ICYM: A roundup of worker news, June 19

“Boeing won't recognize union win at North Charleston site as it appeals vote” In present-day America, you can decisively win an election and the company can still refuse to recognize the union. According to The Charleston Post & Courier, a unit of workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant voted nearly 2 to 1 to join the International Association of Machinists. But Boeing has refused to enter into contract talks, despite being legally obligated to do so.


“At the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate Students Are Organizing to Survive” Graduate student workers at the University of Pittsburg, struggling with substandard wages and benefits and other workplace issues, have been attempting to unionize since 2014. According to The Nation, school administrators, predictably, have done all the could to block them.


“Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79” A third-generation steelworker, Ed Sadlowski became an insurgent force in the United Steelworkers in the 1970s. A one-time local president, Sadlowski challenged the collaborationist policies of US leadership. He was both lionized and vilified.

“Solidarity award to persecuted unions in Kazakhstan” The fight for union representation is too often a matter of life and death. For instance, Kazakhstan’s embattled trade union movement won one of international labor’s most distinguished awards, the Norway-based Arthur Svensson International Prize For Trade Union Rights. But three leaders of the Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan could not travel to Norway for the prize as two are in prison and one under house arrest.


“Some Google employees are talking about pushing for a brand new kind of workers union” Google workers challenged the company on providing artificial intelligence to the military—something that violates the company’s own ethical guidelines. Now, those workers are talking union. According to Business Insider, critics are saying that high-earning tech workers shouldn’t unionize, but trade unions aren’t just for some workers—they’re for everyone.

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