Greetings from the Burgh, where I wanna give a big thanks to everyone who donated to our fundraiser to travel to Brasil as an election observer.
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So far, we have raised $910 for our fund to serve as an election observer in Brasil this fall.
Apple Workers in Maryland Move Forward with Union Election
Four separate unions have announced plans to organize Apple Store workers across the United States, sparking competition amongst them.
Last week, Apple workers unionizing with CWA filed a petition to hold the first-ever union election at an Apple Store in Atlanta, Georgia.
Workers in New York City announced their intention to join the SEIU in May. Meanwhile, Apple stores workers in Louisville and announced plans to unionize with a newly formed independent union.
Now, Apple store workers, unionizing with the Machinists, are moving forward with a union election at a retail location in Towson, Maryland. The election is set for June 15th and if successful, it would be the first time that Apple store workers have unionized in the US, potentially giving the Machinists an advantage as the competition to unionize Apple Store workers increases.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Pilot Instructors Strike
At San Diego’s Miramar Air Station, private F-35 Pilot instructors went on strike this week against unfair labor practices.
“Each instructor here has proudly served our nation’s military in the fighter squadrons across the world and continues to put in countless hours to perfect our craft and ability to instruct at very high levels,” Military Pilot Trainer Ryan Cunningham said in a press release. “We’re asking that Lockheed Martin treat us with the same respect we demonstrate to this company, our military, and specifically this profession, each and every day.”
Sherwin-Williams Workers Strike in Kentucky
In Bowling Green, Kentucky, Sherwin-Williams workers went on strike on Friday over what they say are hard-nosed bargaining tactics as the company tries to push concessions on workers. Despite bad weather this weekend, workers say that they are determined to hold the line.
“Riding out the storm out in two ways! Weather & corporate tactics!”, tweeted the Teamsters Local 783 Twitter account over the weekend. “#Teamsters at the #sherwinwilliams plant in Bowling Green, Ky stay on the strike line, defying incoming bad weather & the Company’s unwillingness to answer our basic proposals!”
News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere
- Union organizers at El Paso Starbucks weigh canceling vote, citing management pressure
- Teachers union leaders lobby on the Hill ahead of gun safety votes
- New York lawmakers pass bill limiting Amazon’s use of worker productivity quotas in warehouses
- Canada men’s national soccer team game vs. Panama canceled amid wage dispute
- Google reportedly backs down on office demands as contractors threaten to strike
- Finally, Amazon labor union leader Chris Smalls traveled to Fargo, North Dakota and encourage unionization there
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