Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

By Henry Underwood A nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin recently spoke with Tribune about high patient-to-nurse ratios, under-staffing, and the necessity to organize for better pay and working conditions. “When the pandemic first started, we begged for specialty pay or hazard pay. … They refused. They all said no,” she told Tribune. Despite a sharp increase … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

Worker’s Correspondence: ‘Sustainable’ Agricultural Facility Denies Pandemic Sick Pay

Photo: The Boscovich family, Company owners (Source: Boscovich Farms) By Serran Soledad Tribune of the People interviewed a worker correspondent from Boskovich Farms about conditions at the agricultural company’s Oxnard, California facility, where workers have been denied sick pay in the wake of multiple Covid-19 outbreaks throughout the 2020 work year. Boskovich Farms earns an annual revenue of $30 million and is advertised as an … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: ‘Sustainable’ Agricultural Facility Denies Pandemic Sick Pay

Worker’s Correspondence: Schools Across the US Reopen, Teachers Voice Opposition

This article has been edited at the request of one of the writers due to misquoting one of the teachers. Tribune of the People extends its apologies to the teacher as well as our readers for the mistake. By Serran Soledad and Samuel Matteo School districts across the US are preparing to open back up and hold in-person classes. Tribune of the People, spoke to … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Schools Across the US Reopen, Teachers Voice Opposition

Worker’s Correspondence: Wage Theft and Racism at UPS Warehouse

By Mike Talavera A worker correspondent from a UPS warehouse in Charlotte told Tribune of the People that pay among workers has been inconsistent or incomplete and that management racially segregates the workplace. “I had to wait three weeks just to receive my first paycheck and so did several of my coworkers, despite UPS’s payment period being weekly,” the worker said. “We’re not told about … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Wage Theft and Racism at UPS Warehouse

Worker’s Correspondence: Low Pay at Temp Agency Jobs Keeps Day Laborers Homeless

By Mike Talavera The Tribune Support Committee in Austin spoke with workers at a local temp agency who said that the jobs given out are steady and that they are usually able to work 40 hours a week, but the pay is so low that many cannot afford a place to live. The assignments are typically custodial or construction-related and pay $9/hour or less. Many … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Low Pay at Temp Agency Jobs Keeps Day Laborers Homeless

Worker’s Correspondence: Former Honeywell Worker Details Speed-up Practices

By Rekia Amoni As the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, a shortage of PPE, created an outcry to increase the production of masks, and Honeywell, one of the largest producers of safety masks in the country, has apparently done so by pushing workers to breakneck speeds. One facility in North Smithfield, Rhode Island produces the N95 masks that have been praised as some of the … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Former Honeywell Worker Details Speed-up Practices

Letter to the Editors: How Do Revolutionaries Deal with Unions?

How should revolutionaries deal with unions? How should we deal with union reform movements like Labor Notes and movements to develop “union democracy” in unions? It seems as though workers who are initially politicized in the workplace want to develop a union or become affiliated to one. In my own workplace there has been a lot of excitement amongst a few workers about the news … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: How Do Revolutionaries Deal with Unions?

Alabama: Warehouse Workers Move to Unionize in Defiance of Amazon

Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times By Mike Talavera Workers at an Alabama warehouse moved one step closer this week towards forming the first union at a United States Amazon facility. If successful, it would be a blow to the monopoly corporation’s efforts to squash labor organizing in the country. The last time workers came close to creating a union at Amazon was in 2014 … Continue reading Alabama: Warehouse Workers Move to Unionize in Defiance of Amazon

California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times By Serran Soledad In the wake of a 10 day strike-notice issued on December 14 by nurses and healthcare workers across three southern California Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) hospitals, the SEIU 121 RN union representing them has come to an agreement with the hospitals, averting the strike set to begin on Christmas Eve, in exchange for the hospitals … Continue reading California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

Correspondencia obrera: conductores de Amazon se preparan para despidos después de Navidad

Por Henry Underwood Un repartidor (chofer de envíos) que trabaja para un centro de distribución de Amazon le dijo a Tribune of the Peopleque había aceptado el puesto esperando un empleo de tiempo completo, pero las recientes proyecciones de la compañía sugerían que habría despidos severos después de la temporada navideña. Comenzó a repartir paquetes para Amazon a través de una empresa contratista independiente en agosto … Continue reading Correspondencia obrera: conductores de Amazon se preparan para despidos después de Navidad