Labor News for November 2019

Remember when Amazon announced they would increase the minimum wage of their workers to $15 an hour in order to head off multiple union drives and undermine the popularity of the Stop BEZOS Act? Well, Amazon’s uncharacteristic fit of forced humanity is officially over. Amazon owned Whole Foods recently announced that all part-time workers will … Continue reading Labor News for November 2019

Know Your Rights: Washington Equal Pay and Opportunites Act

Starting July 28, 2019, the "Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act" went into effect. From now on, when interviewing for a job, your potential future boss can't ask you how much money you make (or even how much you have made in the past) until after they have made you a job and compensation offer. … Continue reading Know Your Rights: Washington Equal Pay and Opportunites Act

The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

The IWW is now stronger than it has been in eight decades. At our historic peak in 1917, the IWW claimed 150,000 members. State repression helped destroy the union, but it never fully disappeared. With a worldwide membership of 6,600 (3,900 in North America, 2,700 internationally), we are far from that high watermark now. But … Continue reading The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

Labor News for September 2019

The law firm Simpson, Thacher, and Bartlett has represented just about every major company in the US at one time or another including Facebook, GM, and Google. Now one of their recently retired partners, Jamie Gamble, has had a brainstorm. Mr. Gamble has come to the conclusion that corporate executives are "legally obligated to act … Continue reading Labor News for September 2019