Payday Tracks 1,900th Strike – 8,000 Nurses Strike In CA – Inspired by Starbucks Workers, Verizon Retail Workers Win Rare Union Election

Folks, 

Greetings from the Burgh where it was strangely snowing earlier this afternoon. 


Payday’s Strike Tracker Passes 1,900 Strikes Since March of 2020

Today, Payday recorded its 1900th strike after nearly 8,000 nurses in California went on strike at 18 different Sutter health care facilities in California (see story below). 

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8,000 Nurses Strike in California Today 

In California today, over 8,000 nurses have gone on a one-day strike at 18 different Sutter healthcare facilities across Northern California. 

“Nurses overwhelmingly voted to go out on strike because we see no other option left for us and our patients,” nurse Amy Erb told KCRA.  “We have tried repeatedly to address the chronic and widespread problem of short staffing that causes delays in care and potentially puts patients at risk, but hospital administrators continue to ignore us. We have a moral and legal obligation to advocate for our patients. We advocate for them at the bedside, at the bargaining table, and if we have to, on the strike line.”

For more, check out KCRA. 


1,500 Graduate Employees Strike at University of Chicago-Illinois 

With final exam season approaching, many graduate employees are going on strike to demand better wages. 

Last week, 3,000 graduate employees went on strike at the University of Indiana. Now, 1,500 graduate employees are on strike at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“We believe that Graduate School is hard work and we are here for it. But it shouldn’t be made harder by financial anxiety,” the union wrote on a GoFundMe for its strike page. “We don’t make a living wage, and the university claws back what little they give us through onerous fees.” 

For more on the strike, check out the union’s Twitter page. 


Nursing Assistants Strike After Patient Load Jumps to 24 

Last week in Massachusetts, nursing assistants went on strike over understaffing at Saugus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

According to public records analyzed by SEIU, the facility’s pay is in the bottom 7% in the state. As a result, the facility has seen half of its 60 nursing assistants leave since last September. 

“It’s 24 patients for two certified nursing assistants (CNAs) for one shift, and in the night it’s one,” nursing assistant Eddy Perez told The Daily Item. 

For more, check out The Daily Item. 


Inspired by Starbucks Workers, Verizon Wireless Store Workers Win Rare Union Election

For years, unions have struggled to unionize Verizon’s retail outlets. Now, workers in Everett and Lynnwood, Washington, have successfully unionized in their retail stores after an intense anti-union campaign by Verizon. 

Workers there say they were inspired by union organizing success at a nearby Starbucks. 

“We are witnessing an inspiring moment of worker power in this country,” Natalia D’aigle, a Specialist at Verizon Wireless, told the Stand. “After seeing the organizing efforts by Seattle Starbucks workers and their ultimate success in forming a union, we felt even more empowered to join together and demand a seat at the table. We’re looking to bargain for better working conditions while also supporting Verizon Wireless workers nationwide in fighting for a union and voice on the job. If Starbucks workers can do it, why not us?”

The workers celebrated the win by having coffee at a recently unionized Starbucks nearby. 

For more, check out the Stand. 


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About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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