Posts tagged Tennessee

    The Motor City is moving south as EVs change the automotive industry

    August 15, 2022 // Detroit is the city that “put the world on wheels,” but it’s towns like Spring Hill and others in neighboring states that are attracting the most investments from automakers in recent years, as production priorities shift to a battery-powered future with electric vehicles. Companies more than ever want to build EVs where they sell them, because the vehicles are far heavier and more cumbersome to ship than traditional models with internal combustion engines. They also want facilities for battery production to be close by to avoid supply chain and logistics problems. SPRING HILL, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Hyundai Motor, Rivian Automotive, workforce, supply chain and logistics, lowest electricity prices,

    Why are staffers with the Tennessee Democratic Party unionizing?

    August 15, 2022 // Jackson and her coworkers haven’t started the collective bargaining process, but she has talked to some who’ve pinpointed things they are looking for. Transparency in salary, a living wage and job security are at the top of the list. While most of their positions are permanent, she wants to make sure temporary staff is protected also. “Those workers deserve job protection just as much as anybody else,” Jackson said. “So we want to make sure that the bargaining unit that we’re trying to create covers all of those workers that qualify.”

    Organized labor gets big backing from foundations

    July 13, 2022 // In turn, it will boost nascent organizing efforts, according to LIFT’s executive director, Jennifer Epps. “Right now, there is a worker- and community-led movement happening across the country and philanthropy is using its position and resource to help meet this moment alongside grassroots and labor partners to ensure a more just and democratic economy for workers,” she said. Epps said the collective’s funding will primarily go to support organizing and advocacy campaigns in five Southern states: Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. “This is our starting point to learn more about the region and invest in multi-racial coalitions advancing a more just economy and democracy that increases worker power, racial justice, and economic solidarity,” said Epps. Daisy Chung, Jennifer Epps, Amy B. Dean, ABD Ventures, Pierre Omidyar, eBay, Omidyar Network, Ford Foundation, Solidago, Open Society Foundations, Rebecca Greenberg, Solidago,

    UAW, more than 60 workers at non-union automakers eye organizing push

    June 28, 2022 // Amid a nationwide surge in worker momentum and public support for unions, the United Auto Workers is making a renewed push to build on-the-ground interest in organizing non-unionized auto plants. More than 60 workers at 10 automakers that don't have contracts with the UAW met late last month in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss how to organize plants across the country, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada told The Detroit News. Steve Cochran, Susan Schurman,

    Great Resignation: Study finds 40% of workers plan on changing jobs next 6 months

    June 16, 2022 // Robert Half, a global talent solutions firm, reports 4 in 10 workers plan to look for a new job in the next 6 months. The findings indicate a continuation of what has been called the 'great resignation' as many workers opted to change companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the company's Job Optimism Report, the top reasons for a career change cited by workers includes earning more money (65%), greater advancement opportunities (39%), and a change sought due to burnout (34%). Adrian Mojica

    Op-Ed: Ford in bed with UAW over card check campaign

    June 13, 2022 // The UAW with its years-long federal corruption trial is desperate for new members and revenue, and eagerly awaits a card check campaign. As we know in Michigan, once the UAW becomes embedded into a facility, they will never allow a recertification vote or any attempt by workers to decertify. Once voted in, workers are stuck with the UAW for generations to come. It will simply be forced upon them as a condition of employment. Over the last couple of decades, autoworkers in the South – when granted their right to a secret ballot – have demonstrated time after time that they are not interested in what the UAW has to offer. Those 11,000 future autoworkers in Kentucky and Tennessee deserve those same rights, freedoms, and protections

    7 fired Starbucks workers celebrate union vote in Memphis

    June 8, 2022 // Seattle-based Starbucks has 9,000 company-run U.S. stores. Nationally, the NLRB has received 280 union petitions for Starbucks locations, board spokeswoman Kayla Blado said. Of 149 vote counts, 122 locations have voted for a union and 79 have been certified, Blado said. Nikki Taylor, Beto Sanchez,

    Courageous Tennessean Wins Big in Union Discrimination Suit

    June 7, 2022 // Instead, LIUNA officials denigrated her beliefs. In addition to demanding she provide a “legitimate justification” for why her conflict with the union’s activity warranted a religious accommodation, a union lawyer claimed in a letter to Frame that her understanding of her faith was inferior to his own understanding of her faith. He even closed the letter by sending Ms. Frame and her priest remedial church readings. Dorothy Frame, Fort Campbell, Catholic, Priest, J&J Worldwide Service,

    ‘You saw us coming’: Dollar General turns away activists and workers from shareholder meeting after they arrived late

    May 27, 2022 // The Tennessean reported that about 125 organizers were present at the demonstration and the march down from a local park, calling for a wage of $15 an hour, a frequent demand of activist groups and progressives. (The federal minimum wage remains $7.25.)