Daily Archives: October 8, 2019

Labor Forum–Monday, Oct 7

LABOR HEADLINES
MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2019
LET ME START WITH JUST A SHORT COMMENT ABOUT THE CONTINUOUS AND MASSIVE SYMPATHETIC COVERAGE  OF THE SO-CALLED “DEMOCRACY’ PROTESTS IN HONG KONG, A FORMER BRITISH COLONY AND NOW IN A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS HISTORIC NATION OF CHINA. I AM COMPARING THAT CORPORATE CHEERING OF PROTESTERS DAMAGING BUILDINGS, TOSSING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS OR FIRE BOMBS, STOPPING SUBWAY AND STREET TRAFFIC, ASSAULTING POLICE ETC WITH THE SILENCE ABOUT THE HUGE DEMONSTRATIONS OF HAITIANS SEEKING TO OUST THE SCANDAL-RIDDEN, CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OF JUVENAL MOISE, A PUPPET LEADER SUPPORTED BY THE US AND THE HAITIAN OLIGARCHY. IN FACT, IF YOUR SOURCE OF NEWS IS THE FOR-PROFIT MEDIA, YOU WOULD HAVE NO INKLING OF THE DURATION OF THE HAITIAN REBELLION SINCE EARLY SUMMER OR THAT THE TOLL OF THOSE INJURED AND KILLED FROM POLICE VIOLENCE MOUNTS EVERY DAY.
IN HONG KONG, THE US SEES ITS OWN INTERESTS OF CAPITALIST FINANCIAL CONTROL AND DOMINATION AGAINST CHINA BEING STRENGTHENED BY THE US FLAG-CARRYING PROTESTERS WHO CALL ON TRUMP AND THE US TO INTERVENE ON THEIR BEHALF.
IN CONTRAST, HAITIANS ARE MOTIVATED NOT ONLY BY THE AUSTERITY MEASURE OF THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT BUT BY THE DECADES OF FOREIGN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY US CORPORATIONS IN PARTICULAR AND MILITARY OCCUPATION. THAT MILITANT RESISTANCE TO US IMPERIALISM IS WHY THE HAITIAN UPRISING IS INVISIBLE ON MOST MEDIA.
TURNING NOW TO THE GROWING STRUGGLE AT AMAZON BY ITS WORKERS.
60 WORKERS, MOSTLY SOMALI WOMEN, WALKED OFF THEIR JOBS AT 9:15 pm on Oct. 2 AT A DELIVERY CENTER IN EAGAN, MN TO DEMAND HIGHER WAGES FOR THE NIGHT SHIFT, WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON BOXES THAT CAN BE UP TO 70 LBS, AND THE END OF A 30 HOUR CAP ON WORK HOURS.
THE STRIKE ENDED AFTER 21/2 HOURS WHEN MANAGERS COMMITTED TO RESOLVING THE ISSUES THE FOLLOWING MORNING  AND CANCELLED ALL TRUCK DELIVERIES THAT NIGHT.
THIS IS THE SECOND WORK STOPPAGE AT THE EAGAN FACILITY IN TWO MONTHS.
IN AUGUST, 80 WORKERS WALKED OUT TO PROTEST PARKING CONDITIOnS. THE PARKING LOT IS TOO SMALL FORCING WORKERS TO PARK OFF SITE WHERE THEIR CARS ARE TOWED AND THE DISTANCE CAUSES THEM TO TO PUNCH IN LATE AND BE PENALIZED.
THAT STRIKE FORCED THE MANAGEMENT TO REPAY WORKERS THEIR TOW CHARGES, IMPROVE OFF-SITE PARKING ACCESS AND ARRANGE FOR OFFSITE CHECK-IN.
THE WORKERS WHOSE COMPLAINTS HAD GOTTEN NOWHERE PREVIOUSLY DISCOVERED THE VALUE OF GETTING RESULTS FROM THE COLLECTIVE ACTION OF A STRIKE.
THIS EXPERIENCE WAS REPLICATED ABOUT THE SAME TIME BY WORKERS IN A SACRAMENTO DISTRIBUTION CENTER WHERE TWO WORKERS WHO HAD BEEN FIRED GOT THEIR JOBS BACK AFTER THEIR FELLOW WORKERS FORMED AMAZONIANS UNITED SACRAMENTO AND DELIVERED A PETITION TO MANAGEMENT DEMANDING THE UNJUSTLY FIRED WORKERS  GET THEIR JOBS BACK WITH LOST WAGES.
AND LASTLY, TUESDAY, THE US SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS ON THREE CASES INCLUDING ONE FROM GEORGIA ON WHETHER LGBTQ WORKERS CAN BE FIRED FROM THEIR JOBS DUE TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.
TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FORBIDS EMPLOYERS FROM DISCRIMINATING ON THE BASIS OF SEX, RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND RELIGION. NO SURPRISE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS STRONGLY OPPOSING THE EXTENSION OF JOB PROTECTIONS TO LGBTQ WORKERS
THE LABOR FORUM APPLAUDS ALL THESE MARGINALIZED WORKERS WHO ARE FIGHTING IN MULTIPLE WAYS TO SECURE THEIR RIGHTS.

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