CT Gov threatens National Guard to interrupt nursing home strike – Factory workers in rural PA strike



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Connecticut government threatens to use National Guard to end strike by nursing home workers

In Connecticut, nearly 4,000 nursing home workers at 33 different facilities are threatening to strike this Friday unless their wages are raised to $ 20 an hour.

Retirement home workers, members of SEIU 1199 New England, are demanding Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont invest more money in their state-funded retirement homes.

However, Lamont hollowed out his heels. On Tuesday, he told the union he had made his “last, best and last offer” – an offer the union says is not enough and will not get many nursing home workers out. poverty.

“The governor’s proposal would not provide the funding needed to right the wrongs of Covid-19 and to correct decades of chronic devaluation of the labor sector in nursing homes, whose workers are predominantly black, brown and white women of the working class, ”SEIU 1199 New England President Rob Baril said in a statement. “Workers have suffered untold trauma over the past year, with thousands of resident deaths and nearly two dozen worker fatalities in our union.

Playing hardball, Governor Lamont then threatened to bring in the Connecticut National Guard to keep the nursing homes open.

“I authorize you to immediately call in a sufficient force of members of the state armed forces to support the Department of Public Health as appropriate in protecting public health and safety in response to any potential work stoppage or long-term workers strike. long-term care facilities or other assembly places in the state on or around May 14, 2021, ”Lamont wrote in a deployment authorization to the Connecticut National Guard.

To learn more, check out the CT Mirror.

Holiday decorating workers quit their jobs in Mount Union, PA

In the rural Central Palestinian Authority, a group of about 21 workers, who make only $ 8.50 an hour to produce Christmas decorations, demand higher wages and go on strike.

The workers, members of Workers’ Local 9, have been in contract negotiations with their employer Bleyer Industries since December 2019.

However, despite the fight against the pandemic, workers had yet to receive a raise.

Finally, after discovering that their employer had received more than $ 350,000 through federally funded Paycheck Protection Program loans, workers at the plant decided to strike.

“Knowing that the money was given to our employer but not given to us was the last straw. Everyone has a breaking point, ”United Workers Local 9 president Giorgia Norris told the WTAJ.

For more information, see WTAJ.

More restaurant workers go on spontaneous strike across country

Over the past few weeks, several photos of restaurant workers quitting their jobs and putting up signs explaining why they left have gone viral on the internet.

Newsweek took a look at the growing trend of these spontaneous strikes in the fast food industry:

A sign on the window of a Hardee read: “Due to the lack of staff, we are closed. We’re hiring, ”while a sign from Wendy read,“ We ​​all quit !! Closed!!”

A sign on a Chipotle window read: “Watch out, Chipotle customers. Do you want to know why we are closed? Ask our company offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions for more than 8 hours without interruption. We are overworked, understaffed, underpaid and underestimated. ”

For more information, visit Newsweek.

An inside look at how appeals staff changed their culture by organizing

For years, staff at the criminal justice publication The Appeal have faced a culture that many considered “cruel.”

Last week, workers at The Appeal announced that they were organizing. Almost immediately, The Appeal announced that there would be layoffs, a move many saw as retaliation.

The union, however, began to fight back, rallying public support from its readers. The Defector press cooperative reported what happened next:

As of Tuesday afternoon, management had already started to reverse. Lead counsel for the appeal, Jake Sussman, sent an email to staff announcing that the proposed layoffs would be “put on hold” to “allow discussions with management and union representatives.” The post also stated that management planned to “enthusiastically recognize” the union. The union’s victory was not mitigated: even the management restored the work of a fact-checker who had been fired the day before.

What has been played out at The Appeal in recent days is nothing less than a drastic reversal of power, sparked by demands for protection, transparency and accountability from employees who have had enough. A nonprofit that for years largely responded only to Rob Smith, is suddenly forced to respond to the dozens of employees who make its work possible. And while the change seemed to come abruptly, then suddenly, the tensions that led to this week’s developments have simmered for years.

To find out more, visit the Defector.

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