The Payday Strike Tracking Map continues to grow this week with 206 strikes now up on the board
Immigrant Fruit Workers Movement In Washington State Grows to 7 Strikes
The strikes in the Yakima Valley of Washington State continue to grow. Workers are already on strike at 7 major sites, and now they’re expected to strike on at least 6 more major sites this weekend.
From the Yakima Herald:
Rosalina Gonzales was one of those strikers. She’s worked at Columbia Reach Pack for 19 years. She does the physically demanding work each day to provide for her children and family, she said… She said she and many other workers normally don’t talk to the press.
But they’ve decided to strike, because it’s the only way they feel the company’s management will listen to their concerns. “There are a lot of people who have tested positive here,” she said. “I feel like I’m in danger, but I have to work. I have no choice.”
Meatpackers Push Union Decertification & Captive Audiences Meeting During COVID-19
Despite the risk of COVID-19, employers continue to bust union attempts. At Mountaire Farms in Delaware, workers are now being forced to attend anti-union meetings to vote their union out.
The Salisbury Daily Times has the story…
Truckers honk over shipping rates, not ‘in favor of’ Trump
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the sound of truck horns just south of the White House is a “sign of love” for him from truckers. But the truckers are actually honking their opposition to low shipping rates.
“They’re protesting in favor of President Trump,” the president claimed in the Rose Garden on Friday during an announcement about vaccine development. The blaring of truck horns wafted across the Ellipse and into the sun-splashed garden during that event and a ceremony Trump held in the afternoon to recognize good deeds during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the drivers who have lined Constitution Avenue with their big rigs didn’t come to Washington for Trump. They’re in the nation’s capital to protest low shipping rates that they say could force many of them out of business.
An initial flurry of freight shipments stemming from the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. As a result, many truckers have found themselves without freight to haul or with offers to deliver goods at rates they say are unsustainable.
May 18, 2020 at 2:32 AM #316517
about the author:A protege of the late William Greider, Mike Elk is a yinzer labor reporter, who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for the Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report while living in Chattanooga. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he now lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Melk@PaydayReport.comhttps://paydayreport.com/wash-fruit-workers-strike-spreads-to-13-sites-truckers-protest-trump-in-dc-meatpacker-tries-to-decertify-a-union/
May 18, 2020 at 2:50 AM #316520EarthartistParticipant
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I hope these people continue and that it grows and grows until so many of us are standing up to these corponazis that they collapse
May 18, 2020 at 3:25 AM #316532
May 18, 2020 at 4:29 AM #316554Ohio BarbarianModerator
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They can go in waves, disrupting capital as they go. Some will inconvenience people, but that’s an unavoidable side-effect of strikes and generates publicity for them.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower
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