A Day Without Immigrants Actions Nationwide – Tucson Restaurant Workers Strike – Rural Louisiana Bus Drivers Strike 

immigrants protest in Philadelphia (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)


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A Day Without Immigrants Protest Nationwide

Today, scores of immigrants skipped work and protested a lack of immigration reform as part of the nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” action. 

In Philadelphia’s Love Park in Center City, nearly 50 immigrants rallied and demanded reform. 

“Most of us in the immigrant-rights movement here in Pennsylvania feel like the Biden administration has failed us,” Andy Kang, executive director of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We haven’t seen the White House commit to a different vision of immigration, one that isn’t based on locking people up.”

For more, check out The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Rural Louisiana Bus Drivers Strike 

In the St. Tammany Parish school district in rural Louisiana, at least 60 school bus drivers took Friday off as part of a “sickout” strike. 

Bus drivers complained of being paid poverty wages and struggling to get necessary parts for their buses. 

“We are working at a failing business,” one bus driver told WWLTV. “Not because the product, the children, are being picked up or delivered as required, but the income cannot cover the cost.” 

For more, check out WWLTV. 

Tucson Restaurant Workers Strike 

Last year, workers at Prep and Pastry in Tucson, Arizona, launched the first restaurant workers union. Now, those same workers are on strike today to protest poor working conditions at the marquee Tucson establishment.  

“When we all get together we can make a change,” Prep & Pastry cook Syncer Wilson told KVOA. “We can make the company pay attention to us, they can’t just get away with sweeping discrimination and racism under the rug.” 

For more, check out KVOA. 

Louis Vuitton Workers Strike in France 

Finally, hundreds of Louis Vuitton workers in France staged a walkout last week at the luxury goods manufacturer. 

The walkout comes after the company demanded workers reduce working hours from 35 to 33 hours while increasing workers’ wages. However, workers fear that the new purposed hour and shift-start changes would negatively affect the schedules of many working parents. 

“The proposal to compute working hours on an annualised basis isn’t convenient for us,” Mireille Bordet, a CFDT representative in Asnières, said in a statement. “It will simply go to the detriment of our private life. Switching from 35 to go 33 hours [per week] won’t generate additional working time reductions [known in France as RTT] and will force us to work late in the evenings.”

For more, check out Fashion Network. 

Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere

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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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