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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

Even asking the questions is exhausting.
Who’s making the Covid decisions, and why do they change every day? How has the workload doubled? What about the new extremes of micro-management? Which of my co-workers, or their families, or my customers or patients or students are going to get sick?
And why can’t we seem to do anything to stop all this suffering?
The pull to give up, to withdraw, to hunker down and “just survive” is almost irresistible—even for a committed activist like you. How to Keep On Keeping On

January 05, 2021 / Ellen David Friedman

Our members have shown incredible strength this year through tireless efforts and the ability to adapt in ever-changing conditions on the job.  We hope you’re able to use this time to take a well-deserved break by spending quality time with your family and enjoying the season. The IBEW wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
The post President’s Message: Merry Christmas appeared first on IBEW Hour Power.

Blog: BlogAs cases of Covid-19 skyrocket across Washington state, protecting the public health requires bold action from our leaders. Unfortunately, delayed and reactionary responses have abandoned many of our most vulnerable community members. Nowhere is this more evident than in the criminal justice system.

Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Barbara MadeloniThe pandemic kicked workers back on their heels—even tumbled some over. Fearing for their lives and well-being, some responded with fire and organizing, others with stunned passivity.

Blog: BlogDear fellow Labor Notes supporter,
My name is Sara Nelson. As International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, I represent nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 17 airlines.
A year ago, aviation was flying high. Flight attendants were looking forward to industry-wide bargaining after so much had been taken from us. Airlines were heralding record profits. One CEO said his airline would never lose money again.

Last Friday, representatives from the Retail Workers (RWDSU) went before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Region 10, seeking a quick union certification election.
The election is to determine whether a majority of the employees at the newly opened Amazon Fulfillment Center (BHM1) in Bessemer—a small of suburb of Birmingham, Alabama—want union representation.BAmazon Union: Anticipating the Battle in Bessemer, Alabama

December 21, 2020 / Peter Olney and Rand Wilson

Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra BradburyMandatory overtime, speed-up, and union-busting at the U.S. Postal Service—sound familiar? Here’s how postal workers in 1978 confronted grueling and dangerous conditions: they walked out on a wildcat strike.

Blog: BlogA welder from South Korea is calling for her reinstatement to the shipyard where she was fired for union activity 35 years ago. This campaign will likely be the last one waged by Kim Jin-suk against her deadly, anti-union employer, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co., Ltd.

Author(s): Dan DiMaggioSaurav SarkarWorkers will feel the ramifications of this unprecedented year long into the future.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 300,000 lives, destroyed millions of jobs, busted gaping holes in public budgets, and magnified the myriad inequalities that have come to define life in the United States.
Notwithstanding a few bright spots, the labor movement struggled to find its footing in the biggest workplace health and safety crisis of our lifetimes.2020 in Review: Workers Struggle Under the Weight of the Pandemic

December 21, 2020 / Dan DiMaggio, Saurav Sarkar