"President Biden, the picketer-in-chief urged on the strikers in the push for better contracts."
"There was a shift among US workers about what's acceptable in terms of conditions to accept, about their own worth in the workplace, and about standing up for themselves when those two things don't match up... At the core of many of these strikes are demands for liveable wages, job security, better working conditions and employee input..." - BBC
From writers’ rooms to car factories, workers are pressing companies for higher pay and better quality of life. Many are willing to walk off the job to get there...Emboldened in the wake of shifting job security and grueling conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, skyrocketing company profits, inflation, a decades-high approval rating for labor unions and growing disparity between worker pay and executive compensation, more workers across industries have taken a hard stance against companies for dramatic improvements in compensation and working conditions. - CNBC
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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
"Biden’s NLRB Brings Workers’ Rights Back From the Dead. A decision makes union organizing possible again.
The NLRB released its most important ruling in many decades. The Board ruled in a party-line decision in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC, that when a majority of a company’s employees file union affiliation cards, the employer can either voluntarily recognize their union or, if not, ask the Board to run a union recognition election.
If, in the run-up to or during that election, the employer commits an unfair labor practice, such as illegally firing pro-union workers (which has become routine in nearly every such election over the past 40 years, as the penalties have been negligible), the Board will order the employer to recognize the union and enter forthwith into bargaining." - Prospect
The importance of voting: You vote determines the President who appoints people to the NLRB. The NLRB helps workers get a fair deal. VOTE!
Shawn Fain, UAW
“Working class people are saving the American dream. The UAW is saving the American dream,” said UAW President Shawn Fain. “And we are doing it together. This contract is about more than just economic gains for autoworkers,” Fain said in a speech on Sunday designed to explain the agreement with Ford. “It’s a turning point in the class war that’s been raging in this country for the past 40 years. For too long, it’s been one-sided and working class people have been left behind. That’s why this contract is more than just a contract. It’s a call to action to workers everywhere to organize and fight for a better life.” - Mother Jones
Workers are angry at their employers because of the pandemic and bloated profits. However, workers are only one half of the equation. It takes two to make a strike. The other half of the reason for America’s historic strike wave is employers’ failure to comprehend that times have changed and the model they developed and exploited during an earlier time is no longer relevant in 2023. - Power At Work
"Power concedes nothing without a demand"
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ― Frederick Douglass
TakeAway: "Get up. Standup. Fight for your right. Don't give up the fight." - Bob Marley
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