Greetings from São Paulo, where Payday is interviewing labor leaders as they prepare for the final week-long push for Lula ahead of Brazil’s runoff presidential election on Sunday, October 30.
Datafolha: Lula 52% – Bolsonaro 48%
As election day approaches, many trade unionists in Brazil are nervous that Bolsonaro may still be able to pull off a victory.
A recent poll by Datafolha shows Lula leading Bolsonaro by 52% to 48%. Another 6% of voters say they are undecided. However, many political observers have been skeptical of polls in Brazil as Bolsonaro has actively encouraged his supporters not to cooperate with pollsters.
Lula’s base of support tends to be among working-class voters, particularly workers of color in the country’s Northeast. Meanwhile, Bolsonaros’s base of support is among white middle-income voters in the country’s South and Southeast.
With workers who make below two times the minimum salary of R$2,424 a month (the equivalent of USD $500), Lula leads 57% to 37%. Lula also leads by 67% to 29% among people in the Northeast of Brazil, and among those who identify as Black, 58% to 38%.
Bolsonaro’s strongest base of support is in the whiter, wealthier Southern part of the country, where he leads 55% to 38%, and in the Southeast, where he leads 50% to 43%. His largest block of support is among evangelicals, which he leads 66% to 28%.
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With polls showing a very tight race in Brazil, the next ten days of Payday’s coverage will be incredibly intense. I hope to focus on covering the race and not fundraising.
In the last few weeks, I’ve had to fix a dead laptop, replace a stolen iPhone, and travel to three cities for field reporting. It’s been intense, and I hope to focus on writing and reporting, not fundraising, over the next week.
Our payroll is due in three days, and we are $325 short.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Strike Likely to Drag On, Maybe for Months
Back in Pittsburgh, sources say it appears the strike at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will drag on for some time.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette currently only prints two days a week. With printing press workers on strike, the Post-Gazette owners have been able to print the paper at the nearby Republican-owned Butler Eagle.
With the need for print content only two days a week, the newspaper can operate its online site with a skeleton crew of editors, the 30% of remaining reporters left, and the usage of wire services articles.
Additionally, the paper has already said it will seek to hire scab replacement reporters who may be tempted to take the jobs in an economy that’s been tough for reporters.
The last major newspaper strike in Pittsburgh was with the Pittsburgh Press in 1992, which lasted seven months. It ended with the Pittsburgh Press closing and being sold to the owners of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, something that many fear could happen again.
In September, the Columbia Journalism Review interviewed Post-Gazette owner John Robinson Block. In the interview, he describes the NewspaperGuild as people “who were wanting to come in and grieve the fact that their mother didn’t love them when they were five.”
Kaiser Mental Health Workers End 10-Week Strike
In California, a ten-week-long strike by nearly 2,000 mental health workers has ended with the union and Kaiser reaching a tentative agreement. The contract still has to be ratified, and neither the union nor the company has yet to release details of it, but they applauded the settlements as a victory.
“The new 4-year agreement will benefit Kaiser Permanente patients and drive collaborative efforts aimed at improving access to mental health care, while at the same time recognizing and better supporting mental health therapists in their important work,” the National Union of Healthcare Workers and Kaiser said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere
- Louisville Transit workers could strike as soon as Friday.
- Haverhill, Massachusetts, workers strike.
- Corn Nuts strike ends with union ratifying a new contract.
- Home Depot workers in Northeast Philly allege ‘surveillance,’ other union-busting tactics ahead of election.
- HarperCollins union workers planning for second strike in November.
- Finally, in Canada, Justin Trudeau’s labor minister moves to ban scab workers in strikes.
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