Amazon loses attempt to delay milestone union vote at Alabama warehouse

Thousands of Amazon warehouse workers at an Alabama facility will be able to cast their votes on whether to unionize by mail-in ballots beginning next week after the National Labor Relations Board rejected the company’s latest attempt to stall the vote by pushing for it to be held in-person, despite the pandemic. In a decision posted Friday, the NLRB […]

Google settles with Department of Labor over allegations of worker discrimination

Google has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the US Labor Department over allegations of pay and hiring discrimination, the agency said Monday. The company is expected to pay more than $2.5 million to roughly 5,500 employees and job applicants who allegedly were under-compensated or faced hiring discrimination. The settlement resolves allegations that the company had discriminated against […]

Local union members join in protest against Walmart

Protests were held at several Walmarts around New York today, including Batavia, over concerns that Walmart has reportedly pressured GE-Savant to lower prices for lightbulbs, forcing the company to move a LED light factory from Ohio to China. Press release: On Saturday, Jan. 30, at Walmart stores at four locations in New York state, a coalition […]

Machinists Union Recognized During Inauguration Welcome Ceremony

The Machinists Union was recognized Saturday by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) during its programing America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers. The video congratulates the incoming administration and pays tribute to IAM essential workers who have been on the frontlines during the pandemic. The PIC hosted a welcome event to celebrate America, reflect and […]

A new union at Google is just the start of employee activism in 2021

On the first work day of 2021, the New York Times broke the startling news that more than 200 Google engineers had unionized with the Communications Workers of America to form the Alphabet Workers Union. More than 260,000 people work for Google, so this minority union, which spent a year organizing in secrecy, will be limited in […]

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama file to hold unionization vote

  SEATTLE — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama have filed a notice to hold a unionization vote, in what could be a major labor battle against a company that has long opposed the unionization of its workforce. Employees at a newly opened Amazon facility in Bessemer, Ala., notified the National Labor Relations Board that they […]

Machinists, Labor Submit Strong Objection to Attack on Domestic Content Rules

The IAM and the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, the AFL-CIO, have issued strong public comments opposing a last-minute raid on the mission of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The Bank’s mission to maintain and support U.S. jobs depends on its domestic content requirements. Nonetheless, the Bank posted a public notice just before Thanksgiving soliciting input on its review of […]

Lawmakers Shouldn’t Go On Vacation if Mitch McConnell Can’t Do His Job, Pass Relief

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. issued the following statement regarding the current state of COVID-19 relief negotiations: “Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans must pass long-overdue, comprehensive COVID-19 relief legislation before Congress takes yet another vacation. Millions of working people are out of jobs, going hungry, being evicted from their homes and losing hope. The failure […]

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