Flint Teachers Strike Over Lack of A/C -Miss. Plastic Workers Locked Out – NY “Company Union” Bill Dead

New York Taxi Workers Alliance protest in NYC (New York Taxi Workers Alliance)

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Flint Teachers Strike Over Lack of A/C 

As temperatures in Flint, Michigan soared into the 90s yesterday, teachers in one Flint elementary school walked out to protest their building’s lack of working air conditioning. 

“This is about teacher safety and working in unsafe conditions,” United Teachers of Flint President Karen Christian told Michigan Live. “We are hoping that the air is fixed by today and that everyone will be able to work in a safe environment.”

For more, check out Michigan Live. 

Mississippi Plastic Workers Locked Out of Their Jobs

With workers demanding more at the bargaining table, Payday has started to notice a small uptick of lockouts happening all over the country. 

Today the lockout came from Corinth, Mississippi where 100 members of United Steelworkers Local 759L were locked out after refusing to agree to a contract that would have cut their healthcare and decreased their job security protections. 

“These hard-working union members and their families deserve a contract that reflects their dedication and commitment,” United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo said in a statement. “We are willing to keep working until we reach that agreement, but the company must end this illegal lock out.”

For more, check out WTVA. 

Houston Nurses Walkout Over Vaccine Requirements. 

Yesterday, 178 healthcare workers in Houston were suspended from their jobs for refusing to get the vaccine. 

The group of employees from the Houston Methodist hospital system walked to protest the hospital requirement that all healthcare workers receive the vaccine by June 7 or face suspension. 

“We should be allowed to make our own decisions,” one Houston Methodist nurse told KTRK. 

For more, check out KTRK. 

New York Lawmakers Drop Company Union Bill for Uber

Following the success of Prop 22 in California, which denied Uber drivers employee benefits, many expected a similar piece of legislation to fly through the New York State House. 

However, it was announced yesterday that the bill would not be voted on this session and held till next year. Worker advocates quickly declared victory.

“Uber thought that their old playbook would work in New York State in 2021. But the narrative has changed,” said New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai said in a statement. “People see through their company union and their boss lies. Labor and community groups came together like never before and sent Uber and Lyft crawling away from this legislative session with their tails between their legs.” 

For more, on the importance of the victory, check out the New York Taxi Workers Alliance website. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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