More and more unions, community groups and other organizations are lining up with the Postal Workers (
) and backing the union’s boycott of Staples. You can join in, too. As the APWU says, “It’s that easy,” just don’t buy your office supplies at Staples.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Postal Workers’ (
's) boycott of the office supply giant Staples over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's)
privatization of retail operations
by contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
staged a sit-in
in Chancellor David Ward's office Tuesday to demand that the school cut ties with Palermo's Pizza because of an on-going strike at the pizza company based on allegations of attacks on workers' rights. A dozen students participated in the sit-in before voluntarily leaving at police requests. One student, Maxwell Love, refused to leave and was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. Hundreds of supporters of the sit-in rallied outside and a number of them blocked a police van when Love was arrested.
More than 400 locked-out North Dakota American Crystal Sugar workers got some good news this week when the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled they were eligible to collect unemployment benefits. When the lockout began in August 2011, North Dakota Job Service ruled the workers were ineligible for the benefits.
On Tuesday, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) joined with hotel workers for a rally
demanding that Hyatt Hotels change
a host of practices that the Hyatt Hurts campaign touts as the worst in the United States. More than 100 members of AFA-CWA rallied at Hyatt's headquarters in Chicago, picketing the building and delivering a letter to Hyatt endorsing the boycott.
A new investigation finds “compelling evidence” that Palermo’s Pizza’s firing of 90 workers at its Milwaukee plant is directly tied to the company’s anti-union practices and was illegal under both U.S. and international labor standards. The report, by the Worker Rights Consortium (
), says Palermo's Pizza should reinstate—with full back pay—the fired workers and begin negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are taking a stand for striking Palermo's Pizza workers and you can help. They are asking university Chancellor David Ward to cut the contracts with Palermo’s unless the company hires back illegally fired workers and recognizes their union.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers tried to deliver a petition with more than 100,000 signatures urging a resumption of talks to end the 17-month lockout of some 1,300 workers to company executives, shareholders and growers at the firm’s shareholder meeting in Fargo, N.D., Thursday morning. But in a similar response to CEO Dave Berg’s refusal to bargain for a fair contract, Berg and other top company officials refused to meet with the workers.
The striking Palermo’s Pizza workers’
hits Seattle today where Palermo's workers and their allies are marching to Costco’s corporate headquarters in nearby Issaquah to urge Costco—the largest retailer of Palermo's products—to support the workers and stop selling the pizzas. Palermo's Pizza workers, who have been on strike since June 1, are demanding safe working conditions and
for their union.
Striking Palermo’s Pizza workers have set off on a Truth Tour to educate the public about their strike and build support for a national boycott of Palermo's products. Palermo's workers have been calling on Costco to stand with them and stop selling Palermo's Pizza products.
Palermo’s Pizza workers have been on strike since June 1, 2012. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is investigating charges that the company illegally fired nearly 90 workers in response to a request for recognition of the Palermo Workers Union.