‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza

Israel bombed a tower meters from our home. My kids are paralyzed by fear. They say the war is against Islamic Jihad, but it is civilians who are harmed. The post ‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza appeared first on +972 Magazine.

Trader Joe’s Workers Will Vote on Forming Company’s First Union This Month

Trader Joe’s workers in Massachusetts recently announced that they’ve gotten an official union election date — a vote that could produce the company’s first-ever union. The in-person election for the workers in Hadley, Massachusetts, is scheduled for July 27 and 28, Trader Joe’s United announced. This means that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has certified that at least 30 percent of workers have signed union cards — though workers say that they have the support of over half of the about 81-person unit, which is enough to win the election. “We are thrilled to finally have an election date,…

Belarus: Free student jailed for 6.5 years for reposting criticism of Ukraine war and Lukashenka

Reacting to the news that a court in Belarus sentenced Danuta Pyarednya, a 20 year- old student from Mahiliou, to 6.5 years in jail for reposting a message criticizing the war in Ukraine and the role of Belarus’ ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka in it, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: […] The post Belarus: Free student jailed for 6.5 years for reposting criticism of Ukraine war and Lukashenka appeared first on Amnesty International.

Starbucks Union Scores First Unanimous Win in the South

Starbucks workers have voted unanimously to unionize at a South Carolina store, marking the union’s second win in the least unionized state in the country. The Starbucks location in Anderson, South Carolina, voted 18 to 0 to unionize, marking the union’s first unanimous win in the South, according to Starbucks Workers United. The store was the third to file for a union petition in the state, citing grievances regarding pay and poor working conditions. “[A]s it stands currently, corporate is severely out of touch with what goes on inside our cafe,” the workers wrote in their letter to Starbucks CEO…

Starbucks Workers Have Now Unionized 100 Stores

The tally of unionized Starbucks locations is continuing to swell, with the latest additions coming after pro-unionization votes late last week in Seattle and Birmingham, Alabama. The coffee giant’s CEO “Howard Schultz and Starbucks are getting creamed in union vote after union vote,” labor journalist Steven Greenhouse tweeted Saturday. By the union’s count, there are now 100 stores across the nation that have unionized. BREAKING: 100 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize across 25 states. Workers in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks, were the 100th to unionize.@SBWorkersUnited has won an astounding 88% of elections decided so far. https://t.co/Owmwgi3A9a — More…

Starbucks Broke the Law More than 200 Times in Campaign to Bust Buffalo Union

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board filed a sweeping complaint Friday alleging that Starbucks violated federal law more than 200 times in its campaign to prevent employees in Buffalo, New York from forming a union. The complaint accuses Starbucks of trampling on the National Labor Relations Act by singling out union organizers for discipline, surveillance, and termination; shuttering entire stores in the Buffalo area amid the union push; and threatening workers with inferior benefits if they voted to unionize. HuffPost published the NLRB complaint in full. “Starbucks has been saying that no union-busting ever occurred in Buffalo.…

Starbucks Hit With Lawsuit From Labor Board Over Anti-Union Employee Guidelines

In a new lawsuit against Starbucks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is alleging that a number of the company’s employee guidelines are in violation of labor laws. As first reported by More Perfect Union, the lawsuit, issued on Wednesday, takes issue with 19 sections of the company’s “Partner Guide,” which the NLRB argues are “overly-broad and discriminatory” against workers’ rights. Among the guidelines in violation of national labor laws allowing employees to freely form unions is the company’s dress code, which disallows workers from wearing clothing or even pins that display union symbols, according to the labor board. The…

Sanders Warns Democrats: Back Union Movement Now or Face Defeat This Fall

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) warned Democrats that they need to start publicly supporting surging labor movements or else face defeat in the midterm elections this fall. Since the unceremonious death of the Build Back Better Act last year, the Democratic party has been in dire need of messaging, and needs to embrace a strong pro-union platform if they want to boost their chances of retaining power in Congress, Sanders told the magazine before heading to rallies in support of unionizing Amazon workers in New York and Starbucks workers in Virginia. Democrats have to…

Sanders Is Traveling to Rally With Amazon and Starbucks Workers This Weekend

This Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is traveling to both New York and Virginia in order to meet with unionizing Amazon workers and Starbucks workers on the same day. In New York City, Sanders will be meeting with Amazon Labor Union (ALU) organizers and workers, ALU President Christian Smalls announced on Twitter on Wednesday. “The workers [with Amazon Labor Union] are taking on one of the most powerful companies in the world and one of the wealthiest men in America,” Sanders said. “I’m proud to stand in solidarity with them and support their fight for dignity on the job. See…

Data Reveals 63 Percent of Hourly Starbucks Workers Make Under $15 an Hour

Despite Starbucks’s claims that it is a progressive employer that prioritizes the needs of its workers, newly released data shows that a majority of the company’s hourly workers make less than the average living wage across the U.S. According to research from Harvard/UCSF’s The Shift Project and the Economic Policy Institute, 63 percent of hourly workers at Starbucks make less than $15 an hour. About a quarter of the company’s hourly workers make between $10 and $12 an hour, while another quarter make about $12 to $14 an hour, the data finds. Only about 10 percent of its workers make…

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