BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update
Labor News Update - 04/21/2023
New report highlights challenges still faced by America’s working women
Some 9,000 writers, who are members of UNI Global Union affiliates the two U.S. Writers’ Guilds (WGA-East and WGA-West), authorized leaders to call for a walk out if their union fails to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) when their contract expires on 1 May. https://uniglobalunion.org/news/u-s-writers-authorize-strike-action-for-a-fair-contract/
Wisconsin Teamsters set the bar with solidarity https://m.fightbacknews.org/2023/4/20/wisconsin-teamsters-set-bar-solidarity
It’s that time of the year when millions of Americans roll up their sleeves and get to some Spring cleaning! Whether it’s washing or mopping or scrubbing, Labor 411 has a list of union-made supplies below for you. Now you can get your house super clean and support good union jobs!
Grocery Boss Crumbles Under Easter-Weekend Strike Threat https://www.labornotes.org/2023/04/grocery-boss-crumbles-under-easter-weekend-strike-threat
Another Trader Joe’s Store Just Formed A Union https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trader-joes-oakland-unionizes_n_64419c18e4b0d84038875869
United Auto Workers union President Shawn Fain said on Friday there is "no excuse" for Detroit's automakers to set up electric vehicle operations and ventures that are not unionized. https://m.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/uaw-president-no-excuse-for-detroits-nonunion-ev-operations-3061844
Delta Workers, Labor and Community Allies Rally for Union Representation at Delta Air Lines https://www.goiam.org/news/territories/transportation/delta-workers-labor-and-community-allies-rally-for-union-representation-at-delta-air-lines/
Rail unions want railroads to take some of the billions they’re using every year to buy back their stock and spend it to improve safety in the wake of several high-profile derailments and hire more workers. https://apnews.com/article/railroads-stock-buybacks-safety-unions-derailments-1e5beabdb21a901ca36e93634e077de9
Wabtec, Erie's largest industrial employer, and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, head to the bargaining table Thursday with the hope that history won't repeat itself.
Florida HCA patients at risk due to low staffing, union warns https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2023/04/21/hca-hospitals-florida-staffing-service-employees-international-union/
Politics, Government & Legislation
Two members of Congress joined national union leaders Thursday in accusing nursing home owners of diverting federal funds away from patient care in what was ostensibly a rally in support of a federal staffing mandate. https://www.mcknights.com/news/lawmakers-union-attack-ahcas-opposition-to-nursing-home-staffing-mandate/
Teamsters joined criminal justice reformers, cannabis advocates, and other labor allies on April 20 at a rally in St. Paul to call on state lawmakers to legalize recreational cannabis. https://teamster.org/2023/04/minnesota-teamsters-rally-in-support-of-cannabis-legalization-on-four-twenty/
NLRB News & Decisions
Wednesday brought a win for union employees fired or disciplined by the city of Chicago for violating COVID-19 vaccine requirements. https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-labor-relations-board-covid-vaccine-chicago-lori-lightfoot/13162434/
Jobs & Economy
Lyft's new CEO begins tenure with layoffs, reportedly cutting 1,200 jobs https://www.cnbc.com/2023/04/21/lyfts-new-ceo-begins-tenure-with-layoffs-reported-cutting-1200-jobs.html
AI like ChatGPT could change the day-to-day of white-collar jobs the most and reverse decades of tech-driven inequality — if we use it the right way https://www.businessinsider.com/jobs-pay-changed-most-college-workers-ai-chatgpt-inequality-skills-2023-4
School social workers at risk of losing jobs speak during Board of Education hearing https://www.wsaz.com/2023/04/21/school-social-workers-risk-losing-jobs-speak-board-education-hearing/
Whole Foods cuts hundreds of corporate jobs, employee memo shows https://nypost.com/2023/04/21/whole-foods-cuts-hundreds-of-corporate-jobs-memo-shows
Legal Cannabis Industry Loses Jobs For First Time https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/23/04/31938136/legal-cannabis-industry-loses-jobs-for-first-time
This Day in Labor History
Labor History in 2:00 Podcast:
On this day in Labor History the year was 1920. That was the day remembered in Butte, Montana as “Bloody Wednesday” or the “Anaconda Road Massacre.” Butte was in the heart of copper mining country.
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