Greetings from the Burgh, where it looks like a wonderful weekend ahead.
Only $1,600 Short of Our Payroll Goal – Help Us Take the Weekend Off
Folks, it’s been exciting getting back to a social life as someone who lived isolated during the pandemic. It would be nice to take the weekend off and kick back, but we are $1,600 short of our payroll goal.
Payday Reaches 600 Recurring Donors
In February of 2020, Payday had 300 recurring donors. However, in the past year-and-half, we have focused on adding recurring donors and now have more than 600.
These 600 donors help us to create a sustainable base of funding and we thank these donors so much.
Teamsters Threaten Strikes to Unionize Amazon
After the defeat of the Amazon union drive in Alabama in April, many thought it would put a damper on future union organizing efforts. However, it may have inspired a new national movement to unionize Amazon.
Yesterday, over 1,500 local union Teamsters officers voted for the 1.3 million-member Teamsters union to spend tens of millions of dollars into an unprecedented project to organize Amazon.
The Teamsters said they intend to launch a national campaign against Amazon and have pledged to help organize non-traditional strikes even in workplaces without unions to force the company to do better by its workers.
The struggle to organize workers is a crucial struggle for the Teamsters. In Southern California, drivers for UPS earn $39-an-hour as well as pensions, health care, and other benefits whereas Amazon drivers, employed as independent contractors, earn only $16-an-hour.
“Truth be told, Amazon’s impact on this industry is driving wages, working conditions and safety and health conditions downward,” Teamsters Amazon Director Randy Korgan told The Guardian.
2,500 Cook County Workers Strike
Today, over 2,500 workers, employed by Cook County in Chicago are protesting cuts that the county government has proposed.
The workers, who worked through the pandemic, include those employees who work for the Cook County president as well as civilian positions in the sheriff’s office, Cook County Health, and the county clerk.
“Our biggest concerns are around wages, but more than that, health care premiums, which they’re trying to double for many workers here at the county who have worked throughout the entire pandemic,” Joyce Klein, Stroger Hospital social worker, told WLS.
Black Tik Tock Content Creators Strike
With many folks supporting their livelihoods by creating projects and producing viral videos, creators are beginning to demand more from the platforms where they create and publish their content.
This week, Black Tik Tock content creators went on strike to protest their content being appropriated without proper attribution. Madame Noire has the story:
Still, for all of our contributions we rarely reap the rewards or even recognition for our brilliance. This is extremely apparent on the social media app Tik Tok. Black TikTokers have created not only the soundtrack but even the dance moves to some of the most popular social media content that exists today. But when it’s time for brands to pay up or for talk shows to feature these creatives, the Black folk get overlooked.
We saw it earlier this year when Jimmy Fallon used a white TikToker to underperform all the dances Black kids had created. He later attempted to correct the mistake by inviting the originators of the dances to perform via Zoom. Several Black TikTokers have complained about being offered pennies or nothing at all while their white counterparts — who utilize Black culture — are making thousands.
Payday Reader Jim Hughes’ relationship with his daughter profiled in Louisville Courier-Journal
Finally, the Louisville Courier-Journal had a moving profile of Teamsters union activist and beer delivery driver Jim Hughes’ relationship with his daughter Leah. When I first moved to Louisville, I got to know Jim and his daughter Leah and their profile is extraordinarily touching.
From the Louisville Courier-Journal, a very special Fathers’ Day piece on how Jim used his connections as a blue-collar union leader and beer delivery driver used his connections to help his daughter be the first in their family to go to college:
A nearby convenience store even announced her birth in lights next to a large beer advertisement. The now-closed Dairy Mart on New Cut Road near the Outer Loop had been one of her dad’s clients, and so they lit up the happy moment for everyone driving by to see.
The Hugheses hadn’t necessarily wanted to have children, but they were both incredible parents. Her mom and dad just figured it out, Leah told me, and they pushed her hard in school and gave her every opportunity they could.
As she got older, Jim Hughes used his superpower of seemingly knowing everyone to set her up with career opportunities while she was still a child. He was a master of networking, and so when she expressed an interest in something, he found people in those professions that she could shadow. It didn’t matter that she was only in elementary school or middle school, if she wanted to learn, he would find someone to teach her in a way that he couldn’t. Once he tracked down a lawyer for her to spend time with, and another time he introduced her to a prison psychologist.
Here are some other news stories you may have missed.
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– University of Cincinnati nurses vote for potential strike
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