Tag: Labor

The New Union Resurgence

This is the most exciting — and promising — moment for the nation’s labor movement in decades thanks to the landmark union victories at Starbucks and Amazon, as well as the spread of union drives to well-known companies like Trader Joe’s and Apple. To find similar excitement about unions, one would have to go back to the 1930s and the victorious Flint Sit-Down strike against General Motors, which inspired a tremendous wave of strikes and union drives across the U.S.

What has made this moment even more promising for labor is the huge enthusiasm that many young workers are showing toward unions, including museum workers, nurses, journalists and graduate students, among them the 17,000 University of California grad student researchers who won union recognition in December. Two recent surveys also hold promise for labor: 74% of workers 18 to 24 say they would vote to join a union if they could, and a Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans 18 to 34 approve of unions.

Propelled by this youthful excitement, the Starbucks union drive has gone from workers at a single Starbucks in Buffalo, N.Y., voting to unionize in December to 75 Starbucks unionized today, with workers at nearly 200 more petitioning for unionization votes. One measure of this youth-driven enthusiasm: John Logan, a labor studies professor at San Francisco State, says anti-union consultants often boast that they defeat unions 95% of the time in union votes, but Starbucks baristas have voted to unionize 90% of the time — winning 75 of 84 union elections.

Op-Ed: A new generation is reviving unions. The old guard could help
Steven Greenhouse

Run Off – Losing a Job on the Oil Field

No one gets fired from the oil field, except for a failed drug test. If you show up and work, as far as dispatch cares, you can keep your job. No one will call you into the office and give you a talking to for bad behavior or laziness. They don’t give a shit how bad you are. Dispatch put the bodies in the field and the field can take care of itself. And the field does. Because in the oil patch, on a job location, sixty miles from the office, a different set of rules apply, and they are about as kind and as fair as nature’s. If men don’t believe you can do a good job, if they think for any reason that your ignorance, laziness, or ineptitude will put them or anyone around them in danger, or even if they just don’t like your face – just for the fun of it – they will run you off. They will do everything in their power to make your life such a living hell that you will go home one day and you will not come back. They will replace you with someone else and good fucking riddance. We do not want you, we do not need you. You are a worm, you always were and you always will be. So, go home and worm, you fucking worm.

The Good Hand
Michael Patrick Smith

See also: Safety Tips from the North Dakota Oil Field

Supporting the King Soopers Strike

I live maybe a mile from a King Soopers store and have been shopping there for years. I went to Safeway this weekend instead of King Soopers, out of support for the strikers. Noted that the Safeway store was extra busy. Great minds think alike.

Trucker Sentenced to 110 Years for Accident

DENVER — An online petition has gathered millions of signatures calling for leniency for a 26-year-old truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison for vehicular homicide in an explosive accident at the base of a Colorado mountain highway that killed four people in 2019.

More than 4.5 million people had signed the change.org petition urging Gov. Jared Polis to grant clemency or commute Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence by Tuesday, The Denver Gazette reports. Truckers nationwide have voiced outrage over the sentence on Twitter, using the hashtags #NoTrucksToColorado and #NoTrucksColorado, among others.

Leniency calls grow for trucker sentenced in Colorado crash
An online petition has gathered millions of signatures calling for leniency for a 26-year-old truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison for causing a crash that killed four people in Colorado

Kellogg’s Strike Ends

Congratulations to the Kellogg’s workers.

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) who work at Kellogg’s ready to eat cereal plants in Battle Creek, Mich., Lancaster, Pa., Omaha, Neb. and Memphis, Tenn. have voted to accept the recommended collective bargaining agreement. Approval of the contract ends the BCTGM’s strike against Kellogg’s, which began on October 5, 2021.

In commenting on the ratification, BCTGM International President Anthony Shelton stated, “Our striking members at Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereal production facilities courageously stood their ground and sacrificed so much in order to achieve a fair contract. This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions,” Shelton notes.

Highlights of the new five-year collective bargaining agreement:

• No take aways; No concessions
• No permanent two-tier system
• A clear path to regular full-time employment
• Plant closing moratorium: No plant shut downs through October 2026
• A significant increase in the pension multiplier
• Maintenance of cost of living raises

“Our entire Union commends and thanks Kellogg’s members. From picket line to picket line, Kellogg’s union members stood strong and undeterred in this fight, inspiring generations of workers across the globe, who were energized by their tremendous show of bravery as they stood up to fight and never once backed down.

“The BCTGM is grateful to AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler for mobilizing the AFL-CIO and its affiliates in support of our striking Kellogg’s members. Once again, President Shuler has provided highly effective leadership in support of the BCTGM and our members.

“The BCTGM is grateful, as well, for the outpouring of fraternal support we received from across the labor movement for our striking members at Kellogg’s. Solidarity was critical to this great workers’ victory.”

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nurdboy42
Master of the custodial arts. $17.50/h.

kevinkap414
Officer on a container ship work about 6 months out of the year and make about 120k. For the most part my job is looking out a window at some waves.

DaddyMyaMilan
Teacher in Zimbabwe – $150USD Per Month

Edit – Thank you guys so much for the messages and awards . Feels great to be appreciated . $150 is not enough in Zimbabwe. We’re just living by day by day like birds . Political and Economic situation is very bad .

Ronyx2021
I do whatever needs to be done around the warehouse that doesn’t require a forklift. $19/hour

LaFilleDuMoulinier
I’m a farmer. My earnings are flirting with the breadline, but I have very little bills and my life is overall very happy and fulfilling

brandos__
I work at a recycling plant, I get $35 an hour to stand at a conveyer belt picking out glass

Edit: Should have stated when I wrote the comment that I live in Australia, so that would be $25 usd roughly.

While I have people’s attention I would like to use this platform to ask people to please be mindful of what goes into your recycling bins. Diapers, food and plastic wrappers do not belong in the recycling bin.

dyingofdysentery
I work at a recycling plant as a chemist. I analyze our incoming and outgoing material for base and precious metals content.

I am one of 2 people in the lab and am effectively in charge as it’s no secret the lab manager is looking for a new job and is absent many days.

I get paid $20/hr

SignificantBoot7180
I am a paraprofessional in an elementary school. I spend most of my time in a self contained Kindergarten – 5th grade classroom of mostly “non verbal” students with autism. (Occasionally I float to other classrooms) I make around 20k a year. I love my job, but the pay is insulting.

Roger_Stingingson
Emt 15/hr

Edit: u guys need to realize, I’m on the high end. 15/hr is starting wage here and that’s freaking nuts. I seriously met a guy who worked 20+ years as an advanced EMT over in Tennessee and he was legit making 10.50 an hour. The dude was 48 on, 24 off.

Actually y’all think I’m doing rough? Check out wildland firefighters haha

cashbabyflow
I work in a steel mill that heats steel bars to a certain hardness. I get paid 18$ an hour and so far we haven’t had anyone die for a year (that’s a record)

Juju0047
I work at a small tech company doing any random thing they want. I make 90k.

Meckles94
I’m a bum and get $120 a week donating plasma, but plot twist I have an interview at the plasma place tomorrow

Edit: I want to thank everyone for the outpouring support in the comments. I’m doing my best to respond to everyone. It’s good to know there’s nice people out there.