Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, where Payday plans to keep reporting over the next two weeks in Brazil before returning to Pittsburgh on November 17.
Over 150 Bolsonaro Blockades Across the Country
Across the country, Bolsonaro supporters have set up at least 150 blockades on major highways and roadways to protest Sunday’s election results that declared Lula winner of Brazil’s presidential election.
Many blockades of tires and cars are being removed at an active pace. In some locations, police have removed the blockades. In others, regular Brazilians, including soccer fan clubs, have removed them. (Check out this video of several hundred Corinthian soccer fan club members removing a pro-Bolsonaro blockade in Sao Páulo.)
In some instances, truck drivers have said their bosses forced them to participate in setting up the blockades.
“My boss made me park here or else he’ll cut my wages,” one truck driver told Globo.
For more, check out Globo. (Turn on Google’s automatic translator in Chrome to read in English.)
Help Us Stay Another Two Weeks in Brazil
Payday plans to stay another two weeks in Rio for additional follow-up reporting. We are looking at the left’s organizing challenges in the wake of Lula’s victory. We will also focus on the lessons the U.S. can learn from organizing in Brazil.
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50,000 UC Workers Vote to Strike
In California, 50,000 University of California graduate employees have overwhelmingly voted over the past week to strike 33,654 to 904. They could go on strike as early as November 14.
Graduate employees are protesting being underpaid, as many essentially work full-time jobs as teaching assistants and are being paid $40,000 a year while trying to live in California cities with high costs of living.
“Our teaching assistants do the vast majority of the teaching work for UC, and we do basically all of the research. If these two things stop, the university can’t really function,” Tanzil Chowdhury, a graduate student researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Oakland Port Workers Walk Off the Job
In Oakland, port workers shut down much of the Port of Oakland after walking off the job yesterday to protest not being paid.
“This is an issue of not being paid wages and everyone deserves the wages that they have earned and worked for,” Sean Farley, president of ILWU Local 34, told KNTV. “It’s been a huge problem and we’ve been dealing with this nonstop.”
Farley said he’s seen more than 200 unpaid wage claims over the past 18 months.
Orange County Bus Mechanics Strike
Finally, in Orange County, over 150 transportation mechanics are on strike this week over the refusal of the Orange County Transit Authority to bargain in good faith over healthcare costs.
“We have brought in mediators,” Teamsters Local 952 Secretary-Treasurer Eric Jimenez told KCBS. “We have come up with ways to save OCTA money on health care. We have reached out to OCTA board members and local political leaders. We have honored the governor’s request to return to the table and continue talks. We have asked our members to be patient and continue working with the utmost professionalism without an agreement … only to have OCTA continually refuse to bargain in good faith and disrespect us by walking out of negotiations.”
News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere
- Idaho City schools forced to close Tuesday with teachers out sick, substitute shortage.
- SEIU staff members in the Pacific Northwest strike against the union.
- Medicare and Medicaid call center workers strike over working conditions.
- Head Start workers walk out following a co-worker’s firing.
- Doctors at New York City’s largest teaching hospital vote to strike.
- Finally, scientists around the world are cheering the election of Lula as a vital step against climate change.
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