Greetings from Erie, where I spent the day on the picket line talking to striking UE locomotive workers.
UE Wabtec Strike in Erie Could Drag On
The strike here in Erie could drag on for some time. Wabtec appears to be dragging its feet on reaching a settlement. Their next bargaining session is scheduled for July 6th.
The UE says they are prepared to go for as long as necessary.
“Our members aren’t scared of a long strike and are prepared to stay out for as long as it takes,” says UE Local 506 President Scott Slawson.
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2,000 Texas Nurses Strike
In Texas, over 2,000 nurses are on strike at Ascension Health Systems. Nurses say that they are protesting against understaffing and excessive bureaucratic work that delays them from treating patients.
“Nurses spend anywhere from 40 to 50% of their shift, just documenting alone. And that means that they are not at the bedside, taking care of their patients and providing them the care that they deserve,” Texas Nurses Association President told KXAN.
Florida Trucker Drivers to Strike for Immigrants’ Rights
On July 1st, a new restrictive immigration law will go into effect. The law will make it more difficult for undocumented workers to find employment.
According to the American Trucking Association, there is already a shortage of 80,000 truckers nationwide. The bill likely only makes it more severe.
A group of truck drivers are going on strike this week to protest the law.
“If you go to the supermarket, if the truckers don’t bring the food, there won’t be any food there,” Luis Vargas, a trucker in Florida for 23 years, told Spectrum News 9. “I’ve decided not to transport here in the state of Florida to protest this new law and support those immigrants, because I’m also an immigrant.”
Alright, yinz, I am gonna go back out to the picket line to do some interviews. We will have a bigger newsletter tomorrow.
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