French labor unions are known for their toughness and solidarity. And this time they’re threatening the rich and powerful with electricity cuts. Reuters reports: “France’s hardline CGT union has threatened to cut off electricity supplies to lawmakers and billionaires before a nationwide strike on Thursday, in an increasingly acrimonious showdown over the government’s plan to…

Amazon warehouses are unsafe, the federal government says in a new investigation. NPR reports: “Federal safety inspectors have concluded that the twisting, bending and long reaches that Amazon warehouse workers perform as much as nine times per minute put them at high risk for lower back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders and constitute an unacceptable…

Howard Schultz Roles: CEO of Starbucks Net worth: $3.8 billion Notable offenses against workers: Schultz is currently the reigning heavyweight champion poster child of the executive union-buster. The company has spent millions trying to stop low-paid service workers from unionizing and gaining the right to bargain collectively. And it’s failed miserably as hundreds of locations…

The labor movement is made up of a wide range of members, from construction workers to office employees to airline pilots. And included are celebrities. Yes they might make a few dollars more than you and me, but some of them believe strongly in the labor movement, not forgetting the support that unions provided them…

Airline workers are fuming (pun intended) over American Airlines response to their complaints about jet fuel fumes in airplane cabins. NBC affiliate NBCDFW reports: “American Airlines will contest a small fine that it faces after federal officials ruled the airline retaliated against flight attendants who complained about jet fuel fumes seeping into airplane cabins. The…

Exploitative noncompete agreements are in the FTC’s crosshairs. NPR reports: “The Federal Trade Commission took an a bold move on Thursday aimed at shifting the balance of power from companies to workers. The agency proposed a new rule that would prohibit employers from imposing noncompete agreements on their workers, a practice it called exploitative and…