The CDC says you don’t need a union

The CDC is putting profits over people.

It’s been less than two weeks since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that healthcare workers could return to work after seven days and shortened the recommended time for isolation to just five days. In many places across the country, there are more new cases of coronavirus than ever — and hospitalizations are rising as well. The CDC has plainly put profits over people by changing public health guidance to suit the needs of the capitalist class.

Instead of making it possible for working people to stay safe and at home, the government has made it clear that they want to keep the economy open at the expense of lives. Without stimulus checks or an eviction moratorium, and with student loan payments restarting in just 90 days, many of us cannot stay home to keep our loved ones and coworkers safe. Without readily available testing, many of us have no way of knowing if we should be isolating. Teachers, healthcare workers, grocery and retail workers, and many others are forced to continue with “business as usual” uncertain if they are being exposed.

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World of Work 🌍

CA: Over 250 workers at Republic Services are on strike to protest working conditions at the waste management company’s branch in San Diego. The striking workers (members of Teamsters Union Local 542) are demanding a fair contract that addresses safety issues, long work hours, and harassment on the job.

USA: After ten weeks of striking, Kellogg’s workers have won a new contract with no concessions! Other wins include no permanent two-tier compensation system, a clear path to regular full-time employment, maintenance of cost of living raises, and more. This comes after the cereal giant threatened to permanently replace striking workers, a despicable move that President Biden publicly condemned. Congrats to the 1,400 Kellogg’s workers on this victory.

USA: 50 Apple store workers walked out on Christmas Eve to protest working conditions at the tech giant’s stores. The organizing group, Apple Together, points to issues with paid sick leave, a lack of pandemic hazard pay, and other problems. You can support them by donating to their emergency fund for Netflix and Apple employees who are fighting for better working conditions.

NY: America’s largest ongoing strike continues as 3,000 Columbia graduate student workers demand a fair contract. On December 23, the university said that it would respond to the latest proposal in writing, which may signal progress after years of the administration deliberately stalling negotiations.

VA: “Now, our members can take pride in the fact that they have won twenty-first century working conditions at Colonial Williamsburg.” A union representing 200 hospitality workers in the tourist hub of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia has won a new contract after organizing picket lines and calling for a boycott of the area’s attractions. The contract includes a wage increase to $15.50 per hour, bringing their wages closer to the city’s estimated living wage of $16.33.

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