Upcoming Events 🗓
The seventh series of the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee’s Organizer Training Series starts this week! In four discussion sessions over two weeks, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of effective shop-floor organizing: mapping and charting, leader identification, bringing co-workers together around common concerns, getting over fear, taking action, and escalating demands. Sessions begin this Wednesday, March 9. Sign up here today!
World of Work 🌍
AL/NY: Amazon.com Inc. was recently hit with unfair labor practice allegations that could give the National Labor Relations Board’s Democratic majority a chance to ban one of the most potent weapons used by employers to repel union campaigns. The unions attempting to represent Amazon workers at facilities in Bessemer, Ala., and Staten Island, N.Y., filed separate charges this month claiming federal labor law violations arising from the company convening mandatory anti-union meetings.
NY: In an unusual class-action grievance arbitration, 42 home health-care agencies have been ordered to pay $30 million for underpaying workers represented by 1199SEIU.
IA: A labor strike that began last week at a Davenport defense contractor supplier will continue for at least another week, union leaders said. A representative of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 6 said that Eaton Corp. has said company representatives won’t return to the bargaining table until March 1, the Des Moines Register reported.
Week in Labor History 📚
March 1, 1900: The Granite Cutters National Union, led by James Duncan, begins what is to be a successful nationwide strike for the eight-hour day. Also won: union recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure and a minimum-wage scale.