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Emboldened labor movement seeks to expand on successes

Emboldened labor movement seeks to expand on successes

May 10, 2022

BY KARL EVERS-HILLSTROM 
The Hill

The uptick in organizing comes as record numbers of job openings give workers more leverage than they had in previous years. Workers are often pushing for better pay, hours and working conditions, citing pandemic-induced burnout and safety concerns. 

“To have these successes is really significant to send a message that nobody should just accept that where they work is unorganizable,” said Sharon Block, a Harvard Law School...

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Poor mothers get shut out of the Child Tax Credit, our research finds

Poor mothers get shut out of the Child Tax Credit, our research finds

May 4, 2022

Analysis by Ashley Nunes
Washington Post

With the midterm elections coming, Democrats are trying to push through key legislative priorities — including
renewing the child tax credit (CTC), which gives working parents a credit for each child and will expire in December
2025. No one doubts that it will be renewed; the credit has broad bipartisan public support.

Our study shows that over 1.5 million parents — 80 percent of whom are women — may be excluded from the full
child tax credit despite working. At the current federal minimum wage, we estimate that a...

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Workers at a second Amazon facility on Staten Island just voted against unionizing. But that doesn’t mean the movement is slowing down

May 2, 2022

BY COLIN LODEWICK
Fortune

Though a win would have inevitably injected more momentum into the current labor organizing push, today’s loss still has the potential, according to labor experts, to further mobilize workers by laying bare the lengths to which corporations will go to defeat unionization drives.  

 

Regardless of today’s loss, the unprecedented nature of the first victory will likely keep the movement energized. “[Workers] were told that Amazon was too big, that the...

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Enforcers take action to protect building superintendents and grocery and construction workers

March 22, 2022

Terri Gerstein
Working Economics Blog
Economics Policy Institute

A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country

Recent cases brought by state and local enforcers include the recovery of $130,000 for New York City building superintendents, who were paid no wages at all, and a recovery of nearly $220,000 for workers in a Seattle specialty bar and grocery store based on minimum wage and paid sick leave violations. In addition, prosecutors on both sides of the country took action against contractors in the construction...

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Enforcers take action to protect workers from workplace violations at Domino’s and Family Dollar stores

February 22, 2022

Terri Gerstein
Working Economics Blog
Economics Policy Institute

A snapshot of state and local enforcement actions across the country

Recent cases brought by state and local enforcers include the recovery of $2 million for workers of a Seattle Domino’s franchisee that underpaid workers and didn’t give required notice of schedules; citation of Massachusetts Family Dollar stores for $1.5 million for thousands of meal break violations; and prosecution of several cases involving egregious violations of wage payment, unemployment insurance, and workers’...

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Starbucks Store Unionizing Surge Tests Cash-Strapped Labor Board

April 27, 2022

Ian Kullgren and Robert Iafolla
Bloomberg Law

 

The recent deluge of union elections at Starbucks Corp. stores is pushing the federal labor board to its limit, reflecting a broader influx in labor action as the pandemic winds down.

Flat funding and a restless labor force have created a near perfect storm for the National Labor Relations Board, charged with overseeing every private-sector union election. Election petitions have already swelled by 57% in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year as unfair labor practice charges rose by 14%. At the...

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Amazon Reportedly Considered Spending $20,000 a Week on Consultants in Failed Staten Island Union Busting

April 21, 2022

ByMack DeGeurin
Gizmodo

New Amazon documents filed with the U.S. The Department of Labor suggests the company engaged consultants for a rate of up to $20,000 per week in an aggressive effort to persuade workers to abandon unionization efforts. The documents were first spotted by Insider on Tuesday, and were ...

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Covid mask mandates for travel have been lifted. Where do we go from here?

April 19, 2022

By Terri Gerstein
Think 
NBC News

Offering some options where masks are mandated would help enable continued accessibility of travel to everyone. People with health conditions and disabilities shouldn’t de facto be shut out of travel or forced to risk their health to conduct their daily lives. 

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Your Tesla is killing the planet

April 17, 2022

By Ashley Nunes
The Dallas Morning News

Not quite. Whether EVs reduce emissions lies in understanding the “counterfactual.” What would happen in the absence of an EV being used? This comparison is often framed as a choice between an EV and a gas guzzler. When viewed side by side, the EV does come out on top. But that’s not the whole story. Because EVs generate more emissions during the manufacturing process relative to conventional autos (producing batteries is no small feat), and they must drive further to “burn off” their production emissions. Not...

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Company overseeing Boston garage demolition has faced lawsuits from other injured workers

March 29, 2022

Beth Healy and Christine Willmsen
WBUR

Peter Monsini, who died in a tragic accident at a Boston construction site Saturday, was not the first worker to be seriously injured on a JDC Demolition Co. worksite.

The Brockton-based company has paid large settlements in recent years in at least three lawsuits brought by workers who got hurt on the job and blamed JDC and other contractors.

Mark Erlich, a fellow at Harvard Law School's Labor and Worklife Program and a retired officer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, said big job sites like these are supposed to have many checks on safety protocols. But things don't always go right.

"Every now and then, there will be one of these tragic incidents," he said, "that reminds people why construction is so dangerous."... Read more about Company overseeing Boston garage demolition has faced lawsuits from other injured workers

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Amazon Is Playing Dirty to Stop a Second Warehouse From Unionizing

April 18, 2022

BY LUIS FELIZ LEON
Jacobin

In a massive victory, Amazon workers recently won a union at a warehouse in New York. So now the company is trying every trick in the union-busting playbook to throttle worker organizing at a second facility.

One of the consultant firms advertises that it offers “a team of men and women who represent bi-lingual, ethnic and cultural diversity” that will “meet with the individual employees, establishing both rapport and credibility,” and notes that its services will help address situations in which the company’s management and...

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What Amazon and Starbucks Don’t Let Us Know

April 13, 2022

By Terri Gerstein
The American Prospect

There are gaping holes in what the law requires employers to reveal about their campaigns to keep their workers from unionizing.

Instead of hemorrhaging money hiring anti-union consultants to mimic their workforce’s demographics while spewing tired anti-union tropes, companies could figure out how to work effectively with unions. They could recognize that poor treatment of workers is unsustainable and accept that the tide is turning. They might well discover that a unionized workforce ...

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