BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update
Labor News Update - 04/27/2023
Teamsters leaders, saying their members “do not cross picket lines,” have joined the chorus of unions supporting the WGA in its ongoing negotiations for a new film and TV contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Those talks are now in their final week, and a strike, if it comes to that, could come as early as next Tuesday.
Stellantis wants to cut 3,500 hourly skilled and production jobs in the United States, and it plans to offer buyout packages "corporate wide," according to a letter from a local UAW official. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2023/04/26/stellantis-buyout-cut-jobs/70152746007/
IATSE President Issues Statement of Support for Writers as Strike Deadline Approaches https://iatse.net/iatse-president-issues-statement-of-support-for-writers-as-strike-deadline-approaches/
The tenured and tenure-track faculty at the University of Michigan – Flint (UMF) have begun efforts to unionize. https://www.eastvillagemagazine.org/2023/04/25/um-flint-tenured-faculty-begin-unionization-efforts-propelled-by-governance-pay-work-life-university-climate-concerns/
First Albany Starbucks union strike at Academy Park https://www.news10.com/news/albany-county/first-albany-starbucks-union-strike-at-academy-park/
The Rutgers Strike is a Turning Point for Higher Ed https://progressive.org/latest/rutgers-strike-turning-point-kalet-250423/
University of Michigan graduate student instructors and staff assistants have been striking for almost a month. Now, the institution is trying to grade without them. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/faculty-issues/labor-unionization/2023/04/26/grading-amid-grad-workers-strike
ICYMI - The teacher’s union Kentucky 120 United AFT says Fayette County Schools is no longer recognizing them. https://www.wkyt.com/2023/04/26/teachers-union-says-fcps-is-no-longer-recognizing-them/
ICYMI - California-based battery manufacturer startup Sparkz Inc said Tuesday it had agreed to a partnership with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union as it finalizes plans to begin commercializing zero-cobalt, zero-nickel battery production. https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/battery-startup-sparkz-strikes-partnership-214142641.html
UPS union negotiating contract for thousands of Louisville workers https://www.lpm.org/news/2023-04-26/ups-union-negotiating-contract-for-thousands-of-louisville-workers
Street Chaos and Long Hours Push Farmers’ Market Workers to Unionize https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/26/nyregion/nyc-farmers-market-union.html
Fordham Graduate Workers Walk Out! Three Day Unfair Labor Practice Strike https://cwad1.org/news/fordham-graduate-workers-walk-out-three-day-unfair-labor-practice-strike?link_id=3&can_id=03cf3a4da8bc5e187dcf000a3360189a&source=email-thousands-of-new-jersey-workers-mobilize-to-fight-for-a-new-contract-cwa-district-1-newsletter-3&
Museum Of Science And Industry Workers Ask Bosses Not To Interfere With Unionizing Effort https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/04/26/museum-of-science-and-industry-workers-ask-bosses-not-to-interfere-with-unionizing-effort/
Memphis Sanitation Workers reach 5-Year contract deal with pay raises https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/watch-memphis-sanitation-workers-reach-5-year-contract-deal-with-pay-raises/video_6313517c-2f13-5de2-87ee-805bffb11caa.html
UFCW Local 227: Organizing Victory Please join us to congratulate Lush employees who unanimously voted to start a union at their store today! They are the FIRST store to unionize in the United States, but certainly not the last! https://bit.ly/423CQfs
Workers Memorial Day
Workers Memorial Day 2023On April 28, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to remember workers killed, injured, or made ill on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. https://aflcio.org/about-us/conferences-and-events/workers-memorial-day
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, commemorating those killed, sickened, or injured on the job. As part of a week of events, today the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is releasing its “Dirty Dozen” report.
On Workers Memorial Day, remember the labor unions that fought to make work safer https://ky.aflcio.org/news/lexington-herald-leader-workers-memorial-day-remember-labor-unions
To Observe Workers Memorial Day, AFGE Raises Awareness on Workplace Violence
Politics, Government & Legislation
Third grade teacher in Austin, Texas gets reprimanded for teaching students about their ‘legal and constitutional rights’: ‘I’m concerned that they find that concerning’
ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS: Urge the House not to vote to harm older Americans https://ky.aflcio.org/news/ara-urge-house-not-vote-harm-older-americans
Policymakers should say no to school voucher bills: http://eepurl.com/ipYWPE
Kentucky: No, Kelly Craft's campaign ad targeting 'wokeness' in schools doesn't hold weight
CWA Union Members Fight for Hospital Funding and Raising the Minimum Wage in NY
LiUNA!: Trump's claim that he's pro worker 'is a flat-out lie' https://ky.aflcio.org/news/liuna-trumps-claim-hes-pro-worker-flat-out-lie
Kentucky teachers talk about why they leave classroom https://www.thenewsenterprise.com/news/local/kentucky-teachers-talk-about-why-they-leave-classroom/article_1295c3af-850c-5638-9b2b-b78b7d37df47.html
NLRB News & Decisions
Julie Su is a champion for workers everywhere. The Senate must confirm her. https://thehill.com/opinion/congress-blog/3966903-julie-su-is-a-champion-for-workers-everywhere-the-senate-must-confirm-her/
AFL-CIO: Julie Su's confirmation hearing shows she is the right choice to lead the Department of Labor https://aflcio.org/press/releases/afl-cio-julie-sus-confirmation-hearing-shows-she-right-choice-lead-department-labor
Jobs, Business & Economy
25 Things You Need to Know from the 2023 Death on the Job Report
UPS says the US economy is slowing down — America's largest trucking company said Tuesday that revenue fell 6% in the first quarter compared to a year earlier, as its operating profit fell 22%. Its earnings fell just short of Wall Street forecasts for the period.
Goodbye to the Dried Office Mangoes —
Google is clawing back its famously lavish employee perks, sending a message that might be more symbolic than practical. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2023/04/tech-company-perks-free-food-google/673855/
Where was West Virginia’s first coal mine?
McDonald’s customers are starting to balk at higher Big Mac prices
GM adds new partner to build its 4th battery cell plant in US
Americans are getting worried about the job market https://cnn.it/444qyWb
This Day in Labor History
Labor History in 2:00 Podcast:
On this day in Labor History the year was 1825. That was the day that saw what is widely considered the first strike for the ten-hour work day. It happened in Boston. Journeymen carpenters had grown tired of being required to work from sun up to sun down. They decided it was time to make a stand.
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