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$135 Raised for $435 Healthcare Premium
I am still suffering from Long Covid, which makes me susceptible to illnesses and leads to high healthcare bills. We have raised $135 to pay off my $435 monthly healthcare premium.
Lula Fires Top General
Already, President Lula has fired over 40 top military officials who allowed security breaches to happen during the attack on the Brazilian Congress on Jan. 8. Now, he has fired the Army’s top general, Júlio Cesar de Arruda. The Washington Post has the story:
The removal of Arruda came six days after The Washington Post reported that he had sought to protect rioters and supporters of defeated former president Jair Bolsonaro who were sheltering at a camp in front of army headquarters after storming and ransacking the presidential palace, the supreme court, and congress.
In addressing Arruda’s firing on Saturday evening, [Defense Minister], José Múcio suggested Arruda’s conduct on the night of Jan. 8 was one reason for Arruda’s dismissal.
“After these last episodes, the issue with the camps, the issue of Jan. 8, relations with the command of the Army suffered a fracture in the level of trust. And we needed to stop that right at the beginning,” Múcio told reporters in Brasília while standing next to Arruda’s replacement, Gen. Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva.
1,000 CNH Workers Settle 8-Month Strike
After an eight-month-long strike, over 1,000 CNH workers in Iowa and Wisconsin, members of UAW have approved a tentative agreement. 62% of workers voted in favor of the contract.
The union did not release full details of the contract. However, in interviews with local media, workers acknowledged that while some got raises of as much as $ 3 an hour, they were forced to pay more for their healthcare.
BBC Strike Likely
BBC reporters may be the latest to join a massive wave of strike action dubbed the “Winter of Discontent”. BBC reporters say that proposed layoffs anger them.
A survey by the National Union of Journalists showed that approximately 80% of union members said they favor a strike. No formal strike date has been announced yet, but union leaders say it’s very likely.
“Strike action is inevitable,” one union leader told Deadline. “[The BBC concessions] sent members into a tailspin — I was livid.”
Florida Nursing Home Workers Not Making Minimum Wage
Last year, the Florida legislature approved a measure that would increase the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour for all workers employed by nursing homes that received state Medicaid money.
However, many nursing homes are sidestepping the regulation by hiring nursing home workers as independent contractors. The regulation will likely be the subject of lawsuits and more legislative action. Unions in Florida say they will fight any attempt to dilute the regulations.
“People are leaving these facilities because they can go down the street and get more,” SEIU organizer Karen Scott told the Tampa Bay Times.
News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere
- Employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) started a partial strike on Monday in protest against firing the head of the employees union in the West Bank.
- Postal workers in Germany go on strike.
- British ambulance workers go on strike.
- Sundance jury walks out of screening over failure to provide closed captioning for one of their judges, actress Marlee Martin.
- Amir Khafagy has a look at how NY farmworkers, who won the right to unionize last year, have struggled to win first contracts.
- 1st union at Peet’s Coffee formed with the help of Starbucks workers
- Everett Herald looks at how Boeing still exposes workers to carcinogens despite claims that they were improving.
- Finally, the Northwest Arkansas Gazette looks at how a mob of 1,000 crushed a railroad strike in Arkansas 100 years ago this week.
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