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“Worker Militancy” Series Continues Jan. 16
Some of the most significant labor-management issues of 2023-24 are being discussed by ILR alums, faculty and external experts.
Exhibit Celebrates Union Icon and Power of Collective
The “Norma Rae” movie immortalized unionizing efforts of southern textile workers that grew into a national boycott of cotton goods manufactured by a union-busting manufacturer. Kheel Center curators tell the deeper story.
What Biden's worker organizing task force could mean for non-union employers
According to Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute, President Biden’s worker organizing task force, on a broad level, serves as a recognition of issues raised by workers and their advocates, ranging from income inequality to the declining influence of labor unions.
Gig Workers Inch Toward Right to Unionize in New York - But There's a Catch
Lawmakers, labor unions and tech companies are nearing a deal on a bill to allow workers for app-based outfits to unionize. María Figueroa, who heads the Worker Institute, says the bill could be “a step in the right direction.”
In this extended Q&A, BRINK spoke to professor Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, and asked if she thinks a shift is occurring in the U.S. in the relationship between capital and labor.
Cannabis Industry Peace Laws Spread, Fertilizing Union Growth
Labor peace pacts generally call on employers to stay neutral during Union organizing campaigns, while unions agree not to engage in economic interference with the employer’s business. According to Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, that removes the ability for unions to strike and negates their bargaining power.
The tool enables a better understanding of the scope of labor unrest across the U.S. by tracking labor actions involving two or more people and distinguishing between protests and strikes, said project lead John Kallas, Ph.D. ’23.
Amazon workers can still fight for better conditions, even if union efforts fail. Here's how.
Even though Amazon workers decided against unionization, Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute, says it’s only a matter of time before the e-commerce giant is forced to do better.
Labor advocates float new strategies after Amazon's victory
In this piece, also syndicated to MSN, Dean Alexander Colvin says that the strategies used in the Amazon unionization battle were “pretty typical of what we see in organizing campaigns in other industries.”
Amazon Prevails in Vote Count as Union Alleges Interference
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union intends to file Unfair Labor Practice charges against Amazon. According to Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, even if violations are affirmed by the NLRB, there aren’t necessarily consequential penalties.
Amazon union in Alabama warehouse headed for defeat with half the ballots counted
Despite a wage of $15 per hour, more than 1,000 Amazon employees have contacted the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union about organizing efforts. According to Ileen Devault, professor of labor history, this is because unions aren’t just about wages and benefits.
Unions eager for swift action from new Labor secretary
Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, says the fact that President Biden wants OSHA to implement new workplace rules for dealing with short-term challenges like the coronavirus is a big step in prioritizing worker safety.