Labor Notes

A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-06-30 16:27

“Seven months ago if you asked me about a union I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know, cops have them?’” says Sarah Pappin, a shift supervisor at a Seattle Starbucks. But on June 6, she and her co-workers voted unanimously to join Starbucks Workers United, part of an upsurge of organizing by younger workers with little union experience that is breathing new life into the labor movement.

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A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-06-30 16:27

“Seven months ago if you asked me about a union I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know, cops have them?’” says Sarah Pappin, a shift supervisor at a Seattle Starbucks. But on June 6, she and her co-workers voted unanimously to join Starbucks Workers United, part of an upsurge of organizing by younger workers with little union experience that is breathing new life into the labor movement.

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Viewpoint: Two Contrasting Visions of the Labor Movement Were on Display in June

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-06-28 11:58

The rare planetary alignment in mid-June was accompanied by the equally rare alignment of the AFL-CIO convention and the Labor Notes conference. It’s not often there is the opportunity for such direct comparison of the top leadership and activist base of the labor movement.

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Viewpoint: Two Contrasting Visions of the Labor Movement Were on Display in June

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-06-28 11:58

The rare planetary alignment in mid-June was accompanied by the equally rare alignment of the AFL-CIO convention and the Labor Notes conference. It’s not often there is the opportunity for such direct comparison of the top leadership and activist base of the labor movement.

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Collectively Fabulous

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-06-23 18:09

A longer version of this comic appears in the new collection Frontlines of Repair, just released by AK Press.

Click here to view the image in its own window and be able to zoom in.

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Collectively Fabulous

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-06-23 18:09

A longer version of this comic appears in the new collection Frontlines of Repair, just released by AK Press.

Click here to view the image in its own window and be able to zoom in.

Categories: Labor Notes

‘Progressive’ Food Company Amy’s Kitchen Faces Multiple Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-06-23 16:46

The spirit of unionizing is in the air, from Amazon to Starbucks. Now the workers in two frozen food factories in California are getting in on the action. But they're facing serious union-busting from their employer, Amy's Kitchen, despite its progressive branding.

Amy’s Kitchen is the sixth-largest maker of organic frozen meals in the United States and the top U.S. producer of organic vegetarian food, according to the North Bay Business Journal. The company employs more than 2,000 workers, a majority of them Central American immigrants who do not speak English.

Categories: Labor Notes

‘Progressive’ Food Company Amy’s Kitchen Faces Multiple Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-06-23 16:46

The spirit of unionizing is in the air, from Amazon to Starbucks. Now the workers in two frozen food factories in California are getting in on the action. But they're facing serious union-busting from their employer, Amy's Kitchen, despite its progressive branding.

Amy’s Kitchen is the sixth-largest maker of organic frozen meals in the United States and the top U.S. producer of organic vegetarian food, according to the North Bay Business Journal. The company employs more than 2,000 workers, a majority of them Central American immigrants who do not speak English.

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A First Contract for Mexican GM Plant's Independent Union

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-06-22 11:00

An independent union at General Motors in Silao, Mexico, has ratified its first contract, with an 8.5 percent wage hike and benefit improvements—outstripping recent wage increases at other Mexican auto plants.

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A First Contract for Mexican GM Plant's Independent Union

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-06-22 11:00

An independent union at General Motors in Silao, Mexico, has ratified its first contract, with an 8.5 percent wage hike and benefit improvements—outstripping recent wage increases at other Mexican auto plants.

Categories: Labor Notes

Videos from the 2022 Labor Notes Conference

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-06-22 10:18

Wow! What an amazing weekend. Thank you to all 4,000 troublemakers who converged in Chicago June 17-19 and made this year's Labor Notes Conference incredible.

The energy you brought, the stories you shared, the connections you made, the ideas and plans you're bringing back home—that's what it's all about.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, interpreted between languages, donated money, spoke in workshops and panels, led meetings, and shared songs, poems, and art!

Categories: Labor Notes

Videos from the 2022 Labor Notes Conference

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-06-22 10:18

Wow! What an amazing weekend. Thank you to all 4,000 troublemakers who converged in Chicago June 17-19 and made this year's Labor Notes Conference incredible.

The energy you brought, the stories you shared, the connections you made, the ideas and plans you're bringing back home—that's what it's all about.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, interpreted between languages, donated money, spoke in workshops and panels, led meetings, and shared songs, poems, and art!

Categories: Labor Notes

Videos from the 2022 Labor Notes Conference

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-06-21 14:53

Wow! What an amazing weekend. Thank you to all 4,000 troublemakers who converged in Chicago June 17-19 and made this year's Labor Notes Conference incredible.

The energy you brought, the stories you shared, the connections you made, the ideas and plans you're bringing back home—that's what it's all about.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, interpreted between languages, donated money, spoke in workshops and panels, led meetings, and shared songs, poems, and art!

Categories: Labor Notes

Videos from the 2022 Labor Notes Conference

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-06-21 14:53

Wow! What an amazing weekend. Thank you to all 4,000 troublemakers who converged in Chicago June 17-19 and made this year's Labor Notes Conference incredible.

The energy you brought, the stories you shared, the connections you made, the ideas and plans you're bringing back home—that's what it's all about.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, interpreted between languages, donated money, spoke in workshops and panels, led meetings, and shared songs, poems, and art!

Categories: Labor Notes

Must-see play for union leaders at Labor Notes!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-06-15 14:20


Waterwell, in association with Working Theater, present

7 Minutes

written by Stefano Massini
translated by Francesca Spedalieri
directed by Kristina Valada-Viars

"7 Minutes is an extraordinary play about the fear, anger, strength, and resilience of workers in a warehouse fighting against a concession. It touches on every aspect of those very difficult but detrimental conversations on the shop floor. It's a must see." -Anthony Rosario, Teamsters Local 804

Categories: Labor Notes

Must-see play for union leaders at Labor Notes!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-06-15 14:20


Waterwell, in association with Working Theater, present

7 Minutes

written by Stefano Massini
translated by Francesca Spedalieri
directed by Kristina Valada-Viars

"7 Minutes is an extraordinary play about the fear, anger, strength, and resilience of workers in a warehouse fighting against a concession. It touches on every aspect of those very difficult but detrimental conversations on the shop floor. It's a must see." -Anthony Rosario, Teamsters Local 804

Categories: Labor Notes

The Sign Says It All: How Unions Can Stop Employers from Crying Poor

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-06-01 10:21

My wife and I were motoring down the main avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2017 when I yelled out, “Stop! I gotta have this sign!”

Nancy pulled over. I jumped out and yanked out of the roadside a real estate sign that announced, “From the Upper $1 Millions, New Luxury Condos,” with a big arrow telling you to turn so you could buy one.

Categories: Labor Notes

The Sign Says It All: How Unions Can Stop Employers from Crying Poor

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-06-01 10:21

My wife and I were motoring down the main avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2017 when I yelled out, “Stop! I gotta have this sign!”

Nancy pulled over. I jumped out and yanked out of the roadside a real estate sign that announced, “From the Upper $1 Millions, New Luxury Condos,” with a big arrow telling you to turn so you could buy one.

Categories: Labor Notes

Deep South Baristas Strike Starbucks

Steward's Corner - Sat, 2022-05-28 08:54

Starbucks baristas in Columbia, South Carolina, returned to their jobs on Saturday, May 21, following a three-day walkout to protest anti-union retaliation.

Managers began denying employees promotions and transfers several weeks ago after 22 of 28 “partners” at the Millwood Avenue store petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for union representation. The workers reached a breaking point on May 18 when a popular store manager was fired for refusing to engage in union busting.

Categories: Labor Notes

Deep South Baristas Strike Starbucks

Magazine Stories - Sat, 2022-05-28 08:54

Starbucks baristas in Columbia, South Carolina, returned to their jobs on Saturday, May 21, following a three-day walkout to protest anti-union retaliation.

Managers began denying employees promotions and transfers several weeks ago after 22 of 28 “partners” at the Millwood Avenue store petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for union representation. The workers reached a breaking point on May 18 when a popular store manager was fired for refusing to engage in union busting.

Categories: Labor Notes
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