Labor

There is Power in a Union: A Case for the Unionization of University Housing

For centuries, the forces of Capital have lurched forward, indiscriminately consuming all that it can reach to fuel it’s hungering fires. However, these past two years have given pause to this inferno. COVID-19, for all the pain and death that it has caused, interrupted the ever-constant march and made it stumble; if only briefly. While…

Solidarity with International Workers: India

India’s population is at about 1.38 billion people, with over 115 million of them being farmers. India is responsible for about 25% of the world’s produce, with the main crops being wheat, rice, sugarcane, and numerous spices.   The current ruling party in India is the BJP, or the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose ideas revolve around right-wing…

IASTE’s Fight to Improve Wages and Working Conditions for Crews in Tinseltown

For the first time in the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union’s 128 year history, 60,000 workers represented by the union came close to striking over grueling working conditions and inadequate pay. The union represents most of the film and television industry’s behind the scenes workers. The union members authorized a strike with 89.66%…

Vivian Day Care Responds to Staff COVID Safety Concerns

Teachers at the Vivian Olum Child Development Center were awarded a pay-raise and shorter work hours after weeks-long negotiations with administrative staff at the Center and UO Campus Services administration. The change comes after the refusal to acknowledge long-held complaints regarding work conditions at the center. Vivian is described on their website as “providing a…

UO Dining “Staffing Shortage” Reflects Poor Wages

Visit any dining hall on campus this fall and you’re liable to find a sign proclaiming decreased hours, slashed services, missing menu items or temporary closures—all “due to a staffing shortage.” This is certainly disappointing for many students who enjoy certain dishes or like to get a late night snack, but it’s also revealing of…

McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Strike

This article is adapted from a previous post by the author at Solidarity News, Matthew O-G Workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, represented by SEIU 49, went on a two day strike starting the morning of Tuesday, October 5. CNAs, dieticians, housekeeping staff, and more struck for fair wages, affordable healthcare, and to stop outsourcing labor….

GTFF Speaks Out Against UO’s Back to School Protocols

By: J. Ellis- During the first week of classes, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation UO chapter took to social media to amplify the concerns of its members about the university’s lack of effective COVID-19 precautions. A series of Twitter threads posted by @GTFF_3544 contain screenshots with anonymous tips and confessions of graduate employees submitted via…

Once more into the breach for climate justice: Breach Collective

Breach Collective is the new Environmental Org in town making noise across the environmental and climate justice spectrum. Only officially a non-profit for less than a year, the collective appears to draw from several environmental disciplines and various activist orgs. Notably the founders are former members of Our Children’s Trust staff, which organized around the…

Reclaim UO update

Dear Friends and Comrades of Reclaim UO, As we’re sure you are aware, 2020 was a rough year for everyone and Reclaim UO was not left unscathed. When Reclaim UO launched at the beginning of 2020, we had a lot of involvement with our meetings and our organizing efforts. We had started to gain some…