Strike Wave in the U.S.? Labor Historian Nelson Lichtenstein on Union Drives & Worker Revolts

As unionizing efforts have taken the U.S. by storm, we look at the history of the U.S. labor movement and how unions have acted as a bulwark against corporate power. Worker organizing at Starbucks, Kellogg’s and Amazon shows that unions help enforce health and safety measures and protect workers who speak out. “A working-class consciousness …
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“Our Movement Is Growing”: How Starbucks Workers in Buffalo Fought Company’s Union Busting and Won

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we turn now to look at the historic workers’ victory at the Elmwood Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York, where workers successfully voted …
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Amazon Workers in Alabama Get New Shot at Union After NLRB Rules Company Broke the Law in 1st Vote

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman in New York, joined by Democracy Now! co-host Juan González in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Hi, Juan. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Hi, Amy. Welcome to all of our listeners …
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Greens must continue to support £15 care worker wage, says union

Support us and go ad-free A trade union has urged the Scottish Greens to continue their support for an increased wage for care workers despite their agreement with the SNP. The two parties have been locked in talks over the summer, with a deal expected to be announced on Friday that will put at least …
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Doctors’ union warns people to remain cautious as isolation rules are eased

Support us and go ad-free The situation with coronavirus remains “very precarious” and the public should stay cautious in the wake of self-isolation rules being eased for the fully vaccinated, a doctors’ union has said. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would “strongly urge” people to continue to take “sensible precautions” as new guidance …
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Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten on Why She Now Supports Vaccine Mandates for Teachers

We continue to look at the state of school reopenings amid a surge in COVID-19 infections among children in the U.S. with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Weingarten, who had favored voluntary vaccinations for teachers, now backs a vaccine mandate for educators because the Delta variant “significantly changes the circumstances.” Weingarten …
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Remembering Richard Trumka: Union Leaders Reflect on Death of AFL-CIO Head & Labor Movement Challenges Ahead

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at the life and legacy of AFL–CIO President Richard Trumka, who died of a heart attack Thursday at the age of 72. He had led the nation’s largest labor federation since 2009. Senate Majority Leader …
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Headache for Keir Starmer as trade union pulls funding from Labour in London

Support us and go ad-free The GMB Union has pulled its funding of Labour in London. It’s because a Labour council sacked an employee who is one of the union’s members. The GMB says it looks like potential “political victimisation”. But does the move show a wider disquiet in the trade union movement with Keir …
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Union: ‘catastrophic’ backlog at DVLA is due to staff being put ‘at risk’

Support us and go ad-free A “catastrophic” backlog in processing driving licences is due to management decisions which “put people at risk”, MPs have heard. Risk in the workplace Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) which represents the workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) offices in …
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Prince William’s attempt to ‘rescue the union’ in Scotland could royally backfire

On 6 June, the Sunday Times announced Prince William would be sent to Scotland ‘to rescue the Union’. The idea being that the sight of royalty using Balmoral “as a regular home” would remind Scottish people of their connection to England and the UK. Presumably so they’d forget any notions of independence: The so called …
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