BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update


Labor News Update - 05/25/2023

Writers Guild of America Strike Updates


“Your Fight Is Our Fight”: John Leguizamo, Busy Philipps, Tony Kushner and Unions Show Solidarity With WGA

On-location filming in Los Angeles continues to nosedive amid the ongoing Writers Guild strike, plunging 51.5% last week compared with the same time a year ago. The WGA strike is now in its 23rd day with no signs of abating as films and TV shows shutting down production across the county.

Take Action: Stand with Striking Writers

Labor News

Southern Workers Are Building a Movement to be Reckoned With

SAG-AFTRA and Cameo for Business (C4B), the celebrity digital marketplace that connects talent with fans and brands, have reached what the guild is calling a “groundbreaking” agreement that allows its members to work under a SAG-AFTRA contract and count their C4B earnings toward their pension and health benefits.

UFCW Union Wins $1,000 in Back Pay for Virginia Kroger Member

Starbucks Union Demands Company Bargain A National Contract — The company's insistence on separate contracts for more than 300 organized stores has made the process unworkable, union president says.

Clarios workers reject tentative labor deal

Group home and day program workers set to go on strike

Starbucks workers in Rochester first in NH to vote to unionize, but what happens next?

UNITE HERE's Culinary Union Announces Palms Casino Resort Has a Union Contract

ILO complaint filed against US Government for failure to ensure Starbucks workers’ rights

SF Chronicle News Guild PMWG Workers Demand Justice & Living Wages

How the New York Times Union Finally Got a Pay Raise

Oregon state employee union warns of staffing ‘crisis’ as contract nears end

AFSCME’s Saunders: Help EMS Workers Help Our Communities by Ensuring Safe Staffing

A Great Week for American Labor: The Working People Weekly List

The Labor Movement Just Scored One of Its Biggest Victories in the South This Century

Employees accuse Intercontinental Hotel of union busting amid Moon Rabbit closure

CTU Leader Touts ‘Historic Reset’ in Labor Relations Between Union and Chicago Public Schools

Unions Make Things Better (Even If You're Not In One)

Warner Bros. Discovery has corrected changes it made to director and writer credits in its rollout of Max after receiving harsh blowback from the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild. In a statement today, Max said: “We agree that the talent behind the content on Max deserve their work to be properly recognized. We will correct the credits, which were altered due to an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max and we apologize for this mistake.”

Politics, Government & Legislation

White House takes new steps to study AI risks, determine impact on workers

If you ever wondered how tyrants and mobs take control of a society, consider how Kentucky politicians so easily demonize the "others." And then resist it.

Minnesota lawmakers approve 9 major worker-friendly changes

Group home workers strike, as union leaders are ‘not encouraged’ by state budget talks

Debt Ceiling Furloughs Are Unconstitutional, Union Will Argue Before Court Next Week

Take Action: Don’t Default on Working People

NLRB News & Decisions 

Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of May 15 - 19, 2023

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) with violating its employees’ rights through “unlawful” employment agreements.

Jobs, Business & Economy 

Once dismissed as a fringe theory, the idea that corporate thirst for profits drives up inflation, aka "greedflation," is now being taken more seriously by economists, policymakers and the business press.

A proposed class action in Colorado alleges that Amazon broke state wage and anti-discrimination laws by not letting drivers take breaks to use the bathroom.

COVID-19 emergency declaration has ended, but Kentucky’s health care worker crisis hasn’t

Lakewood drywall installer nailed by fines after underpaying workers on big NJ project

Workplace Safety 

No 'Joy': Union laborers sound alarm about NYC Construction firm

OSHA finds Dollar General exposed workers to hazards

Workers forced to clean up TVA coal ash spill without personal protection settle with company

A Louisville bus driver was shot while on the job last week, leading her to stand before the TARC board of directors Tuesday and ask why her supervisors went to the scene but not to the hospital to check on her.

This Day in Labor History 

May 25 - Philip Murray is Born

Unions were created to make living conditions just a little better than they were before they were created, and the union that does not manifest that kind of interest in human beings cannot endure.” 

Those were the words of Philip Murray, born on this day in Labor History, the year was 1886.  Philip Murray was born in Blantyre, Scotland, the son of a union coal miner. 


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