Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
Organize Your Workplace: Rebuilding Rank-And-File Worker Organizations ‘Must Be’ Labor’s Priority ‘And Central To That Project Will Be Recreating & Strengthening A Core Of Class-Conscious’ Workplace Activists – ‘The Militant Minority’
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
The Coronavirus is causing a major global, social and economic crisis. In the United States, the government’s response to this crisis has been disastrous and employers are showing, as usual, that they have no qualms about putting their own profits above the health and safety of their Workers and of the public. Strikes and other forms of on-the-job more»
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
As the Coronavirus crisis gained momentum at the end of March, Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle made headlines for cutting his annual salary from $954,810 to $10,000. And although the company’s retail stores would temporarily close, Columbia announced that it would continue to pay its Store Workers. The moves landed Boyle on a shortlist of more»
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN) - Across the country, communities are cheering Health Care Workers as Heroes in the war against COVID-19, yet - hospitals are using the crisis to continue to bust Unions and fire Activist Employees. UCOMM previously reported about Nurses in New Jersey being fired for speaking up about their hospital’s refusal to let them wear more»
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - There seems to be a new story every day about potentially deadly working conditions during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Nearly 5,000 Workers at meatpacking plants in 19 states have tested positive for COVID-19. Amazon Workers in California say the company is skirting new legislation on Paid Sick Leave. Grocers are finding it harder more»
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI) – Dollar General failed to show an Employee said to have threatened fellow Co-Workers leading up to a Union Ratification Vote was acting as an agent of the Union, the Eighth Circuit ruled. The decision means the discount store chain must recognize United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655 as the Collective more»
People Magazine Digital Team Declares Intention To Form A Union - 96% Of The Brand's Digital Group Employees Nationwide Who Are Eligible Have Signed Cards Indicating Their Interest In Organizing
Published on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - As the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic continues to lead to furloughs and layoffs at news organizations, People's Digital Team has announced its intention to form a Union, joining its Print Division, which is already Unionized, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ninety-six percent of People's Digital Group Employees nationwide who are more»
Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - A Union seeking to represent about 3,000 Editorial Employees at Hearst Magazines has won a major battle after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected the company’s petition to have the Union split into six different Bargaining Units. In a 133-page decision, NLRB Regional Director John J. Walsh ruled that the Full-Time and more»
An ‘Overwhelming Majority’ Of Staff At The New York City Civil Liberties Union ‘Seek Voluntary Recognition To Form A Union’
Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - An overwhelming majority of Staff at the New York City Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has announced they are seeking voluntary recognition to form a Union at the NYCLU with the National Organization of Legal Services Workers/United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2320. "NYCLU Staff are proud to join the growing movement of Non-Profit Workers to more»
Unionization Drive At TCGplayer In Syracuse Fails - Suspension Of Vote Reportedly Followed A Company Campaign To ‘Talk Workers Out Of Voting To Join The Union’
Published on Friday, May 8, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - A Union has called off an effort backed by former Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to represent nearly 100 Warehouse Workers at Syracuse’s TCGplayer, one of the Nation’s largest distributors of Magic: The Gathering and other trading cards. An Organizing Committee of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local more»
Biden Campaign Organizers Ratify Union Contract – ‘For The First Time,’ The Staff Of A Major Party’s Presidential Nominee Will Be Covered By A Union Pact
Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
Field Organizers for Vice President Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign have ratified a Union Contract that will give them a $15-an-hour Minimum Wage, Overtime Pay and a Grievance Process. Biden’s campaign had previously recognized a Union representing its Organizers in Iowa, the first state to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary. The more»
Workers ‘Need To Unionize To Protect Themselves’ From Algorithmic Bosses - Report Says ‘Rapid Expansion’ Of Algorithmic Management Technology ‘Should Be A Cause For Deep Concern For All’ Workers
Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
In many low wage U.S. workplaces, 2019 looked like a dystopian nightmare. Algorithmic Pay Models and AI (Artificial Intelligence) Surveillance Technologies spread to new industries and increased their grip on others. Many Workers are now accountable to algorithms, instead of bosses. Countless Amazon Warehouse Workers suffered injuries while trying to more»
Pandemic Job Actions ‘Offer Hope For Renewed’ Labor Movement - Front-Line Workers ‘Are Staging Job Action After Job Action In Their Quest For Protection From The Coronavirus’
Published on Friday, May 1, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Jordan Flowers never thought he would become a Labor Leader, then the Coronavirus forced him to risk his life every time he clocked in. The Robotics Operator at Amazon’s Staten Island Warehouse helped lead one of the first walkouts at the site - a protest over the company's lack of protective equipment. A month later, more»
Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Pageant Media’s U.S. Employees announced this week that they are Unionizing. The company has a niche audience and covers registered, private, credit and real estate investment sectors. “We are forming a Union to build a diverse, rewarding work culture that elevates diligence and excellence,” Organizers wrote in a more»
Published on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates led off the first-ever Labor Notes Virtual Conference earlier this month, calling on Workplace Activists to “pivot from mourning into action. “This is a ‘moment that we won’t get back, and if we’re not careful this moment will dovetail into more austerity,’” more»
The Daily Beast Reports Wired Staff Is Unionizing As Condé Nast Bosses ‘Plan Deep Cuts And Layoffs’ That Are Being Attributed To The Coronavirus
Published on Friday, April 24, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Writers at the Technology Outfit Wired magazine will form an Editorial Union as the publication’s parent company Condé Nast plans deep cuts amid the Coronavirus-fueled economic downturn that has ravaged the media landscape. Organizers informed magazine managers this week that they will Unionize with the NewsGuild of New York, more»
Amazon-Owned Whole Foods ‘Quietly Tracks’ Employees With A ‘Heat Map Tool’ That ‘Ranks Which Stores Are Most Risk Of Unionizing,’ According To People With Knowledge Of The Effort & Internal Documents Viewed By Business Insider
Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
Whole Foods is keeping an eye on stores at risk of Unionizing through an interactive heat map, according to five people with knowledge of the matter and internal documents viewed by Business Insider. The heat map is powered by an elaborate scoring system, which assigns a rating to each of Whole Foods' 510 stores based on the likelihood that their Employees more»
‘Wanting A Voice’ In The Workplace, Public Accountability Initiative Staffers ‘Go Union’ - Workers Vote For Communications Workers Of America Representation
Published on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Staffers employed at the Buffalo-headquartered Public Accountability Initiative, a non-profit Public Interest Research Organization that’s focused on corporate and government accountability and specializes in researching and mapping power, has Gone Union - voting to be represented by the Communications Workers of America more»
Published on Monday, April 13, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A 10-month organizing effort to improve transparency, achieve collective bargaining power and ensure the Democratic values that they espouse abroad are similarly observed in their own workplace, more than 150 Employees at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have voted by overwhelming majority to join Office and Professional more»
Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) - Fourteen Employees of the ACLU of Maryland - including Organizers, Attorneys, Legal Fellows and Assistants and Policy Specialists, spent nine long months building up power and support for a Union with Office and Professional Employees International (OPEIU) Local 2 before winning an election with the American Arbitration Association more»
Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - A group of 180 Youth Counselors, Case Managers, Education and Employment Specialists, On-Call Staff, Outreach Workers, Development Staff and other job classifications at YouthCare in Seattle, Washington have voted to Go Union by agreeing to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). more»
Published on Friday, April 3, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - More than 100 Employees at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (SFMFB) have voted overwhelmingly for representation by Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29, Unionizing to ensure greater transparency from their employer and to have the ability to participate more fully in decisions that impact more»
Union-Busting ‘In The Name Of God:’ Catholic Universities ‘Are Relying On A Religious Exemption To Avoid Recognizing’ Workers’ Rights & ‘Workers Are Appealing To Catholic Values To Fight Back’
Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - Betsy Pingree has been living with friends for free because she can’t afford an apartment while finishing her dissertation on the precarious conditions of Migrant Laborers in the 20th Century. Standing with fellow Graduate Student Workers at Boston College (BC) who are demanding recognition of their Union, she acknowledged more»
Published on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MERCER COUNTY, NEW JERSEY) - Before the COVID-19 Pandemic swept across the United States, Workers employed by the SERV Behavioral Health System - who voted overwhelmingly to be represented by American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) New Jersey Council 63, rallied outside the SERV of Mercer County headquarters in Ewing to more»
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Workers Unionize At Two NYC Legal Non-Profits ‘To Ensure Safe Working Conditions’
Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) - Workers at two New York City Legal Non-Profits - the Children’s Law Center and the Safe Passage Project - announced this week in a delegation to their management that they are forming a Union with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325. The Safe Passage Staff supports immigrant youth more»
Jews United For Justice In The Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Region Votes To Unionize With The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union
Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) management has voluntarily recognized the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) as the Union representing its Employees, it was announced. JUFJ is a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on advancing Economic, Racial and Social Justice in the Baltimore-Washington region by educating and mobilizing more»
Because Of The Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, The NLRB Has Suspended All Union Representation Elections Off Until At Least April 3rd
Published on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In yet another sign of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that all Union Representation Elections - Secret Ballot Elections held to determine whether employees wish to be represented by a Labor Union - are suspended, including Mail Ballot Elections, until April 3rd. The more»
Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - On December 3rd, thousands of Graduate and Undergraduate Student Workers represented by the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) Union went on Strike. Bundled in winter coats and sporting “UAW On Strike” signs, Strikers picketed, marched and rallied in falling snow and pouring rain. For more»
L.A. Museum ‘Does The Right Thing’ - Takes ‘Right Approach By Voluntarily Recognizing’ Workers’ Union
Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - After Workers at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles sought a voice on the job, MOCA voluntarily agreed to recognize their Union based on signed cards, precluding Workers from having to hold an election. More than 200 Employees told museum leaders they intended to join together for form a Union through American more»
Published on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - Tartine Bakery Workers have voted to Unionize by a final vote of 89-to-84 – but both representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and management are contesting 24 additional votes, which could well swing the election. In early February, Tartine Workers announced their intention to Unionize, more»
The Coronavirus Is ‘Jump-Starting’ Union Organizing At Delta As ‘Uncertainty About The Pandemic Is Stoking A Desire Among Workers For Labor Protections’
Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ATLANTA, GEORGIA) - For more than a decade, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has struggled to organize Flight Attendants at Delta, the largest Non-Union airline in the country – but now, the spread of the Coronavirus is giving new energy to what has long seemed an impossible task. “There ‘has been an uptick in interest in the more»
Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BOISE, IDAHO) - Newsroom employees at the Idaho Statesman have announced plans to form a Union - the first in the paper's history. All 16 non-supervising Journalists at Idaho's largest daily newspaper signed a mission statement to form the Idaho News Guild. "We're ‘asking for equal pay,’" said Statesman Reporter and Guild Supporter Ruth more»
Published on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - A Unit of 53 Portland-area Safeway.com Delivery Drivers have voted 30-18 to Go Union and join the Teamsters - becoming the first Home Grocery Delivery Workers to Unionize. Employed by Groceryworks.com Operating Company LLC - a subsidiary of Safeway – the Workers pick up groceries ordered on-line and deliver them to nearby homes more»
Bank Workers Unionize For The First Time In 40 Years- More Than 100 Workers At A Tom Steyer-Founded Bank ‘Go Union’ With The CWA In An Industry With The ‘Lowest’ Unionization Rates In The Country
Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
More than 100 Workers at a Tom Steyer-founded bank have Unionized with Communications Workers of America (CWA) - becoming the first in the financial industry to win Collective Bargaining Rights in more than 40 years. Workers at the bank Unionized, in large part, to set a standard for the rest of the financial industry to be able to demand higher wages, more»
Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
AFSCME Editor’s Note: Pictured above, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 4041 Members testify before the Government Employee-Management Relations Board. (Photo by Cyndy Hernandez) (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) – Workers in a Fourth Unit of Nevada State Employees have been certified by the state to conduct more»
This Is What Happens When Workers Unionize: Local 338 Cannabis Workers At Vireo Health New York Ratify New Three-Year Contract That Features ‘Significant’ Wage Increases & ‘Additional Time Off’
Published on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Local 338 Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), have announced that the Workers employed at Vireo Health New York have ratified a new three-year contract that significantly builds on benefits that were included in the first contract, which was negotiated in 2016. The Members in the more»
Faced With The Trump Administration Attempting To ‘Eliminate Their Right To Unionize,’ A Wave Of Graduate Teaching Student Wildcat Strikes Spread Across The State Of California's Public Universities
Published on Friday, February 28, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA) - A Graduate Student Strike at University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, where hundreds of Teaching Assistants have refused to teach and withheld grades, has spread 250 miles down the California Coast to UC Santa Barbara. The Wildcat Strikes at California’s public universities arrive during a period of tension between more»
Orlando Starbucks Worker Says He Was Fired For Union Organizing And 'To Create Fear' Shortly After He Emerged As A Leading Organizer To Unionize His Co-Workers
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ORLANDO, FLORIDA) - Gabriel Ocasio Mejias worked as a Barista at Starbucks in Orlando International Airport for two years before he was fired on February 18th, shortly after he emerged as one of the leading Organizers to Unionize his Co-Workers with Unite Here. “I was fired ‘three hours after’ another Union Organizer was fired,” more»
Published on Monday, February 24, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA) - Stagehands employed at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania have Gone Union - unanimously voting Yes to be represented by International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 200. Stagehand Technical Service Workers support 200-plus annual events at Zoellner Arts Center, hang and more»
“They Treat Us Like Robots And We Feel Like Prisoners” - Target Warehouse Faces Its First Public Union Drive
Published on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PERTH AMBOY, NEW JERSEY) - A Target warehouse facility in northern New Jersey is set to become the first in the company’s nearly 60-year history to face a public Union Campaign as Labor Officials announce their intentions to Unionize the distribution facility. Fed up with frequent firings, steep production quotas, and “flex” scheduling - more»
Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Employees at Crowd-Funding Platform Kickstarter voted Tuesday (February 18th) to form a Union, the first of its kind in the Technology Industry, after an 18-month battle with the company’s management. Kickstarter United will now be formally recognized by the management after a vote held by the National Labor Relations Board more»
Published on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA) - A majority of some 200 Attorneys at the Defender Association of Philadelphia have voted to Unionize. After votes were tabulated during a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process, a press release from the Defenders Union indicated that the election was won in favor of Unionization with 142 votes in favor more»
Health Care Professionals At The Arkansas VA Medical Center ‘Go Union’ - Join The International Association Of Machinists
Published on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS) - The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Organizing Department succeeded in expanding the IAM’s footprint in the Health Care Industry when an overwhelming majority of Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Dieticians and other Health Care-Related Professionals at the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in more»
“It ‘Really Is An Anti-Union Escalation Of The Highest Order’” - Station Owner ‘Trying To Bust’ Union At KOIN-TV In Portland, Oregon
Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - About 40 Union-represented Workers at KOIN 6-TV in Portland - who have been working without raises since their last Union Contract expired back in September 2017, learned last month that station owner Nexstar Media Group - the largest owner of television stations in the United States - no longer recognizes their Union. According to more»
Published on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - Workers who make bread for Grand Central Bakery in Portland have voted to Unionize in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The 29-to-9 vote affirmed what the Workers had told management three weeks earlier: Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 114 has the support of a majority of the more»
Published on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA) - Employees at Cake Life, a three-year-old business that’s made headlines for being a Beyoncé favorite, is asking owners to voluntarily recognize their Union. About half of the shop’s roughly 25 Employees, which include Baristas and Bakers, signed a letter asking for voluntary recognition that was recently more»
The IBEW’s Family Medical Care Plan Aids The Union’s Organizing Success For Utility Electricians In ‘Right-To-Work’ Texas
Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP) is more than just a health insurance plan - it’s also a surprisingly effective organizing tool. That revelation came to IBEW Houston Local 66 Business Manager Greg Lucero after a handful of his Bargaining Units adopted the plan in 2014 more»
Instacart Workers Win Historic Union Election - After Months Of Upheaval, Instacart Employees Voted To Form The Silicon Valley App's First Union In The United States.
Published on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SKOKIE, ILLINOIS) - A group of Instacart Employees in the Chicago suburb Skokie have voted to Unionize with United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1546 - a historic win for the grocery delivery platform. The vote was 10-to-4 in favor of the Union, according to Workers. "The overwhelming majority of the Employees made history by becoming the more»
In Their Own Words: PSAV Employee ‘Tells You Why’ He & His Co-Workers Are Forming A Union ‘At One Of The Largest Event Companies In The Business’
Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have attended a gala, trade show, wedding or conference, you know how important it is that the event goes off without a hitch. The lighting needs to be perfect. The audio needs to be constantly monitored and adjusted. The music needs to hit exactly the right cue. In event production, the details more»
Historic Union Drive Makes Delaware The ‘First State’ Again - State Legislative Staff In Delaware Become The First In The United States To Seek To Unionize
Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(DOVER, DELAWARE) - For what appears to be the first time ever, the Legislative Staff of a U.S. State is announcing its intent to Unionize. State Legislative Workers in Delaware announced a Union Drive on the first day of the new session, requesting voluntary recognition from State Legislative Leaders. Organizers from the Delaware General Assembly Union more»
Workers At Major Illinois Weed Company ‘Go Union’ – Cresco Employees Vote For UFCW Representation ‘In A Key First Win’ For Labor At A State Marijuana Facility
Published on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(JOLIET, ILLINOIS) - Cresco Labs Workers employed at its Joliet Cultivation Facility have voted by a margin of 58-32 to be represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 881, it has been announced. The vote is important for Organized Labor, which intends to Unionize the Cannabis Industry in Illinois and other states. The Teamsters lost more»