Labor Weather Report
A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
volume 37
issue 3
June 2016

March 2016 — Factory workers end 2-tier. Truck-parts makers in United Electrical Workers Local 770 won a contract that ends their two-tier wage and pension system. Despite being in Indiana, a “right-to-work” state, these fired-up workers were willing to strike, a key to their success.

In Progress — Berry boycott grows. Demands to not buy Driscoll’s berries grow as farmworkers at Sakuma Farms (U.S.) and San Quintin (Mexico) unite to demand union contracts. The workers are backed by many labor councils and 41 boycott committees across North America.

May 2016 — Nigerians threaten strike! Angered by a government hike in fuel prices, leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress threaten a nationwide labor stoppage. They pledge to shut down all banks, sea and airports, government and private offices and markets.

Also see: Labor Beat for updates on the new “gig” economy; the Chicago teachers’ strike; and how mandatory arbitration impacts labor.

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