Feed items

On his first day in office, newly inaugurated President Biden sent a letter asking General Council Peter Robb of the National Labor Relations Board for his resignation—and advising him that if he did not resign, he would be fired.
Robb refused to resign; he was discharged the same day. No other GC has been fired in the history of the agency. One was asked to resign, many decades ago.
Many in the labor movement had pushed for Robb’s removal; they cheered. Employers, not so much. But who is Robb and why does it matter?Goodbye and Good Riddance: Biden Fires Labor Board’s Peter Robb

January 22, 2021 / Gabrielle (Gay) Semel

Author(s): Barbara MadeloniDelegates of the Chicago Teachers Union have just sent a referendum to members: shall we all work remotely starting Monday, January 25?
That’s the date when many were assigned to return to schools. If the district retaliates, delegates will reconvene to take a strike vote.
The plan was voted up by a large majority in an emergency meeting. It’s CTU’s boldest official move yet against reopening; the union has had to walk a difficult legal line.Chicago Teachers Are Voting on Whether to Defy Monday's Reopening Order

January 21, 2021 / Barbara Madeloni

Blog: BlogMost people are familiar with the politically motivated killings that punctuated the 1960s. From Medgar Evers to Robert Kennedy, bloodshed galvanized the antiwar, civil rights, and student movements, but eroded trust in government and higher education. The labor movement was no exception to the rule.
On New Year’s Eve 1969 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, three gunmen shot Mine Workers (UMWA) leader Joseph “Jock” Yablonksi, his wife Margaret, and their daughter Charlotte as they slept. The killers were petty criminals from Cleveland, one of whom had ties to the union by marriage.

In December the leadership of the United Auto Workers reached a settlement with the Justice Department that opens the door to election of top union officers by referendum vote of the membership. That might well end more than 70 years of one-party control and help democratize a union once known for animated internal debate and competitive leadership contests.Opening the Door to a More Democratic UAW

January 19, 2021 / Nelson Lichtenstein

Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Saurav SarkarOne multinational company is using Martin Luther King Day to issue a slap in the face to its union, undermining the very legacy of the civil rights leader.
Louisiana-based telecommunications giant Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) announced to its staff October 23 that it would be newly establishing a company holiday on MLK Day—but for non-union workers only.
The hypocrisy of leaving out 10,000 union workers on MLK Day was not well received by Anna Robbs, an African-American employee and union steward.

The labor movement’s pundits and prognosticators ring in the New Year like commentators anywhere. They make pronouncements about what “will” happen and what “should” happen to revitalize the shrinking U.S. trade union movement.
At 6.2 percent density in the private sector, U.S. unions aren’t even treading water; we are drowning. That makes it more imperative than ever to engage members to strengthen connections between our union struggles and build broader public support.Swarming Solidarity: How Contract Negotiations in 2021 Could Be Flashpoints in the U.S. Class Struggle

January 14, 2021 / Rand Wilson and Peter Olney

Blog: BlogColombia is considered one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a union member. Between 2012, when the country’s free trade agreement with the United States entered into force, and May 2019, 172 union activists were murdered.

Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19.
Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all.Bay Area Transit Unions Join Forces to Win Safety Protections and Beat Back Layoffs

January 12, 2021 / Richard Marcantonio

FENSUAGRO o la Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, es una federación de sindicatos de trabajadores agrícolas con sede en Colombia que aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, jornaleros, indígenas rurales y afrocolombianos. Luchan por una reforma agraria integral y por su derecho a vivir y trabajar en la tierra rural. Un derecho básico que se ha mantenido oculto a estas comunidades durante demasiado tiempo.Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra

January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández

The situation has recently gotten even worse in Colombia—already the world’s most dangerous place to be a union member.
Right now social movement leaders, union members, and participants in the peace process are being killed at a rate of more than one victim per day. With the restrictions and curfews related to the coronavirus, death squads can more easily find their targets at their homes, and have even massacred entire families.Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land

January 08, 2021 / Maya Hernández