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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
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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 
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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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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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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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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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The Amazon Labor Union’s Fight With Amazon Is Far From Over

April 13, 2022

BY JOSEFA VELASQUEZ
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CLAUDIA IRIZARRY APONTE
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The retail giant is challenging NLRB certification, and a second vote at a nearby warehouse looms ahead. That’s all before anyone sits down at the bargaining table to discuss a contract.

Aside from Amazon’s objections to the vote, it could be a long road to getting the company and the ALU to agree on a contract. While the NLRB requires employers to bargain in good faith once the...

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