an unidentified Starbucks,Continue reading “No contract, no coffee: Starbucks baristas strike, demand bargaining / by Mark Gruenberg”

Railroad struggle reminds us, interfering in the right to strike is never okay / by Carl Wood

Joe Shearer/The Daily Nonpareil/AP Yes, a strike of railroad workers could bring the national economy to a halt, including stopping the flow of millions of dollars a day in profits to the railroad companies. But let’s keep in mind that it’s big business —not workers—that has crashed the nation’s economy at least three times in recent memory.Continue reading “Railroad struggle reminds us, interfering in the right to strike is never okay / by Carl Wood”

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”

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”