Greetings from Long Beach, where Payday is working on an exciting story about Latino members changing the demographics and outlooks of the Teamsters.
Judge Rules 30 Port Truck Drivers Were Illegally Fired for Union Organizing
In a victory for union organizing efforts at the docks here in Long Beach, a federal judge ruled that Universal Logistics Holdings illegally fired 30 drivers for unionizing with the Teamsters and ordered that the workers be reinstated.
The Teamsters celebrated their ruling as a victory that showed how companies couldn’t get away with abusing workers.
“Judge Rosas today made clear that the Universal group of companies violated the law at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in a blatant effort to trample on employees’ fundamental right to form a union,” Ron Herrera, the Teamsters port division director, said in a statement. “We cannot allow any corporation, no matter how big, to ignore the law, especially as drivers work tirelessly to address the backlog at the ports and supply our community with the goods they need this holiday season.”
Suburban Charlotte Teachers Go on Strike
At Union Day School, a charter school in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, teachers have gone on strike to protest the unjust firing of a beloved principal at the school.
“I’m devastated,” Liz Spinney, the curriculum coordinator for Union Day School, told WSOC. “This man has done nothing but lead this school through the hardest years in education.”
The board of Union Day School has so far declined to talk to the press.
Erie Teachers Vote to Strike
Back in Western PA, teachers from the 860-member Erie Educators Association have voted to strike against the district.
A survey released by the union showed only 9% of the union “feel valued” by the administration and that 72% of teachers have considered quitting during the pandemic.
“After a year-and-a-half of the most difficult adjustments that any of us have seen, both in the classroom and our own families, the lack of appreciation our members feel has added to the mental and physical strain,” according to a memo released by the union. “Coping with challenges in our own lives while also trying to ‘re-orient’ students to in-person learning is contributing to burn-out and breakdowns.”
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450 West Virginia Workers Fight Back Against Scabs
One strike that Payday hopes to cover is the strike of 450 steelworkers at Special Metals in nearby Huntington, West Virginia.
Workers have been on strike for nearly three weeks, and the company has already brought in scabs as they intend to fight the union.
However, the local community is stepping up by helping organize food drives to keep the workers going as their income takes a hit from staying out on strike.
“They employ almost 500 and this area is dying. We cannot afford to lose this in the Tri-State area,” Stacy Holley, who started a Facebook group to coordinate assistance for the strikers, told WCHS. “There are people that work here from Sissonville to Grayson and everywhere in between. It doesn’t affect just Huntington. It affects 500 people. We need this in our community.”
Reno Bus Drivers End 25 Day Strike
Yesterday, in Reno, Nevada, bus drivers celebrated a major victory in a strike against a private bus contractor.
After first walking off the job in August for ten days against the private bus contractor Keolis, who attempted to cut their long-standing union contract, bus drivers went on strike for another 25 days beginning in early October.
After 35 total days of striking, Reno bus drivers won a major achievement this week when they reached a tentative agreement on scheduling, time off, and other issues. The Reno bus drivers celebrated the tentative agreement as a victory for the ability of the union to mobilize the public behind it.
“Working class people need to know: it’s time for us to unite,” said Reno bus driver and shop steward Michael Lansborough in a statement. “Not only unite individually into unions, but unite as a whole to beat down this corporate attitude that they can just walk all over everybody.”
Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere
- 1,000 Huntington, WV healthcare workers vote to authorize a strike.
- University of California lecturers get better offers but continue strike threats over job security and pay demands.
- 2,000 Kaiser workers in Hawaii vote 93% for strike authorization.
- Amazon workers on Staten Island have filed for a union election with a groundbreaking independent union.
- Finally, employees are saying that workers don’t want to work anymore. So one Florida worker applied for 60 jobs and got one callback for an interview.
To see more strikes, make sure to visit our Strike Tracker that recently documented its 1,600th strike since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
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Love & Solidarity,