2,000 Car Mechanics Strike in Chicago – Boca Raton Teachers Sickout – El Paso Nurses Pull Off Win

Striking mechanics picket Aug. 1 outside a dealership. (Amanda Svachula/ Chicao Sun-Times)


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Fifty Car Dealerships Strike in Chicago

In Chicago, 2,000 mechanics of IAM Local 701 went on strike at 5o different car dealerships to protest low wages. 

The strike comes after 99% of the union voted to strike. With such a strong amount of support for the strike, it could last some time. 

The last time car mechanics struck in Chicago it lasted for two months in 2017. 

For more, check WFLD. 

Palm Beach, Florida Teachers Sick Out Strike

In Palm Beach, Florida, it is suspected that union teachers went on a “sickout strike” to protest Governor DeSantis’ ban on schools implementing mask bans. 

“DeSantis tried to buy our support,” a Boca Raton elementary school teacher told Boca News Now. “He bragged about bonuses and higher pay, but it’s all meaningless [sic] of teachers get sick or die. He is playing politics with our lives and the lives of our students.”

For more, check out Boca News Now. 

Two El Paso Hospitals Unionize Following Strikes 

Last year, Payday covered how 500 nurses at two hospitals in El Paso went on strike to protest not making $15 an hour.  Now, those nurses have won a first contract. 

“We are gratified to have achieved important improvements, especially additional health and safety protections for patients and nurses in the face of yet another Covid-19 pandemic surge,” Las Palmas RN Juan Anchondo said in a statement. 

For more, check out National Nurses United.

Teamsters Win Victory Against Amazon in Fort Wayne 

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, a community coalition has defeated an attempt by Amazon to win a $7 million tax abatement. Labor leaders in Fort Wayne hailed it as a massive victory. 

“Amazon made $21 billion in profits last year and already received a tax break for the building in Fort Wayne, then they came back looking for more,” Ehren Gerdes, Teamsters Local 414 Business Agent, said in a statement. “The money Amazon requested to not pay in taxes would be a drop in the bucket for the company but could go a long way toward real investments in the Fort Wayne community. We urged the Fort Wayne City Council to vote no and not let Amazon take advantage of our community, and we’re grateful that they listened.” 

For more, check out the Teamsters website. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the labor movement & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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