Labor Notes #427

For some companies it's their logo, or the image they've spent millions of dollars cultivating. For others it's a bottleneck in the process, or a weakness in their just-in-time inventory. Whatever it is, find it and you've got power.

After an attack by a patient, a nurse is in a coma and not expected to recover. “It’s an exaggerated version of what happens every day...Our members are so livid at management’s callousness.”

Transit cuts put a strain on the community, and the effects are similar on the workers who make public transportation run. With so much common interest, there are plenty of opportunities for solidarity between transit riders and drivers.

Online retailer Amazon is opening its own mail sorting plants and sending public letter carriers out delivering its groceries at 4 a.m. Call it privatization by a thousand cuts. If you work sorting, trucking, or delivering packages, is Amazon coming after your job next?

In a highly unusual management-led action, employees paralyzed the company’s 71 stores and promoted a devastating consumer boycott to get CEO Arthur T. Demoulas back. The struggle contains lessons for organized labor.

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