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DataFolha: Lula 49% – Bolsonaro 44%
A new poll released Friday by DataFolha shows Lula leading 49% to Bolsonaro’s 44%.
However, since voting is obligatory in Brazil, many voters leave their ballots blank rather than vote for one candidate over the other. When you factor in those who intend to vote, Lula leads 53% to 47%.
Long Polling Lines Lead to High Absentee Rate in Lula Strongholds
Last week, Payday reported that Brasilwire, one of the best English-language sites for understanding Brazil’s election, had been hacked and was down. Now, the site is back up with a stunning exposé that raises questions about efforts to suppress voter participation in Lula strongholds.
Nationwide 21% of all voters abstained and either left their ballots blank or did not vote at all — the highest number since the presidential election in 1998. Analyzing polling data from Quaest, Brasilwire has found that Lula voters accounted for 45% of all abstentions while Bolsonaro voters accounted for 32%. From Brasilwire:
“In northeastern Lula stronghold of Recife, where the Workers Party candidate gained 3,558,322 votes, 65,27% of total, voters complained lines up to 4 hours cast their votes, and several polling station addresses were changed at the last minute. While many observed Brazil’s normal rapid voting process, stories of unprecedentedly long voting lines and abandoned attempts to vote were circulating nationwide on election day, sparking early fears that something was wrong compared to previous elections.”
According to their analysis, Lula would have most likely won if the lines had not been so long in key Lula strongholds.
Help Payday Cover Autoworkers Fighting Bolsonaro’s Base
Next week, Payday Report plans on traveling to Curitiba, Paraná, a stronghold of Bolsonaro support. In the state of Paraná, people voted for Bolsonaro 55% to 36%.
Paraná is famous for being the region where Lula was imprisoned in 2018 on corruption charges of which he was later exonerated. (The prosecutor Sergio Moro, who took on Lula, is now a frontrunner for Paraná’s governor and also a Bolsonaro supporter.)
In 2017, while covering the Nissan union drive in Canton, Mississippi, I met a group of Nissan workers from Paraná, who traveled every year for a decade to Canton, Mississippi, to show solidarity with the nearly two-decades-long struggle to unionize Nissan there.
These Nissan workers will be guiding me around and showing me how they are fighting hard for Lula.
Amazon Workers in Inland Empire Likely to Walkout
In California, warehouse workers organizing with the Inland Empire Amazon Workers United have set a strike deadline to expire tonight unless the company meets their demands.
The workers are threatening to strike unless the company meets their demands to increase wages, improve safety, and end retaliation for organizing.
The workers had previously gone on a wildcat strike for a day in September. This strike resulted in Amazon increasing their pay by $1 an hour, but workers organizing with Inland Empire Amazon Workers United say that is not enough.
So far, Amazon has yet to meet their demands and the workers are threatening to strike tomorrow.
Facebook Janitor Strike in Silicon Valley
Finally, at Facebook’s headquarters in Burlingame, California, over 250 janitors this week are going on strike.
The janitors say Facebook’s subcontractor SBM Management Services laid off several pro-union janitors in September. However, weeks later they began to hire non-union temp janitors to replace the union janitors that were laid off.
Both Meta and SBM have denied that they retaliated against union janitors to bring in non-union janitors.
“We have several dozen janitors who are not working because they were laid off, while they have non-union janitors doing work inside the buildings,” Luis Fuentes, division director for SEIU-USWW, told MarketWatch. “At this point, between Meta and SBM, they’re playing hot potato with who’s doing what.”
News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere
- NPR has a look at the ongoing prison strike in Alabama.
- Starbucks workers in Independence, Missouri, holding strike Sunday.
- Weyerhaeuser strikes across the northeast enter 5th week.
- Clark University graduate student union reaches tentative agreement to end strike.
- NBC looks at wage theft problems facing the largely immigrant workforce employed in rebuilding Florida after the storms.
- Finally, Greg Jaffe at The Washington Post reports on why Starbucks Founder Howard Schultz’s anti-union campaign is so personal.
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