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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...

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Allies in unusual places. Teen Vogue has been on a radical tear lately. In their November 4 issue the magazine published a labor story, Strikes and Picket Lines, Explained, by union lawyer and organizer Kim Kelly. The story ends with “... stand with striking workers, donate to strike funds when you can, and never cross a picket line!”   While the hotel strike continues in Boston, Hawaii, and San Francisco, 162 workers at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp hotel recently ratified a new contract. The vote was 100 percent in favor of the contract, according to the San Diego Union...

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According to the website Quartz, the US has more than 56 million freelance workers—more than half the number of salaried employees nationwide. The article quotes Fiverr, an online marketplace, which “found that most freelancers think the government should raise the minimum wage, support portable benefits that aren’t linked to full-time employment, and create more access to continued education resources.”   United Steelworkers reached a tentative four-year contract with ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest iron mining and steel producer. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the contract would affect15,000 workers in 13 locals. USW officials said, “The proposed four-year agreement mirrors the industry standard...

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The Republican-dominated National Labor Relations Board recently further tightened restrictions on worker picket lines, according to In These Times. The three-to-two majority ruled that striking San Francisco janitors could not picket their ultimate employer because they were technically subcontracted through two intermediate employers. With more and more work being handled this way, workers now face even greater restrictions in confronting bad employers.   As U.S. journalists and media outlets are being threatened, an average of two journalists are murdered each week worldwide. That’s why the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a global federation representing some 600,000 media professionals, met in...

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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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