Labor Notes #376, July 2010

Community and union groups in Richmond, California, notched two victories against oil giant Chevron, but not before the company worked hard to pit them against other. Years of on-the-ground organizing brought residents and some workers together for a healthier city with good jobs.

Chicken processing workers stopped the line for an hour at the Case Farms plant in Morganton, North Carolina, over dangerous and abusive conditions. The remarkable wildcat action won the non-union and largely immigrant workforce several gains.

A flurry of strikes in Honda parts plants in China has produced the longest and most significant work stoppages and wage gains for workers there in recent years. Is this the opening wave in a tide of resistance that will lead to a transformation of work and labor in China? The beginning of the end of the global race to the bottom? Or something else?

While the nation reels from its first look at Arizona’s immigrant-bashing lawmaking, advocates here are outraged but not surprised. April's SB 1070 law was just the latest bomb to drop in a long-term assault on the rights of Arizona's immigrants.

Domestic workers in New York have won historic changes to the state’s labor law to include protections for their jobs. Final votes on Thursday ended weeks of wrangling between state leaders.

The Red Cross rewarded blood-donation workers with a selective lockout mid-June following a three-day strike in six states. Seven unions coordinated the strike.

Twelve thousand Twin Cities nurses are facing off against corporate health care, taking a one-day strike June 10 and authorizing an open-ended strike Monday. Like every state without nurse-to-patient ratios, staffing is the key issue.

Greek workers are bracing for a general strike in late June—the third in two months—as workers across the country escalate their protests against budget cuts and wage cuts.

A contested presidential election, grassroots social media, and reams of leaflets—auto worker activists are doing everything they can to make sure the 35th UAW Constitutional Convention doesn’t run to script.

As the United Auto Workers’ Convention unfolds, it's painfully obvious that—despite facing the worst crisis in UAW history—keeping a death grip on power is more important to current leaders than debating the union's future.


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