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Unions Shouldn’t Be Helping the Health Industry

Julia Rok Jacobin
In New York City, the Municipal Labor Committee is not only helping to block statewide single-payer health care, it’s undermining retiree health care. It’s shortsighted and dangerous politics.

Labor Unions Band Together to Tackle NY’s High Hospital Prices

Caroline Lewis The Gothamist
The group is pushing legislation that would give health plans — including those managed by labor unions — more leverage to haggle over the price of health care and eliminate certain anti-competitive practices.

Starbucks Workers Are Organizing — and Management Is Worried

Faith Bennett Jacobin
Starbucks portrays itself as a “community of partners,” not an average workplace. But now that workers are organizing a union drive in Buffalo, that warm and fuzzy rhetoric has vanished, replaced by coercion and union-busting.

Make Gig Work Decent Work

Toronto and York Region Labour Council The Bullet
They created a Bill of Rights that outlines what minimum rights our governments must guarantee to ensure fairness and non-discriminatory treatment for gig workers

The Real-Life Auto Strike Behind the Runaway Netflix Hit Squid Game

Minsun Ji Labor Notes
Scene from the Netflix show:  Individuals in green outfits kneeling on the floor.
Squid Game’s hero, the fired union activist, represents the triumph of humanity and solidarity even against the brutal odds of capitalism. This animating principle of the labor movement is artistically portrayed in Squid Game’s vivid imaginarium.

Is America Experiencing an Unofficial General Strike?

Robert Reich The Guardian
American workers are now flexing their muscles for the first time in decades. You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.

First Farmworker Union Forms in New York State

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio The Counter
Farmworkers fought for years to have the legal power to unionize in New York State. Finally, in 2019, the state passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which gave agricultural and farm workers the right to collectively bargain.