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AT&T said Trump's tax cut would create jobs – now it's laying off thousands of workers

AT&T said Trump's tax cut would create jobs – now it's laying off thousands of workers

The telecoms giant has closed hundreds of stores and cut 3,400 jobs amid the pandemicTue 30 Mar 2021 03.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 30 Mar 2021 10.39 EDTSince the coronavirus pandemic began, the telecoms giant AT&T has announced permanent closures of hundreds of retail stores around the US and laid off thousands of workers.The closures and losses include retail stores announced in November and December 2020 and announced in June 2020, including an estimated 3,400 cuts in technician, clerical, managerial and executive roles.The moves come despite the company’s keen support for a major...

Mar 30
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‘They don’t care’: US supermarket chain shutters stores after hazard pay rules

‘They don’t care’: US supermarket chain shutters stores after hazard pay rules

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the US, lays off employees after local ordinance on hazard pay passed in Los AngelesFri 26 Mar 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Fri 26 Mar 2021 08.30 EDTKroger, the in the US which makes hundred of millions of dollars in profits, is shutting down grocery stores and laying off scores of employees in response to local hazard pay rules for essential workers even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.Maria Hernandez has worked at Ralphs grocery stores for 25 years before she recently found out her store would be shutting down. She’s worked through...

Mar 26
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14-hour days and no bathroom breaks: Amazon's overworked delivery drivers

14-hour days and no bathroom breaks: Amazon's overworked delivery drivers

Drivers report being underpaid and having to urinate in bottles in their vehicles to keep up with delivery ratesThu 11 Mar 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Thu 11 Mar 2021 16.39 ESTJames Meyers worked as a driver for several delivery service providers in Austin, Texas, for about one year until he quit in October 2020 citing the immense workloads and poor working conditions.Fourteen-hour shifts were common because delivery service providers wouldn’t allow drivers to return any packages from their routes and the pressure to meet delivery rates meant Meyers used a plastic bottle to go to the...

Mar 11
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‘I don’t have money for food’: millions of unemployed in US left without benefits

‘I don’t have money for food’: millions of unemployed in US left without benefits

Delays, backlogs of claims and errors have left workers without any unemployment benefits while out of work due to CovidTue 2 Mar 2021 03.00 ESTLast modified on Tue 2 Mar 2021 13.18 ESTBefore the pandemic hit Stephanie Gaither worked as a driver for Uber and Lyft in Indianapolis, Indiana, making around $600 to $900 weekly. Now she is facing eviction and has her utilities shut off.Like millions of other Americans who have seen their work dry up as the virus has spread, Gaither has fallen through the huge holes in the US’s unemployment benefits system. Her unemployment benefits expired in...

Mar 2
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'We need $15': US minimum wage ruling a personal blow for millions of workers

'We need $15': US minimum wage ruling a personal blow for millions of workers

Workers have criticized setback and are pushing elected officials to figure out a way to still pass a $15 federal minimum wageFri 26 Feb 2021 12.03 ESTLast modified on Fri 26 Feb 2021 13.01 ESTBill Thompson, 50, has worked in food service in Independence, Missouri, for over 30 years. He currently works at Burger King, making $10.30 an hour. With his current wages, he avoids seeking medical care because of the costs, and explained his family has struggled to afford basic necessities.He’s one of many low-wage workers around the US who have been organizing and fighting for a $15 minimum wage...

Feb 26
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'I can't keep doing this': gig workers say pay has fallen after California's Prop 22

'I can't keep doing this': gig workers say pay has fallen after California's Prop 22

Drivers say working conditions remain poor after voters approved measure exempting Uber and other apps from labor lawsThu 18 Feb 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Thu 18 Feb 2021 08.26 ESTDrivers and labor groups opposed Prop 22, saying it would allow companies to to provide benefits and standard minimum wages to their workers even as they make billions of dollars. But at the ballot box.“It’s clear that as soon as Prop 22 passed, it was open season to start cutting my pay again,” said Peter Young, a rideshare driver for four years in Los Angeles. “I’m looking for other work. I can’t keep doing...

Feb 18
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Amazon seeks to block workers from voting by mail in landmark union drive

Amazon seeks to block workers from voting by mail in landmark union drive

Wed 27 Jan 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 27 Jan 2021 05.01 ESTAmazon is attempting to force workers planning to unionize at an warehouse to vote in person rather than by mail as it fights off a landmark attempt by its staff to organize.The company is against a ruling by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officer to permit 5,800 employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, to begin casting ballots by mail to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.The NLRB, the federal agency responsible for enforcing US labor law, favors manual elections but has...

Jan 27
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Higher Education Archives - Shadowproof

Higher Education Archives - Shadowproof

Since the National Labor Relations Board ruled graduate student workers at private universities can unionize, a surge in organizing has faced persistent union-busting.Yale University graduate teachers unionized in February but are being stonewalled by an administration that refuses to negotiate with them.On this very special Labor Day episode, Roqayah and Kumars interview Emmett Rensin, a writer and contributing editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also a University of Iowa graduate student and proud, dues-paying member of United Electrical Workers Local 896, better known as the...

Jan 20
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Coal Miners Archives - Shadowproof

Coal Miners Archives - Shadowproof

Coal miners secured additional funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but without a longer-term solution, they’ll be right back where they started at the end of 2021.

Jan 18
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Alabama warehouse workers on track to reject forming Amazon’s first US union

Alabama warehouse workers on track to reject forming Amazon’s first US union

Results have not yet been finalized, but workers so far have voted 1,100-463 against forming a union at the Bessemer facility and agenciesThu 8 Apr 2021 21.32 EDTFirst published on Thu 8 Apr 2021 11.02 EDTVote counting kicked off on Thursday in a consequential unionization drive at an warehouse in Alabama, an effort seen as one of the most important labor fights in recent American history.While results have not yet been finalised, it appeared Thursday evening that warehouse workers were on track to reject unionization by a 2-1 margin, with almost half the votes counted. Vote counting will...

Apr 9
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