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Tesla wins legal battle in Sweden as unions fight for change - Desk Chair Analysts
Tesla wins legal battle in Sweden as unions fight for change
Actors: Vote yes for the 2023 Film/TV SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement with the AMPTP by Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
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Learn from Quebec. Learn from #france. Stand up for yourself and others!
Join unions. Support unions. Strike. Protest. Make life better for everyone!
… had to find a way to get these inmates over to the intake center …
“But I was able to uh get my way through a series of gates on the outside and I actually had to break a window to get into the control center. Once I got in, we got that building evacuated, transferred all the inmates over to intake.”⁶⁶⁴ [sic]
“… a major thing in changing the mindset from the inmates run things to now the officers run it. And we did you know...” “... And the inmates knew. The jig is up you know. I guess they [the officers] are gonna run it.”⁶⁶⁶ [sic]
⁶⁶⁴: Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, The Communicator, October 1991.
⁶⁶⁶: Ron Brodeur, interview with the author, March 17, 2011.
ACI: Adult Correctional Institution of Rhode Island
NIC: National Institute of Corrections
"The extent to which Uber will go to avoid playing by the rules is unprecedented in the #Netherlands"
"Uber makes it more difficult than any other company — even Deliveroo — for its employees to access their own work data"
"Union activists were disconnected [..] Disconnections happened just before the weekend, when drivers make most of their earnings"
By Amrit Sewgobind, Netherlands Trade Union Confederation, on @euobserver
"A People's History in Catalonia" has been a great read. I especially enjoy the complexity of class struggles from the medieval through to modern times. The next section is titled "Unions or Death" around the XIX century.
Ha sido una gran lectura. Y disfruto especialmente de la complejidad de las luchas de clase desde la Edad Media hasta los tiempos modernos. La sección proxima es titulada "Uniones o muerte" alrededor del siglo XIX.
#catalunya #spain #españa
NewsGuild-CWA members (that’s me!) call on EC to take additional steps to protect workers and civilians: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/newsguild-cwa-members-call-on-ec-to-take-additional-steps-to-protect-workers-and-civilians
If you’re also a NewsGuild-CWA member, please consider writing our Executive Council a message in support of publicly calling for a ceasefire. Hurry, though: they’re meeting on this subject **tonight**. Please send a letter via the above link just as soon as you read this!
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
It's a miserable story here about modern England, set within familiar themes of austerity, incompetence, and political theatre. Cruelty included. Badly needed immigrant care workers are being exploited and abused.
The only bright spot is that unions are trying their best. It looks like #Unison research led this FT piece.
#SocialCare #Immigration #unions #PublicSector #ChristinaMcAnea
Long hours and large debts: care workers stranded by UK’s migration policy - https://on.ft.com/3QZDDdJ
long shot, but what the heck i’ll put this out into the world:
if you work for an outlet or publication that’s pulling together an end-of-year book list, i’d love to get you a review copy of YOU DESERVE A TECH UNION for consideration. let me know!
If you read news, you’ve probably heard about Tesla’s conflict with Swedish union IF Metall.
It got me thinking about other examples of “the Swedish model” and how to explain it to, say, an American.
The spirit of the law is common sense to me: it is about markets being self-governing by the involved parties. The state is the keeper of the rules the players agree on. You can see it in government agencies like the National Board for Consumer Disputes
“Swedish #unions describe their fight against Tesla as existential for the Swedish labor market. Sweden doesn’t have laws that dictate workers’ rights, such as minimum wage. Instead, around 90 percent of Swedish #workers are covered by #collective agreements, a type of contract that regulates the relationship between employers and their employees, including #pay, pensions, and working hours.”
For the people, not a few billionaires.
Nearly all their #Unions declared solidarity with the workers #union over the tesla collective bargaining strike, so #tesla had no option but to sue the government... for the strike. Respect, #swedes 🇸🇪
.. and it's not all about the sewing - at least, today isn't, although the original musical was about the people behind the sewing machines.
With music by multi-talented Harold Rome, and performed by workers who could rehearse only after the day job and at weekends, the show went on stage in 1937, running to 1,018 performances (it once held the record for longest-performing Broadway show).
#ElonMusk takes zealot stance against #union as #Tesla #strike expands in #Sweden
#Automaker has always had hard stance against #unions, and it has been able to fend off #unionization efforts at its manufacturing facilities. Several other unions in Sweden have joined forces to mess with Tesla’s operations in order to put pressure on the company. Port workers, electricians, and cleaning services that deal with Tesla in the country have refused to work with the company!
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
"What began as a strike by a group of 130 mechanics affiliated with the national union IF Metall, responsible for inspecting Tesla’s cars, has now evolved into a multi-sector protest aiming to secure a collective agreement defining wages, working hours, and benefits for those employed by the company.
"... for the first time, Elon Musk is facing the strong workers’ protections that characterize almost all of Europe"
Sweden could be a new nightmare for Elon Musk
“Port workers have refused to unload Tesla’s goods at Swedish ports for days, cleaning staff have announced their refusal to clean Tesla’s showrooms and workshops, and electricians have pledged not to repair the company’s charging stations. Since Nov 20, postal workers have joined the movement, ceasing deliveries of letters, spare parts, and pallets to all Tesla addresses in Sweden.”
The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee #EWOC is a project of the Democratic Socialists of America #dsa and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America #ue that aims to build a distributed, grassroots organizing program to support #workers #organizing at the #workplace and also helps #unions
So Alex Winter wrote a nice article about the SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement:
Israel-Palestine war: #Indian #unions call for end to #labour deal with Israel https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-india-trade-unions-call-government-cancel-labourer-deal
happy black friday: #amazon workers are on #strike across europe over (what else) better pay & working conditions. https://www.reuters.com/technology/amazon-protests-europe-target-warehouses-lockers-busy-black-friday-2023-11-24/ #labor #unions
👉🏾 Postal workers not delivering Tesla license plates
👉🏾 Dockworkers blocking deliveries of Tesla cars at the ports
👉🏾 Electricians refusing to work with Tesla
This might also spread to #Germany 🇩🇪 too. Elon Musk bewildered by the situation.
‘This is insane.’ Swedish workers are getting under Elon Musk’s skin https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/24/business/elon-musk-tesla-sweden-strikes/index.html
This week's net.wars, "Faking it", suddenly understands X's missing headlines, discovers AI's ability to fake scientific data, frets about driver safety, and watches a lot of the oh-my-god UK covid inquiry hearings: https://netwars.pelicancrossing.net/2023/11/24/faking-it/ #NetWars #birdsite #ads #AI #unions #covid
So how would it look different if the government wanted you to get infected, get #Covid, and pass it on?
I'm now +10 weeks out from having Covid and eventually testing negative.
And some days I still have very little energy. Other days are OK.
I saw #TheGreens website - they demonstrate an understanding.
VW is raising workers’ wages 11% because of competition from unionized manufacturers, even though their workers aren’t unionized. Hyundai announced a 25% wage increase over the next four years, even though their workers aren’t unionized.
“Volkswagen becomes the latest automaker to hike wages for U.S. factory workers”
Solidarity with Swedish Tesla workers and their ‘insane' strike. ✊
“Elon Musk calls strikes ‘insane’ … Strike at carmaker prompts sympathy action from dockers, painters and postal workers in fight over Swedish labour model”
#solidarity #unions #workersrights #CollectiveBargaining #Tesla #Sweden
If you need one, single heuristic for voting – find out who's doing stuff to help unions, or doing union-like stuff, like making us all a big union and we all get healthcare and a decent wage. Look for those people, that's your vote. Every time.
—Heath Enright, in episode 213 of the podcast The Skepticrat, from @piatpod
Normalize Unionizing Fast Food Restaurants!!
This is the best part of this story: “Andrews said the employees were looking for help communicating with new management, who workers said is consistently ignoring any concerns they bring forward.”
When people know why unions exist (to help speak for employees!) they seek them out!
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.
Organised labour is the only thing that can and will defeat fascism. Fascism isn't our only problem though, because the corporate media and political class would rather have fascism than fully support and be led by organised labour.
Swedish workers are uniting against Tesla. Cleaners will stop cleaning Tesla showrooms, electricians won’t fix the company’s charging points, and dockworkers will refuse to unload Tesla cargo at Swedish ports.
What started as a strike by Tesla mechanics is spreading, in something Swedish unions describe as an existential battle between Elon Musk’s carmaker and the conventions they say make the country’s labor market fair and efficient.
Next was an excellent pair of talks at the first day of the #NBER Organizational Economics meeting with David Deming (the importance of allocative skill for worker pay) and Nina Roussille (pay secrecy as a collective bargaining tactic with real fieldwork evidence from the recent Hollywood strikes!). Highly recommend both https://www.youtube.com/live/e8XkrmF1u60?si=5IoHy4LnUytoUPt3&t=16700 (11/11) #economics #work #unions
My friend @aworkinglibrary is a labor organizer-turned-professional coach, and is looking to connect with managers (or aspiring managers!) who want to understand how to navigate a unionization effort in their workplace. If that sounds like you, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/ExPrfTqEvDvPF6ub6
I’m so glad Mandy’s gathering data on these questions; I think there’s a real need here.
Also I’ve talked a lot about tech unions lately and now I want to hear from folks. Are you a manager (or aspiring manager) navigating a unionization effort in your workplace? If so, I would love if you took a few minutes to fill out a short survey: https://forms.gle/ExPrfTqEvDvPF6ub6
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.
PEOPLE OF BOSTON! Do you work in tech? Are you curious about unions? Let’s have a meetup about it!
On Tuesday 28 November at 7pm, join me and veteran labor organizer Rand Wilson at Remnant Brewing for an evening of discussion: we’ll talk about unions, the path to forming your own, and the challenges (and possibilities) of organizing in the tech industry.
Space is limited; RSVP here! https://tinyurl.com/ydatumeet
It should not be controversial for your local school teacher to want to be paid for their work. Or for your local school teacher, to want enough staff members, so your child can receive the proper attention and education they deserve.
Showing support for educators should not be seen as extreme or radical.
Before YOU DESERVE A TECH UNION came out, I wrote down a few ways folks could support the book — and that doesn’t necessarily mean *buying* the book!
I mean, if you have the means and the interest, I’d of course be DELIGHTED and HONORED if you picked up a copy. But here are a few other options:
The Swedish painters union is now blocking all painting of Tesla cars in Sweden, in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the Swedish metal working union, who is on strike against Tesla for their terrible working conditions.
Info on the strike, in English: https://www.ifmetall.se/aktuellt/tesla/background-information-on-if-metalls-conflict-at-tesla/
More power to the workers, fuck the billionaire!
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
“We, a growing caucus of cross-unit NewsGuild-CWA members, urgently call upon the NewsGuild executive committee to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and demand an end to U.S. aid to Israel.”
Hey look at this
* Labor #Unions Are Industrial Policy https://www.thebignewsletter.com/p/labor-unions-are-industrial-policy (h/t #NakedCapitalism)
* The #EpicVGoogle trial may come down to simple v. complicated https://www.theverge.com/2023/11/7/23949849/epic-google-trial-day-one-recap-summary
* Seeing like a Bank https://www.bitsaboutmoney.com/archive/seeing-like-a-bank/