Warrior Met Coal Miners Are Spending Christmas 2021 on Strike

This article was first published by Labor Notes. This Christmas, as millions of families settle in to adorn fir trees, the children of striking coal miners in Alabama have asked mainly for practical gifts. Shoes and clothes top their lists, followed by Barbies and Rainbow High dolls, Legos, Nerf guns, and makeup kits. Roughly 300 children will receive these gifts through donations collected by the Mine Workers (UMWA) auxiliary. “We feel very confident that Christmas is going to be covered for all of our families,” said Haeden Wright, a high school teacher and president of the auxiliary for Locals 2368…

Apple Workers Held Christmas Eve Walkout for Their Safety Amid Holiday Shopping

A group of Apple employees organized a Christmas Eve walkout, demanding better working conditions and calling on customers to not shop in the tech giant’s retail or online stores. “We are Apple,” Apple Together, the group organizing the walkout, tweeted Thursday. “We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick time. We deserve protection on the frontlines. We deserve proper mental healthcare.” The workers are also asking for protective measures against Covid-19, including N-95 masks, sanitizer stations, a ban on loitering in stores, and appointment-only shopping. “Demand that Apple upholds its image with your wallet,” the walkout organizers said. “Don’t…

Republicans With Gun-Themed Xmas Photos Are Usual Recipients of Gun Lobby Cash

Days after the deadly mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted a photo of his family on Twitter around a Christmas tree holding multiple large guns with a caption reading “Merry Christmas! p.s. Santa, please bring ammo.” One of the top donors to Massie in his 2020 reelection campaign was a group called the Gun Owners of America, a gun lobbying group that bills itself as to the right of the National Rifle Association. Massie received $5,000 from the group during the 2020 election cycle. Gun Owners of America displays a quote from…

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