Viewpoint: Burgerville Workers’ Lessons for Independent Unions | Labor Notes

Self-organizing a union on a shoestring? Winning the supposedly unwinnable? Workers at a local burger chain out of Portland, Oregon, were doing it before it was cool. The Burgerville Workers Union, which went public in 2016 and won its first contract in 2021, has recently been influencing and supporting independent union efforts in the region—and … Continue reading Viewpoint: Burgerville Workers’ Lessons for Independent Unions | Labor Notes

Prime Week Walkouts Hit Amazon, from Air Hub to Delivery Station | Labor Notes

Amazon’s vast distribution network is staggering. There’s the invisible lacework of surveillance algorithms and artificial intelligence. There are the visible footprints: trucks, robots, hulking warehouses. And then there are the workers. It takes more than a million people, most of them low-paid and grindingly exploited, to pick, sort, unload, ship, and deliver packages to — … Continue reading Prime Week Walkouts Hit Amazon, from Air Hub to Delivery Station | Labor Notes

Lessons of the Averted Rail Strike

And we have an agreement…. I was over at the Department of Labor building yesterday and there were paper signs taped up all over the 2nd (Executive) …Lessons of the Averted Rail Strike

Gerald W. McEntee 1935-2022 – Former AFSCME President

Gerald W. McEntee, former President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME),  died last week at age 87. McEntee …Gerald W. McEntee 1935-2022

The Future of Unions

News reports have focused the nation's attention on labor unions in recent months. Workers have voted in favor of unionizing at a number of Starbucks stores across the country, workers voted to form a union at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island and are now voting in other locations, workers at an Apple Store in … Continue reading The Future of Unions