Steelworkers are demanding that employers share the increase in profits from new tariffs. The Hill reports: “Leaders of the United Steelworkers union are demanding higher wages from two of the biggest U.S. steelmakers as President Trump‘s tariffs propel industry profits. ‘We feel we need some recognition and to share in the profits of the company,’ said Michael…

Amazon’s new grocery acquisition may be going union in the near future. Vox.com reports: “Workers at Whole Foods Market stores are trying to unionize, fearing that the company will further scale back their benefits under Amazon’s ownership. On Thursday, a group of Whole Foods employees sent an email to workers at all 490 grocery stores,…

Amazon is gaining (even more) notoriety in its treatment of workers with a recent patent. The Seattle Times reports: “A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage. Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in…

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Chicago hotels are facing a collective action unlike anything that they’ve never seen before. The Chicago Tribune reports: “Workers at 25 hotels in downtown Chicago went on strike Friday to demand year-round health care as they negotiate new contracts, marking the first time their union has called a citywide hotel strike. UNITE HERE Local 1,…

President Donald Trump went on another one of his tirades today: this time against labor unions. Reuters reports: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Labor Day hit back at Richard Trumka, president of the United States’ largest federation of labor unions, after Trumka said on Sunday that the president’s policies had hurt American workers. Trumka, who…

By Willie Adams & Rudy Gonzalez When we talk about climate change, sea level rise, and earthquake preparedness here in San Francisco, we rarely talk about labor. On this Labor Day, as we embark on one of the biggest and most important infrastructure projects in our generation – strengthening the Embarcadero Seawall – we want…