Support the USW Strikers !

We support the USW unfair labor practices strike against big oil companies

Petition by James P. Thompson

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-support-the-usw-strike?source=mo&id=109686-22927824-YUOthAx

To be delivered to Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company

We support the unfair labor practice strike by steelworkers at the refineries in Texas City, Texas, and across the country. Their struggle is the struggle of working people in this country and around the world. We all want safe refineries and safe communities.

Editor note: STEELWORKERS AND ROYAL DUTCH SHELL COME TO TENTATIVE AGREEMENT: The United Steelworkers and Royal Dutch Shell reached a tentative four-year contract that includes wage increases and “improvement” on worker safety issues like fatigue and refinery maintenance.

We don’t want any more workers to die. That’s why the United Steelworkers union is taking on the richest, most powerful industry in the world by fighting to secure a fair contract that will protect the health and safety of workers and communities. The oil industry’s greed and bad-faith bargaining have stalled efforts to improve conditions in its workplaces. The industry has refused to address serious health and safety issues that have already killed thousands of workers over the years.

We support the efforts of the USW union to improve the working conditions of the striking refinery workers. Jobs in refineries are dangerous and require a high level of skill. As we know from the BP disaster, mistakes can cause catastrophes for the surrounding communities and the environment.

These workers deserve to be treated fairly. Failure to bargain fairly in these negotiations will only reflect the oil industry’s lack of regard for the workers and the communities in which its enterprises are located.

Stand with Fast Food Workers – Dec 4

Stand with fast food, home care and airport workers fighting for $15/hr

seiuNo matter who you are or where you’re from, if you work hard, you should be able to make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That’s the key to getting our economy and our families back on track – and it’s worth fighting for.

That’s why fast food, home care and airport workers are coming together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to stick together in a union.

Thousands of fast food workers in more than 150 cities across the country have voted to go on strike on December 4. Home care and airport workers will be on the picket lines alongside them in solidarity.

reposted from SEIU.org

What ever happened to solidarity ?

Duane Campbell

Duane Campbell

by Duane Campbell

On November 11, 2014, the California Nurses Association ( AFL-CIO) goes on strike while SEIU ( CTW) sends its members into work across the picket lines.

The ILWU prepares for a possible West Coast strike that could close the ports. What will other unions do?

I recognize the arguments about strategic plans and contract obligations for an advance notice for a strike.

But, when unions members are encouraged to cross picket lines – what do you have? While critics write essays about the internal conflicts in national union offices and new directions, if union members are not organized and led to not cross picket lines then all the rest is B.S.

In campaigns we call for international solidarity with workers across the globe ( a worthy goal) but many union leaders do not encourage solidarity with the worker down the street.

When national union leaders act as if union solidarity is of little importance, not much more than office politics, then it is no wonder that unions can’t win a contract nor an election in Tennessee. These unions are not  demonstrating  that solidarity works and workers in non union plants and non union states learn from their example.

California Nurses Begin Strike on Tues

NATIONAL ACTIONS BEGIN WITH CALIFORNIA STRIKES TUESDAY

talks-stall-as-strike-nears-for-18000-kaiser-rnsRegistered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions Wednesday, November 12 in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia – with possible support actions globally – as National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals.

One centerpiece of the actions will be a two-day strike by 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics who have been protesting the erosion of patient care standards in Kaiser facilities for months, and see Kaiser’s failure to adopt the optimal safeguards for Ebola as symbolic of its overall dismissal of nurses’ concerns about patient care.

Strikes will also affect some 600 RNs at two other California hospitals, Sutter Tracy and Watsonville General Hospital, and 400 RNs at Providence Hospital in Washington D.C.

The two-day California strikes begin Tuesday morning. The Providence walkout is Wednesday. Continue reading

Colombian Banana Workers Win Strike

banana strike victory

by Paul Garver

On 20 May 17,000 banana workers in Colombia ended their two week long mass strike on nearly 300 plantations in Urabà province, agreeing on a two year contract with improved wages and benefits. The agreement was reached a few hours ahead of a projected global support mobilization by the IUF.

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May 11: Striking NYC Stella D’Oro workers rally in CT

After nine months on strike against vicious concessions, BCTGM Local 50 and the 136 strikers at Stella D’Oro have had enough — and on Monday, May 11, 2009, they took the fight directly to Stella D’Oro’s owners, the private equity firm Brynwood Partners, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Banana Workers Strike in Colombia

banana strike 2

by Paul Garver

17,000 banana workers have been on strike since 8th May at 296 plantations in the Urabà province of Colombia. The originally economic strike has taken on new significance because of hostile actions by certain plantation owners and government officials.

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