Working In These Times

Friday, Dec 13, 2019, 9:09 am  ·  By Julianne Tveten

Uber Is Offering Scab Rides to Help Break France’s General Strike

People gather in front of the Saint Charles university ahead of a demonstration to protest against the pension overhauls, in Marseille, southern France, on December 5, 2019 as part of a national general strike. -(Photo by Clement MAHOUDEAU / AFP)  

For more than a week, hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets of France in a general strike protesting the potential degradation of the country’s pension system. One of France’s largest public-sector strikes in recent history, the action has united a wide array of workers, including air-traffic controllers, teachers and hospital staffers.

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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019, 6:14 pm  ·  By Michelle Chen

Bosses Are Charged with Breaking the Law in Over 40% of Union Campaigns

There is a shocking level of illegal interference in U.S. union drives. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)  

Labor unions are more popular than they’ve been in over 15 years. Yet a record-low number of workers belong to them. The gap between the public perception of unions and their actual membership illustrates just how difficult it’s become for workers to organize.

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Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019, 4:09 pm  ·  By Michael Arria

Why Did Democrats Give Trump a Win on NAFTA 2.0?

Will NAFTA 2.0 boost U.S. jobs as Trump claims? Not really. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)  

On Tuesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats had reached a deal with the Trump administration to advance the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), also referred to as “NAFTA 2.0.” In explaining the deal, she said: "There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA."

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Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019, 3:59 pm  ·  By Heidi Shierholz and David Cooper

Trump’s Labor Dept. Has Declared War on Tipped Workers

A new rule under Trump’s Dept. of Labor could cost tipped workers more than $700 million. (Shutterstock)  

In October, the Trump administration published a proposed rule regarding tips which, if finalized, will cost workers more than $700 million annually. It is yet another example of the Trump administration using the fine print of a proposal to attempt to push through a change that will transfer large amounts of money from workers to their employers. We also find that as employers ask tipped workers to do more nontipped work as a result of this rule, employment in nontipped food service occupations will decline by 5.3% and employment in tipped occupations will increase by 12.2%, resulting in 243,000 jobs shifting from being nontipped to being tipped. Given that back-of-the-house, nontipped jobs in restaurants are more likely to be held by people of color while tipped occupations are more likely to be held by white workers, this could reduce job opportunities for people of color.

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Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019, 7:30 am  ·  By Alice Herman

In Wisconsin, the Teamsters Faced a Revolt from Below

Sonci Stone, who ran on the Rebuild 695 slate, says she wants her union to fight harder for its members during contract negotiations. (Photo: Alice Herman)  

Every day, Nikki Sampson drives from her home in Portage to Madison, where she works as a dispatcher for the city’s bus service. To get there, she drives along a 40-mile stretch of highway, which crosses the Wisconsin River twice and then slices south through farms and municipalities. That road lies at the heart of the region represented by Sampson’s 4,256-strong union—Teamsters Local 695.

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Monday, Dec 2, 2019, 10:00 am  ·  By Elizabeth King

How Supporters of the Green New Deal Are Showing Up for Workers

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) who are employed at the General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, hold signs as they go on strike early on September 16, 2019. (JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)  

Calls for a “just transition” have become central to a robust and revitalized environmental movement in the United States aimed at preventing climate catastrophe. The idea behind a just transition is that, as our economy shifts away from dependence on fossil fuels, the workers in the fossil fuel and related industries should be treated with dignity and respect, and guaranteed good union jobs.

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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019, 6:08 pm  ·  By Jackson Potter

What Other Unions Can Learn from the Historic Gains We Won in the Chicago Teachers Strike

Chicago teachers went on strike in 2019 and won. (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)  

As a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student from first grade through high school, and in my 17 years of teaching in the system, none of my schools ever had a full-time social worker or nurse every day of the week.

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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019, 1:34 pm  ·  By Jeff Schuhrke

Why 15,000 Indiana Teachers Just Walked Off the Job

Tuesday’s statewide walkout of teachers in Indiana could lead to an illegal strike. (Photo via Facebook / Central Indiana DSA)  

After making waves in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina and beyond, the Red for Ed movement has now spread to Indiana. Fed up with disinvestment in public schools and disrespect for their profession, teachers from across the Hoosier State are converging in Indianapolis today to hold lawmakers accountable and demand change.

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Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 1:50 pm  ·  By Eli Day

The Strike at McDonald’s Is About More Than Fighting Abuse—It’s About Workplace Democracy

Striking McDonald’s workers in Detroit are fighting for more “power in the workplace,” says Rashida Tlaib. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

On Tuesday, over 1,000 people gathered for a strike action at a McDonald's location on Detroit’s East Side. The workers, who were fighting for basic workplace dignity, a fair wage and a union, showed that they’re ready to raise hell in the face of injustice by standing together.  

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Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 1:06 pm  ·  By Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman

Arkansas Teachers Went On Strike. Here Are the Corporate School Privatizers They’re Up Against.

Alice, Jim and Rob Walton in 2011. Their Walton Family Foundation is a top driver of the school privatization agenda in Arkansas (Image: Walmart Flickr)  

Teachers of Little Rock, Arkansas went on strike Thursday over the state’s decision to strip their collective bargaining rights and curtail local control of the school district. It was the teachers’ first strike since 1987, and only their second strike ever. 

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