Amazon Workers in Atlanta Walkout – Nursing Home Workers Strike across Western New York – Lack of Latino Voices in MLB Talks 

Amazon workers protests in Atlanta (WXIA)

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Amazon Workers in Atlanta Walkout 

In Atlanta, Amazon workers walked out during Prime Week yesterday holding signs that said “Pay Us or Chaos.” 

“We want a safer and better working environment where we’re treated like human beings and not machines,” Atlas Younger told WSBTV. 

For more, check out WSBTV 

Nursing Home Workers Strike across Western New York

In Western New York, over 1,000 nursing home workers walked out of nine different facilities for one day to protest wages as low as $13.20/hour. 

“People don’t want to work in health care anymore — not for $13.20 an hour when you could pour coffee for $16 or $17 an hour,” Becky Pettis told WBFO. 

For more, check out WBFO 

Rochester General Hospital Votes to Unionize 

At Rochester General Hospital, over 700 nurses voted to unionize successfully. 

“Nurses from all units and all experience levels across the hospital came together because we want to finally have a unified voice,” PACU nurse Jake Spencer said in a statement sent with the vote results. “We want our patients to come to RGH and be given the best quality care, and we believe nurses having a strong, organized voice is the best way to achieve that.”

For more, check out WROC 

Lack of Latino Voices in MLB Talks 

Finally, there is a look at the lack of Latino voices in MLB. From the New York Times

When Major League Baseball and the players’ union worked their way through the contentious negotiations for a new labor agreement this past off-season, one topic had to be deferred in order to avoid delaying the regular season. M.L.B. had long wanted to create an international draft, while the union had resisted those efforts. The sides agreed to decide the issue by July 25, which allowed for the regular season to proceed in April.

The players were represented in those negotiations by union officials, lawyers and player representatives. Stars like Mets pitcher Max Scherzer, the retired pitcher Andrew Miller and Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, all of whom are elected player representatives, attended numerous bargaining sessions and conference calls. During that process, players from Latin America, the group that would feel the effects of an international draft more than anyone, were represented in far fewer numbers.

The union’s executive board, which voted 26-12 on March 10 in favor of the new labor deal, is made up of 38 members, with each team electing a player representative, and those 30 players working with an eight-player executive subcommittee that is elected by their peers. During the negotiations, only two members of the executive board were Latinos born outside the mainland United States. That number did not change after teams held this year’s player representative elections.

For more, check out the New York Times 

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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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