Worker Correspondents: Electrical Tradesmen’s Overtime about Contractor Profit, Doesn’t Reflect Strain on Lives and Health

By Jordan Tate In today’s booming construction industry, electricians are paid unfairly in relation to the amount of overtime we are working and the sacrifices to our daily lives and health. In this market, the labor pool is very shallow for the work required to complete projects, which encourages employers to coerce electricians into working overtime. While the overtime pay is enticing for workers, it … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electrical Tradesmen’s Overtime about Contractor Profit, Doesn’t Reflect Strain on Lives and Health

Worker Correspondents: Mancan Inc. Steals Wages from Temp Workers

By Jason Bartles Mancan Inc., a temporary worker staffing agency based in Wheeling, West Virginia, has withheld some workers’ wages up to two months at a time, in certain cases completely refusing to pay for hours worked. When workers dispute the discrepancies, the company typically attempts to blame the theft on clerical error, but their standard practice when workers report missing wages is to make … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Mancan Inc. Steals Wages from Temp Workers

Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

By Dontay Stevenson Workers at the UPS facility in Charlotte have been subjected to dangerous working conditions related to increasing workloads and work speedups ordered by supervisors and corporate management. In just the past week, four workers have been injured. One worker had a large stack of packages fall on him while using a load stand, causing him to fall off of the stand. Afterwards, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Walmart Meat Room Workers Overworked in Unsanitary Conditions

By JJ Williams I was recently fired from my job in the meat department at Walmart because I fought back and walked out. It was too much of a workload for me to be doing all by myself every day, five days a week, from 4 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon. I resisted and walked out, but after I came back, they … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Walmart Meat Room Workers Overworked in Unsanitary Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

By Jakob Stein Management at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant has been using safety protocols, especially those around COVID-19, as a pretext to retaliate against workers whom they have personal issues with. The general attitude of management with regard to these ‘violations’ has been guilty until proven innocent, with workers being punished for not wearing masks when they were in fact wearing them, or … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

Worker Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Photo credit: Todd Barbiaux, United Steelworkers By Blake Garrison Tuesday morning, 1,300 steelworkers with United Steelworkers (USW) went on strike against Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) in six different states. Steelworkers at ATI are expected to work 12 hours a day, five to six days a week, in toxic and dangerous conditions. They have not received a pay increase in seven years, while even during periods … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Villagrana Logistics Inc. a delivery service provider for Amazon, laid off a worker from their Camarillo location in January, despite her taking on increasingly heavy workloads through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company cited a “lack of work” as the reason for the lay-off. “They were essentially saying that there wasn’t enough volume to keep me on. Basically saying people … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

By Oliver Powell An apprenticeship program described by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Texas as an “earn as you learn” program for new electrical workers relies on stringent rules and contractual obligations to keep wages lower than the occupational average, mainly because private contractors are able to control the apprenticeship program and suppress the wages of apprentices. Apprentices found that over time, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Photo Credit: Telegram and Gazette By Vincent Cross On Wednesday, more than 700 of the 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted in favor of striking. Demands are for safe staffing and legal patient-to-nurse ratios. While the vote authorizes the union to strike, they have yet to give management the required ten-day notice before the strike can begin. Nurses have been picketing … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit

Photo credit: Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio By David Albright A worker at the STL8 Amazon Facility in St. Peters, MO spoke with Tribune about her experience surrounding an injury sustained offsite that was reinjured on the job soon after she returned from medical leave. The worker told Tribune that she felt a pop in her shoulder and excruciating pain while lifting a box during … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Worker Injured On-Site, Charged for Mandatory Doctor Visit