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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

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.