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This week’s episode is kind of an angry one. We start out with some good news, as the ATU in DC have won their strike, and workers at Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago have won their union vote. Trader Joe’s workers in Minneapolis won their union election in a landslide, potentially setting up a new nationwide union push. We also follow up with the …
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. The development of the industrial revolution in the United States begins with the textile industry. Centered in New England, the explosion of wealth from industrial manufacturing of cloth would form the foundation for the constru…
 
We start this week’s episode with a quick follow up with the Indiana grad student workers who have won major gains despite the university’s continued refusal to recognize their union. Boston teachers have used rank and file methods to win a historic new contract that will help address homelessness in the city. The NLRB has signed onto an order dema…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. On the first two parts of this series, we discussed what exactly rank and file organizing is, and how it differs from top down, business unionist organizing methods, and then discussed some historical examples. In this third part…
 
Alabama Starbucks Support Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/relief-fund-for-scottsboro-starbucks-partners This week on Work Stoppage, we start with a couple big union election victories. First, Hudson Workers United finally has their union election win recognized after a year-long ordeal. Then, workers at Trader Joe’s in Hadley, MA won their electio…
 
In order to let as many folks as possible hear from the CAUSE workers fighting for a union at Amazon, we've decided to unlock our full interview with them! We hope you enjoy the interview, and if you like the show please support us at patreon.com/workstoppage. Original Description:We were honored this week to be joined by Lance, an organizer with C…
 
Lina’s back and we had so much labor news this week it was hard to squeeze it all in one episode. We start with several quick follow-ups. 400 Planned Parenthood workers in the upper Midwest won their union election in a landslide this week, as did the workers at America’s Test Kitchen. Workers at Activision walked out across the country this week i…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. We were honored this week to be joined by Lance, an organizer with Carolina Amazonians United for Solidarity and Empowerment, CAUSE. CAUSE has been working to organize workers at Amazon’s RDU1 warehouse in Garner, North Carolina,…
 
Lina is away so it’s just John and Dan on this week’s episode of Work Stoppage. We start out with the Medieval Times workers in New Jersey who have won their union…and immediately got threats from the company to not bargain in good faith. Next we discuss the Verizon Retail union movement expanding to stores in Portland and Flint, Michigan. We have …
 
By popular demand and in order that as many folks as possible are able to hear about the amazing organizing effort going on at Amazon in Kentucky, we've decided to unlock the entire interview! We hope you enjoy, and if you like the show, please consider supporting us at patreon.com/workstoppage Original Description: We were very lucky to be joined …
 
Workers are flexing their power all over, and we start this week with a quick update on the situation in Sri Lanka, where the people have had enough and stormed the presidential palace this weekend, chasing the government from power. Next we have a check-in on the Planned Parenthood workers in Massachusetts, who have voted nearly unanimously to joi…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. We were very lucky to be joined this week by Matt, a worker-organizer at Amazon’s SDF1 facility in Campbellsville, Kentucky working to organize his facility with the ALU. Matt explains the challenges of organizing in a rural area…
 
We start this week with some rapid fire follow-ups with workers organizing at Apple, Trader Joe’s and Amazon. Then we discuss the end (for now) of the national strike in Ecuador, what was won, and where it goes from here. Next we check in on the Case New Holland strike, which is going international as UK Case workers have also gone on strike. Also …
 
We start this week’s episode with a discussion of how unions can play a major role in fighting for workers’ right to reproductive healthcare in the wake of the Supreme Court gutting abortion rights. Then we start the episode proper with a follow-up with the Indiana University grad workers, where despite winning overwhelming support from faculty, th…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. On June 2, Microsoft announced that it planned to shift its position on how it relates to unions, rather than pursuing scorched earth union busting campaigns like Amazon and Starbucks, it would embrace “neutrality”. While it’s po…
 
Filled with renewed energy from watching some of the amazing panels and speeches at this weekend’s Labor Notes conference, it’s another episode of Work Stoppage. We start with several follow-ups, first in South Korea, where truckers won their strike and secured an agreement to extend minimum wage protections. Also this week, XPO Logistics truckers …
 
It’s shaping up to be a hot labor summer out there, we’ve got union busting, we’ve got strikes, we’ve got unions working together on this week’s episode of Work Stoppage. First we check in on the union drive at Trader Joe’s in Massachusetts, where the company has started its union busting campaign by violating the Button Clause of the NLRA. Next, w…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. As we discussed in our first episode of this series, there’s a long, sordid history of collaboration between the upper leadership of the AFL-CIO and the US National Security State, specifically the CIA. Over several decades durin…
 
Another jam packed episode of Work Stoppage this week, as we start with a check in on workers at Amy’s Kitchen, where a second plant has started a union drive. We also follow up on the Case New Holland strike where 2000 UAW workers remain on strike as the company refuses to bring a fair offer to the table. Amazon has continued their campaign of har…
 
Unfortunately, we’ve got a few setbacks to start the episode this week. First, we follow up with the USW workers at Chevron’s refinery in Richmond, CA, where workers have narrowly approved a new contract that doesn’t meet the main goals their two month long strike set out for. Next, we talk about workers at the unionizing Apple store in Atlanta bei…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. On the first episode of the series, we talked about the reasons why rank and file unionism, running your union in a democratic fashion, is so important to rebuilding the labor movement. On our second episode, we dig into a few hi…
 
Labor never stops, and neither does labor news. We start this week’s show with a couple quick follow ups on the status of the Hudson Workers United and Target Workers Unite campaigns. Then, in great news, we discuss this week’s victorious union election at Raven Software, where testers have formed the first recognized union in a major video game st…
 
We start this week’s episode of Work Stoppage following up on several stories we’ve previously covered. First, the Indiana Grad Students have suspended their strike for the summer after winning overwhelming faculty support for recognition of their union. Next, educators in Brookline held a one day strike on Monday after negotiations stalled, winnin…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. We’ve tried to cover all the news coming in from the Starbucks Workers United movement on the regular show every week, but this week there was just so much news we had to give it its own episode. We start out covering Howard Schu…
 
There’s so much to cover this week we had to pull Starbucks out for its own episode, watch for that in the patron feed later this week. We start by following up with the striking Chevron workers in Richmond, CA, where the oil conglomerate has hired local cops to act as strikebreakers. After a few more quick-hit follow up stories, we discuss a strik…
 
We start this week’s episode of Work Stoppage with some tough news, as the organizing drive at the LDJ5 facility by the ALU was defeated 62%-38% in their election. The same week, OSHA refused to do anything to Amazon after they murdered six of their workers in last year’s tornado, while at the same time Amazon has now dropped any covid protections …
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. We’ve talked about the importance of unions being organized and run in a “rank-and-file” manner a million times on the show, but we hadn’t really had a good opportunity to sit down and layout exactly what that means. On this epis…
 
For International Workers' Day, we decided to unlock our recent patron episode on the organizing methods of the Amazon Labor Union since it's a discussion on such an important, ongoing organizing campaign. Happy May Day Comrades!Original Description: On April 1, the Amazon Labor Union won one of the most historic labor victories in the US in decade…
 
We start this week’s episode following up with Verizon workers, where the company seems to be taking a page from Starbucks’ union busting as they have illegally fired a worker at a store in Washington for organizing. Then we catch up with the striking Finnish healthcare workers, who have ended their strike and are threatening mass resignations in r…
 
We start this week following up on the effort to unionize in immigration law by the brave organizers of Hudson Workers United, whose fight has now dragged on for over a year. Next we check in with the ALU, where the focus has turned to the LDJ5 sorting center’s upcoming election, and Amazon has cranked up the union busting. In our weekly look at th…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. On April 1, the Amazon Labor Union won one of the most historic labor victories in the US in decades. Despite the enormous difference in resources, the ALU was able to defeat one of the richest, most anti-union corporations in th…
 
We start this week’s episode of Work Stoppage checking in on the fallout from P&O Ferries illegally laying off their entire workforce without warning. Three weeks later and their fleet is still out of service, leading to massive shipping and travel delays in the UK. Next we discuss the end of the striking IBEW workers at WTTW, where the three week …
 
It’s a jam packed episode this week, everyone’s excited for the main story but we’ve got a lot to talk about in the labor world first. After hitting a few quick updates to some ongoing stories, we discuss the end of the Sacramento teachers’ strike, where a new tentative agreement has won raises without cuts to healthcare. Next, we cover some of the…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. In the final part of our series on the decline of the US labor movement, we reach the End of History. We discuss major events in US labor since the 90s, including waves of mergers, corporate consolidation, accelerating financiali…
 
It’s another packed episode this week, as the class struggle never stops. First, we follow up with the Minneapolis educators, who have agreed to a new contract, ending their three week strike. Next we do our weekly Starbucks roundup, discussing union busting in Boston and union victories in Mesa, AZ, Seattle, and Knoxville, TN. Another major teache…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. In the second part of our series on the decline of the US labor movement, we discuss the impact of business unionism in the 1970s and the 1980s. We dispel the commonly promoted image that Jimmy Carter was a friend of the working …
 
After some discussion about the transition to new leadership at the Teamsters, our first story on this week’s episode of Work Stoppage covers the recent walkouts at 3 Amazon facilities carried out by Amazonians United. Then we hit the weekly quota of Starbucks coverage discussing the return of Howard Schultz as CEO, the refusal of the company to st…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. In the first episode of a new series, we dig into the primary causes of the ongoing decline of union membership in the US, especially in private industry. While there are certainly spots of hope in movements like Starbucks Worker…
 
Our episode of Work Stoppage starts this week with a reminder that the workers at Amy’s Kitchen have called for a boycott as the company attacks their union efforts. Our first full story catches up with the Teamsters in Seattle who are now facing attempts by companies to break the strike in the concrete industry by hiring unlabeled “Ghost Trucks” t…
 
After yet another crazy week both in and outside the labor world we’ve got another packed episode for you. First, we follow up with the workers at REI in Manhattan who have won their union election in a landslide. Next, the NYT Tech Guild also overwhelmingly won their election, becoming the largest union of tech workers in the US. Following up our …
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. We’ve talked about the violence facing labor organizers, human rights defenders, and Indigenous leaders in Colombia on the show before, in the context of last year’s working class uprising. But we hadn’t really had a chance to gi…
 
It’s been a busy week in Labor news so we’ve got a jam packed episode of Work Stoppage. First, we’ve got a few recent victories: Workers at Coffee Tree Roasters in Pittsburgh won their union election 17-3 and will now be represented by UFCW Local 1776. Workers at Rich Products’ Jon Donaire ice cream cake plant have ended their four month long strik…
 
We start this week’s episode checking in with Starbucks’ latest repressive move against its workers as they’ve fired one of the lead organizers at the first store to unionize in Buffalo. Next, we discuss a recent shady deal by the UFCW to represent Uber drivers in Canada, where the representation costs will be covered by Uber and the UFCW will lobb…
 
After making fun of REI’s attempt to make a “progressive" union busting podcast, our episode starts following up with the striking Clover workers in South Africa. Workers have faced violent attacks from company strikebreakers against their picket lines but are standing strong and expanding their strike activity. Next we cover strikes by healthcare …
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month. Sometimes there’s a story in the news that needs a bit more in depth discussion than we can give it on a regular episode. So we’re starting a new patrons-only series of Shop Floor Discussion episodes to cover them. For our first …
 
We’ve got a packed episode of Work Stoppage this week. Just before recording Starbucks decided to fire seven of their workers in Memphis for unionizing, in one of the more obvious cases of retaliation we’ve covered. Thousands of teachers protested last Friday in Puerto Rico over incredibly low wages which force many of them to take second or even t…
 
Since we've just finished a new patrons-only series on the nature of the state, this time focusing on the repressive state apparatus, we figured it would be a good idea to make the first part of our series on the theory of how the state functions available to all our listeners. This episode gives a window into what we have been going over on the Ov…
 
This week we begin following up with our friends at Student Workers of Columbia who have finally ratified their first contract after a years’ long struggle for recognition. Next we discuss the recent developments in the healthcare industry where several companies are attempting to apply the gig model to nursing. Issues have been brewing in the rail…
 
If you’re not a patron you can get the full episode by visiting patreon.com/workstoppage and support us with $5 a month.In the final episode of our series on the history of the US repressive state apparatus, we discuss some of its major developments on the homefront during the last 20 years. We cover the massive rise in state surveillance and attac…
 
We start this week’s episode of Work Stoppage following up with the King Sooper’s workers, who have ratified a new contract and ended their strike. Next we check in with the Game Workers Alliance drive at Activision Blizzard King, where Raven Software QA workers have officially filed for union recognition with the NLRB. Also this week, truck driver…
 
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