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Belarus: Belaruskali workers and union leader face repression

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL
Categories: Labor News

Thailand: Imprisonment of Railway Union Leaders a Travesty of Justice

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Labor News

USA: 24 percent of NYC subway and bus workers have had COVID-19, survey says

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: 6sqft
Categories: Labor News

France: Unions lead mourning of assassinated teacher Samuel Paty

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Education International
Categories: Labor News

Albania: Women Oil Workers Take Over Hunger Strike at Ballsh Refinery

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 10/18/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Exit News
Categories: Labor News

Global: 29 October Global Day of Action: Invest in care, now!

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 10/18/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Labor News

ILWU Local 94, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer Donate Lunch to COVID-19 Testing Site Volunteers

ILWU - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 16:34

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94 and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) donated lunch today to volunteers administering COVID-19 tests at Crenshaw Christian Center.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, members of ILWU Local 94 have donated meals to essential works in an effort to lift spirits and show their gratitude. Since March, the union and its members have donated more than $15,000 worth of lunches and dinners to firefighters and health care workers as well as groceries to local church food banks.

“When we started bringing meals to essential workers in the spring, we had no idea that these efforts would become such an important part of the union’s community giving program,” said ILWU Local 94 President Danny Miranda. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers performing these critically needed COVID-19 tests. We look forward to the day when these testing sites are no longer needed but until that day comes, Local 94 will be standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow essential workers.”

Lunch was provided from Busy Bee Market in San Pedro. Busy Bee has been a frequent partner with Local 94, providing a discount on lunches, allowing the union to make the most of its donations.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, whose district includes the Crenshaw Christian Center, joined union members today to distribute lunches. Members of Los Angeles Fire Department Station 57 also attended the lunch. Jones-Sawyer distributed personal protective equipment weekly throughout the pandemic, and provided other supportive services for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“The pandemic has been an opportunity for Californians to pull together and support one another,” Jones-Sawyer said. “I want to thank the volunteers who have been at this testing site for months, helping Angelenos to stay healthy, as well as the members of Local 94 who continue to give back to our communities while they keep cargo flowing through our ports.”

Categories: Unions

International Executive Board passes Statement of Policy in support of the United States Postal Service

ILWU - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:52

The ILWU’s International Executive Board met over Zoom on September 24- 25. The Board passed a Statement of Policy defending the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The policy calls on Congress to fully fund the USPS, restore the Postal Services’ operational efficiencies that have been undermined by the Trump Administration and conduct a thorough investigation of the management of the USPS to determine if they implemented changes in order to make it more difficult for people to vote by mail in the upcoming election.

Statement of Policy on the United States Postal Service (USPS)

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has played a vital role in connecting Americans since the founding of the 13 original colonies. Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution empowers Congress to “To establish Post Offices and Post Roads.” The USPS dates back to 1775. It has exclusive access to “letter boxes” (residential and business receptacles for receiving mail) and is obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at a uniform price and service level.

The USPS is managed by a “Board of Governors” consisting of nine members appointed by the U.S. President with the consent of the Senate, a Postmaster General, and a Deputy Postmaster General. The current Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has been the CEO of logistic companies and has been a large Republican Party fundraiser.

The USPS plays a critical role in the lives of many Americans. It delivers social security and pension checks to retirees and their spouses. It delivers critical medicines to those individuals who can’t (or shouldn’t) venture out of their residences to pick them up at a pharmacy. And importantly, in an election year such as this, it delivers mail ballots. These, and other functions of the USPS, are made even more critical due to the COVID19 pandemic where all individuals, especially those at higher risk, should minimize their possible exposure to the virus.

Under President Trump’s appointees, the management of the USPS has engaged in a concerted effort to hamstring its capacity and efficiency. This year alone, more than 700 high speed sorting machines have been removed from service under the false premise of improving efficiency. Obviously, efficiency and capacity will suffer. Additionally, many mailboxes in towns and cities across the nation have been removed and Postmaster DeJoy has slowed mail delivery by refusing to authorize overtime. DeJoy stated at a U.S. Senate hearing in August that the removal of the high speed sorting machines and mailboxes will stop until after the election in November. He denied that he halted overtime. DeJoy refused to reinstall the sorting machines and mailboxes. DeJoy’s actions, and the statements of others in the Trump Administration, such as Attorney General William Barr, are intended to support Trump’s unfounded accusations that mail balloting will lead to fraud, thereby giving Trump an excuse to contest the election or question its validity if he loses.

It is imperative that Congress take action to (1) fully fund the USPS, (2) restore the operational capacity and efficiency of the USPS, and (3) conduct a thorough investigation of the management of the USPS as to how they have done Trump’s bidding to tilt the election in his favor.

Categories: Unions

USA: Unions Are Beginning to Talk About Staving Off a Possible Coup

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Labour Notes
Categories: Labor News

Armenia: Nagorno-Karabakh: Global union leaders call for an end to the bloodshed

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia
Categories: Labor News

Global: Power plays: the rise of game worker unions

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Red Pepper
Categories: Labor News

USA: 70,000-member Rochester AFL-CIO Calls for General Strike if Trump Steals Election

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Payday Report
Categories: Labor News

Indonesia: New Law Hurts Workers, Indigenous Groups

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Human Rights Watch
Categories: Labor News

Armenia: The labour movement and the tragedy of Nagorno-Karabakh

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Eric Lee - Solidarity
Categories: Labor News

Sweden: Country Faces Historic Pay Battle for Its Covid Fighters

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 10/11/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Bloomberg
Categories: Labor News

Armenia: Georgian unions: War is not the solution in Nagorno-Karabakh

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 10/11/2020 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: GTUC
Categories: Labor News

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