2,500 Boeing Workers to Strike in St. Louis – 600 Pharmacists to Strike in SoCal – Union Busters Shutter Payday Hangout Spot

2,500 Boeing workers to strike in St. Louis (Reuters)

Greetings from the Burgh, where I am getting ready to go to a production of Quantum Theater’s “The Cherry Orchard.” It’s the show’s last week in production so be sure to check it out. (You can buy tickets here.)

300 Housing Clinic Workers Strike in San Francisco 

In San Francisco, over 300 housing clinics employed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, the largest operator of single-resident occupancy buildings in San Francisco, are on a one-day strike demanding higher wages. Workers say that they are paid poverty wages and that many of them risk slipping into homelessness themselves. 

“We are desk clerks, janitors, case workers, maintenance staff, and more at 24 of the city’s single-room occupancy hotels (SROs) & are essential to keeping the city’s supportive housing system functioning,” said the workers’ union SEIU 1021 on Twitter. 

For more on the strike, check out the San Francisco Chronicle 

2,500 Boeing Workers to Strike in St. Louis 

In St. Louis, more than 2,500 Boeing defense workers are threatening to go on strike beginning August 1st as contract talks stall. 

“We reject Boeing’s current contract offer and will strike at all three St. Louis area locations, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022,” said the Machinists in a statement. “We cannot accept a contract that is not fair and equitable, as this company continues to make billions of dollars each year off the backs of our hardworking members. Boeing previously took away a pension from our members, and now the company is unwilling to adequately compensate our members’ 401(k) plan.”

For more on the threatened strike, check out the Machinists webpage 

600 Pharmacists Vote to Strike in Southern California 

In December, Payday covered how a fledgling independent pharmacists’ union was organizing a one-day walkout of pharmacists nationwide, in which several hundred participated

Now, over 600 union pharmacists in Southern California at Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions stores in Southern California are threatening to strike over burnout, low pay and the resulting understaffing. 

“Southern California’s essential pharmacists have made their voices heard with this vote,” the union locals said in a joint statement Friday. “This vote gives union leaders the authorization to call for a strike and lays the groundwork to allow more than 600 pharmacists across California to stand up to protect their rights and ensure they have the ability to effectively serve their patients and communities.”

For more, check out KPBS 

Union Busters Close Payday Hangout Spot in Lousiville 

Finally, in 2017, Payday was based in Louisville. One of my favorite spots to hang out and work was the Heine Brothers in the Highlands neighborhood. 

Now that workers there are unionized, the owners have shuttered the landmark coffee shop. It is being turned into a Ten20 Craft Brewery, which will still serve Heine Brothers Coffee products alongside the brewery’s beers.

“We will fight against what we feel is union-busting activity,” a representative of the union told The Courier Journal. “Our workers are still very committed to this fight.”

For more, check out the Louisville Courier-Journal

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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