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You can now drink and drive... in an organizing drive, that is. The craft brewers at Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco have chosen to unionize with the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU). In a bold move, members of the organizing committee canvassed bars, restaurants and liquor stores asking if they could display pro-union signs. Fermentation worker Garrett Kelly told In These Times: “My group went to eight places and we didn't get a single negative reaction. People were giving us free beer, free food; they were just really excited to support us.”   Stage actors have increasingly been...

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“During the president’s 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the White House quietly dissolved a 2016 regulation requiring certain employers to electronically submit reports of workplace injuries to the Department of Labor,” wrote Fortune. This move is just one of many designed to lighten the administrative and safety requirements of the worst employers. The story broke in Vox, which interviewed AFL-CIO safety and health director Peg Seminario. She said that the move was, “clearly rushed because the Trump administration wanted to relieve employers of having to report their injury data.”   The headline in the New York Daily News...

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In an article in the American Prospect, former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse analyzes the wave of strikes in 2018: the dozens of teachers’ walkouts; the Marriott hotel strike; various healthcare strikes; the 20,00 person Google walkout. But they were different. According to Greenhouse, “... many of the strikes this year took place alongside or completely outside traditional labor-management relations.” Different times, it seems, require different tactics.   Amazon now has 613,000 workers, according to The Guardian, double what it was three years ago, but working conditions have only worsened. “We are not robots. We are human beings....

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  On New Years Day, more than 650,000 Massachusetts minimum-wage workers will see a raise to $12 an hour, according to Boston TV station, WHDH. The labor-backed measure passed the state house in 2018. Although it aimed for $15 an hour, that raise was delayed until 2023. While some businesses continue to complain, others welcome the measure. One Dorchester grocer said, “For us, it’s really about investing in the people who are doing the work, and making sure they can take care of themselves and their families.”   SAG-AFTRA, which represents some 160,000 screen, TV, radio and other actors, has...

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Sometimes the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slowly. Recently, Argentina sentenced two Ford Motor Company managers to 10 years in prison “... for human rights crimes over the abduction and torture of company workers during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship in a historic judgment,” according to The Guardian. The two “provided the military with lists, addresses and photo IDs of workers they wanted arrested and even provided space for an illegal detention centre at the plant... ”   Vandals covered the Capitol Hill headquarters of the American Federation of Teachers with anti-Semitic graffiti. The attackers sprayed “I want Jexit,”—a play on Brexit—at...

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