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Author(s): Alexandra BradburyEvery year, workers at the Postal Service and UPS expect to work long hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “This is like our Super Bowl,” said Kimberly Karol, president of the Iowa Postal Workers (APWU). “Employees really do rally together.”
But this year has been like no other. Workers were still catching their breath from last year’s holiday peak when the pandemic struck and online ordering ratcheted up. It was like Christmas all over again—and it never stopped.It's Been a Long Nightmare Before Christmas for UPS and Postal Workers

December 18, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

Blog: BlogIn the U.S., the leadership of the Auto Workers (UAW) has reached a proposed settlement with the Justice Department to head off a racketeering lawsuit. The settlement will provide for a vote of all 400,000 union members to decide whether they want direct election of top leaders, or to continue with the present system of convention delegates choosing the national leadership.
The referendum should take place by early September 2021, according to the timeline laid out in the court order.

Blog: BlogOn November 5 Amazon workers at a warehouse in Wroclaw, Poland (Amazon WRO1) stopped work to demand that they receive the same 2,000 zloty ($530) bonuses that recruitment agencies are paying to new workers.
In the following days workers from other Polish sites joined the protest behind the slogan “2,000 zloty for everyone,” which many have scrawled on the back of their orange health-and-safety vests.

Blog: BlogGrowing up in Philadelphia, I learned about some of the rich local labor history: the 1827 founding of the first union to cross craft lines, the 1835 general strike, and the 1869 founding of the Knights of Labor. Some of it was personal—my father took part in the 50-day teachers strike of 1981.

While millions have lost their jobs and thousands of small businesses have shut their doors, at least one company has thrived during the pandemic: Amazon. The e-commerce behemoth controls 40 percent of online sales and has amassed record profits. The net worth of founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, has jumped to $186 billion, up more than $70 billion since March. Building Its Own Delivery Network, Amazon Puts the Squeeze On Drivers

December 17, 2020 / Jake Alimahomed-Wilson

Blog: BlogLike workers at the U.S. Postal Service, we have a lot of Covid-related health and safety concerns at Canada Post—including over proper staffing, cleaning, and the process when someone tests positive.
At the Downtown Winnipeg delivery depot, we had a series of complaint meetings about these concerns and other violations of our collective agreement—but we were getting nowhere. So we decided to take group action.
The genius of our action was that it involved doing nothing. For the entire week after Black Friday (November 29-December 4), everyone refused overtime.

Teachers in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, walked out on strike December 2 for the first time since 1983.
Why now? The state was trying to privatize public education. The local school board was trying to balance the budget on our backs. Add to that a once-in-a-century pandemic.
A well-organized membership was determined not to bend to the pressure from all of the above.
Ohio’s legislature, like others, enacted its own version of privatization with a piece of legislation passed in 2013 called Ed Choice.Cleveland Heights Teachers Strike in the Snow, Beating Austerity with Solidarity

December 11, 2020 / Tony Bifulco

Unions are hoping that President-elect Joe Biden quickly takes control of the National Labor Relations Board and launches a new era of federal labor policy.Will Biden Resuscitate the NLRB?

December 07, 2020 / Robert M. Schwartz

Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra BradburyHoliday toy production season got off to a chaotic start this year. Santa Claus at first resisted the elves’ demands for COVID safety measures—prompting a wave of sickouts around the toy workshop.
Many elves joined the sickouts, especially in candy striping and wrapping and ribbons, despite frantic efforts by Elves, Reindeer, and Candy Stripers Local 1224 President Zack Keebler to tamp down the risky resistance. The crisis peaked when a batch of candy canes was shipped out unstriped—an error unprecedented in polar history.

Blog: BlogNurses at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital struck this week over safety and staffing.
“We're petrified of a resurgence of COVID,” said registered nurse Kathy Santoiemma, a 43-year veteran of the hospital. “We lived through it. We were ground zero of the COVID pandemic. We had the first case in New Rochelle actually—we became a totally COVID hospital. And that's what we did for months.”