“The beginning was absolutely the worst because to the hard-line owners of that day unionism was treason, there's no other way to describe it. ... For very wealthy people who owned franchises, baseball was a respite of the tensions and problems elsewhere; here you could control everything: no unions, a reserve clause that made the players prisoners, no grievance procedure, no salary arbitration, no nothing.”—Marvin Miller, the economist and labor leader who turned the Major League Players Association into one of the most effective labor unions in the country, in an interview with Chris Hayes from his book, Twilight of the Elites. Miller died Tuesday at the age of 95.
I taught Charlie to raise his little fist in solidarity
He was looking at pictures of Walmart workers with me and asking questions. I’m indoctrinating my nephew — one opportunity at a time.
Why? Because I’m the best aunt ever:
Charlie: “What’s that?”
Me: ”People getting ready to strike.”
Charlie: “What’s that?”
Me: ”What happens when bosses are mean.”
Me: “Should bosses be mean?”
Me: “Do you stand in solidarity?”
Me: *raises fist* “Solidarity!”
Charlie: *raises first* “Solly-dary!”
Me: “Do you stand with workers?”
My work here is done. For now.
“TEAMSTERS REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH COSTCO Three-Year Contract Would Provide Improved Wages, Job Protection to Thousands (WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union has reached a tentative agreement with Costco that keeps the warehouse club’s workers as among the highest-paid retail employees in the country with the best benefits. The tentative three-year agreement provides for an improved grievance procedure, wage increases for each year of the contract and strengthened seniority language. The ballots for the tentative agreement will be counted on Feb. 19. The current three-year contract expires on Jan. 31. “Costco employees know that being a Teamster means strong representation at the bargaining table, and this new agreement is the proof,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Costco is a good example of a thriving company that is powered by a strong union workforce, which shares in its success.” The Teamsters Union represents almost 15,000 Costco workers at 55 locations in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Costco’s average pay is more than 42 percent higher than its rival Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart. Costco’s unionized workforce, with strong wages and benefits, results in low turnover and higher-skilled employees at the company. “Costco Teamsters work hard to keep this retailer strong,” said Rome Aloise, Teamsters International Vice President who led negotiations with the company. “We are proud of the bargaining committee’s work in achieving this strong tentative agreement with Costco.” Teamsters at Costco are part of the Teamsters Warehouse division which, represents more than 250,000 employees at retailers and in warehouse facilities across the country.”—International Brotherhood of Teamsters
“Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have agreed to have striking workers return to work despite not having a new contract.”—
This does not look good for labor. If there is someone friendly to labor but not in a union could explain how this strengthens the hand of the CWA or IBEW, I’m all eyes.
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