Michael Arria covers labor and social movements. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelarria
Fast Food Restaurant Says Union Employees Can’t Wear “Abolish ICE” Buttons to Work
The Burgerville Workers Union says that the fast-food chain succumbed to right-wing backlash when, earlier this month, it banned its employees from wearing buttons. The ban was enacted after 10 employees were... MORE
Working · September 18, 2018
DC Transit Wanted to Give Special Transport for White Supremacists. This Union Said Hell No.
The Washington, D.C. metro system ditched a potential plan to provide separate trains for white nationalists attending a “Unite the Right” rally in Lafayette Square after its largest union refused... MORE
Working · August 7, 2018
California Says Starbucks Has to Stop Stealing Its Workers’ Wages
California’s Supreme Court has ruled against Starbucks in a wage theft case that could have vast implications throughout the state. The July 26 decision established that employees throughout California should be paid... MORE
Working · July 30, 2018
As the Planet Warms, Can OSHA Protect Workers From Extreme Heat?
On July 17, more than 130 groups and individuals petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an attempt to establish a nationwide workplace heat standard. The petition cites data from the Bureau of... MORE
Working · July 23, 2018
Tesla Swears It’s a Fair Employer—Yet It’s Trying to Dodge a Law That Protects Workers
Since 2013, Tesla has fought unfair-labor-practice complaints from the NLRB, insisting it’s not a union buster and that it maintains a safe factory. However, just a week before the company went... MORE
Working · June 15, 2018
Boeing Workers in S.C. Have Finally Unionized. But Trump’s Labor Board Could Kibosh It.
On May 31, technicians at the Boeing factory in North Charleston, South Carolina voted to unionize and join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. However, Boeing has appealed the vote and Donald... MORE
Working · June 11, 2018
Police Union Is Lobbying To Expand Powers To Tase People Who Don’t Pose a Threat
The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed,... MORE
Working · May 17, 2018
Prisoners Are Organizing a Nationwide Strike Against “Modern-Day Slavery”
Prisoners across the country say they are gearing up for an end-of-summer nationwide strike against inhumane living conditions and unpaid labor—or, in their words, “modern-day slavery.” MORE
Working · May 3, 2018
Tesla Workers Say Elon Musk is a Union Buster. The NLRB Just Gave Their Case a Boost.
Tesla factory workers have been trying for months to win restitution for the company’s alleged union-busting and harassment. Now, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against the company appears to... MORE
Working · April 12, 2018
Trump Is Making It Harder for Low-Wage Workers to Organize, But This Fast Food Union Could Win
Workers at a Burgerville in Portland, Oregon declared on March 26 that they will file for a federal union election. If union campaigners win, the restaurant will become the first federally recognized fast food... MORE
Working · April 3, 2018