Bombshell Testimony in Brazilian Congress Attack – 1,000 Case New Holland Workers Fought Down Deal – Loudon County Transit Workers Strike

Bolonaro supporters vandalize Supreme Election Tribunal (Metropoles)

Folks, 

Greetings from the Burgh, where former National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen has returned to play for the hometown Pittsburg Pirates. With the offseason additions of pitcher Rich Hill and 1st baseman Carlos Santana, this could be one of the best Pirates teams in a long time. 

Sorry for being off this week sick, but we are gonna use this week’s newsletter to get caught up on some of the things happening this week. 

Testimony: Bolsonaro Justice Minister Hid Threat from Brasília’s Governor

In testimony obtained by CNN Brasil, Brasília’s Governor Ibaneis Rocha, who was removed from office for 90 days to security lapses during the attack on Brazil’s Congress, said that Brasília’s Secretary of Security Anderson Torres hid military intelligence from him warning of an attack on Brazil’s Congress this past Sunday. 

Torres, who fled to Orlando before the attack on the National Congress, previously served as the Minister of Justice in Bolsonaro’s government before becoming the Secretary of Security in Brasília at the beginning of January.  Earlier this week, federal police found a draft of a plan to overthrow the presidential election results in Brazil. 

Now, Rocha has accused Torres of hiding military intelligence from him, which showed that an attack on Brazil’s Congress was likely. 

“The fact that [Torres] was out of Brazil, on that critical day, shattered my confidence. That’s why I fired him,” Rocha told the Federal Police in testimony.

In his testimony, Rocha also said that Brazilian army officers repeatedly blocked his attempts to remove encampments of Bolsonaro supporters that were becoming a security threat in the city. 

For more, check out CNN Brasil. 

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After an 8-month strike, 1,000 Case New Holland Workers Reject Contract

In Iowa and Wisconsin, over 1,000 Case New Holland farm equipment workers, and members of the UAW, have been on strike for nearly 8 months. Workers the are upset about cuts to wages, health care, and seniority. 

Last weekend, they voted down a proposal to accep the contract by a margin of 55%-45%. Workers say that while the proposal is improved that it is still now what they want. Many workers are upset that scab replacement workers are currently making more than they would under the proposed contract. 

“They’re paying their non-union (employees) $27 per hour, today,” Yasin Mahdi, president of UAW Local 180, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I don’t know what the problem is with paying us the same thing.” 

For more, check out the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 

London County Transit Workers Strike 

In suburban DC, transit workers, employed by DC Metro subcontractor Keolis are on strike in Loudon County, Virginia. 

“We have families. We live here in Loudoun County. We cannot afford to live here any longer,” Sandra Vigil told WRC.  “I know we’re out here, and we’ve stranded our passengers. This is not something we wanted to do. We were forced to do this.”

For more, check out WRC. 

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Love & Solidarity, 


Melk

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter, who covered everything from the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and speaks Portuguese which he learned in journalism school in Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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