Why The New Yorker’s Stars Didn’t Join Its Union

The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.

#collective-bargaining, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #magazines, #new-yorker, #newsguild, #newspaper-guild-the, #organized-labor, #remnick-david, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #writers-guild-of-america, #writing-and-writers

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New Yorker Employees Stage Protest Outside Anna Wintour’s Townhouse

After more than two years of negotiations with the magazine’s parent company, Condé Nast, more than 100 demonstrators marched on the editorial director’s quiet block.

#ars-technica, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #magazines, #new-yorker, #newsguild, #organized-labor, #pitchfork-media, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #wintour-anna

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Palestinians Strike Across West Bank, Gaza and Israel

Hundreds of thousands stopped working for the day to protest their shared treatment by Israel. Many Palestinians described it as a rare showing of common cause.

#gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #strikes, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Show of Unity, Palestinians Strike Across West Bank, Gaza and Israel

Hundreds of thousands stopped working for the day to protest their shared treatment by Israel. Many Palestinians described it as a rare showing of common cause.

#gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #strikes, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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NYU Was a Labor Battleground. Now Graduate Students Are Back on Strike.

N.Y.U.’s campus is in limbo as graduate students have stopped working, with their union demanding higher wages, more benefits and less police presence on campus.

#new-york-city, #new-york-university, #organized-labor, #strikes

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Liberals, Stop Getting Cozy With Corporations

Nobody, least of all people on the left, has anything to celebrate in the rise of activist industry.

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Myanmar Protesters Answer Military’s Bullets With an Economic Shutdown

From hospitals, railways and dockyards to schools, shops and trading houses, the country is at a standstill. Strikers hope their actions will force the army to return power after its coup on Feb. 1.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #labor-and-jobs, #martial-law, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #strikes, #tatmadaw-myanmar

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Myanmar’s Defiant Garment Workers Demand That Fashion Pay Attention

Female garment industry union leaders are emerging at the forefront of the deadly anti-military protests, and asking global brands to take their side.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #moe-sandar-myint-ma, #myanmar, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #strikes, #women-and-girls

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Biden Is Saying Things Amazon Doesn’t Want to Hear

The unionization struggle at a year-old warehouse in Alabama will help shape the future of work.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Myanmar Coup Protests Are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers

A general strike on Monday made clear that the fatal shooting of two protesters over the weekend, and the fear of a further bloody crackdown, would not halt opposition to the return of military rule.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #strikes

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Myanmar’s Protesting Workers Are Unbowed

Two weeks after the military took power in a coup, growing work stoppages are undermining the ruling generals’ attempt to assert authority over an angry population.

#boycotts, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #strikes

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Health Care Unions Find a Voice as the Pandemic Rages

Faced with the urgent need to protect their members and patients from the virus, labor organizations are pushing hospitals to do more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mission-hospital-asheville-nc, #national-nurses-united, #nursing-and-nurses, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #service-employees-international-union, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Rising Union Movement at Amazon, Google and Twitter

The Trump era spurred them to collective action. But the work has just begun.

#alphabet-workers-union, #computers-and-the-internet, #cotton-tom, #facebook-inc, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #parler-llc, #race-and-ethnicity, #sanders-bernard, #social-media, #strikes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Market Workers Are on Strike: They Want $1-an-Hour Raise

Six workers at Hunts Point Market died from Covid, and hundreds fell ill. They say they deserve higher wages after risking their health to supply the city with food.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #hunts-point-market, #international-brotherhood-of-teamsters, #new-york-city, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #organized-labor, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries

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Nurses Are Anxious and Angry in 2nd Wave: ‘We’re Not Prepared’

“We’re worse off in some ways than we were in the beginning,” said one nurse about the lack of workers and resources at her New York hospital.

#albany-ny, #albany-medical-center, #buffalo-ny, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hospitals, #montefiore-medical-center, #new-rochelle-ny, #new-york-state, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #strikes, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

More than a dozen couriers have died this year. Some died after complaining of unbearable workloads that kept them on the clock from dawn until past midnight.

#boycotts, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #strikes, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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On Alibaba’s Singles’ Day, China’s Couriers Demand More

The country’s booming e-commerce sector relies on millions of delivery workers, some of whom are protesting low wages and grueling working conditions.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #singles-day, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries

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Belarus Protesters Call for General Strike Against Lukashenko

The country’s autocratic ruler, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, is hanging on. But his fate may be decided in Moscow, where patience is wearing thin.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Protests Spread Across Indonesia Over Jobs Law

The government hopes the measure will draw investment. Labor leaders say that workers’ protections will be slashed, particularly for women.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foreign-investments, #indonesia, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #strikes

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Schools Are Nearly Back. Here’s What to Know.

New safety measures are in place, and many parents are relieved at the thought of having their children out of the house and occupied.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strikes, #working-families-party

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Strike. This Could Be Our Last Stand.

If we can’t get our government to help us now, when will we ever?

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #strikes, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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What Belarusians Can Learn From Poland

The protests, strikes and brutal police response invite comparison to Solidarity’s campaign for freedom from Moscow 40 years ago. There are differences.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #solidarity-poland, #strikes

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N.B.A. Protest Shows Who Calls the Shots in a Superstar Economy

Professional basketball players demonstrated the enormous power of highly paid workers with rare skills, but also their caution.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #labor-and-jobs, #national-basketball-assn, #organized-labor, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes

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N.B.A. ‘Boycott’ or Strike: What’s the Difference?

Professional athletes in several leagues protested racial injustice by refusing to play on Wednesday, leaving fans with some legal questions. We asked the experts.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #boycotts, #lockouts, #national-basketball-assn, #organized-labor, #playoff-games, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes

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One N.B.A. Team Walked Out. A Generation of Athletes Followed.

More games were halted in basketball, baseball and hockey, and the messages from athletes reverberated beyond the sports world.

#basketball, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes

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When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

A walkout by pro athletes brought several sports to a halt on Wednesday night, and raised the volume on a conversation they were eager to have.

#basketball, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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In Belarus Town, People Tasted a Bite of Freedom. It Lasted 2 Days.

Protesters in Grodno won some extraordinary concessions from the local government, including a police apology and a pledge of press freedom. They did not last long.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #eastern-europe, #grodno-belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #strikes

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Kenya’s Health Workers, Unprotected and Falling Ill, Walk Off Job

Hundreds of health workers have tested positive and some have died, while health facilities are overwhelmed and government officials are accused of stealing funds for medical supplies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #doctors, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #strikes, #ventilators-medical

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Impossible, Unthinkable Change Is Happening in Belarus

Employees of state-controlled institutions are on strike, demanding that the president step down.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #organized-labor, #strikes, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus President, Is Jeered by Factory Workers

The authoritarian leader’s base of support in the country’s Soviet-style industrial enterprises seems to be slipping.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader’s Base Turns Against Him

Demonstrators at a huge state-run factory in the capital gave an ultimatum: Unless a fair election is held, they will strike, in a new test of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s rule.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #factories-and-manufacturing, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Protesting Her Own Employer

How an assistant apparel designer at Adidas came to lead daily protests against her employer’s handling of race.

#adidas-ag, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #strikes

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya Flees Belarus Amid Election Protests

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya disappeared for several hours, then released a cryptic video message. Lithuania’s foreign minister said she was in his country and was “safe.”

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #strikes, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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It’s a Tough Time for the Left. But I’m More Optimistic Than Ever.

On both sides of the Atlantic, the signs of radical possibility are everywhere.

#colau-ada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #elections, #extinction-rebellion, #labour-party-great-britain, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy, #strikes

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New Orleans’s Striking Sanitation Workers Still Fight for Dignity

A determined handful of men in New Orleans carry on the cause Dr. King died defending in Memphis.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Baseball Avoided a Lost Season. But Bigger Threats May Lie Ahead.

The contentious negotiations between M.L.B. and the players’ union that nearly killed the 2020 season only deepened a schism that could soon swallow up the sport.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #collective-bargaining, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries

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The Wing Founder Audrey Gelman Resigns as Staff Protests

She leaves amid a furor over treatment of black and brown employees at the chain of women’s networking spaces.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #gelman-audrey, #strikes, #wing-womens-club, #women-and-girls

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For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism

Scholars said they would not hold classes or lectures on Wednesday, and leading journals and scientific associations said they would not announce most breakthroughs.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #arxiv, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kamai-brittany, #nature-journal, #nord-brian, #physical-review-letters, #physics, #prescod-weinstein-chanda, #race-and-ethnicity, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #strikes, #your-feed-science

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Life in Indian Controlled Kashmir: The Longest Lockdown

Life in India-controlled Kashmir has been punctuated by military curfews and general strikes for three decades.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #india, #kashmir-valley-kashmir-and-jammu, #modi-narendra, #pakistan, #quarantines, #srinagar-jammu-and-kashmir, #strikes

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Reopening Prompts New Agitation Over Workers’ Virus Exposure

As business restrictions are lifted, employees have moved from advocating workplace safeguards to making sure the measures aren’t removed too soon.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #fedex-corporation, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #starbucks-corporation, #strikes, #target-corporation, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #whole-foods-market-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Leaving Lockdown, Entering Recession: Strike in Spain Shows Workers’ Fears

Two days after Nissan reopened its main car factory in Barcelona, a walkout at a smaller plant forced production to halt. It may be a hint of what’s to come.

#barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nissan-motor-co, #organized-labor, #spain, #strikes

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Workers prepare to strike May 1, amid strained pandemic working conditions

The global pandemic has tested the bounds of businesses across the world and transformed the way many of us live our lives. For those among us who are unable to leave our homes at all as COVID-19 virus rages, online retail and food services have been a kind of lifeline.

But as contact-free delivery becomes the norm, it can be easy to forgot all the people working to provide those services at risk to their health. And more often than not, employees are working for low wages or tips.

A number of protests have been organized at companies like Amazon and Instagram in the intervening weeks and months, but a wide-scale, cross-company event hasn’t really surfaced. That could change on May 1, as employees mark the longstanding tradition of International Workers’ Day with a May Day general strike.

Material for the event has been circulating online, rebadged “Essential Workers’ Day,” as a nod to the exemptions to stay at home orders for retail and food delivery, among others. The event is framed as a combination strike and boycott, targeted at Amazon/Whole Foods, Instacart and Target/Shipt (as well as Walmart and FedEx, according to various sources). 

Specific demands differ from employer to employer, but workers have broadly asked for essential health protections, sick leave and hazard pay as the pandemic has continued to wear on and profits have spiked for many providers. 

Vice spoke to Christian Smalls, one of the organizers, the Staten Island Amazon employee who was fired after organizing a walkout at one of the company’s fulfillment centers. “We formed an alliance between a bunch of different companies because we all have one common goal which is to save the lives of workers and communities,” he told the site. “Right now isn’t the time to open up the economy. Amazon is a breeding ground [for COVID] which is spreading right now through multiple facilities.”

Amazon workers have been particularly vocal about the retail giant’s response to the pandemic. In addition to Smalls, two other employees who were publicly critical of the company were fired by Amazon — though the company denied the direct link. Instacart employees have also organized boycotts and strikes, including one in late March.

“We remain singularly focused on the health and safety of the Instacart community. Our team has been diligently working to offer new policies, guidelines, product features, resources, increased bonuses, and personal protective equipment to ensure the health and safety of shoppers during this critical time,” the company said in a statement. “We welcome all feedback from shoppers and we will continue to enhance their experience to ensure this important community is supported.”

Other companies have previously issued similar statements regarding employment during the crisis. We’ve reached out to them for additional comment on the planned protests.

Update: An Amazon spokesperson offered TechCrunch the following statement,

While we respect people’s right to express themselves, we object to the irresponsible actions of labor groups in spreading misinformation and making false claims about Amazon during this unprecedented health and economic crisis. The statements made are not supported by facts or representative of the majority of the 500,000 Amazon operations employees in the U.S. who are showing up to work to support their communities. What’s true is that masks, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, increased time off, increased pay, and more are standard across our Amazon and Whole Food Market networks already. Our employees are doing incredible work for their communities every day, and we have invested heavily in their health and safety through increased safety measures and the procurement of millions of safety supplies and have invested nearly $700 million in increased pay. Working globally with our teams and third parties we have gone to extreme measures to understand and address this pandemic with more than 150 process changes to-date. We spend every day focused on what else Amazon can do to keep our people and communities safe and healthy.

#amazon, #coronavirus, #covid-19, #health, #instacart, #shipt, #strikes, #target, #whole-foods

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How French Workers Took on Amazon in the Middle of a Pandemic and Won

Yes, it’s possible.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #collective-bargaining, #e-commerce, #france, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #strikes, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Call Them the Wildcat Strikes of the Coronavirus Era

The protests at Amazon and elsewhere over working conditions and low pay have been small, but they aren’t inconsequential.

#amalgamated-transit-union, #amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #detroit-mich, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #staten-island-nyc, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The Rent Is Too Damn Harrowing

Already a source of acute anxiety, rent has become a paralyzing, panic-inducing subject for many New Yorkers.

#brooklyn-nyc, #landlords, #new-york-city, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #strikes

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Coming Home to a Michigan County Where Life Has Shifted

As the primary in Michigan looms, a return to Bay County finds residents wrestling to make ends meet. Many plant jobs are gone. Getting by can be a juggling act.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #labor-and-jobs, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strikes, #trump-donald-j

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