BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update
Labor News Update - 04/08/2023
We Have a Child Labor Crisis, Not a Worker Shortage
Barnes & Noble Education Workers Seek to Unionize, Extending Organizing Wave
Jane LaTour, Fighter for Women in Labor Unions, Dies at 76
Have a Happy Union (Made) Easter!
ICYMI - 87% of Service Workers in the US South were Injured on the Job Last Year
Strike at New York's Hispanic Society enters second week as museum pushes back long-planned reopening
Teachers and staff at KIPP Columbus Charter school to consider union vote
Dozens of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) students joined employees represented by Teamsters Local 251 on Friday as the union continued its strike over “unfair labor practices.”
AdvanSix workers in Hopewell go on strike reportedly over wage issues in new contract
Rutgers' unions to hold townhall on Sunday to weigh strike
Nursing license changes opposed by union as Nevada lawmakers take up AB108 https://youtu.be/UIbk11pUYQ4
Nurses in Ventura County-run hospitals and health care sites voted Friday to ratify a contract they said would bring most of them as much as 30% more compensation over five years.
GLIDE, one of San Francisco’s most prestigious social justice institutions dedicated to helping the homeless and low-income, is being accused of using union busting tactics by multiple former and current employees ahead of union contract negotiations that happened earlier today. https://www.ktvu.com/news/glide-the-tenderloin-based-social-justice-institution-is-being-accused-of-union-busting
Florida Times-Union Guild demands better wages for local journalists at Friday rally https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/florida-times-union-guild-demand-better-wages-for-local-journalists-at-friday-rally/77-47095aed-cf3f-401c-a636-73ae70f518d9
Nurses union accuses St. Charles of ‘spying,’ files unfair labor practice charge; hospital calls claims ‘simply false’
Portillo’s employees to vote on unionizing https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2023/4/7/23674708/portillos-employees-union-vote-iron-workers-addison-food-preparation-center
125 workers now under union contract at Blue Lake Rancheria businesses
Apple Store Workers Say The Company Is Stalling On Its First Union Contract
Educators at another state university will be walking the strike lines this month. The faculty and staff at Governors State University – members of the GSU University Professionals of Illinois (GSU UPI, IFT Local 4100) – declared a strike after a 8-hour bargaining session Thursday culminated in another inadequate offer from the university. https://chicagocrusader.com/governors-state-university-gsu-faculty-and-staff-union-will-strike-tuesday/
Touring members of the Actors' Equity union will be distributing leaflets ahead of their Philadelphia performances this weekend as they struggle to negotiate a new contract with producers. https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/broadway-tours-actors-equity-union-negotiations-strike-into-the-woods-six-20230407.html
Jobs & Economy
America’s employers added a solid 236,000 jobs in March, suggesting that the economy remains on solid footing despite the nine interest rate hikes the Federal Reserve has imposed over the past year in its drive to tame inflation.
Rising Kentucky median wage barely outpacing inflation https://fox56news.com/news/kentucky/rising-kentucky-median-wage-barely-outpacing-inflation/
Retail and fast food jobs with rising pay lure older workers into roles once filled by teens https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2023/04/06/retail-fast-food-jobs-hiring-older-workers/11602681002/?gnt-cfr=1
Politics & Legislation
Labor unions push back on proposed New York bail law changes
Investigate the investigator: James Comer must be sidelined pending thorough inquiry
NLRB News, Decisions & Summaries
Unfair Labor Practices Charge Filings Up 16%, Union Petitions Remain Up in Fiscal Year 2023
Tesla has been ordered to rehire Richard Ortiz, a previously fired pro-union employee, after a federal appeals court ruled that Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, broke the law in firing him, Wards Auto reports. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling from the National Labor Relations Board from back in 2021 that found Musk’s online threats to take away stock options if employees unionized amounted to unlawful coercion. At the time, the NLRB also ordered Tesla to rehire Ortiz with back pay. https://jalopnik.com/tesla-ordered-to-hire-back-pro-union-employee-ortiz-1850312651
Starbucks Illegally Threatened Union Organizers, NLRB Judge Says
Chicago Deli Illegally Fired Union Backers, NLRB Judge Says (Subscription Required )
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This Day in Labor History
On this day in Labor History the year was 1952. That was the day that President Truman issued Executive Order 10340, nationalizing the US Steel Industry. He hoped to stop a looming steel strike, while the country was embroiled in the Korean War.