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: 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: 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

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: Amazon Keeps Workers Socially Alienated Not Socially Distanced or Safe

Cover photo by Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times By Blake Garrison The following is a report from PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Pittsburgh. Across the span of the second week of December, two workers at the Pittsburgh Amazon distribution center tested positive for Covid-19. When a worker tests positive, Amazon sends out an alert over an app all workers have on their phones. The alert … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Amazon Keeps Workers Socially Alienated Not Socially Distanced or Safe

Worker’s Correspondence: FedEx Slashes Peak-Season Raise

By Nélida Tello Tribune of the People spoke to a FedEx package handler who unloads packages, out of trucks that arrive at the distribution center from across the country, and loads them onto trucks to be delivered throughout Austin. Employees at the Austin FedEx Ground center have not received their peak-season raise despite being weeks into peak season. Management has justified employees not getting the … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: FedEx Slashes Peak-Season Raise