Greetings from the Burgh, where the weather is gorgeous, but unfortunately I can’t go biking as my bike was stolen.
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1,300 Strikes Since the Pandemic Began
Last week, Payday’s Strike Tracker Registered its 1,300th strike since the pandemic began. Last year we saw tremendous growth in workers taking action and Payday has been at the forefront of the keeping track of these strikes.
1-95 Service Plaza Workers to Strike in Connecticut on Memorial Day Weekend
Many travelers expected the interstates to be jammed this Memorial Day weekend in Connecticut. However, many Service Plaza restaurants along 1-95 will be closed as workers are planning a strike to protest poor working conditions and union-busting by their employers.
The Service Plaza contracts are issued by the State of Connecticut and workers are asking the state to do more to ensure that Service Plaza workers are paid well.
“I have worked at various McDonald’s on the interstate for 17 years, and our pay has always been low, our benefits non-existent, and our treatment simply inhumane,” Adolfo Diaz, a McDonald’s worker at the Branford Northbound Service Plaza, told WTIC. “I love serving my customers, but we are ready to walk off the job to stop McDonald’s from its anti-union harassment—and we need the Lamont administration to do its part, too, and end this abuse.”
Chinese Hospital Nurses to Strike in SF
At Chinese Hospital in San Francisco, over 100 nurses have gone on strike over poor working conditions.
“For the past year, we’ve given Chinese Hospital numerous proposals aimed at improving staffing, patient care, and retention of nurses for our patients and our community,” Sherry Yee, RN, told KRON. “Instead, the hospital administration has failed to create a better working environment that allows us to provide proper care for our patients to the best of our ability.”
Striking Farmworkers Workers Help Win Longterm Gains in Washington State
Now, a year later, advocates say the strikes have helped drive major policy changes throughout the state. High County News has a look:
In November, dairy workers won a Washington State Supreme Court case that forced their employers to pay them for overtime work. Federal and state law exempt agricultural workers from certain labor protections, creating a vulnerable class of workers in an industry that depends on minority and migrant labor. The court ruled that the state law preventing overtime payments was unconstitutional.
On May 11, Gov. Jay Inslee, D, signed a bill codifying that decision. The law, which passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, will phase in overtime payments for farmworkers over the next three years. By 2024, agricultural laborers, like most hourly workers, will receive time-and-a-half wages for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Today, Washington has the most comprehensive overtime protection for farmworkers of any state.
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