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Unpaid workers block CEPZ entrance

The factory in Bangladesh’s Chattogram Export Processing Zone had been closed nine months ago and one month’s salary, bonus and others benefits worth Tk 10 crore of around 1,500 workers have remained unpaid. Read the full story at The Daily Star.

Adjunct Action Demands Higher Pay for Professors

Adjunct professors are paid what is almost the equivalent of minimum wage on an hourly salary. Relying on credit hours taught, adjuncts’ ability to make a decent pay check is next to impossible. Adjunct professors’ pay has not been changed in 20 years. Therefore, these professors are not being paid to match the inflation that has occurred. The Adjunct Action movement at ETSU is bringing awareness to an issue that affects many professors at the university. Read the full article at the East Tennessean.

Air traffic controllers defeated Trump. That’s worker power

Public workers who lack any formal power to strike – but have the informal power not to work – are becoming a force in American politics and labor relations. Read the full story at The Guardian.

A Labor Movement 2020 Election Strategy

If labor is to gain strength while weathering the onslaught of candidates and confusion, union leaders will need to begin maximum consultation with — and the involvement of — union members in shaping a broadly appealing working-class platform; and use that broad platform as a key threshold that candidates seeking labor’s support must meet. Read the full story at Organizing Upgrade.

Mexican Workers Are Engaging in Wildcat Strikes at the Border

A common link in the protests has been company non-payment of production and attendance bonuses typically offered to workers along with a daily wage. Read the full story at In These Times.

Older Job Applicants Not Protected By Age Bias Law, Says U.S. Appeals Court

For decades, federal law has protected job seekers over the age of 40 from age discrimination. But in a major blow to older applicants on Wednesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Public Appeals ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only protects current employees and does not cover external applicants. Read the full story at Forbes.

The Crushing Logistics of Raising a Family Paycheck to Paycheck

Stephanie Land’s new memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, sheds light on the grueling work—and the bureaucratic complications—of being a maid and a single mother. Read the full story at The Atlantic.

Amazon boss tells City Council the company will oppose unionization bids in New York City

The confirmation that the company would not support any union bids came just about an hour after union members from the Building and Construction Trades Council and 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union rallied in support of Amazon, chanting “New York City is a union town.” Read the full story at the NY Daily News.

Labor Notes: Forty Years of Troublemaking

Everyone is cheering for the Los Angeles teachers now. But what they did is very different from how most unions operate. Read the full story on Labor Notes.

More than 25,000 workers strike at Mexican border factories

The Union of Maquiladora Industry Industrial Workers of Matamoros, the SJOIIM, said that by late Saturday nine companies had agreed to meet the salary and bonus demands. Read the full story at WTOL11.

‘How do they expect to run without us?’ Tesla accused of axing key staff to cut costs

A current Tesla employee at Lathrop who requested anonymity for fear of losing their job, noted temporary employees and recent hires were kept on, while many long-time employees were laid off as part of the cuts. Read the full story at The Guardian.

WV school workers organizing against education overhaul bill

“They’re ready to walk,” Wolford said of the school workers he’s heard from in his county. “They said, ‘we already did it once.’ Apparently, [Republicans] didn’t learn their lesson.” Read the full story at Williamson Daily News.

Workers accuse grocery app Instacart of misusing their tips

People who shop and deliver for the app say the higher the tip, the less wage they make – and that the company is using customers’ tips to subsidize wages. Read the full story on KIRO7.

Health workers campaign for mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals

The protestors have called for a minimum of one nurse to every four patients, as is the law in Queensland and Victorian hospitals. Read the full story in Central Western Daily.

Tea estate workers strike again demanding Rs. 1000 daily wage

The workers say the politicians promised to get their wages raised up to Rs. 1000 per day and they have been cheated with basic wage of Rs. 700. Read the full story at ColomboPage.

Unionizing Weed Workers Are Reigniting the Labor Movement

In an industry with a long history of sexual harassment, workers getting paid with drugs, and other rough conditions, unions see opportunity. Read the full story on Vice.

The lowest-paid shutdown workers — the contractors — aren’t getting back pay

Unlike the 800,000 career public servants who are slated to receive full back pay over the next week or so, the contractors who clean, guard, cook and shoulder other jobs at federal workplaces aren’t legally guaranteed a single penny. Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.

After catering workers win union in Denver, what’s ahead for workers and union

After a long struggle, more than 500 catering workers in Denver, alongside 2,200 other workers at sister facilities in Denver, Houston, Cleveland, Honolulu and Newark voted to unionize, becoming part of the UNITE HERE union. UNITE HERE officials called it the biggest labor victory in Denver in over a decade. Read the full story at Liberation News.

Will Trump’s Labor Board Say Workers Have No Right to Float a Balloon?

Trump-appointed General Counsel Peter Robb wants to issue a rule making it illegal to engage in any protest activity in the company of a balloon rat. Cartoon rats have been a feature of worker demonstrations in the United States for almost 30 years. What the rat does—and effectively—is raise the spirits of workers who know a rat when they see one. They turn union-busting employers into objects of ridicule. Read the full story at American Prospect.

KQ airport takeover plan runs into stiff workers’ turbulence

Aviation workers have issued a strike notice in opposition to planned takeover of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Kenya Airways. Read the full story at the Daily Nation.

Striking for the Soul of the University

Members of the American Association of University Professors at Wright State University (AAUP-WSU) in Dayton, Ohio, went on strike on January 22 after the administration, led by President Cheryl Schrader and the Wright State Board of Trustees, unilaterally imposed a horrible contract on the faculty union on January 4. Read the full article on Socialist Worker.

GM to lay off more than 4,000 workers starting Monday morning

David Kudla, CEO and chief investment strategist of Mainstay Capital Management, referred to the impending culling as “Black Monday” and told The Detroit News that the layoffs would begin around 7:30 a.m. and continue in waves throughout the coming days and weeks. Read the full story on Autoblog.

Former airport workers claim Portland forced them to take ‘biased and illegal’ mental exams

“When the city’s agents were unsuccessful in pressuring the plaintiffs to retire, the city manufactured reasons to send plaintiffs to ‘doctors-for-hire’ to get medical examinations they did not need based on exaggerated and falsified facts provided by the city,” the lawsuit reads. Read the full story at Bangor Daily News.

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