ICYM: A roundup of worker news, June 8

“More Americans view long-term decline in union membership negatively than positively.” A new poll from the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans say “... the large reduction in union representation has been mostly bad for working people in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, the numbers change across political and demographic lines.

“Teamsters: 260,000 UPS workers ready to strike for better contract” More than 90 percent of UPS members have given their union—the Teamster—the go-ahead to call a strike if contract talks fail. According to CBS News, the current contract is set to expire and a strike would be the first UPS walkout in decades.

“ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on the rise” According to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), worker rights are under attack nearly everywhere. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said, “Decent work and democratic rights grew weaker in almost all countries, while inequality continued to grow... fuelled by the outrageous behavior of many multinational companies.”

“Sex Workers Fight Back Against a Dangerous Law by Stepping Into the Spotlight” In April, SESTA/FOSTA—a federal law aimed at reducing sex trafficking—went into effect. But the law also “...effectively destroyed crucial online spaces for sex workers,” according to a story in Gizmodo. So, sex workers are organizing and protesting—just like workers in other fields.

“Rank-and-File Union Members Are Leading Another Massive Strike. This Time It’s AT&T Workers.” After District 4 of the Communications Workers of America engaged in prolonged contract negotiations with employer AT&T, fed-up workers began “to walk off the job last week,” a move that “was not coordinated by union leadership or subject to an official vote.” The action in the Midwest, according to In These Times, is also a response to widespread layoffs and record profits.

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