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antidrumpfsa day ago
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A little over a year ago, President Joe Biden won a stunning election victory, upsetting Trump and making him the first President to lose reelection in 28 years. At the time, President Biden said that he would be the most pro-union President in the history of the country.
With the end of the year fast approaching, UCOMM has decided to take a look at whether President Biden has been able to deliver on that promise. Some of these were included in UCOMM鈥檚 previous piece on what was accomplished after 100 Days, but thankfully since then, many things have changed
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bilbobagginsbrainrotblog3 months ago
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As everyone is getting (rightfully!) pissed about Amazon taking the filming of their new Lord of the Rings series out of New Zealand to the UK, now seems like a good time to remind everyone that back in 2010, Warner Brothers basically blackmailed the entire country into passing anti-union labor laws, known as "Hobbit Law", that are still affecting film workers in New Zealand today. This was done with full vocal support of Peter Jackson, by the way. Amazon is scummy and deserves all the derision it's getting- but Warner Brothers, Newline Cinema and Jackson should not be let off the hook either. The original Lord of the Rings trilogy would not have been remotely the same iconic piece of media it was without the people, talent and amazing landscapes of New Zealand, and it's important to recognize both the country's contribution and how poorly they've been treated in this entire franchise.
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robertreich6 months ago
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Why the PRO Act is Critical
Something I've just learned about Amazon -- one of America's most profitable and fastest-growing corporations, headed by the richest man in the world:聽
According to the Labor Department鈥檚 Occupational Safety and Health Administration,聽Amazon warehouse workers sustained nearly double the rate of serious injury incidents last year as did workers in non-Amazon warehouses.聽
In addition, largely because Amazon failed to provide its workers adequate protective equipment during the pandemic, the corporation admits that nearly 20,000 employees were presumed positive for the coronavirus.
Workers who spoke out about these unsafe workplace conditions were fired.
Amazon boasts of paying its workers at least $15 an hour. But that comes to about $30,000 a year, hardly enough for a family to get by on.
The explosive growth of Amazon鈥檚 army of poorly-paid and ill-treated hourly workers is emblematic of the long-term decline of America鈥檚 middle class and levels of economic inequality America hasn鈥檛 seen since the late nineteenth century鈥檚 Gilded Age.聽
This has strained the social fabric of the nation -- fueling anger and frustration, a rising tide of drug overdoses and deaths of despair, even tempting some working-class people to embrace Trumpism and white nationalism.聽
The success of Amazon鈥檚 鈥渟hock and awe鈥 campaign against workers who dared try to bring a union to their Bessemer, Alabama warehouse exemplifies the immense political power the architects of this growing inequality now wield.聽
It鈥檚 an聽alarming omen of the future.聽
In Amazon warehouses like Bessemer, workers are treated like robots. Algorithms relentlessly impose dangerous production quotas. They get two 30-minute breaks each ten-hour day. Every movement is monitored.聽
Amazon delivery drivers report being instructed to turn off their safety apps so they can meet their quotas.聽
Others report having to urinate into bottles because of delivery timing pressures.聽
Even though public support for unions is as high as it鈥檚 been in 50 years -- 60 million American workers would join a union today if they could -- Bessemer workers were outgunned by a behemoth whose market capitalization exceeds Australia鈥檚 GDP. 聽聽
The National Labor Relations Act makes it illegal for employers to fire workers for trying to organize a union. But the penalties for violating the Act 聽are so laughably small (rehiring the worker and providing back pay) that employers like Amazon routinely do it anyway.
Amazon may be the future of the American economy, but if that future is to have room for the kind of prosperous working families that fifty years ago defined American capitalism, unions are critical.聽
In March, the House of Representatives passed legislation designed to level the field. It鈥檚 called the Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). The Senate version has 47 Democratic co-sponsors. It needs three more to give the PRO Act a fighting chance of getting to Joe Biden鈥檚 desk.聽
The PRO Act would end many of the practices Amazon used to defeat the union effort in Bessemer. Real penalties would be imposed on companies and corporate officers who retaliate against union advocates or otherwise violate the National Labor Relations Act.
The PRO Act would make it easier for workers to form a union, with the aim of protecting them from unfair working conditions.
The PRO Act alone won鈥檛 end economic inequality or return prosperity and opportunity to America鈥檚 working families. But passage of the PRO Act would help.聽
It would also send a clear signal that ours is truly a government 鈥渙f the people鈥 -- such as the million people who work for Amazon today, not the one multi-billionaire at the top, and of the vast majority of Americans who are working harder than ever today and getting nowhere, in America鈥檚 Second Gilded Age.聽
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magicklore4 months ago
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Starting October 15th a national general strike is being held, our demands are
25% corporate tax rate (No loopholes)
Free Healthcare for all
12 weeks paid paternity and maternity leave
$20 minimum wage
4 day work week
Stricter Environmental Regulations on Corporations (Bans on single use and micro plastics, and limited emissions)
If you want to show your support then think about going on strike. You don't need to be unionized and you legally cannot be fired for going on strike. If you have to work then you can try to abstain from unnecessary economic activity. If you intend to participate then feel free to sign this petition, there are already thousands of signatures in a single day.
You can also contact your local representatives and make your support known, below is a link to help you find your representatives
You can also help by spreading the word, there is information and flyers at
There are also marches being organized in some major cities although I don't yet have information but will update when I do. Please think about going on strike or simply showing your support for striking workers. Change cannot be achieved unless we demand it.
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xxlord-bunnyxx4 months ago
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Topeka Frito-Lay strike photos.
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arctic-hands8 months ago
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I don't see people talking about this so today is the 110th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in where the factory owners locked working women and girls inside to "eliminate the risk of theft" (in reality it was too keep them from taking breaks), which resulted in the gruesome deaths of 123 mostly immigrant women and girls and 23 men, many of whom jumped to their deaths from the ninth floor either in a panicked attempt to escape or in order to die quickly. There were reports that some of the workers were on fire already as they jumped.
The eighth floor of the building was able to telephone the tenth floor to warn them about the fire, but the factory on the ninth floor where these women and girls labored had no such communication and such warning.
The factory owners were criminally charged with manslaughter for actions that contributed to the mass deaths but acquitted. However, this tragedy led to mass sympathy to the labor movement, and unions spurred on safety regulations that passed in New York state and eventually the entire country, and activists were able to reduce child labor in the process.
This tragedy is a reminder that has been forgotten in the 110 years since: every safety regulation-- every scrap of paperwork contributing to the hundreds of pages of red tape people like to complain about--every word of it was written in the blood of a laborer.
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pewresearch2 months ago
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A narrow majority of Americans continue to say labor unions have a positive effect on the way things are going in the United States. Most Americans also say the long-term decrease in the percentage of workers represented by unions is bad for working people in the U.S., and for the country as a whole, according to recent surveys.
As of July, 55% of U.S. adults say labor unions have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, unchanged from August 2019, the last time the Center asked this question. While the overall figure has remained the same, Democrats have become more likely 鈥 and Republicans less likely 鈥 to say unions have a positive effect.
Read more:聽Majorities of Americans say unions have a positive effect on U.S. and that decline in union membership is bad
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bitchesgetriches12 days ago
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Antiwork Is the New American Dream
NEW POST! Antiwork Is the New American Dream
For the past few years, I鈥檝e been a member of a subreddit called Antiwork (r/antiwork). I think I found my way there through r/PovertyFinance or r/LostGeneration, where I lurk, occasionally answering questions about surviving life in a capitalist hellscape. (Usually while on the toilet. Sorry, jut being real!) Antiwork is a place for people to vent about their jobs, mostly through memes and鈥
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pumpkinspicedlesbiana year ago
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IMPORTANT FOR DUTCH PEOPLE! (and anyone who cares about labour rights!)
10% of the dutch population has two thirds of all the wealth. The minimum wage is too low for people to be able to live decent lives, it's time to change that.
We do this for service workers who put their lives on the line during this pandemic.
For disabled people who struggle to get by on government support.
Voor14 wants to raise the minimum wage to 14 Euros FOR EVERYONE!
For the 1,3 million Dutch citizens living in poverty.
For you and for each other, we deserve more and it's time we DEMAND MORE!
Please share this and sign the letter so we can show our elected officials that we will not be quiet about this, all you need is two minutes and an email address to be part of the change!
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post-leffert4 months ago
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What is a General Strike? 馃摲
"A general strike is a strike action in which a substantial proportion of the total labor force in a city, region, or country participates. 鈥冣僄eneral strikes are characterised by the participation of workers in a multitude of workplaces and tend to involve entire communities. 鈥冣 General strikes first occurred in the mid-19th century and have characterised many historically important strikes." (1)
Why Strike?
The U.S. Government is not serving its people
The United States is the only developed country that requires zero paid time off for maternity leave (2)
Unemployment rose to 14% in 2021 because companies refused to raise wages (3)
Only 100 corporations are responsible for 71% of all global carbon emissions (4)
Federal Minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009 (5)
40 million Americans live at, or below the national poverty line (6)
Pharmaceutical companies are extorting patients for medications (7)
And the average American is $90,460 in debt just to afford basic necessities like housing, food, clothes, education, and medical bills (8)
In an effort to combat this tyranny we propose a national Strike starting on October 15th, 2021.
This demonstration serves to show your company, and our country as a whole, that you deserve basic human rights.
Your labor is a bargaining tool and you are worth more than what society is offering you.
Our Goals:
25% corporate tax rate (No loopholes)
Free Healthcare for all
12 weeks paid paternity and maternity leave
$20 minimum wage
4 day work week
Stricter Environmental Regulations on Corporations (Bans on single use and micro plastics, and limited emissions)
If you support any or all of our goals, stand in solidarity with us on October 15th by taking off work.
What you can do:
Abstain from going in to work starting on October 15th
Do not participate in economic activity starting on October 15th
Contact your Local Representatives to express our demands
Spread the word and inform your family, friends, and colleagues about the strike
Increase class consciousness by educating those around you through our learn page
If you plan on participating, sign the petition so others can get an idea of our collective strength.
Will I get Fired?
No, you are protected
NLRA Protects your right to strike even if you are not a union member because you are engaging in concerted activity (9)
Companies have tried to retaliate before, and it doesn't look good for them (10)
For those of you who still express concerns here is a "Basic Guide to the National Labor Relations Act"
Even more information if you are not convinced
Please contact the National Labor Relations Board to find out more about your unique situation.
What if I absolutely cannot take off?
You can still support the movement by spreading the word through the links below!
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robertreicha month ago
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Don't believe corporate America's "labor shortage" bullshit. This is an unofficial general strike.
For the first time in years, American workers have enough bargaining leverage to demand better working conditions and higher wages -- and are refusing to work until they get them.
Here鈥檚 where that leverage comes from. After a year and a half of the pandemic, consumers have pent-up demand for all sorts of goods and services. But employers are finding it hard to fill positions to meet that demand.聽
The most recent jobs report showed the number of job openings at a record high. The share of people working or looking for work has dropped to a near-record low 61.6 percent. In August, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs, the highest quit rate since 2000.
Republicans have been claiming for months that people aren鈥檛 getting back to work because of federal unemployment benefits.聽Rubbish.聽
The number of people working or looking for work dropped in September -- after the extra benefits ran out on Labor Day.
The reluctance of people to work doesn鈥檛 have anything to do with unemployment benefits. It has everything to do with workers being fed up.
Some have retired early. Others have found ways to make ends meet other than a job they hate. Many just don鈥檛 want to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage jobs.聽
In the wake of so much hardship, illness and death, peoples鈥 priorities have shifted.
The media and most economists measure the economy鈥檚 success by the number of jobs it creates, while ignoring the quality of those jobs. Just look at the media coverage of the September jobs report: The New York Times emphasized 鈥渨eak鈥 job growth. For CNN, it was 鈥渁nother disappointment.鈥澛
But when I was Secretary of Labor, I met with working people all over the country who complained that their jobs paid too little and had few benefits, or were unsafe, or required unwieldy hours. Many said their employers treated them badly.
With the pandemic, it鈥檚 even worse. That鈥檚 why, in addition to all the people who aren鈥檛 returning to work, we鈥檙e also seeing dozens of organized strikes around the country -- 10,000 John Deere workers, 1,400 Kellogg workers, over 1,000 Alabama coal miners, and thousands of others.
Not to mention the unauthorized strikes and walkouts since the pandemic began, like the mostly Black sanitation workers in Pittsburgh or the Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island. In order to lure workers back, employers are now raising wages and offering other incentives. Average earnings rose 19 cents an hour in September and are up more than $1 an hour over the last year. But clearly, that鈥檚 not enough to get workers back.
Corporate America is trying to frame this as a 鈥渓abor shortage.鈥澛
But what鈥檚 really happening is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a health care shortage.
Unless these shortages are rectified, this unofficial general strike will continue. I say it鈥檚 about time.
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scratchtovoida month ago
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Lili sharing Juliette Lewis鈥檚 post that explains why she is standing with the IATSE and about the long hours and poor working conditions on film crews. Definitely worth reading the whole post.
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resist-much2 months ago
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duckingwildera month ago
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Penisnaut: A person so rich he can build a spaceship to carry him away from his inadequacy.
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geekysteven4 months ago
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Tweet reading, "my squid have unionized"
Attached is a screen shot from the video game Stardew Valley showing a system message for the Midnight Squid Pond showing five squid with the message "we've decided that we need two sardines"
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odinsblog7 months ago
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Deregulation, privatization, and declining unionization have exacerbated the gulf between rich and poor in the past 50 years. Researchers have documented how much of the increase in wage inequality is due to the weakening of policies and institutions that have historically protected and empowered workers鈥攗nions, minimum wage laws, unemployment insurance, and labor law鈥攊n addition to structural changes in the economy and labor market.
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thesociologicalcinemaa month ago
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This is Richard Frankensteen, U.A.W. organizer. Henry Ford's men pulled his coat over him and beat him as he was leafletting in 1937. Never forget the sacrifices by workers and union activists so that others could have a voice and respect on the job.
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