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European Amazon workers chose the American shopping day, Black Friday to walk off the job across the continent, including then UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, according to The Hill. Tim Roache, general secretary of Britain’s general workers union, GMB, told The Hill: “You'd think making the workplace safer so people aren't carted out of the warehouse in an ambulance is in everyone’s interest, but Amazon seemingly have no will to get round the table with us as the union representing hundreds of their staff.”

 

One in four working Americans “have nine or more days of paid time off remaining this year, according to a recent work-life balance report by vacation and travel website Priceline.” And it’s likely they won’t ever use them. This is in line with recent findings: Only 23 percent of workers use all their time off. According to CNBC, “By forfeiting over 200 million vacation days that cannot be rolled over, American workers gave up about $62.2 billion in lost benefits last year alone... ”

 

When Exxon/Mobil asked Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a $6 million tax exemption, they didn’t reckon with organized labor. Two teachers unions and an SEIU local voted to stage a one-day walkout over what they saw as a theft of needed tax money. Labor Notes quoted the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers president, who said, “The children of our district suffer when we don’t have qualified teachers, when bus drivers are driving old and dilapidated buses—this lack of money has far-reaching consequences.” Immediately after the vote, the $350 billion dollar oil company, pulled its request.

 

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was compelled to warn of “an alarmingly growing trend” of racial incidents in federal facilities, wrote Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson. AFGE went on to list racial incidents, ranging from racist graffiti to nooses. Unsurprisingly, “Trump administration officials in the Justice Department, the Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management had no comment.”

 

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) joined with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to introduce the “Stop Walmart Act,” which would “prevent large companies from buying back stock unless they pay all employees at least $15, let workers earn up to seven days of paid sick leave, and not pay the CEO more than 150 times employees’ median pay,” according to LaborPress. “Walmart made more than $13 billion in profits last year, while the median worker was paid just $19,177,” said Sanders and Khanna.

 


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