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With City's Economic Future in Doubt, Can New York Unions Stop the Cuts?

October 12, 2020 / Chris MaisanoThe COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 25,000 New York City residents. The worst of the public health crisis may have passed, but its dire toll has triggered a second crisis. Shutting down huge swaths of the economy was necessary to save lives, but the deep freeze on economic activity has plunged the city into its worst fiscal crisis since the troubled 1970s.

On day two of their five-day strike, Alameda Health System workers in California's East Bay won a landmark victory. After years of stalling, the elected Board of Supervisors of Alameda County suddenly announced they would disband the unelected Board of Trustees that has long mismanaged this public safety-net health care system.

Trump’s Anti-Worker Labor Board

October 08, 2020 / Paul PrescodIn his State of the Union address this year, President Trump declared that “our agenda is relentlessly pro-worker.” Despite this populist posturing, any sober assessment of Trump’s first term will show that it has been an all-out assault on labor.

Understaffed and Unsafe, Bay Area Hospital Workers Strike

October 06, 2020 / Bianca CunninghamWorkers at eight campuses of the Alameda Health System (AHS) in California’s East Bay will begin a five-day strike tomorrow.
“We have a lack of leadership in the administration before the crisis that was just heightened during the crisis,” said Adrian Jackson, a respiratory therapist. “When we have to fight the administration it’s impossible for us to give 100 percent of our care and attention to the patients who desperately need us.”

Detroit bus drivers, the first essential workers in the country to strike for safety during the pandemic, pulled a wildcat work stoppage again Friday, angry over escalating violence against drivers. Often the attacks are triggered, they said, by a driver's request that a passenger wear a mask.

The American Federation of Teachers had its work cut out for it at its 2020 convention in July. In the last two years, more than 400,000 teachers had hit the streets in strikes and protests, from North Carolina and New Jersey to Arizona and California, with a red-shirted panorama in between.

Collective Action Is How We Shake Ourselves Free of Pandemic Isolation

September 30, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniThe pandemic has made me see more clearly why it works when workers get together to solve problems collectively.
With no public health system to access and a disorganized, inept, and neglectful response from the government, individuals have been cast out alone to deal with the pandemic. Decisions about working—and risking one’s health and safety—have become individual.
Workers at home are isolated and workers at worksites are afraid.

Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

September 29, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-HallAmazon's name appears regularly on picket signs and in headlines decrying worker abuse and corporate callousness. It can be difficult, though, to find a comprehensive perspective on the company's crimes and transgressions, not to mention discussion of what we can do about it. In The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, organizers and academics provide just that.

Our health care employer announced hundreds of unnecessary layoffs this spring. Outraged at its poorly disguised greed, we didn’t just rely on negotiations. Instead, the members of our union voted unanimously to take the fight to the streets and into the community. We spent the summer fighting back—including holding our local’s first-ever pickets.

#NeverForget. #SupportOurTroops. #BostonStrong. Americans often react to tragedy with calls for unity. People want to feel that we’re in this together.
But as fires burn throughout the West Coast, I’d like to offer an alternative vision. What we need now is to point the finger at those responsible. Rather than unity, we need blame and accountability.