Labor News can be a really rough beat. Our job is to chronicle despair and the structures that defend profit at the expense of worker lives. The scenes in Kentucky and the Midwest are devastating. Finding out that workers were expected to work through a tornado is disgusting.
PM Breaking News @PMBreakingNewsBreaking: Over 100 people are possibly trapped after a tornado caused an Amazon warehouse to partially collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois. (Via @journalismjenna) https://t.co/PnR80LsJjv
From what I see as a labor reporter there will be no meaningful accountability for Amazon. OSHA will investigate but the most they will do is document what happened and give them a nominal fine. (If you are curious you can check out OSHA’s database.)
Unless someone can prove overwhelming neglect there will likely not be criminal charges brought forward. Amazon has a history of leveraging its might against oversight. Amazon is clear that they see workers as disposable. This week that was blatantly obvious.
Speaking of Amazon a report came out this week that outlined day to day safety issues. We posted Michael Moore’s piece from the St Paul Union Advocate on the Minnesota response to the report.
Half Price Books won their union election
CWA members picketed a union busting authorized retailer store.
AT&T workers were in the streets outside dozens of “AT&T authorized retailers” across the country last weekend, including stores in St. Cloud and Roseville. The actions drew attention to the company’s recent move convert corporate-owned stores, staffed by CWA members, to third-party dealers.
Kieran Knutson, president of CWA Local 7250, which represents AT&T wireless sales reps, technicians and call-center employees in Minnesota said that,
“It’s an attack not just on our union and on the working conditions in those stores, but also on the communities because there are less union jobs available,” Knutson said during a protest Saturday outside the authorized retailer in Roseville. “We’re not going to let them off the hook for that.”
Read more here .
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And lastly I wrote a piece about the invisibility of migrant workers as headlines panic about a labor shortage. Turns out if you deport migrant workers at a mass scale you get a labor problem.
See you next year!