On July 25, UPS and its Teamsters workforce announced a tentative agreement, averting a potential August 1 strike. Teamsters will soon be voting on whether to accept the agreement — here are some of the highlights.
Alexandra Bradbury is editor and co-director of Labor Notes.
Contract negotiations between shipping giant UPS and its 340,000-strong Teamsters workforce resumed last week. If they can’t come to an agreement by August 1, the union will go on strike — which would be the largest at a private employer in decades.
The Supreme Court’s Glacier pro-employer ruling this week opens the door to further erosion of workers’ rights to strike. But the right to walk off the job is far from extinguished in the US, and workers shouldn’t let the court scare them away from doing so.
Both labor and the reproductive rights movements are fighting for the same thing: the right to control our own lives.
The energy that Karen Lewis brought to the labor movement through her Chicago Teachers Union presidency still vibrates through unions across the country. If you look closely at the fire in educators standing with students and community members in recent years, you can see Lewis’s unwavering determination in the flames.