Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

By Jakob Stein Management at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant has been using safety protocols, especially those around COVID-19, as a pretext to retaliate against workers whom they have personal issues with. The general attitude of management with regard to these ‘violations’ has been guilty until proven innocent, with workers being punished for not wearing masks when they were in fact wearing them, or … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

Workers’ Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Photo credit: Todd Barbiaux, United Steelworkers By Blake Garrison Tuesday morning, 1,300 steelworkers with United Steelworkers (USW) went on strike against Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) in six different states. Steelworkers at ATI are expected to work 12 hours a day, five to six days a week, in toxic and dangerous conditions. They have not received a pay increase in seven years, while even during periods … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Workers’ Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Villagrana Logistics Inc. a delivery service provider for Amazon, laid off a worker from their Camarillo location in January, despite her taking on increasingly heavy workloads through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company cited a “lack of work” as the reason for the lay-off. “They were essentially saying that there wasn’t enough volume to keep me on. Basically saying people … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

By Oliver Powell An apprenticeship program described by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Texas as an “earn as you learn” program for new electrical workers relies on stringent rules and contractual obligations to keep wages lower than the occupational average, mainly because private contractors are able to control the apprenticeship program and suppress the wages of apprentices. Apprentices found that over time, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Begin Strike for Better Working Conditions

By Vincent Cross On Monday morning, hundreds of nurses gathered outside St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts to officially mark the beginning of their strike for better working conditions and increased staffing levels. The nurses have been demanding increased staffing levels and a lower patient-nurse ratio for years, and last month they overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if management continued to refuse to meet … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Begin Strike for Better Working Conditions

Worker’s Correspondence: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Photo Credit: Telegram and Gazette By Vincent Cross On Wednesday, more than 700 of the 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted in favor of striking. Demands are for safe staffing and legal patient-to-nurse ratios. While the vote authorizes the union to strike, they have yet to give management the required ten-day notice before the strike can begin. Nurses have been picketing … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Worker Correspondence: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit

Photo credit: Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio By David Albright A worker at the STL8 Amazon Facility in St. Peters, MO spoke with Tribune about her experience surrounding an injury sustained offsite that was reinjured on the job soon after she returned from medical leave. The worker told Tribune that she felt a pop in her shoulder and excruciating pain while lifting a box during … Continue reading Worker Correspondence: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit

Worker’s Correspondence: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

Photo credit: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer By Eli Blackhart Tribune of the People spoke with a healthcare worker in Houston who works as an EMT and Emergency Room (ER) Technician. The medic detailed unsafe working conditions, increased workload, and a lack of support from healthcare companies. During the peak of the pandemic, the lack of healthcare workers resulted in only one … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

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