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    Workers from Trader Joe's beloved wine store in New York City's Union Square say the discount grocery chain decided to close them down after they threatened to unionize, like thousands of other workers across the county.  The wine store was a firm favorite among New Yorkers who for more than 15 years, were willing to grit their teeth through the long checkout lines to nab their favorite wines at knock-down prices.  That was until earlier this month, when a flimsy notice appeared on the store's doors notifying customers that it was closed for good.  Workers from the shuttered store now tell The Huffington Post that they were planning to unionize and were days away from it when the store shut its doors.  Of the 30 members of staff, 22 had voted to form a union.  The shuttered Trader Joe's wine store in Union Square, where New Yorkers had been buying wine for 15 years  On August 11, the store suddenly closed with no warning to staff or to the customers who frequented it  'It’s totally to stop the union effort before...
    Apple Store employees in a Baltimore suburb became the tech giant's first retail workers to voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Saturday. Staff at the store in Towson, Maryland, now joining a growing push across U.S. retail, service and tech industries to organize for greater labor protections. The team at the Towson store voted 65-33 to seek entry into the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union's announcement said.  They're seeking additional rights to those afforded by their existing contracts, with workers filmed cheering happily after the vote was counted.   The Machinists and the Apple employees who wanted to join said they had sent Apple CEO Tim Cook notice last month that they were seeking to organize a union, and that their driving motivation was to seek 'rights we do not currently have.'  'This is something we do not to go against or create conflict with our management,' they wrote. Apple Store employees in a Baltimore suburb celebrate after they voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Saturday Apple retail workers at a store (above) in...
    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — More than 100 employees of an Apple store in a suburb of Baltimore voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Saturday, joining a growing U.S. push across tech, retail and service industries to organize for greater workplace protections, a union said. The workers in Towson, Maryland, voted by a 65-33 margin to seek entry into the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union’s announcement said. The vote outcome could not immediately be confirmed with the National Labor Relations Board, which would have to certify the outcome and did not immediately answer messages. READ MORE: Mayor Brandon Scott Touts Success Of 2022 AFRAM FestivalThe union and the employees intent on organizing said they sent Apple CEO Tim Cook notice last month that they were seeking to organize a union. The statement said their driving motivation was to seek “rights we do not currently have.” “I applaud the courage displayed by CORE members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. in the statement. “They...
    In this article GMStriking United Auto Workers members and supporters attend a speech by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders outside General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant on Sept. 25, 2019 in Detroit.Michael Wayland / CNBCDETROIT – The United Auto Workers union is accusing a new General Motors joint venture of denying access to workers to conduct a preliminary organizing vote. UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, in a letter to union members Tuesday obtained by CNBC, said leaders of the joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solution, called Ultium Cells, have "flat out rejected" the union's proposal of a "card check agreement" to assess interest in organizing. Dittes said the agreement would allow union officials into the joint venture's battery plant in Ohio to collect organizing cards, as one of the first steps to establishing UAW representation at the facility. "This process has been agreed to by many employers for a smooth and peaceful recognition of the UAW," Dittes said in the letter. "Ultium flat out rejected those simple basic features of a card check recognition we proposed." The UAW did not...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon workers on Staten Island vote to unionize, overcoming odds to become the company’s first US facility to organize. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A technician gets cabling out of his truck to install Google Fiber.George Frey | Reuters As Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City attempt to become the first members of the Alphabet Workers Union to win bargaining power, workers there are facing a union-busting effort by their contracting firm. The contractors are employed directly by BDS Connected Solutions and work in a retail store for Google Fiber, the project that provides high-speed internet access to 19 U.S. markets, according to its website. Kansas City was Google Fiber's first outpost. Last month, workers at the Google Fiber location petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for formal union recognition after Google and BDS didn't voluntarily agree to allow it. One staffer told CNBC that BDS had made changes to their pay structure and removed some of the helpful Covid-19 protections like gloves, sanitization shields and partitions.  The NLRB set the hearing date for Feb. 10, to confirm eligibility of union votes, which would precede an election, according to a filing viewed by CNBC. Leading up to the vote, workers say they received a...
    NEW YORK -- Amazon, under pressure to improve worker rights, has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board to allow its workers to organize freely and without retaliation.The video featured is from a previous report. According to the agreement, the online behemoth said it would reach out to both current and former warehouse workers via email who were on the job from March 22 to now to notify them of their organizing rights. The settlement outlines that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the U.S., have more room to organize within its warehouses.This year, Amazon has faced organizing efforts at warehouses in Alabama and New York. The efforts come amid heightened labor unrest at other companies in the United States.RELATED: Amazon workers walk out of Cicero faciliEarlier this week, some Amazon workers walked out of a facility in Cicero. The group of about 30 said they are demanding better pay and working conditions.ABC7 Chicago contributed to this post.
    Amazon reached a nationwide settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) late Wednesday, making it easier for Amazon employees to form a union. The agreement obligates Amazon to email its warehouse workers of their legal rights to organize, as well as post notices of workers’ rights in multiple visible places throughout its facilities, such as fulfillment centers. Amazon must also inform workers that it can’t legally retaliate against workers for organizing on company property. “This settlement agreement provides a crucial commitment from Amazon to millions of its workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to act collectively to improve their workplace by forming a union or taking other collective action,” Jennifer Abruzzo, general counsel for the NLRB, told The Wall Street Journal. People hold placards during a protest in support of Amazon workers in Union Square, New York on February 20, 2021. – (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images) The settlement provides avenues for the NLRB to discipline Amazon should it violate the terms of the agreement. It follows several failed unionization efforts by...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, under pressure to improve worker rights, has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board to allow its workers to freely organize — and without retaliation. According to the agreement, the online behemoth said it would reach out to its warehouse workers — former and current — via email who were on the job anytime from March 22 to now to notify them of their organizing rights. The settlement outlines that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the U.S., have more room to organize within the buildings. For example, Amazon pledged it will not threaten workers with discipline or call the police when they are engaging in union activity in exterior non-work areas during non-work time. “Whether a company has 10 employees or a million employees, it must abide by the National Labor Relations Act,” said NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, in a statement. “This settlement agreement provides a crucial commitment from Amazon to millions of its workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to act collectively to...
    If you’ve been anywhere near social media—and especially Twitter—recently, you’ve probably come across the discourse surrounding comedian Dave Chappelle’s recent comedy special, The Closer. The special streamed on Netflix as of Oct. 5 and almost immediately met criticism from folks regarding Chappelle’s transphobic and homophobic jokes. The situation really escalated, however, when three trans Netflix employees were suspended after attending a meeting for workers at the director level to which they had not been invited; thankfully, those suspensions were reversed. On Oct. 8, however, the CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, shared an internal memo defending the company’s choice to stream the special. The memo reportedly reads in part that “distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard” and that stand-up is meant to “push boundaries.” Sarandos added: “Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.” Now, trans workers are planning a walkout on Oct. 20, as reported by The Verge.  As reported by Variety, in a second internal memo, in which he stressed Netflix would not...
    As the world's richest man flies his Blue Origin rocket into suborbital space, here on Earth calls are growing to tax the rich and let Amazon unionize. Billionaire Jeff Bezos has faced strong criticism after Tuesday's flight, for which he thanked Amazon workers and customers who "paid for all of this." Bezos traveled to the edge of space just days after another billionaire, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, took a similar trip on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft. "The richest and most powerful people in the world are turning their eyes away from the planet and to the stars," says Paris Marx, a writer and host of the podcast "Tech Won't Save Us." "We need to question whether we should be dedicating so much resources to this kind of grand vision of a future that may never arrive," Marx says. We also speak with journalist Peter Ward, author of the book "The Consequential Frontier: Challenging the Privatization of Space," who says billionaires who have monopolized large sectors of the economy are seeking to do the same for space infrastructure. "It's not...
    Juan Miranda with members of Siembra NC. This story was originally published at Prism. Watching Alabama workers mount one of the “largest and most aggressive efforts to unionize Amazon” was the first time many Americans saw the powerful labor organizing that is happening in the South, a region of the country that is home to anti-worker laws rooted in racism. But Juan Miranda says the movement in Alabama was just a snapshot. Miranda is the organizing director of Siembra NC, a grassroots Latinx organization that sprouted up in 2017 to organize immigrant communities against the Trump administration’s attacks. Four years later, Siembra has put down deep roots in the state, building power alongside Black-led organizations and expanding to include workers’ rights, with a focus on organizing undocumented workers, many of whom fear retaliation in the form of immigration enforcement. Miranda came to Siembra from NC Raise Up, the Durham, North Carolina, branch of Fight for $15 and a Union, which advocates for corporations to increase wages and for state and federal governments to step in to mandate a $15 minimum wage. At Siembra, part...
    Delegates to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters convention voted overwhelmingly for a nationwide push to unionize hundreds of thousands of Amazon’s warehouse and delivery workers, a formidable task given the e-commerce behemoth’s fierce anti-union stance. “Amazon is a threat to every Teamster member,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa told the 1.4 million-member organization in its virtual meeting. “We will organize Amazon.” The Thursday vote, which also took place virtually, was 1562 in favor of organizing to 9 against. It comes in the wake of a stinging defeat for the labor movement and its progressive allies. In April, Amazon workers at a giant warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted two-to-one against representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union after what organizers called a powerful anti-union campaign by the company. In their statement Thursday, the Teamsters said they will “fully fund and supply all resources necessary” to address “Amazon’s exploitation of its employees, contractors and employees of contractors.” In the years that the Seattle giant has grown explosively, no Teamsters local has filed a National Labor Relations Board petition to...
    The labor union that organized a failed unionization campaign for warehouse workers at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama vowed to file labor charges against Amazon in an attempt to trigger a second vote. “We will be calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its egregious behavior during the campaign,” Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum said. Amazon lied to workers, unleashed a barrage of anti-union messages, brought in “union busters” to walk the warehouse floor and bombarded workers with anti-union signs in the facility, Appelbaum argued. The labor union that organized a failed unionization campaign for warehouse workers at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama vowed to file labor charges against Amazon in an attempt to trigger a second vote. In the immediate aftermath of the failed effort, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) promised to file a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that Amazon had employed intimidation tactics and unfair labor practices throughout the unionization election. Organizers hope that the labor board will...
    (This is a generic union-themed image.) Medium is the latest digital media outlet to unionize, with that news coming Thursday after a “strong majority” of 140 workers signed cards to join the Communications Workers of America. “I think a lot of people perceive media as this white-collar profession, but the reality of working in a lot of media jobs was really low salaries, bad benefits, very little job stability," Hamilton Nolan, formerly a key worker activist at Gawker—the first digital news company to get a union contract—and now a labor reporter at In These Times, said to CNN. Nolan was commenting on the general trend, which has included union organizing at HuffPost, Salon, Slate, Vox, and more. "One thing that the unions have done across the industry in many, many places is just to put in place a basic safety net for workers.” It wasn’t just Medium this week, though. Workers at Daily Kos were able to announce that management has voluntarily recognized a union here after a majority of workers signed cards to join the NewsGuild, also a part of the Communications...
    The company fired four employees last year in the wake of protests, but the NLRB only took up two of their cases. One of the said workers, Kathryn Spiers, added a pop-up notification to an internal version of Chrome that reminded her colleagues about their right to organize. At the time, Google said it “dismissed an employee who abused privileged access to modify an internal security tool.” The other former Google employee named in the complaint, Laurence Berland, was fired after viewing his co-workers’ calendars. Google said it let Berland go over data security violations. Berland was involved in organizing against Google’s partnership with an anti-union consulting firm. If Google decides not to settle the complaint, the case will go before an administrative judge. Google has faced other accusations of retaliating against employees who have organized protests and reported workplace issues. Workers have demonstrated over the company’s handling of sexual harassment. They have also protested its decision to work with the Defense Department and federal border agencies. Meanwhile, Timnit Gebru, who was a co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team,...
    PILSEN — An AT&T group is raising money for holiday gifts for Pilsen families with children and young adults who have developmental disabilities. Hacemos, a Latino employee resource group with the telecommunications company, has launched a GoFundMe to provide gifts to families of Special Religious Development, or SPRED, based out of St. Pius V Catholic Church, 1901 S. Ashland Ave. in Pilsen. For more than 13 years, Hacemos has volunteered and coordinated a Christmas gift drive for the program, which offers support and resources for the SPRED families, said Ramiro Nava, one of the organizers of the effort. In past years, they’ve helped host wrapping parties and volunteered during holiday celebrations. But with in-person gatherings and annual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations canceled due to coronavirus concerns, Nava said organizers had to adjust their planning. “This year we had to think outside the box because of the pandemic,” Nava said. “We initially considered canceling the event but we wanted to help out even though they weren’t meeting.” Nava said the group didn’t want to let those families go without something special this year. So...
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