Next was an engaging conversation with Laura Boudreau on multinational enforcement of labor laws in #Bangladesh on the @voxdev podcast. Boudreau convincingly shows through an RCT improved compliance after new worker safety laws were introduced and enforced by multinationals (with some complicating effects depending on management quality), and importantly improvements in safety and performance. Highly recommend https://voxdev.org/topic/firms-trade/multinational-enforcement-labour-laws-evidence-bangladesh (6/7) #labor #safety #management
The #UAW is swinging for the fences with an announcement of an organizing campaign covering 150k workers. They also called for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. We talk to a nurse from #SouthCarolina about safe staffing. In OVERTIME we react to a US House hearing on the new overtime rule, take a look at GM's new stock buyback scheme, and talk to journalists about unions that aligned their contracts.
#1yrago How tech changed global #labor struggles for better and worse https://pluralistic.net/2022/12/02/not-what-it-does/#who-it-does-it-to
SAG-AFTRA members: time to vote for the TV/Film Tentative Agreement.
You can get your PIN on the voting site.
“We don’t know and we don’t care who’s supposed to own the land. God put that coal there—not the Philadelphia and Reading Coal Company.”
—Mike McCloskey, miner
Quoted in The Bootleg Coal Rebellion by Mitch Troutman
RLM Arts poster catalog, p802: "Interfere"
In 2005, the AFL-CIO spoke out against the U.S. war on Iraq. After criticism, Harry Bridges of the ILWU declared the principle: “Interfere with the foreign policy of this country? Sure as hell! That’s our job, that’s our privilege, that’s our right, that’s our duty!”
The duty to interfere with murderous foreign policy remains. Some in the #labor movement rise to meet it. Others don't.
Get this 12x18 poster: https://www.rlmartstudio.com/product/interfere-with-foreign-policy-poster/
𝗪𝗜𝗞𝗜𝗣𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗔'𝗦 𝗙𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗟𝗘
✧ Ernest Roberts ✧
Ernest Roberts (21 February 1868 – 2 December 1913) was a Labor member of the South Australian House of Assembly, and then the Australian House of Representatives. Roberts emigrated to Australia from the UK and worked in Port Pirie, South Australia, where he was a member of its town council. In 1896, aged 28, he became...
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/01/uaw-ceasefire-gaza | United Auto Workers calls for ceasefire in Gaza – the largest union to do so |
"The United Auto Workers, one of the US’s largest labor unions, has come out in support of a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine as a temporary ceasefire ended on Friday with Israel resuming military operations in Gaza." | #UnitedStates #Israel #Gaza #Palestine #labor #unions #UAW #UnitedAutoWorkers
Overwhelming strike vote by Peel education workers: 98% vote YES!
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to object and bargain if someone wanted to replace you at work with a machine, instead of being sorely out of luck (S.O.L.)?
The tentative agreement aims to make that dream a reality, if it ratifies: https://bit.ly/DominionOverTheMachines
"Around 8,500 Thai nationals have been repatriated from Israel since the 7 October attack. But the BBC understands that some have since returned, likely driven by debt and joblessness back home. Many have previously told BBC Thai about their harrowing work conditions in Israel, such as unsanitary living quarters, as well as being overworked and underpaid."
Ford says it lost $1.7B on 6-week UAW strike, plans to pay nearly $9B more on raises union won
Next was an informative conversation on the case before the International Court of Justice on whether or not the right to strike is a corollary to the right to freedom of association at the UCL Faculty of Laws with John Hendy, Tonia Novitz, and Martins Paparinskis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI4yQuCpym4 (5/6) #labor #law #UN
I work at a place with quite a hidebound institutional culture. Administrators exploit it mercilessly, but many faculty & staff are only too willing to throw each other under the bus when it's to their advantage.
The union is... better? I guess. However, even union members seem to have the same overall tendencies, if slightly attenuated. It's as if the union leadership's motto is "I didn't get elected to this position so I could take /suggestions/ from mere /members/."
The number of times I've heard "...we don't do things that way here" or "we've never done it like that" (meaning "and we sure as hell aren't going to start") since I came here almost a decade ago is in the hundreds.
Reminding myself of why, every few months, I renew my determination to not care that this place is being gutted of all worker rights and autonomy by rampant administrators and is about to have its funding wildly cut by a university system intent on killing off its teaching universities to fund its R1 flagships and medical centers.
This link offers a proforma email, but you can customise it. My version was much more emotive and more of a guilt trip for the minister.
I didn't however list every failing and disappointment of this #Labor government in terms of the environment and coal/gas expansion... but I really wanted to.
I'm very excited to share that the TAA, my graduate worker union at UW-Madison, is suing to overturn Act 10!
If you aren't familiar, Act 10 is an extremely nasty anti-union bill that all but outlawed collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. It's extremely unfair and was crammed through despite massive protests. Now we're fighting together with other WI unions to win those rights back!
The tech industry is hyped up about AI, but what is life like for the underclass of workers who actually make those tools work when they fail?
I spoke to @jomc about her new novel “Wrong Way” that paints an empathetic portrait of a robotic operator of a supposedly driverless car — with a fun twist. We also talk about what it means to be a tech critic today.
"[Some Tesla] mechanics began their strike in October after their employer, a Tesla subsidiary in Sweden, announced that it would not recognize their union... The industrial action soon spread to dockworkers… and electricians who stopped maintenance work for the carmaker”
Parkinson's Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
"The fact that light-hearted satire has been ingrained into management doctrine, twisted to mischaracterize workers, tells us more about business than Parkinson ever did."
Watching the second Contract Roundtable talk about the tentative agreement, and happy to be seeing what David Blue & Jen Levin put together.
Thankful for them and Ben Whitehair,
Jason Winston George, Woody Schultz, Charlie Bodin, Natalia Castellanos, Nicole Cyrille, Frances Fisher and everyone who has worked so hard for so many.
Wrote this in February and since then people have gone on strike and WON! Power to organized #labor
"Organize your labor and form unions. Call OSHA if they make you do dangerous and illegal things. Take all your breaks and get paid for every minute you’re on the job. Don’t let them exploit you any longer."
Next was a great discussion on labor in politics, labor law, the NLRB, and technology (somehow in under an hour!) at the Burnes Center for Social Change with Seth Harris, Ruben J. Garcia, and Mark Gaston Pearce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1X9vp5X1M&t=3s (7/13) #law #labor #economics #US #politics #unions
"But once I heard from team members how much they appreciated that time with their families, it was an easy decision"
Target CEO currently doing the surprised Pikachu face
Capital increases labour productivity eg shovel vs mechanical digger. Chatgpt...
Capital requires investment
The cheapest investment $$$ is savings
Artificial Low rates for 20 years discourages savings
covid money printing leading to price #inflation
A. Raise rates. Done.
B. Increase taxes. Cut spending. Opposite in progress.
C. Cut immigration.
D. Reallocate social spending to infrastructure like fast rail done in a globally.
Actors: Vote yes for the 2023 Film/TV SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement with the AMPTP by Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
If you don’t have your voting PIN you can get it on the voting site.
Please ask me any questions you have and I’ll try to answer them as well as I can.
Pharmacist Organizing Forces Walgreens to Give Thanksgiving Off – LAX Workers Strike During Peak Holiday Traffic – Macy’s Workers to Strike on
Poor decisions & writers' anger at Sports Illustrated...
#AI #labor #journalism #workers
Memory of a Braid
Winner of the 2023 Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction
Tesla is suing Sweden as the carmaker hits back at an attempt by local unions to disrupt its business in an ongoing battle over workers’ rights.
In the lawsuit, filed Monday, Tesla says it is suing “the Swedish state through the Swedish Transport Agency” because local union members were refusing to deliver new license plates to the company, effectively blocking Tesla from selling new cars in the country.
Ohio House blocks controversial anti-woke higher education overhaul bill.
It would have banned public universities in Ohio from having "bias" in the classroom, limited what "controversial" topics could be taught and elimination of the tenure system, making it easier for political termination of professors. It was anti-labor and would have stifled free speech.
"Under state deadline, SC employers phase out subminimum wage
In 9 months, it will be illegal in SC to pay workers with disabilities less than minimum wage. A state task force is focused on what’s needed to meet the deadline."
I just finished writing this article. I think many are underestimating just how impactful this SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement can be: https://bit.ly/DominionOverTheMachines
Amount a company error meant my partner was owed: £320.
Amount the company offered when he first complained: £40 Amazon voucher (lol).
Amount the company offered after he used the words 'I have spoken with my union': £700.
Join. A. Union.
I made this image for an article I’m writing called “Dominion Over the Machines” about how the SAG-AFTRA AI precedents (if ratified) may move things forward not just for actors, but for every human that may face non-humans doing their work.
Interesting times we’re in.
#robots #dominion #over #machines #ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRAStrike #SAGAFTRAstrong #UnionStrong #u1 #contract #TentativeAgreement #ratification #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #GAI #generativeAI #labor #unions
I wish I wasn't wired to constantly be thinking about arbitrage.
#capitalism #socialism #economy #profit #surplus #companies #cooperations #cooperative #cooperatives #coops #coop #labor #money #work #workers #value #ProvidingValue #WorkingClass #WorkerOwned #arbitrage #prices #HustleCulture #PayRent #DystopianHellscape #CostCutting #CogInTheMachine #fudalism #monarchy #monarchies #oligarchs #capitalists #ceo #investment #stocks #fdic #stonks #spy #NasdaqStockExchange
"The Syracuse City Ballet (SCB) has fired five of its eight full-time professional dancers ahead of its biggest show of the year.
On Nov. 10, eight professional dancers wrote to the executive staff and board of directors to express concerns about their physical and emotional well-being, as well as that of the student dancers involved in the highly popular performance of 'The Nutcracker.'"
"At Bumble, the women-centered dating app that calls Austin home, executives say that about one third of their 150 Texas employees have left the state entirely, opting for remote work...The reason: It’s not just hard to keep talented employees in Austin in a post-Roe world, where doctors might not perform even medically necessary abortions for fear of reprisal, it’s also hard to attract them to Texas in the first place."
US National #Labor Relations Board (#NLRB) brings new charges of #unionbusting against #Apple, alleging the firm denied improved benefits to unionized workers that were granted the non-unionized workers. https://9to5mac.com/2023/11/23/illegal-union-busting-charges/
A report released Wednesday faults the #US and other nations for providing incentives for the mining of rare metals like #lithium and #cobalt without enacting adequate #labor and #environmental safeguards.
By Katie Surma
June 7, 2023
"Over the past dozen years, hundreds of alleged human rights abuses have been committed by over 90 #corporations mining minerals critical to the production of #CleanEnergy, a U.K.-based human rights organization said in a report released on Wednesday.
"The Business and Human Rights Resource Center said the alleged abuses involve global mining for #copper, lithium, cobalt, #manganese, #nickel and #zinc, all used in critical renewable technologies like #SolarPanels, vehicle (#EV) batteries and #windmills.
"The abuses, the report concluded, stem from the failure of the #UnitedStates and other nations to develop appropriate labor and environmental safeguards for resource extraction critical to the green energy transition, a key aim of the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act.
"Beyond alleged incidents of assaults, child labor, arbitrary arrests and detentions, the report’s database of 510 alleged violations includes #environmental crimes involving the #pollution of drinking #water and other natural resources, and violations of communities’ rights to be consulted about projects that affect them."
Amazing movement coming from the people in England Shutting it Down! Black Friday Strike! 🪧🛠️✊🏽❤️🔥🌟🦍
"Amazon hit by strikes, protests across Europe during Black Friday"
Today, at long last, after generations of deadly corporate power-grabs, we are living through an ecology moment where all kind of fights are coalescing into one big fight: the fight to save democracy from oligarchy.
This cat looks like if Sabotabby had a brother! #Union #Labor #IWW https://www.petfinder.com/cat/milton-69287282/ca/tustin/oc-animal-care-ca257/
I will never call that "Reagan National Airport". I suggest we call it PATCO Airport instead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_Air_Traffic_Controllers_Organization_(1968) #Labor #Union #FuckReagan
Want workers? Pay more.
Arkansas has one of the 'most severe' workforce shortages, according to analysis
https://katv.com/news/local/arkansas-has-one-of-the-most-severe-workforce-shortages-according-to-analysis-marlena-gutierrez-hughes-staffing-agency-resume-employment-job-seeking-michael-pakko-economic-development-institute-university-of-arkansas-little-rock-unemployment-labor-market #arkansas #arpx #arpolitics #arkansasnews #labor #Laborshortage #laborshortages #economy
"Yet the FDIC continues to show a hesitance to impose harsh discipline on managers accused of misconduct, employees said.
Female examiners left the FDIC because of what they say was a sexualized, boys’ club environment and the belief they were consistently given fewer opportunities than their male counterparts, according to interviews with more than 100 current and former employees, including more than 20 women who quit."
#pdx, #labor: 100s of protesters gather at #Portland's city hall in support of striking teachers. As the strike enters its 4th week, there are no signs that an agreement is near. https://www.koin.com/news/education/protesters-gather-outside-portland-city-hall-in-support-of-teachers-as-strike-enters-4th-week/
More efforts by #Labor (backed by LNP) to protect governments from citizens. Fine print bombshell – share information which “undermines trust in government”, face jail https://michaelwest.com.au/government-review-of-secrecy-provisions-an-assault-on-democracy/
How long will Albanese #Labor take before it is as corrupt as the LNP government it replaced. A lot less than nine years, I'd say. #auspol https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/nov/13/michelle-rowland-gambling-lobbyists-society-restaurant-lunch-crackdown-calls-monique-ryan-guidelines
#labor: Teamsters Union, representing #Amazon drivers on strike in 9 states, alleging labor labor law violations and unfair labor practices. Strike spreads to Chicago https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/amazon-teamsters-drivers-strike-unfair-labor-practices/
Tesla may have picked an unwinnable fight with Sweden’s powerful unions | Martin Gelin | The Guardian
For the first time anywhere in the world, workers for the US carmaker Tesla have gone on strike. It’s not a coincidence that this strike is happening in Sweden, which has one of the strongest labour movements in Europe. More than 90% of workers are protected by collective bargaining agreements, and the system has strong backing among employees and employers alike. With good reason: the Swedish labour relations model has sustained relative industrial peace between wage-earners and corporations for decades.
By refusing to play ball, Elon Musk’s car giant may have picked an unwinnable fight. What started as a minor local disagreement has grown to the point that it could have global implications, with potential ripple effects for labour movements and auto workers across Europe and the US.
Simon Pegg's next acting & directing project
"The more access dads have to paternity leave, the better able they are to adjust to parenthood, helping also make them more effective co-parents as their children get older." #Labor https://19thnews.org/2023/11/paternity-leave-brain-sugdaddies-are-made-not-born/?utm_source=werd.io&utm_campaign=mastodon&utm_channel=mastodon
Workers want fair pay.
Tesla will fight against fair #labor. Elmo is a greedy orc. He hates workers.
#Dockworkers are refusing to unload Teslas at ports in broad boycott move
Anti-union Tesla has long fended off efforts to unionize its workforce around the world. But in #Sweden, the electric vehicle maker is facing its first formal labor action over its anti-union stance, with potential ripple effects for the company globally.
So proud that #UnionPlace has been around for just over a year now. Huge thanks to @josh and @kabrams for taking this journey with me and all of us, and of course, to all of our users who have been part of making this possible!
We've got 5700 users and just over 500 monthly actives - would love for that active number to be a bit higher, but we'll always take quality over quantity!
Let's all support the REI union, which is suing the "coop" owners for violations of labor law.
The union wants publicity about this for now.
Many boosts, thank you! Editing to add a link to the union statement:
Edit 2: You can sign the union's "solidarity pledge" here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/i-pledge-to-stand-in-solidarity-with-rei-union/
and read more about the union at https://www.ourrei.com/
Howard Schultz, billionaire founder of #Starbucks, has always said that he thinks unions get in the way between a one-on-one relationship between the company and its workers, which has always been a positive one.
Oh, really? That’s news to these workers.
“Starbucks Workers United is asking the company to promise "protections against racial harassment and bigotry from customers, co-workers and managers," adopt a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy, implement a $20 per hour minimum wage for baristas and $25.40 wage for shift supervisors and commit to 5% annual rases, among other damands.”
⚠️ DO NOT CROSS THE PICKET LINE ⚠️
Unionized Starbucks workers will be walking out today to demand better working conditions. Show your support for workers by NOT supporting their employer today.
Brew a cup at home and donate the $5 to a good cause.
“This year, on the heels of victories won by striking workers across different industries nationwide, Starbucks workers are taking the rebellion to the next level,” the union said.
Oh wow no shit, amazing discovery
Today I had to write:
"No, I dont think the patient is feigning, making up, or exaggerating the mental health impacts of her mother dying from double negative breast cancer with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer herself confirmed in the pathology report You have access to. Do you?"
On Disability paperwork.
American Labor and Disability laws are fucking repugnant.
Tonight I attended this class on #WorkerOwned #Cooperatives here's a photo of the whiteboard where everyone put up their thoughts on cooperatives, why we're focused on building them, and what we want from them.
Today we discussed Finance everything from CDFI’s, credit unions, Bank of North Dakota, Class A & B Stock, Seed commons, and a bunch of stuff in-between.
Previously: “I see people—young people—every day, wearing back braces, ankle braces. … They’re hurting, but they’re just trying to make it.”
The victory in the #UAW strike holds great promise for #workers in Texas, too ... https://www.texasobserver.org/uaws-historic-strike-win-has-huge-implications-for-texas-autoworkers?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience
But the largest Seoul Metro union affiliated with the militant umbrella Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) threatened to stage a general ...
Two major umbrella unions plan to stage large-scale rallies in central Seoul this weekend, as police warned of stern measures against illegal acts in violation of the revised Assem...#seoulsubwaystrike #Unions #strike #union #Seoul #labor #korea #southkorea #thekoreatimes #koreatimes #koreatimes #koreannewsinenglish
Unionized Seoul subway workers threaten second strike