Labor Weather Report

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

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August 2018 — Voters reject “right-to-work.”
A Missouri law mandating the union-busting “right-to-work” was repealed by a commanding 2 to 1 margin. Workers gathered 300,000 signatures to put this repeal on ballots so the voters could decide. The resounding 67.5 percent NO vote sent a clear message — and showed the power of organized labor.

August 2018 — Korean women win jobs
After a 12-year battle, 180 South Korean bullet train attendants won their jobs back. The women were supposed to be full time, but instead got 1-year contracts. The attendants, members of the Korean Railway Workers Union, staged sit-ins, sued in court, and helped expose massive judicial anti-union misconduct.

September 2018 — Chicago hotel strike
Managers are changing sheets as UNITE HERE Local 1 workers strike at 26 hotels in downtown Chicago. This is their first citywide strike. Union contracts expired at the end of August and workers walked out, demanding year-round health insurance including during the slow months when they are laid off.

Also see: Amazon’s sweatshop culture

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