Labor Weather Report

A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

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May 2018 — Sweeping strikes in France. Tens of thousands of train drivers, teachers, nurses, and other public workers will continue rolling strikes for a third month, disrupting transport, universities, and public services. Strikes are to halt French president’s plans to cut 120,000 public jobs. For the first time, civil servants and rail workers have joined forces.

April 2018 — Historic fast food union. Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) in Portland, Ore. became the first formally recognized fast food union in the United States. BVWU, a part of the IWW (Wobblies), will call off the boycott after a fair contract is negotiated. It urges the 4.5 million workers in the fast food industry to also take direct action and unionize.

April 2018 — Researchers unionize. After a year of hard organizing, post-doctoral researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle voted overwhelmingly to join United Auto Workers Local 4121. Union supporters are eager to negotiate critical issues such as effective anti-harassment and discrimination policies
and a fair wage.


Also see: Labor Notes conference 2018
Also see: Veterans’ healthcare in the cross-hairs
Also see: California unions strike in solidarity

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