Hooters Workers Walkout in Texas – Pittsburgh Family Dollar General Workers Walkoff – TBS Show Workers Strike in Atlanta

(Dodi Bryne/KDKA)


Greetings from the Burgh, where workers are continuing to walkout 

Pittsburgh Family Dollar General Workers Walkout

At Family Dollar, less than two miles from Payday’s headquarters, workers walked out to protest poor working conditions and erratic scheduling. 

The staff left a sign on the door that read: “Staff quit! Y’all be easy.” 

Our friends at KDKA have the story: 

Garfield resident Dodi Byrne went to Family Dollar on Penn Avenue on Tuesday, only to find the note on the door.

KDKA’s Amy Wadas: What went through your mind when you saw the sign yesterday?

Byrne: Oh no, not again.

“It’s been kind of shaky where it’s hit or miss if they’re going to be open when you come over because they’ll say they don’t have enough staffing,” Byrne added.

For more, go to KDKA. 

Hooters Workers Walkout in Texas Over Lack of A/C 

In the suburbs of Houston, workers at Hooters walked out yesterday protesting the lack of A/C in the establishment. 

“We’ve been a month and maybe a week without A/C and today we decided as a group we weren’t going to tolerate it. We demand A/C, so we walked out,” Corrine Hill told KPRC. 

As a result of the walkout, an A/C company showed up on Wednesday to fix the A/C unit. 

For more, check out KRPC. 

Payday Halfway to Payroll Goal with 13 Days to Go

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Atlanta Film Crew Walks Off of TBS Show Set

Today in Atlanta, IATSE film crew members walked off the set for the TBS cooking competition show “Rat in the Kitchen.”  

The workers were protesting the show for not providing them healthcare.

Now, Fourth State Productions is bringing in “scab” workers to replace the IATSE striking film crew. 

“The only RATS in this kitchen are the bosses who seek to erode our standards and refuse to provide healthcare during a global pandemic,” IATSE wrote on Twitter, blasting the production crew. 

How Uber and Lyft are Using Black & Brown Media to Write Positive Stories about Them 

Last year, communities of color voted overwhelmingly for Prop 22, which stripped rideshare and delivery app drivers of employee status. Many communities of color voted for it because of scare tactics that claimed allowing drivers to be employees would mean people couldn’t get jobs. 

Now, a new exposé from The Markup shows how Uber and Lyft are using media outlets in communities of color to write positive pieces about them. From The Markup

At the end of February, an impassioned op-ed appeared in The Chicago Crusader, a well-established Black newspaper in the city. Titled “Why Independent Workers Want to Stay Independent,” the op-ed argued that gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft are a “lifeline” to communities of color by providing “a flexible way to work.”

One week later the exact same op-ed was published in the bilingual El Dia Newspaper. Two months later, a version of it appeared again in Crain’s Chicago Business newspaper.

Similar articles and op-eds riffing on the theme of “protecting” independent work have popped up in local publications all over the country, from Colorado to Massachusetts to New Jersey to New York. 

In some of these states the articles have a common thread: Their authors represent organizations that serve communities of color and have received recent donations from Lyft, and in some cases Uber or DoorDash.

For more, go to The Markup. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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