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Over 200 Walkouts at Schools Over Gun Control Nationwide
There have been dozens of reports of students and teachers across the nation walking out over gun control this week. This could be the beginning of a new trend of teachers walking out nationwide.
Much like the Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd’s death, which inspired over 500 walkouts in the month following his death, Payday Report believes that growing momentum among students as well as teachers for gun control could lead to even more protests.
Yesterday, groups responding to an online call for action walked out at over 200 schools across the US, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
“I think there is something so devastating about 10-year-olds being killed, and students across the country are realizing this could have been any of us,” Maddie Ahmadi, 17, a junior at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont told NBC News.
For more, check out NBC News
Help us Cover Union Activists Taking on Gun Control
For years, the labor movement has been hesitant to address the issue of gun control. However, unions like AFT, NEA, ATU, and now UFCW have increasingly called for gun control as their members are targeted by gun violence.
Apple Workers Union Pulls Petition at Atlanta Store
Yesterday, Payday Report wrote about how Apple was trying to fight a growing union movement in its stores, which saw four union drives launched in the last two months. In response, Apple has raised retail workers’ wages to $22/hour, while unions have accused the company of illegally intimidating pro-union workers.
Now, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) has decided not to go forward with a union election of 100 workers in Atlanta citing intimidation by the company.
“Apple has conducted a systematic, sophisticated campaign to intimidate them and interfere with their right to form a union,” the CWA said in a statement to Bloomberg.
400 Mental Health Workers strike in Minnesota
In honor of mental health awareness month, over 400 newly organized mental health workers at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern and Unity hospitals, and M Health Fairview Hospital, went on strike in Minnesota. The workers are currently negotiating their first contracts and went on strike to draw attention to how high turnover rates are making mental health work unsustainable.
“It’s time for those in charge to take this crisis seriously,” Stephanie Stark, a senior mental health coordinator at Allina Health told St Paul Union Advocate. “This work is too important to be ignored and undervalued.”
Flight Attendants Union Backs Controversial Airline Merger
Finally, Association of Flight Attendants union President Sara Nelson has earned accolades for being a progressive champion. However, in recent months, she faced criticism from progressive activists for backing reactionary positions.
Last month, Sara Nelson faced criticism for defending the refusal of her union to take a position on the dropping of the mask mandate on airlines. Disability advocates criticized Nelson at length for not taking a position on the matter.
Last week, Nelson praised the merger of Spirit and Frontier Airlines, which would create the fifth largest airline in the US, and said that her union would support it.
“We support the necessary regulatory approvals that will improve competition, increase consumer options and experience, and maintain and grow good union jobs,” Nelson said in an announcement.
The move faced criticism from many progressive groups.
“In an industry already infamous for anticompetitive behavior and collusion, a Frontier-Spirit merger will raise prices for consumers, drive job cuts, encourage service reductions, and enable more airline market power abuse,” said Shahid Naeem, a Policy Analyst at the American Economic Liberties Project in a statement. “While allowing another airline mega-merger may benefit shareholders, executives, and their bankers, all evidence shows that it will be a raw deal for American travelers, citizens, and workers. If Frontier and Spirit want a stronger market share, they should offer a better product — not ask the government to hand it to them.”
News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere
- In Chicago, Amazon Warehouse Workers Stage Walkout, Claiming Racist Harassment and Wrongful Termination
- Resident Doctors in LA Preparing a Landmark Strike
- Xbox Head Phil Spencer Said He Supports Raven Software Union in Internal Meeting
- Wheat Price Surge Triggers Nationwide Strike by Burkina Bakers
- Planned Parenthood workers in Five States Announce Intent to Unionize
- Apple Store Employees in Towson Move to Unionize, First in Maryland to Announce Organizing Efforts
- Birmingham Starbucks Location Becomes First in Alabama to Unionize
- A Big Congrats to My Cousin Shaunna Bhassin for her Work on Successfully Unionizing the Jewish Museum
- Report Calls on New York City’s Unionized Building Trades to Step Up Efforts to Organize Immigrant Workers
- Finally, Dr. Tariah Walker has a Long Look at Multiracial Organizing in the Mon Valley.
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