L’Shana Tova from Washington DC, where I’m writing this newsletter from Politics & Prose, which recently became the first bookstore in DC to win a union contract.
In 48 Hours, Melk Leaving for Brasil – Help Him Buy a Chromebook Before Leaving
Earlier today, I successfully replaced my passport here in DC. So, in less than 48 hours, I’ll be flying out to Rio de Janeiro. The next two days will be wild as I run around stocking up on last-minute supplies.
One thing on my list is a $200 Chromebook. With Brasil’s high robbery rates, I am nervous about bringing my Macbook out with me when covering protests. If I had something like a cheap Chromebook, I wouldn’t need to worry so much in case it was stolen. I could then leave my Macbook back at the apartment I’m staying at as backup.
YouTube Pushing Bolsonaro’s Election Theft Claims before the Election
With the election for the first round of the Brazilian Presidential election set for Sunday and Bolsonaro trailing by more than 10%, Bolsonaro is pushing claims that Lula and the election commission are rigging the election.
According to a new study by NetLab, a special unit at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), YouTube viewers are being shown Bolsonaro conspiracy theories more than any other election content in Brasil.
NetLab created 18 new user profiles with no viewing histories and still found that even then, Bolsonaro videos questioning the electoral integrity were recommended to them the most.
“In the new study, across 18 test visits to the platform, channels belonging to right wing media group Jovem Pan (nicknamed “Jovem Klan” by Brazilian progressives) were indicated 14 times on the YouTube homepage, with one or more suggested videos. The most recommended to users was Jair Bolsonaro’s appearance in the JP show Pânico, on August 26.
The Bolsonaro interview was recommended in eight test visits, in five different versions, which together add up to 9.6 million views. In the video, the president makes baseless claims about the electoral process, such as that the Armed Forces have discovered “hundreds of vulnerabilities” in electronic voting machines.
Content from Jovem Pan appeared as the first recommendation in 55% of visits (10 out of 18), well ahead of other news channels.”
1,000 Airport Workers strike in San Francisco
Back in the U.S., over a thousand airport workers are on strike at the San Francisco International Airport. The workers say many are making the minimum San Franciscan wage of $16.99 an hour and can’t live off their salary.
United Club Lounge worker Lucinda told SF Gate that she has often had to sleep in her car or in the lounge because she doesn’t have enough time to make it back to where she can afford to live in San Jose.
“Wages for us are really, really low. It’s not enough for me to support my family,” To told SF Gate.
Utah Movie Theater Workers Strike
In Ogden, Utah, movie theater workers at Brewvies Ogden went on strike Sunday over safety concerns. Workers cited a recent break-in at the movie theater and problems with gas leaks as causes of concern.
In June, Utah OSHA cited the movie theater for four violations, including three serious ones of electrical hazards that could cause fires. Since then, workers say that their safety concerns haven’t been addressed, and they have decided to walk out.
“I’m just going there to do a job, to do a very simple job. I shouldn’t feel like I have to risk my life to do that,” employee Cameron Smith told KTSU.
Connecticut Nurses Strike Over Forced Overtime
At Windham Hospital in Willimantic, Connecticut, over 100 nurses went on a 48-hour strike late last week over being forced to work overtime.
Some nurses at the hospital say they are routinely working 16-hour shifts. Sometimes, they receive notice of their mandatory overtime only when they are getting ready to go home from their pre-scheduled shifts.
After months of negotiations, the union says it has gotten nowhere in addressing the mandatory overtime issues and felt forced to strike.
“We were heroes and now we’re being treated like zeroes,” nurse Karla Beckert told WFSB.
Strikes & News Elsewhere
- Machinists file for union representation election for approximately 3,000 JetBlue ground workers.
- Therapists on strike refuse Kaiser’s offer as contract dispute enters second month.
- Trader Joe’s staff petition to unionize in New York City.
- Workers at east Louisville Half Price Books store vote to unionize.
- Economic Policy Institute study finds over 60% of low-wage workers still don’t have access to paid sick days on the job.
- Purgatory Resort bike patrol votes to unionize.
- Finally, Dr. Morgan Garvin looks at how physicians are finally unionizing.
Alright, folks, that’s all for today. I am flying out to Brasil on Wednesday to cover the election on Sunday.
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Love & Solidarity,