Tag: RWDSU

Amazon Fires Worker Who Protested Lack of Antiviral Protections
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Amazon Fires Worker Who Protested Lack of Antiviral Protections

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Less than five hours after workers at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse and shipping center staged a lunch-hour walkout to protest inadequate virus-safety procedures, one of the main organizers was fired. Amazon said it terminated Chris Smalls, a management assistant at the JFK8 fulfillment center, on Mar. 30 for “violating social distancing guidelines and…

How Can the Bosses be ‘Neutral’ When They’re Spending $340 Million on Union-Busting Lawyers?
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How Can the Bosses be ‘Neutral’ When They’re Spending $340 Million on Union-Busting Lawyers?

Reporter’s Notebook New York, NY – In response to hard-pressed staffers seeking to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union [RWDSU], Housing Works — the venerable nonprofit dedicated to aiding marginalized New York City communities — did what a lot of corporations do in the face of employee uprisings — they hired a…

Cyber Monday Backlash: RWDSU President in Brussels to Help Put Anti-Worker Amazon in Check
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Cyber Monday Backlash: RWDSU President in Brussels to Help Put Anti-Worker Amazon in Check

New York, NY – While Amazon watched “Cyber Monday” 2019 become the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history — an international gathering of unions, policy makers, activists and academics met in Brussels for an inaugural symposium aimed at confronting Amazon’s rapacious worldwide business model.  “Amazon is one of the defining issues of our…

Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization
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Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization

Brooklyn, NY – Housing Works CEO Charles King is sounding “a lot like a person who really is trying not to have a union.” That’s the conclusion New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was left with Monday morning following a sidewalk summit between the non-profit head and elected leaders, in which King once again refused…

‘Do LGBT Rights Stop When You Get a Job?’ The Fight For Unionization At Housing Works
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‘Do LGBT Rights Stop When You Get a Job?’ The Fight For Unionization At Housing Works

Brooklyn, NY – The head of a nearly 30-year-old institution dedicated to supporting AIDS/HIV-positive New Yorkers, this week rebuffed calls in a face-to-face meeting with frustrated workers to sign a neutrality agreement in their drive for unionization. Housing Works CEO Charles King turned down workers’ plea on Tuesday afternoon and refused to accept receipt of…

Report: Unionization Needed to Help Remedy Dangers at Amazon’s S.I. Warehouse
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Report: Unionization Needed to Help Remedy Dangers at Amazon’s S.I. Warehouse

New York, NY – A newly-released safety report coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Amazon’s sprawling 855,000 square foot warehouse on Staten Island recommends the online giant finally abandon its anti-union stance and implement changes to a workplace that at least one hard-pressed employee says is “beating up” workers.  This past year, between January 3,…

RWDSU Leader Ahead Of Mission To Central America: ‘Immigrants Should Be Welcomed And Not Feared’
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RWDSU Leader Ahead Of Mission To Central America: ‘Immigrants Should Be Welcomed And Not Feared’

New York, NY – Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on Thursday, gave his blessing to an upcoming Catholic Charities mission to Central America slated to depart the day after Easter — and the union leader taking part in the effort says its about “changing the narrative” surrounding immigration and being able to…

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