Greetings from the Burgh, where I’m getting ready to leave to cover the election in Brasil in a week. I’ve been hustling to fundraise to replace a broken iPhone and cover other travel costs before heading out on Sunday.
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Railroad Workers United Call for Mass Picketing on Wednesday.
In a sign that rank and file railroad members are upset with the Tentative Agreement reached by various unions, Railroad Workers United has called for railroad workers to support mass picketing on Wednesday.
“The rank and file is not standing idly by, but is mobilizing, as evidenced by the group that has come together to call for Wednesday’s action,” said Railroad Workers United President Ron Kaminkow in a statement.
Seven Immigrant Workers Fired for Organizing in Nashville
In Nashville, Tennessee, seven immigrant women employed by EventWork Rentals were fired after working with the Worker Dignity Center and demanding promised wage increases and additional staffing to help with overwork.
The women, who named their group Las Guerreras Hondureñas (The Honduran Warrioresses), have filed NLRB charges against their employer, who they say retaliated against them after they began organizing for better working conditions.
“We went on strike because $15 an hour is not enough to survive as a single mother in Nashville,” Yamina, one of the workers fired from EventWorks, said in a statement put out by Workers’ Dignity.
Philadelphia Art Museum Workers Strike
In Philadelphia yesterday, over 200 members of AFSCME Local 397 went on a one-day strike as the union remains frustrated with contract talks with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“I have to work two jobs in order to afford my bills and just to live,” Juliet Vinegra, a PMA worker, said in a press release. “The museum has not come to the table with proposals that actually show fair pay for us. They have come consistently with 2%, which is below cost of living and we have not received raises in years.”
Indiana Workers Strike for First Time Since 1968
In yet another sign of a growing strike wave, over 100 workers are on strike this week at Elkhart Products Corporation in Elkhart, Indiana.
It’s the first time since 1968 that the long unionized workers have been on strike.
“We’re striking the company because that proposal included a 15% copay for medical insurance as well as only a $0.50 cent raise which would put all these members $70 short a week on their check,” David Gault, a business rep with Machinists Local Lodge 2018, told WBND.
Esty Sellers Form 1st Union of Esty Sellers
Finally, Billy Penn has a look at how a Philadelphia craft maker helped to organize the first Etsy Strike:
Online marketplace Etsy recently made changes that sparked resistance from the independent sellers that make up the platform, and a Philadelphia craftsperson played a considerable role in helping merchants start to push back.
Eighty thousand sellers signed a petition ahead of a 30,000-seller strike in April, demonstrating that while they create their products independently, they don’t want to deal with the ecommerce company alone.
Now the strike’s organizers have cemented that fact by creating the Indie Sellers Guild.
Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere
- Syracuse horror movie suspends production after actor’s injury, crew walkout.
- Students for Teachers plan walk out today in support of fair contracts for Haverhill teachers.
- Edweek looks at the growing teachers’ strike movement this fall.
- Griffith Observatory’s planetarium storytellers petition to unionize with Actors’ Equity.
- Blue Lake Rancheria becomes the first tribe on North Coast to unionize hospitality workers.
- Finally, Modern Farmer has an in-depth look at how farmers are organizing for equity in Georgia.
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