Rolling Labor Action Thread

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I couldn’t find one, that we should have one. Mostly because I was looking for a place to post this:

Background on Frito-Lay strike:

good thread

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 23 July 2021 13:43 (three months ago) link

I've been encouraged to see a lot more ferment and labor talk even here in my very red state over the past year. Local service workers formed Facebook groups etc., have become a lot more outspoken. Still a long way from real organization in most cases, but the ground is fertile.

(btw the video clip at the top is a skit)

posted this on union rat thread

Today, a majority of the Board found that a union’s use of rats or other inflatables, along with other bannering activity, does not violate the National Labor Relations Act, even when targeting a neutral employer. Read more:

— NLRB (@NLRB) July 21, 2021

criminally negligible (harbl), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:23 (three months ago) link

Long live Scabby.

My wife works in this area and told me about one employer who responded with an inflatable cat.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:45 (three months ago) link

Was it ... a fat cat?

I think there have been those as well.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:52 (three months ago) link

one month passes...


No contract. No snacks.
Flour and sugar stays on tracks.

— Railroad Workers United ✊ (@railroadworkers) August 27, 2021

criminally negligible (harbl), Friday, 27 August 2021 18:34 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Oh yeah here comes big daddy

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 4 October 2021 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

Maybe I've just been looking in the wrong places, but is there a deadline for when the strike would start? Seems like they are still giving the studios one more chance first...

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 4 October 2021 20:25 (three weeks ago) link

They are. The idea is that if this doesn't make it happen, they can then call the strike; the vote was to authorize the union leader to call the strike as needed rather than a specific vote TO strike, if you see the difference.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 02:18 (two weeks ago) link

And we might be about to get the first unionized Dollar General:

wow gizmodo comments are woke

one for the 'left wing drift' thread

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:49 (one week ago) link

the dollar general story is great - also grim, also just incredibly familiar. the same things play out again and again and again. places like walmart swoop down like hawks on anybody attempting to unionize. they do captive audience meetings with powerpoints showing employees that their wages will go down etc - and it fucking works. and i guess ufcw just doesn't have the resources to fight it? i dunno. i hope it goes down differently this time.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 22:01 (one week ago) link

IATSE gonna strike on the 18th

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:20 (one week ago) link

i keep thinking about these low wage big box jobs and like, 7-11s and stuff. i guess the turnover is just so high, and they're shitty jobs anyway, that it's like... how many people are going to put in the work to actually fight for dignity in these jobs? how many people are going to face the absolute mountain of shit the company is going to rain down on them and make it through to the other side? if it really gets bad you quit and get a job somewhere else if you can. move on.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:53 (one week ago) link

The John Deere strike is underway.

For anyone just catching up on the 10,000 worker UAW strike at John Deere -- the largest strike in the US in two years -- here's how you can get up to speed, based on what I've written for @labornotes:

— Jonah Furman (@JonahFurman) October 14, 2021

lmao Deere itself put out a graphic in August to show how much better their employees have it, because of their pension -

Here's another great image from Deere management.

In August, they told UAW members how much better they had it than at competitors CAT and CNH, because of the pension.

Now Deere wants to eliminate the pension, and the stool is collapsing; but not in the way the company thought!

— Jonah Furman (@JonahFurman) October 13, 2021

the same pension they’re now saying new hires won’t receive!!

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:12 (one week ago) link

sorry just restated the tweet there, so you get the drift, doubly

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:12 (one week ago) link

John Deere is trying to break a strike by having salaried office workers operate heavy machinery, let’s see how that’s going—

— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) October 15, 2021

So happy for the IATSE strike. My union’s working conditions are way better than theirs and I’m still reeling after each film shoot, it’s a very tough industry. I can’t imagine what IATSE members have been going through and I really hope the strike brings about change.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 15 October 2021 20:20 (one week ago) link

A few days ago the nurses union for Kaiser-Permanente, a very big health care provider on the US west coast, voted to authorize a strike whenever their leadership decides that contract talks have broken down completely. The management was offering them a 1% raise!

btw, they're my provider. if they screw this up I'll be mad as hell at management not the nurses.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:07 (one week ago) link

Looks like a whole lot of people aren’t taking it anymore

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:56 (one week ago) link

There was a regular at the bar who I hadn't seen for months. He was in Thursday, said he'd had enough of 70-80 hour weeks and had quit his job. I said "way to go, comrade, I love seeing power swing from mgmt to labor." He's a typical white middleaged southern conservative and was extremely uncomfortable with this.

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Saturday, 16 October 2021 17:05 (one week ago) link

this little wave of strikes is literally the only thing giving me any kind of hope at all about making a better world

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 16 October 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

xp lol

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 October 2021 17:46 (one week ago) link

So IATSE tweeted this out, but a lot of tweets saying the deal sucks and/or isn’t much better than the previous one and that they plan to vote no:

“We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we havenow reached an agreement with the AMPTP that meets our members’ needs.”

— IATSE // #IASolidarity (@IATSE) October 17, 2021

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 17 October 2021 01:35 (one week ago) link

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