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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10,000 Striking John Deere Workers Demand “Equitable” Pay & Benefits as Company Sees Record Profits

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. As we continue our look at the strike wave in the United States, we turn to the strike underway by more than 10,000 John Deere workers at 14 plants, including …
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Striketober: Labor Militancy Grows as U.S. Workers Walk Off the Job & IATSE Members Get Tentative Deal

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show with what a number of people are calling “Striketober,” as workers across the United States in a wide variety of industries are walking off the job. Thousands have gone on strike at food plants operated by …
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El Milagro Tortilla Workers Walk Out to Demand Fair Wages & Workload Amid Staff Shortage, COVID Deaths

We go to Chicago for an update on workers at El Milagro tortilla plants who staged a temporary walkout last week to protest low pay, staff shortages and abusive working conditions, including intimidation and sexual harassment. El Milagro claims an ongoing tortilla shortage is due to supply chain issues, but organizers say the company has …
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“On the Kill Floors”: Essential Workers in Meatpacking Plants Still Lack Safety & COVID Protections

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, we look at the experiences of meatpacking workers during the pandemic and beyond. Dulce Castañeda, a founding member of Children of Smithfield, a Nebraska-based grassroots advocacy group led by the children and family members of meatpacking workers, says conditions in the meatpacking plants during the pandemic remained as usual. …
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Black and Minority Ethnic workers are still bearing the brunt of the pandemic

Support us and go ad-free The unemployment rate for Black and Minority Ethnic workers has risen three times faster than for white workers over the past year. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the unemployment rate for BME workers has increased from 6.1% in 2020 to 8% this year. In …
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TUC blasts ‘scandalous’ umbrella companies which dock pay and deny holidays to workers

Support us and go ad-free A trade union organisation has warned the use of umbrella companies which dock agency workers’ pay and deny their holiday days is on the rise. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) said umbrella firms lead to scandalous workplace practices and should have “no place in modern Britain”. As it explained: An …
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Workers Beg Joe Manchin to Save West Virginia Pharma Plant as His Daughter Walks Away with $31M

More than 1,400 workers in West Virginia are set to lose their jobs this week when the Viatris pharmaceuticals plant in Morgantown shuts down and moves operations overseas to India and Australia. Workers say they’ve had no response to their urgent requests for help from their Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, who is often called the …
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Unison consults NHS workers on industrial action over 3% pay deal

Support us and go ad-free One of the UK’s largest trade unions is asking its NHS members if they want to accept a pay rise offered by the government, or oppose it and take industrial action. Unison has started a consultation into the proposed 3% pay rise for NHS staff announced by the government last …
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As infections rise, the Tories are calling it a ‘pingdemic’ and putting workers at risk

Support us and go ad-free The government has expanded its workplace testing programme to an initial 200 sites for frontline emergency services personnel. It comes amid criticism of the government’s self-isolation policy. While some are criticising that, however, others are criticising the framing of what’s being called the ‘pingdemic’. It’s not a #pingdemic, it’s a …
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