Oregon unions update organizing

first_imgPortland, Ore.Doughnut Workers United                                                                                                                                       Credit: DWUMarch 17 marked the one-year anniversary of the historic sit-in of 27 fired Crush Bar Workers Collective members at Crush Bar, a queer bar, and at Woody’s, an adjacent eatery owned by the same petty capitalist. (tinyurl.com/3cbpxzjv)In March 2020 both establishments were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workers fired and provided with no benefits. The workers demanded accrued sick-time payouts, half pay for scheduled hours and a rehire plan. The owner had all the workers arrested and carried out of the bar and eatery by the notorious Portland police. But in the end they won their demands!The CBWC remains strong a year later. Following the mass layoff, the union provided benefits including food boxes and funds from their GoFundMe account on a needs basis. In July 2020, workers filed Unfair Labor Practice claims with a National Labor Relations Board appointed by Trump. With Biden’s newly appointed labor board, they are more optimistic about getting a fair claims hearing.The workers gained community support through picket lines and social media, on which they posted: “[We] avoided centering our organizing around the loud, demanding white men who attempt to police how the oppressed go about their liberation. As workers re-entering this workplace [we have] a strong conviction to continue our struggle for positive change, [which] puts us in a frighteningly precarious position, but nonetheless we’re hopeful. After all, look at how much we’ve already accomplished!”Workers win NLRB electionOn March 25, after a long hard struggle, Doughnut Workers United, a local Portland union, secured the right to vote for a union at the Old Town store of the Voodoo Doughnuts national chain. The right to an election for union representation is granted only by the NLRB.As soon as the victory came, the company began its union-busting tactics by hiring five new workers, rather than bring back workers who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdown. (tinyurl.com/4dfpknd5)The company is punishing workers through arbitrary shift/hours limitations.Since the March 2020 shutdown and layoffs, the DWU has provided, through its GoFundMe Strike and Hardship account, union benefits for workers in need including alternative housing, food boxes and fresh water during last September’s wildfires.Before Oregon banned eviction, the union provided cash stipends to laid-off members for rent. The union is still providing these benefits to members not rehired and for those having their hours cut as an anti-union tactic.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick jobseekers begin college courses

first_imgLimerick Post Show | FOLM Project Previous article#VIDEO Minister launches month-long children’s festivalNext article500 Limerick calls to senior help line John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Print WhatsApp International Women’s Day LIT Email Facebookcenter_img  APPROXIMATELY 200 Limerick jobseekers are helping to boost their prospects of returning to work by starting third level courses at the University of Limerick this year through the state-funded Springboard programme.At Limerick Institute of Technology, a further group of jobseekers will take part in the five courses available through the programme there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Paul McCutcheon, vice president academic registrar at UL, said: “As the country strives towards a sustainable economic recovery, it is important that those who lost their jobs in recent years are equipped with skills sought by employers now and in the future.“What unites all of the Springboard courses is that they cover areas where there is jobs growth in Limerick and elsewhere. Graduates will, therefore, be in a strong position to re-enter the workforce and embark on the next phase of their careers.”Places on the Springboard courses are offered free to those who qualify and the courses are delivered flexibly, allowing jobseekers to retain their benefits and continue their search for employment.The skills taught on the programmes have been specifically selected to match the current job market and concentrate on areas where there is existing and projected growth.“We are delighted to offer programmes in areas where job prospects are solid and, in fact, there are identified skills shortages. LIT has worked intensively with key industry partners to develop these programmes and to ensure that there will be a seamless progression for students from study to work placements and – ultimately – to sustainable jobs,” commented LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar.At UL, a total of 159 students recently commenced classes in the nine Springboard courses available at the university, while an additional 40 students are expected to begin courses in January.The courses at UL provide qualifications in areas such as mobile and cloud computing, software development, international entrepreneurship, and management and human resources.Springboard programmes at LIT include biopharmaceuticals, creative multimedia programming, and digital manufacturing and innovation. LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. NewsLimerick jobseekers begin college coursesBy John Keogh – September 15, 2014 681 Advertisement TAGSDr Maria HinfelaarDr Paul McCutcheonLITSpringboardUL Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control last_img read more