Jonah Furman is a labor movement organizer and writer. One of his many writing projects is his Newsletter, Who Gets The Bird. Jonah has graciously allowed PPOW to publish excerpts from his newsletter.
Discover Washington State and Pacific Northwest labor news (and other items) from the October 2, 2021 edition of Who Gets The Bird, below.
New Organizing In Washington State
Healthcare beyond Kaiser: 350 healthcare workers with SEIU UHW at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, CA will strike for four days starting on Monday, primarily over understaffing, and another 400 healthcare workers with SEIU Local 49 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, OR will strike for two days starting on Tuesday, as the hospital seeks to outsource its support staff. AFSCME Local 2650 healthcare workers are threatening to strike over understaffing at McLaren hospitals in Flint and Lapeer, MI. Washington State Nurses Association members info picketed for a fair contract that addresses, you guessed it, staffing and safety concerns at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA. 1199 New England’s group home strike threat remains alive, even as one of three Connecticut operators settled a contract with the union.
Settled contracts In Washington State
96 workers at Beneficial Bank in WA, OR, and CA have a union contract, a rarity in banking. They organized last March with CWA Locals 7901 and 9412.
STRIKES & BARGAINING
The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is back at the bargaining table with the contractors association, with a rank-and-file representative from the dissident Peter J. McGuire Group sitting at the table. This article has some good details on where things stand in this weeks-long strike.
UAW’s Referendum, Corruption Scandals & More
Jonah Furman has a jam-packed last paragraph to his October 2, 2021 newsletter:
Finally, I wrote an overview of the past and present of the corruption scandal, concessionary bargaining, and historic referendum happening in the UAW for Labor Notes. When the Teamsters went through a parallel process in the late 80s, it was national and local news, with magazine features and public scrutiny; I’ve barely seen any coverage of the UAW’s referendum anywhere outside a few left publications, Detroit local news, and automotive industry analysts. This really could be a watershed moment for the US labor movement, as was the switch to direct democracy in the Teamsters (which paved the way for the Sweeney reform leadership slate win at the AFL-CIO in 1995, and obviously the 1997 UPS strike, the largest strike in my lifetime). If you’re interested in supporting the members organizing for union democracy in this iconic union, you can donate to the cause here and check out this call on Tuesday night about what a reformed UAW could mean for climate action.
Read his full newsletter here to read more labor news on all the following topics (Don’t forget to subscribe and support!)
- NEW ORGANIZING (ie, New election filings at the NLRB, Smaller shops, Tiny shops, NLRB election wins…and losses, and Decertifications & raids
- STRIKES & BARGAINING (Active strikes, Potential strikes, Settled contracts, Protests)
- POLITICS & LEGISLATION (1st Sentence: The unions played their role in this week’s “Dems in disarray” narrative, as right wing austerity Democrats — er, I mean, “moderates” — tried to tank Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. )
- INTERNAL UNION POLITICS
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