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With Starbucks fighting another union campaign, here’s a walk down memory lane on the company’s aggressive union avoidance under former CEO Howard Schultz. What we’re seeing in upstate NY right now is nothing new. (Story from 2019):
Sitting here remembering that Simpsons episode where the jazz dancers tried to stop all new organizing of the nuclear technicians for fear they’d be outnumbered within the union. Really holds up.
There’s a lot of journalism out there worth your attention but this WSJ investigative series on Facebook is a master class. Take the time if you haven’t already
The Nabisco strike is over, per @BCTGM . Workers at the five facilities on strike ‘voted overwhelmingly’ to accept the latest contract offer, union says.
Big news in occupational safety today: The White House announces OSHA will be pursuing a federal heat standard for both *outdoor and indoor* work. Employers will be legally required to follow such a rule, which advocates have sought for years. From the WH:
Biden releases statement calling this year's extreme weather 'a blinking code red for our nation,' puts the new OSHA rule in the context of climate change:
Eight workers from JBS’ meatpacking plant in Greeley CO have died from coronavirus. OSHA just fined that plant for failing to protect workers during the outbreak. The fines total $15,615. JBS’ revenue last year was $51 billion.
Want to know what a worker's life is worth in America? More than 1,000 workers at Smithfield's Sioux Falls SD plant contracted coronavirus. Four of those workers died. OSHA just issued a fine against that plant. For $13,494.