UAW Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza – Washington Post to Strike – 2,000 Nurses Strike in Kansas and Texas

UAW President Shawn Fain has embraced calls for a ceasefire in Palestine (UAW)

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UAW Endorses Ceasefire in Gaza 

On Friday, the UAW became the largest union in the U.S. to call for a ceasefire, joining the United Electrical Workers (UE), American Postal Workers Union, and the National Nurses Union. 

“From opposing fascism in WWII to mobilizing against apartheid South Africa and the Contra war, the UAW has consistently stood for justice across the globe,” the UAW said in a statement. “A labor movement that fights for social and economic justice for all workers must always stand against war and for peace.”

For more, check out the Guardian. 

Washington Post Union Authorizes One-Day Walkout on Thursday 

Fighting layoff attempts at the Washington Post, workers there vowed to go on a one-day walkout on Thursday.

“In solidarity with my union family, I will NOT be covering The Game Awards live on Thursday for The Washington Post, a very high-traffic evening that always beats our political coverage,” tweeted Washington Post Columnist Gene Park on Thursday. “I do have other coverage planned on other days, but Dec. 7 will be a blackout”. 

For more, check out the Wrap. 

Sunergos Barista Win 7 Day Strike & First Contract

Earlier this year in Louisville, over 230 Heine Brothers coffee workers at locations throughout the city won their first union contract at the largest coffee chain in Louisville. Now, workers at the second-largest coffee shop, Sunergos, have also won a first union contract. 

“This is a huge step forward. This contract agreement will make Sunergos Coffee a better place to work and protect the culture that we’ve worked hard to build for our customers and community. It shows that working Louisvillians can make our lives better by joining together in a union to fight for higher-quality jobs,” a union barista told WHAS. 

For more, check out WHAS. 

2,000 Ascension Nurses Strike in Texas and Kansas

This week, over 2,000 Ascension Nurses in Kansas and Texas are going on a one-day strike against the hospital chain. Now, their employer announced that they would lock the nurses out for another three days. 

“By locking nurses out for three days, Ascension is sending the message, once again, that providing patients with excellent care is not their priority,” Kris Fuentes, RN in the neonatal ICU at ASMCA in Austin, said in a statement. ” As nurses, we are very focused on our patients and winning a contract that sets the stage for optimal care. It is high time for management to prioritize patients and reach an agreement that accomplishes this.”

For more, check out the National Nurses Union site. 

SAG-AFTRA Union Ratification Vote Could Be Close 

Finally, NBC News has a look at the SAG-AFTRA union ratification vote could be close: 

As details of the tentative deal emerged, the hashtag #SAGAFTRAvoteNO began making its way onto social media, with some performers singling out what they deemed insufficient protections around AI.

Alex Plank, an actor and SAG-AFTRA member, called the AI provisions “”disappointing,”” saying he had hoped for stringent prohibitions against actors’actors’ likenesses being used to train AI models. Under the proposed contract, he said, ” producers are allowed to generate a synthetic performer and just have to notify SAG and bargain with the union over its use,” a situation he said amounted to “allowing synthetic performers to compete with human ones.”

Plank also criticized some of the compensation provisions. “”I don’tdon’t think what we got will necessarily help the average actor’sactor’s pay,”” he said, describing the criteria for receiving streaming residuals — a form of royalty — as too narrow.

For more, check out NBC News. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]