Upcoming Events 🗓
Join NYC DSA labor branch Monday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. ET for a panel discussion about how socialists are organizing our workplaces! Panelists will talk about what has worked, what hasn’t, and how EWOC will fit into the larger struggle. RSVP here.
“The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who today attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”— From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the AFL-CIO annual convention in 1961
World of Work 🌍
USA: Nurses across the country held a day of action to protest severe shortages in staffing and unsafe working conditions. The protest was held on January 13 and was organized by National Nurses United.
CO: Around 8,000 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 are on strike against King Soopers, a supermarket chain in Colorado. The workers are demanding better pay and safer working conditions.
AL: Workers at Warrior Met in Brookwood remain on strike, after 10 months out of work. The miners have faced low pay and grueling conditions for five years, and are striking for a better contract.
WV: Special Metals steelworkers have now been on strike for over 100 days, as negotiations with management have failed to reach a deal. Reasons for the strike include pay, safety, healthcare and vacation time. Bargaining resumed last week.
CA: The strike at Jon Donaire desserts has now been going for more than nine weeks. The majority Latina immigrant workers are calling for better pay, fewer 15-hour days, and respect on the job. Bernie Sanders recently spoke to the striking workers from Warrior Met, Special Metals, and Jon Donaire. Hear their stories first-hand here.
New From Our Blog 🗣
Unfair labor practice (ULP) filings are an important tool for workers to fight back against employers. On the EWOC blog, we explained what a ULP is, how it works, and how it can be used to build solidarity and worker power.
Last week we held a panel about how workers can fight omicron in their workplaces. Panelists included union workers in healthcare and education. You can watch a recording of the event. We also wrote about some of the key themes from the panel for the blog.