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
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?
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
Photo credit: Olivia Paschal By Brian Martel On December 8, workers walked out of the George’s poultry plant in Springdale, Arkansas, effectively shutting down production. The walkout was organized in response to dangerous conditions which exposed workers to COVID-19. George’s Inc. is the ninth largest poultry producer in the US, and its headquarters is in Springdale where the walkout occurred. The city is one of … Continue reading Arkansas: Poultry Plant Workers Walk Out, Demand Health Precautions and Wages
The following is an unofficial translation of the article “Índia: 5 mil trabalhadores rebelados destroem fábrica terceirizada da Apple” from Anova Democracia By Giovanna Schaidhauer The iPhone factory in Karnataka, India, run by Taiwan’s technology monopoly, Wistron Corporation, was destroyed on December 12 by 5,000 overexploited workers after the company failed to pay them their wages and increased their working hours. Several videos were posted on … Continue reading India: 5,000 Rebel Workers Destroy Apple Third-Party Factory
By Serran Soledad Nurses and other healthcare professionals at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California are among three Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities whose workers have given their respective employers until Christmas Eve to meet a contract agreement for better work conditions, or face a 10-day unfair labor practice strike. Negotiations between the three facilities and the SEIU Local 121RN representing … Continue reading California: Healthcare Workers Threaten Christmas Eve Strike Over Covid-19 Negligence
By Mike Talavera Electric car manufacturer Tesla announced this week that it would be taking the $60+ million tax break deal from Travis County and the Del Valle School District to build a $1.1 billion “Gigafactory.” The politicians and officials who made the deal, whose careers stand to benefit from securing one of the biggest development projects in Central Texas history, did so over the … Continue reading Texas: Residents Brace for Impact as Tesla Gigafactory Confirmed for Del Valle