Workers rights and unions




They won’t be on databases used for research I guess. NYT, WSJ, WaPo, LA times etc. are the kind of thing that are and they track very closely with international counterparts. There are newspapers internationally that are written very differently too, tabloids we call them here. They have the football and radicalise people towards racism.


I’m not talking about tabloids. I’m talking about regular newspapers.

WSJ would surprise me if it’s written above 9th grade level. I mean, MBAs and traders have to read that.


The world is watching.


Slight mod above. :blush:


“I kept hearing ill speaking of the hourly employees,” said Doyen. “Then one day I overheard a conversation between two managers that they needed to take back the hub, that they referred to as a prison, and that they are the ‘wardens’ taking back the prison from the ‘inmates’. On that note, I did not want to be a part of management any more because I couldn’t idly sit by and allow managers to speak ill of the people I called my friends and colleagues. It didn’t sit right with me as a human.”

After the incident, Doyen wrote a resignation letter from his managerial position. Afterward, he started speaking with union organizers and getting involved in the union effort, which he had not initially supported. …

Based in Germany, DHL is one of the largest logistics corporations in the world.

Through the union organizing campaign, workers have filed 17 unfair labor practice charges against DHL, alleging harassment, intimidation, surveillance and retaliation from management for union activities. The Teamsters have accused DHL of violating a neutrality agreement with the union and failing to live up to the company’s global declaration of workers and human rights by opposing the union.

The Teamsters already represent about 6,000 of the 10,000 workers at DHL in the US and workers criticized DHL for its response to the union drive at the hub given previous agreements with the union at other sites.

Doyen said workers were pushing to unionize at DHL for issues ranging from job security, representation at disciplinary hearings, improved pay and benefits, a voice on safety issues and working conditions.

Doyen described the work as dangerous and grueling, with workers subjected to extreme temperatures in summer and winter months, often without air conditioning or heating in vehicles. He claimed workers had to deal with old or poorly maintained equipment, and had to ask management to call off work due to safety concerns for weather such as lightning.


Direct action. Loud and unruly direct action. A popular mandate. Bringing down a government: What is it about the French that they are ready to take to the streets in behalf of the society they stand for when the society they stand for is challenged by an imperious figure such as Emmanuel Macron? If you think this a good question, here is another: What is it about Americans that, as the sad record indicates, nothing rouses them from their quite amazing stupor such that they get off their sofas and… and act, act in behalf of… of anything?

Not quite fair given the strength of BLM protests and a couple of decades ago, those against the attack on Iraq. But when it comes to labor issues, well yeah, indeed.


I do think the media downplays two things on the subject of labor protests. The first is how it relates to the history of the police (who now have better unions and pensions than most workers). The second is how violent and duplicitous the police are in their role as defenders of corporate interests. Folks are quick to compare treatment of workers to slavery, but rarely mention how that system doesn’t work without overseers.


I guess the Military Industrial Profits Machine is desperate for cannon fodder.


Cross post in ageism - but can also be in Black Lives Matter.


Ah, the NYT strikes again. The other point that gets conveniently overlooked is that the financial picture in retirement tends to be much worse for women:

Nor does the article consider that, in a country that doesn’t require paid sick leave or paid parental leave, let alone paid vacations, for many people retirement is the only time in their lives they’ll have to relax and do things for themselves…

… With an average payment of $1,827 a month and a maximum of $4,555 (which goes only to people who spent 35 years or longer earning more than the Social Security cap currently set at $160,200, and also didn’t retire until age 70), few people can live comfortably
[emphasis mine]

That doesn’t account for gaps in employment for childcare and/or eldercare, both of which tend to cause women to work longer to make up for years where zeros are included in the average. Combine that with the ageism you mentioned, and a return to the workforce for people over 40 usually means earnings take another hit. What are the odds of women earning even close to the cap, given the wage gaps? :woman_facepalming:t4:

Oh God Smh GIF


Here is the article in question…

And for the person mentioning academia… I’m guessing that going into academia is now also getting less diverse with regards to class. The vast majority of my working class students are getting “practical” degrees - business, nursing, computing, etc… something they’ve been told they can get a BA in and get a good job that’s gonna lift them out of poverty. Studying and examining the world, how it functions, what the people in this world do or make, etc… they can’t think about doing that, even if they wanted to do it, because they know that there is not real path to job security that way… :expressionless: