15,000 Nurses to Strike in Minnesota – Nurses Forced to Ration Ravioli Could Strike – Amazon’s BIG Tik Tok Problem

Tracie Ducksworth, a mental health nurse for Fairview (Minnesota Public Radio)

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15,000 Nurses to Strike in Minnesota 

The Minnesota Nurses Association, one of the most militant unions in the country, yesterday gave 10-day notices that nurses intend to strike at 15 different hospitals owned by a variety of chains throughout Minnesota. 

“Corporate healthcare policies in our hospitals have left nurses understaffed and overworked, while patients are overcharged, local hospitals and services are closed, and executives take home million-dollar paychecks,” said Chris Rubesch, RN at Essentia in Duluth and MNA  vice president. “Nurses have one priority in our hospitals, to take care of our patients, and we are determined to fight for fair contracts so nurses can stay at the bedside to provide the quality care our patients deserve.”

While it’s unclear how many ultimately will strike, with so many different Minnesota hospital chains targeted, the likelihood of major hospital strikes is high. 

To see a full list of the hospitals, go here. 

Amazon Air Hub Workers Walk Off the Job

In Southern California, more than 150 workers, members of the non-traditional labor group Inland Empire Amazon Workers United walked off the job at San Bernardino Amazon Airhub. The walkoff is one of the largest labor actions at Amazon to date. 

Workers, many of whom make as little as $17.30 an hour, say they simply can’t survive on those wages in Southern California. 

“We’re not making enough to save anything,” Sara Fee, a lead organizer of Inland Empire Amazon Workers United told the Washington Post. “If something goes wrong with my car, I don’t have savings. I can’t afford to eat healthy food. I have to buy chicken nuggets or noodles.”

For more, check out the Washington Post

Racism Complaint Sparks Walkout at South Carolina Pizza Shop  

At a popular South Carolina pizza chain MOD, workers have gone on a strike over complaints of racism. 

“Management is very disrespectful towards workers of color,” Rae Evans, a MOD Pizza employee, told The State. “I’ve watched our general manager yell at my coworker for studying, while her white counterpart is allowed to do school assignments at work. … White workers get leeway from management while Black workers get constant disrespect.”

For more, check out the State. 

Nurses Forced to Ration Ravioli Could Strike 

Nurses at 39 facilities owned by 3 different nursing home chains throughout Pennsylvania are threatening to strike over understaffing and underfunding. 

“Earlier this year, it got so bad that we actually were rationing ravioli,” Donna Pronio, a CNA at a nursing home in Shenandoah told WOLF TV. . “Literally counting the number each resident got on their plate because we barely had enough to go around.”

For more, check out WOLF. 

Amazon Has a BIG Tik Tok Problem 

Finally, a Tik Tok group calling itself “Gen Z for Change,” with a combined following of more than  51 million, is targeting Amazon by launching a campaign called “People over Prime Pledge” The Washington Post has more on how this could helping organize efforts at the company: 

The campaign is a public setback for Amazon, which has sought to develop tighter relationships with young influencers in recent years. In 2017, the company launched the Amazon Influencer Program, allowing creators to earn revenue by recommending products in personalized Amazon storefronts. Earlier this year, Amazon flew more than a dozen Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok stars to a luxurious retreat in Mexico to encourage influencers to grow their presence on the platform. In June, Amazon built a massive VIP lounge at VidCon, an annual conference for online video stars, where influencers could learn about ways to work more closely with the company.

“I think their method of offering influencers life-changing payouts to make them feel as if they need to work with them while also refusing to pay their workers behind the scenes is extremely wrong,” said Emily Rayna Shaw, 24, a TikTok creator with 5.4 million followers who has partnered with Amazon in the past. “I want to feel comfortable recommending Amazon products to my community because it is so reliable, but I can’t do so until I know that they are treating their workers fairly.”

For more, check out the Washington Post. 

Alright folks, that’s all for today, we are taking a few days off from the newsletter for a retreat of staff here in Pittsburgh. We will have plenty of content pre-programmed while we’re away. 

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Love & Solidarity, 

Melk

About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil, and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he grew up in a UE union household. Email: [email protected]

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