I've long considered #Tesla shares overvalued, so this was probably a good financial move too.
email@example.com - Absolutely love how the Nordic countries are standing together against Tesla’s stupidly stubborn refusal to enter collective agreements to ensure workers’ rights. Now, one of the large pension groups in Denmark have dumped their Tesla shares:
Spotify CFO cashed out $9.377 million in shares after company lay offs were announced https://musictech.com/news/industry/spotify-cfo-cashed-out-9-377-million-shares-after-layoffs/
Ek could single-handedly pay for Spotify to run for years...but chose to actively lobby to lower songwriter pay, fire 1500 people just before Xmas, and pay himself millions of USD.
Absolutely love how the Nordic countries are standing together against Tesla’s stupidly stubborn refusal to enter collective agreements to ensure workers’ rights. Now, one of the large pension groups in Denmark have dumped their Tesla shares:
I did an off-topic video this week!
There has been some speculation going around about what exactly has been going on with #Bandcamp and the union that the workers are a part of, #BandcampUnited , over the past few months. I just thought I would summarize it to the best of my abilities.
The links to follow @bandcampunited and support the healthcare fund are in the video description.
Please, explain why any voter should be optimistic that Dems will wield their power, rather than "supporting" via lip service.
What is to impel #Democrats to STICK TO a halfway decent legislative agenda, rather than theatrically wringing their hands as more of our rights go poof and then slaveringly fundraising off the issue once it's gone? Y'know, like what happened with this very issue on Biden's watch?
Especially interested in what might force moral choices on matters that might cost their donors money, such as #WorkersRights, #protest #RightToProtest, and #ClimateCrisis #ClimateChange change related issues.
Have exploitive companies like Amazon "solved" their "worker problem"? Read this ⬇️
Humanoid robots are coming to a warehouse near you
'The Wizard of AI'. AI Collaborator, Alan Warburton, produces a 20-minute generative AI video essay about the cultural impacts of generative AI. https://vimeo.com/884929644
#politics #books #literature #bookstodon #movies #film #cinema #filmastodon #cinemastodon #technology #tech #technews #photography #art #arthistory #artist #workers #workersrights #business #uspolitics #politics #uspol #humanities #digitalhumanities
“The United Auto Workers #UAW, fresh off a historic, victorious #strike against the #BigThree #automakers, announced plans to unionize not just one, not two, but more than a dozen of the remaining non-#union auto companies in the US. #Tesla, #Toyota, #Honda, #Volkswagen – essentially all of them”
“Elon Musk prides himself on #Tesla’s non-#union status; by ‘prides himself’, I mean ‘has been found guilty of illegal #union-busting in federal court’” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/dec/05/uaw-tesla-us-unions #labor #workersrights
“Even if you are one of the richest people in the world, you can’t just make your own rules,” said 3F Chairman Jan Villadsen in a statement Tuesday. “#Solidarity is the cornerstone of the trade #union movement and extends across national borders.” https://www.barrons.com/articles/tesla-stock-labor-dispute-denmark-sweden-c592ee9f #Tesla #labor #strike #workersrights #collectivebargaining #Sweden #Denmark
Spotify Is Screwed https://www.wired.com/story/spotify-layoffs-music-streaming-future/
'Even as the world’s most recognizable music streaming service, Spotify is plagued by an unreliable business model, one in which record companies sit back and rake in royalty payments while artists can struggle to bring in enough cash.'
Nurses at Ascension Seton are back on #strike today, protesting poor working conditions and neglect of their patients caused by understaffing. Here's @gusbova's report from the original event:
EJI-Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Strike of 1970
As retaliation for participating in the strike, farm owners fired hundreds of Latino migrant farmworkers and targeted the workers with violence. Striking farmworkers and leaders of the United Farm Workers were attacked and beaten throughout the strike, and in November 1970, the offices of the United Farm Workers in the Salinas Valley were bombed.
As the strike continued, movement leader Cesar Chavez organized a boycott of lettuce produced by farms that had used coercive tactics against the United Farm Workers. The farm owners sought an anti-boycott injunction, which was granted by a Monterey County judge. When Mr. Chavez refused to end the boycott, he was charged with contempt of court for violating the injunction. On December 3, 1970, Judge Gordon Campbell sentenced Mr. Chavez to an indefinite jail term and warned him that “improper and evil methods cannot be used to achieve even noble objectives.”
#histodon #workers #workersrights #law #justice #fedilaw #government
Five cents for workers, $8 million for CEO
Close to 100 workers at Sobeys-owned Pete’s Frootique in Halifax have launched a strike on November 18th asking for fairer wages. Workers are currently paid $15 an hour, the provincial minimum wage in Nova Scotia. Sobeys’ last offer would only represent a five-cent hourly increase for most of them.
Overwhelming strike vote by Peel education workers: 98% vote YES!
Something to keep in mind when you get your Spotify wrapped for this year .
"The Australian information commissioner refused to investigate an employer that allegedly accessed an employee’s personal emails, on the grounds the information was accessed on the employee’s work laptop."
These weren't private emails sent to his work account. This was just because he accessed his private email account on the laptop.
“There can be few American public institutions more widely destested than the National Collegiate Athletic Assn”
“amateurism in #collegesports — indeed, the very concept of the #studentathlete — has always been clothed in the rosy glow of myth”
“The #NCAA is trapped in a morass of its own making. Its century-old #businessmodel has come face to face with 21st century realities, and it needs to deal with the world as it is” https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2023-11-29/this-lawsuit-has-the-ncaa-facing-the-prospect-of-extinction-is-that-a-bad-thing #wagetheft #WorkersRights #sports #athletes
#eBay Deleted Support for Unions From Its Website After Its Workers #Unionized
#NewYorkCity and #NewYork State comptrollers have called on the company to explain why it no longer explicitly supports #workersrights to #unionize. https://www.vice.com/en/article/ak3ank/ebay-deleted-support-of-unions-from-its-website-after-its-workers-unionized #union
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.
Q. if you are unable to legally strike, how close have we come to some #publicsector workers being press-ganged into service?
If you are forced to work (given that having no job/being sacked would under current benefit arrangements be severely detrimental to wellbeing) then its no wonder it might be against those aspects of #internationallaw related to #workersrights.
But I guess the #Tories will see this as breaking Int.Law in a 'limited & specific way'!
Unions Should Start Planning for a Mass Strike on May Day 2028
Calls for a general strike usually skip over the hard work of organizing one. But UAW leader Shawn Fain is urging unions to align their contract expiration dates for May 1, 2028 — setting up the possibility of a mass May Day strike.
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.
What I dislike about this framing is that it ignores the key role of record profits.
It's not consumers v producers, it's consumers and workers v the corporate owners.
Organized labor still faces challenges after series of major union wins
This has been the season of organized labor’s discontent. But it has also been the season of big wins by unions from Hollywood, UPS, healthcare workers and the UAW. John Yang spoke with Lauren Kaori Gurley of The Washington Post to get some analysis on what this means for workers and the challenges ahead.
Facket tar Teslastrejken till Berlin https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/facket-tar-teslastrejken-till-berlin--lkyy7m
"Idag träder If Metalls blockad i kraft som ska slå mot Teslas jättefabrik utanför Berlin, rapporterar SR Ekot.
– Det är ett sätt att öka trycket helt enkelt, säger If Metalls avtalssekreterare Veli-Pekka Säikkälä, till SR."
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
New York City and State comptrollers have called on the company to explain why it no longer explicitly supports workers’ rights to unionize.
#Ebay #tcgplayer #CWA #workersrights #NYC #Union
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 union conflict expanded, now affects charging stations'
Don't you just love when unions work together against a horrific problem?
'The Elektrikerna union expands its sympathy measures against Tesla. Now the car giant's charging stations will be covered.
"The blockade means that we will also not repair if something breaks in Tesla's transformer stations or the associated feeder line, i.e. all incoming electricity to Tesla's charging stations."
So writes Elektrikerna's head of negotiations Mikael Pettersson in a communiqué.
The background to the sympathy measures is the union IF Metall's demand for a collective agreement for Tesla's workers.'
Laura Walton, leader of the #CUPE education support workers, who led the successful fight last year that forced #Ontario Premier #DougFord to back down on constitution-busting legislation as part of his strikebreaking law has just been elected president of the #OntarioFederationofLabour
@mattsheffield #Libertarianism's selective reading of #liberalism ignores any #liberal principle that is a threat to corporate power. Democratic theory is ignored. For example, #libertarian case for private property rests on the principle that people have the right to appropriate the fruits of their labor. This principle is contorted to support corporate power and not imply #WorkersRights to worker democracy by interpreting "their labor" as the labor you own rather than the labor you perform
It is easy to miss how little accountability may exist for an organization’s leadership due to the many trappings of accountability: check-ins, town halls, audits, ombuds, and reporting systems.
However, much of that work serves to paper over a culture of authoritarian directives in a context of regulatory capture.
In contradiction to their buck-stops-here mantra, leaders can rarely have to face up to being wrong—especially publicly.
Those who attempt to hold such leaders accountable can quickly face their wrath—even as it is delivered with a smile and a facade of rationality.
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
I'm not religious, but this is interesting relative to the United Auto Workers strike and Shawn Fain.
"... another Christian movement that’s changing our politics ...", #CNN
"The Social Gospel was a Christian movement that emerged in late 19th-century America as a response to the obscene levels of inequality in a rapidly industrializing country. Its adherents took on the exploitation of workers and unethical business practices of robber barons like oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, who, when once asked by a reporter how much money he needed to finally have enough, purportedly said, “Just a bit more.”
The Social Gospel turned religion into a weapon for economic and political reform. Its message: saving people from slums was just as important as saving them from hell. At its peak, the movement’s leaders supported campaigns for eight-hour workdays, the breaking up of corporate monopolies and the abolition of child labor."
As the citizen of two nations, the news this week is … interesting. Compare the below, if you will.
Canada: #BillC58 would ban employers from bringing in new workers to perform the work of unionized employees who are on strike or locked out of their jobs.
UK: 1 in 5 workers in Britain (5.5 million workers) are at risk of losing their right to strike as a result of the #StrikesAct.
How Fran Drescher rallied Hollywood actors to a new labor deal
After 118 days, negotiators announced on Wednesday they had reached an agreement valued at more than $1 billion over three years.
Drescher framed her actions as part of a broader labor movement battling Corporate America, where, in her view, executives place Wall Street's approval and their own compensation ahead of the welfare of workers.
I've been thinking about this since hearing about an acquaintance from a #CovidCautious friend. This acquaintance was someone I met during the #pandemic and then lost touch with, in part because this person took a #VaxxAndRelax approach to #covid19 while I stayed cautious. When I met this person, they seemed very radical and disillusioned with the current state of #USpolitics. However, from what I've heard from my covid cautious friend, this person is now more of a mainstream #neoliberal and thinks the current system is mostly fine and just needs some small tweaks around the edges. The recognition of the need for real, systemic, fundamental change is gone. The #solidarity is gone. It's gone because for people pretending the #pandemic is over, they can also pretend that the rest of our economic, social, and political systems are mostly okay. Denying #covid means denying other injustices, like the need for #DisabilityJustice and #WorkersRights.
I think #BodilyAutonomy needs to be a key organizing principle for the #left. It ties together so many issues that seem unrelated: #AbortionRights, #ZeroCovid, #WorkersRights, and #EnvironmentalJustice.
My body should be mine to control, whether that's refusing an unwanted pregnancy, #covid19 infection, working conditions that harm my mental and physical health, or a planet polluted with toxins becoming unliveable due to extreme heat.
There are more issues beyond these that don't impact me directly because of my cis and white privilege, such as #TransRights and #RacialJustice, but I recognize that my fight for bodily autonomy is bound up with these fights. Through the lens of bodily autonomy, there's a lot of opportunities for building #solidarity. Everyone should have bodily autonomy as a #HumanRight.
Featured story: As temperatures reached record highs, #USPS mail carriers say the agency doctored their training records to cover up the agency’s violation of its own heat-illness prevention rules. https://www.texasobserver.org/usps-worker-heat-death-safety/
New laws in CA: More paid sick days to keep us healthy, protections against workplace violence, labor trafficking, and child labor, defense against retaliation, and $20/hr minimum wage for fast food workers.
When we fight together, we win!
#WorkersRights #labor #solidarity #CApol https://sanjosespotlight.com/silver-taube-california-workers-are-gaining-new-rights-next-year/
The UAW says it is expanding its strike to include a Ford truck plant in Kentucky
The UAW union significantly escalated its strikes against Detroit Three automakers Wednesday by going on strike against a major Ford truck plant in Louisville, KY.
In a surprise move, the 8,700 members left their jobs about 6:30 p.m. at the plant, which makes profitable heavy-duty F-Series pickup trucks and large SUVs.
Top story: Our research shows working for the U.S. Postal Service was more dangerous than Walmart, despite the retail giant dwarfing them in size, and more dangerous than even similar sized delivery services.
@josephinelee breaks down the numbers, and puts a human face on them: https://www.texasobserver.org/usps-worker-heat-death-safety/
Hugely important victory for UCU on pensions, a fight many said the union could never win https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/13215/Agreement-paves-way-for-full-restoration-of-university-pension-benefits-by-April
#UCU #HigherEd #pensions #WorkersRights
I'm Brett. I work with #data. I'm mostly in #fintech at this point but I've done a little of everything from #healthcare to #ads to #IOT and retail. I've been a #DBA, #SWE, #SRE, #BI Analyst, #ETL dev and more in my career.
Still haven't caught #covid.
You can't troll me. I've been on the internet since 1992.
#Starbucks, infamous for violating #workersrights, again cited for paying raises and benefit improvements to non-union workers only. According to Fox Business, which I will not read or cite, Starbucks appeals to the #SCOTUS to "level the playing field with the #NLRB (the #labor board) https://thehill.com/business/4231618-nlrb-judge-starbucks-violated-labor-law-in-offering-pay-raises-benefits-to-nonunion-workers/
Friendly reminder Musk is such a genius, he tried to recreate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire within a month of Twitter's takeover by:
▫️ Using unqualified/unlicensed electricians to unwire state-compliant energy saving lighting
▫️ Installing "hotels" for workers without egress auto-unlock mechanisms on their doors, so when sprinklers go off, they remain locked inside
Details highlighted here:
146 died in the Factory fire.
For the first few years of the pandemic, my employer was really good about accommodating people's working styles. Whatever made you more productive was okay (WFH, hybrid, or in the office). But I suspected it wouldn't always be this way, so I asked my manager to move me to a permanent WFH contract. He said he didn't think that was necessary. He promised he'd support me, that we could just agree it between us.
I’m just learning about FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act).
From what I understand, the law permits an employee to “elect to use accrued paid vacation leave, paid sick or family leave for some or all of the FMLA leave period."
"When paid leave is used for an FMLA-covered reason, the leave is FMLA-protected."
In case anyone needs to know.
“I think Ronald Reagan gave us a great example when federal employees decided they were going to strike. He said, you strike, you’re fired. Simple concept to me.”