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Not everybody is thankful about Amazon’s widely publicized $15 minimum wage. The general secretary of the 200 million member International Trade Union Federation took the opportunity to lambaste the mega-corporation for its ugly anti-union tactics. Said ITUC’s Sharan Burrow, “From Jeff Bezos at the top, down to middle management, the company uses every trick in the book to stop its workers organizing into unions to improve working conditions and bargain collectively for decent conditions and pay that reflects the full value of the work they do.”   Nearly eight thousand Marriott workers have joined picket lines in eight US cities,...

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In American restaurants, age theft is so common it often goes almost unnoticed. “Wage theft permeates the restaurant industry, from fast food to fine dining... The poorest workers in America are being stolen from the most,” says Saru Jayaraman of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, according to the website, Eater.   The Roosevelt Institute has issued Seven Strategies to Rebuild Worker Power for the 21st Century Global Economy, authored by Todd Tucker, aimed at boosting the position of workers. According to the institute, The report “... uses historical lessons to lay out a framework for how to rebuild the power...

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ICYMI: A roundup of labor-related news.

ICYMI: A roundup of labor-related news.

  It’s complicated. Trump is trying to woo industrial union members with a NAFTA redo that could keep more work in the US. But organized labor is being cautious about backing him. “If they want a grip and grin kind of moment over there at the White House then they’re going to have to make public commitments in the next Congress to get our support,” said [Teamsters legislative representative] Mike Dolan in Politico. ” Trump’s threatened tariff on Canadian autos would affect American workers “massively,” Jerry Dias, head of the Canadian union, Unifor, warned on CNBC. Why? “Because 60% of...

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ICYM: A roundup of worker news

The rise of teacher militancy and its wave of statewide strikes is having more effect than giving teachers greater bargaining power; they’ve entered politics. For instance, said The Progressive, “In Oklahoma, the teacher revolt prompted 112 current or former teachers and family members of teachers to run for local, state, and federal office. More than seventy of those advanced in primary elections.” Several days before Labor Day, our anti-union president announced he was canceling cost of living raises for the federal workforce. While it’s not surprising, Trump either lied or was totally mistaken in everything he said, according to The...

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This Week in Labor History: 8/27 - 9/2

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This Week in Labor History: 8/27 - 9/2

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