Tag: unionbusting

The LA Times’ Cliché Anti-Union Tactics

October 11, 2017

Last week, a majority of newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times announced their intention to join together in union and join their colleagues at other newspapers who are already members of NewsGuild-CWA. Soon after, Tronc, the corporate owners of the paper, issued a letter to tell the Times staff… Read More»

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Under the Hood of Nissan’s Campaign to Stop Thousands in Mississippi from Earning a Fair Return on their Work

August 7, 2017

It’s devastating news that working people at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant lost their fight to come together in union with United Automobile Workers (UAW). The automaker’s extreme actions robbed its employees of a free and fair vote, and it’s not possible to accept the results at face value. Last month, Nissan’s… Read More»

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Tesla’s Working Conditions Are Anything But Innovative

June 16, 2017

In 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced plans to manufacture the Model 3. The sedan is Tesla’s first foray into engineering an electric vehicle for the mainstream automobile market. Consumers who marveled at the company’s ingenuity fell for the opportunity to drive a Tesla at its $35,000 introductory price: Tesla… Read More»

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Unionbusters 101

March 13, 2017

This primer on unionbusting answers frequently asked questions about the companies and firms who are set on opposing unions. Check out Unions 101 and Strikes 101 too! What Is Unionbusting? The term unionbusting describes the planned course of action to stop workers from organizing a union or to destroy a… Read More»

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Superstore Season Two: We’re on Strike

September 23, 2016

Spoiler Alert: The following post discusses the plot of Superstore season two, episode one. When season one of NBC’s Superstore ended, we were left wondering what would happen to the Cloud 9 store employees’ nascent strike (ICYMI, our recap is here). After corporate directors fire the store’s bumbling, but benevolent… Read More»

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ICYMI: Superstore’s Finale Was an Epic Takedown of Big-Box Retailers

March 28, 2016

Court rooms. Emergency rooms. Classrooms. Chances are you could name a dozen television series that center around these workplaces. And with 13 million people working in retail around the country, you’d think we’d see lots of depictions of the women and men who stock store shelves, help us find our… Read More»

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Labor Department Tells Employers to Come Clean About Unionbusting

March 23, 2016

UPDATE (11/21/16): Unfortunately, on November 16, 2016, Texas federal Judge Samuel Cummings threw out Obama administration rules giving teeth to the legal requirement that companies must report whenever they hire unionbusting consultants. Judge Cummings order finalized an earlier preliminary ruling that temporarily blocked the rules this summer.  His decision accepted the unionbusting… Read More»

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Do You Hear the People Sing? A Story of Unionbusting, as Told by Orange is the New Black

July 9, 2015

The Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” has swept the nation by storm, taking home three Emmys last year and satisfying binge-watchers everywhere. Critics have long praised “OITNB” writers for combining riveting storylines with poignant criticism of the prison industrial complex. The latest season saw the introduction of a… Read More»

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Victory! Undergraduate Peer Mentors at UMass-Amherst Win the Right to Organize

February 26, 2015

Last week, undergraduate students employed as “peer mentors” at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst won the right to form a union. The Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, which oversees labor disputes in the state, ruled in favor of the university employees after UMass-Amherst blocked their petition for an election earlier… Read More»

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Fired for Organizing? There’s a New Bill for That.

August 5, 2014

Last week, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.) introduced a bill that would strengthen protections for workers who are retaliated against for supporting a union. The Employee Empowerment Act would give leverage to workers trying to exercise their right to organize without fear of intimidation by their employer.… Read More»

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