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Chicago PBS Station Cuts Off Healthcare to Striking Workers
In Chicago, workers at the local PBS Station WTTW have been on strike for nearly two weeks. Now, the local PBS Station is playing hardball and cutting off healthcare to striking workers.
“This company would rather jeopardize the health and well-being of two dozen employees with families than sit down and meet with the union to discuss solutions,” IBEW Local 1220 business manager John Rizzo told Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s a bullying tactic we’ve seen from this company in the past couple of years, but this has been taken to a new low.”
300 Nurses Strike at AMCH Seton Medical Center
In Daly City, California, over 300 nurses are on a one-day strike today at AMCH Seton Medical Center demanding safer staffing levels.
“Because we have no ancillary staff, when I am caring for Covid patients I not only have to address their medical needs but I also need to empty the garbage, clean up the rooms, deliver the food, assist my patients to the restroom, and answer calls from their family and friends,” said nurse Michelle Kubota in a statement put out by the union. “Families don’t understand why they may not hear back from me for hours after they call. It is extremely frustrating and distressing for them, and I feel horrible because I understand their distress.”
Judge: Seattle concrete company intentionally drove into Striking Workers
As the concrete workers’ strike in Seattle enters its fourth month, Teamsters Local has accused several companies’ drivers of intentionally driving into a picket line.
Now, a Seattle judge has ruled that on one occasion, a driver intentionally ran into workers on a picket line, and on another occasion, a driver caused physical injury by hitting strikers.
“It is reassuring to have the court affirm our legal right to peacefully picket, but the violence we have seen against our members is unfounded, egregious and frankly disgusting,” Brett Gallagher, a concrete mixer driver for CalPortland, told KCPQ.
Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere
- Etsy sellers plan to strike in April and want customers to boycott over 30% increase in fees amid already high revenue for the company.
- Boston baristas at Darwin’s Coffee strike amid stalled contract negotiations.
- In Missoula, Montana, Black Coffee Roasting employees begin process of forming a union.
- Workers at the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District in Othello, Washington, went on a “sickout strike” Monday and Tuesday.
- In Morton, Illinois, the Iron Workers Union filed nearly 150 labor charges against one trucking company.
- Finally, Harold Meyerson at The American Prospect has a long look at how NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo is changing the way that labor law is enforced.
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