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On May 20, 1926, the Railway Labor Act passed Congress. This pioneering legislation attempted to end strikes on the most important of the American transportation networks and has proven surprisingly stable over the years, largely ending the period when rail strikes paralyzed the nation’s commerce. Since expanded to the airlines, the RLA remains an important […]
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Starbucks Anti-Unionism

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On May 12, 2022
A good deep dive into Starbucks’ unionbusting tactics: Then there were the write-ups. In mid-February, Slopsema, a barista at the Barn, was given a final warning – the last step before being fired. The reason given was that the store safe was found unlocked after one of his shifts, as well as a failure to […]
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Starbucks Anti-Union Lies

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On May 4, 2022
A classic move in the anti-union playbook is to offer your non-union workers something that you don’t offer your unionized workers, making the bogus lie that a union would stop the company from offering higher wages or better benefits to workers. This is what Starbucks is now trying to pull. Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz […]

The 32BJ Model

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On May 3, 2022

Deep dives on the success or failure of individual labor unions does not a robust comment section make. But this New Labor Forum piece on the successes of SEIU 32BJ is quite worth your time. SEIU Loca

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The Starbucks union drive continues to advance by leaps and bounds, with multiple stores per day voting for a union. One reason is the company’s indifference to the pandemic, which really ticked off workers who didn’t want to die to serve a grande vanilla latte with soy milk and extra hot to people driving through […]
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