Labor Notes

Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-09-23 04:33
Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California September 23, 2020 / Nelson Lichtenstein

In August a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify more than 100,000 drivers as regular employees. The two companies, which depend on a business model that defines drivers as independent contractors, got the decision lifted for at least a few months.

But in the meantime their threat to shut down operations in California—and thereby fire thousands of drivers while ending service to millions of customers—raises the question: What do we call this extraordinary corporate stratagem? A public relations gambit? A pressure tactic? Blackmail? A capital strike?

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Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-09-23 04:33
Return of the Lockout: Uber and Lyft Try to Strong-Arm California September 23, 2020 / Nelson Lichtenstein

In August a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify more than 100,000 drivers as regular employees. The two companies, which depend on a business model that defines drivers as independent contractors, got the decision lifted for at least a few months.

But in the meantime their threat to shut down operations in California—and thereby fire thousands of drivers while ending service to millions of customers—raises the question: What do we call this extraordinary corporate stratagem? A public relations gambit? A pressure tactic? Blackmail? A capital strike?

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Brooklyn Teachers Demand Full Remote Instruction

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-09-22 13:36

Outside the gates of Brooklyn’s P.S. 139 hung a poster with a report card for the Department of Education. Teachers frustrated with the ever-evolving plan to reopen schools had issued the DOE the following grades:

Timely submission of directives? F
Using data to drive decisions? F
Keeping stakeholders prepared and informed? F
Wasting time, energy, resources, driving us crazy? A+.

Categories: Labor Notes

Brooklyn Teachers Demand Full Remote Instruction

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-09-22 13:36

Outside the gates of Brooklyn’s P.S. 139 hung a poster with a report card for the Department of Education. Teachers frustrated with the ever-evolving plan to reopen schools had issued the DOE the following grades:

Timely submission of directives? F
Using data to drive decisions? F
Keeping stakeholders prepared and informed? F
Wasting time, energy, resources, driving us crazy? A+.

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School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-18 14:12
School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe September 18, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The push to reopen schools and campuses is hitting educators with a brutal fact: your employer will place you in deadly danger for the sake of the economy.

You knew this already if you worked in a meatpacking plant, an Amazon warehouse, or a construction site. But until 2020 you didn’t think a school or university job might kill you.

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School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-18 14:12
School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe September 18, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The push to reopen schools and campuses is hitting educators with a brutal fact: your employer will place you in deadly danger for the sake of the economy.

You knew this already if you worked in a meatpacking plant, an Amazon warehouse, or a construction site. But until 2020 you didn’t think a school or university job might kill you.

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VIDEO: Use Information Requests to Put Some Oomph into Your Contract Enforcement

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-18 12:47

Labor Notes is pleased to present a series of free webinars taught by veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz.

This webinar, held on September 17, was entitled "Requests for Information" and based on Chapter 4 of Schwartz's popular book The Legal Rights of Union Stewards. The session begins around the 22-second mark.

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VIDEO: Use Information Requests to Put Some Oomph into Your Contract Enforcement

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-18 12:47

Labor Notes is pleased to present a series of free webinars taught by veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz.

This webinar, held on September 17, was entitled "Requests for Information" and based on Chapter 4 of Schwartz's popular book The Legal Rights of Union Stewards. The session begins around the 22-second mark.

Categories: Labor Notes

Chicago Health Care Workers on Strike for Safe Staffing, $15 Minimum, PPE

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-09-16 16:26

On Friday a Cook County judge filed a partial injunction against nearly 5,500 health care workers preparing to strike the University of Illinois at Chicago’s hospital, clinics, and other campus divisions. The judge cited a “clear and present danger” to patients, reducing the number of union members who could participate in the strike.

But to members of the Illinois Nurses Association and Service Employees Local 73, the clear and present dangers at UIC are unsafe staffing levels, lack of protective equipment, and poverty wages, especially in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago Health Care Workers on Strike for Safe Staffing, $15 Minimum, PPE

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-09-16 16:26

On Friday a Cook County judge filed a partial injunction against nearly 5,500 health care workers preparing to strike the University of Illinois at Chicago’s hospital, clinics, and other campus divisions. The judge cited a “clear and present danger” to patients, reducing the number of union members who could participate in the strike.

But to members of the Illinois Nurses Association and Service Employees Local 73, the clear and present dangers at UIC are unsafe staffing levels, lack of protective equipment, and poverty wages, especially in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Graduate Employees at University of Michigan Strike over COVID, Police

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-09-14 18:08

UPDATE, September 18: GEO membership voted to accept the University of Michigan’s second offer on September 16 and end the nine-day strike. At the union’s largest membership meeting yet, 78 percent of nearly 1,400 members in attendance voted in favor of the agreement. According to a GEO press release, the union won “workable pandemic childcare options; substantive support for international graduate students; transparent COVID-19 testing protocols; and incremental but real movement on our policing demands.”

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Graduate Employees at University of Michigan Strike over COVID, Police

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-09-14 18:08

UPDATE, September 18: GEO membership voted to accept the University of Michigan’s second offer on September 16 and end the nine-day strike. At the union’s largest membership meeting yet, 78 percent of nearly 1,400 members in attendance voted in favor of the agreement. According to a GEO press release, the union won “workable pandemic childcare options; substantive support for international graduate students; transparent COVID-19 testing protocols; and incremental but real movement on our policing demands.”

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New York City Teachers Work Outdoors after a Co-Worker Tests Positive

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-09-14 18:00

UPDATE, September 18: Amid continued protests, yesterday Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the start of in-person school in New York City will be further delayed for most students. Pre-K and special ed schools will still open September 21, but elementary school reopening has been pushed back to September 29, and middle and high school to October 1. —Editors

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New York City Teachers Work Outdoors after a Co-Worker Tests Positive

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-09-14 18:00

UPDATE, September 18: Amid continued protests, yesterday Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the start of in-person school in New York City will be further delayed for most students. Pre-K and special ed schools will still open September 21, but elementary school reopening has been pushed back to September 29, and middle and high school to October 1. —Editors

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Students Mobilize to Defend Disciplined San Antonio Teacher

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-09-14 14:31

My school district put me on administrative leave for organizing workers at my school. Then students and community members led a huge campaign that forced my reinstatement in just three days.

I’m the union steward at Luther Burbank High School on the Southside of San Antonio, where I teach U.S. history. After tense faculty meetings and intense questioning from district personnel, the school district placed me on leave on August 31.

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Students Mobilize to Defend Disciplined San Antonio Teacher

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-09-14 14:31

My school district put me on administrative leave for organizing workers at my school. Then students and community members led a huge campaign that forced my reinstatement in just three days.

I’m the union steward at Luther Burbank High School on the Southside of San Antonio, where I teach U.S. history. After tense faculty meetings and intense questioning from district personnel, the school district placed me on leave on August 31.

Categories: Labor Notes

Review: Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-09-11 16:39

Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, and Pun Ngai did extensive field research for almost 10 years to produce Dying for an iPhone. The result is a riveting account of the lives of workers on the production line, but the authors go further to reveal the human, social, and environmental impacts of the iPhone's manufacture.

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Review: Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-09-11 16:39

Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, and Pun Ngai did extensive field research for almost 10 years to produce Dying for an iPhone. The result is a riveting account of the lives of workers on the production line, but the authors go further to reveal the human, social, and environmental impacts of the iPhone's manufacture.

Categories: Labor Notes

School Is Remote—Can I Get Leave to Stay Home with My Kid?

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-09-10 15:00

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA), passed by Congress in March, mandates up to 12 weeks of paid, job-protected time off for workers who must stay home to care for a child because the child’s school or daycare is closed due to coronavirus precautions. (The FFCRA applies only to employers with fewer than 500 employees.)

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School Is Remote—Can I Get Leave to Stay Home with My Kid?

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-09-10 15:00

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA), passed by Congress in March, mandates up to 12 weeks of paid, job-protected time off for workers who must stay home to care for a child because the child’s school or daycare is closed due to coronavirus precautions. (The FFCRA applies only to employers with fewer than 500 employees.)

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