Labor Weather Report
A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
Lois Danks
volume:  
volume 37
issue 5
October 2016

In Progress — Brewery workers on strike! Thousands of Australians marched through Melbourne in September to support 55 striking maintenance workers at Carlton United Breweries. Refusing a 65 percent wage cut under a new sub-contracting arrangement, their unions have mounted round-the-clock protests at the plants. Boycotts of CUB beers spread from Australia to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In Progress — University locks out faculty.

Students and faculty members at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus walk picket lines together to protest a historic 14-day-and-counting lockout of around 400 professors in September during a bitter labor dispute. On this distinctly diverse campus with 80 percent non-white students, administrators see faculty as disposable, students as customers and degrees as commodities.

September 2016 — New unions voted in. After three years of boycotting Driscoll’s berries, farmworkers at Sakuma in Burlington, Wash. voted in a landslide to join Familias Unidas por la Justicia, the state’s only indigenous farmworker- led union. In another victory, Seattle University adjunct faculty finally win the vote to join a union after the National Labor Relations Board overrules the Jesuit school’s claim of religious exemption.

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